Wanang Conservation of Madang receives UN award

first_imgThe Equator Prize is organised by the Equator Initiatives within the United Nations Development Program and is awarded biennially to recognise outstanding community effort to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.UNDP Resident Representative Roy Trivedy who officially presented the award to Wanang Conservation community in Divine Word University this week praised the work of Wanang Conservation in promoting and conserving the environment. Present also to witness the ceremony was Conservation Environment Protection Authority (CEPA) Manager for Terrestrial Ecosystems James Sabi, Madang provincial Administrator Daniel Aloi, Member for Usino-Bundi Anton Yagama and representative from WWF and Binatang Research Centre.“This Equator prize award is partly being supported by the government of Norway and Equator Initiatives and the reason is to provide the global platform to recognise the outstanding work that is happening in community level to protect biodiversity, forest and  natural environment,”“The Wanang society is joining the very unique group, because there are 1,461 application for this award for more than 126 countries and it is not an award that is given lightly it is an outstanding award that is given to incredible work you are doing to protect and conserve your forest to help the local community and also the world,” Trivedy said.He said the award was presented to the Wanang Conservation representative during in UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris last year which the PNG Government is part of the agreement.Trivedy said the Wanang Conservation has put Madang and PNG in the spot light in environment and conservation work thus adding more emphasis on the Government and the local people to take more actions to protect the forest and environment.“Your are setting an example to the whole world, you develop your world in response to commercial logging,”“The Wanang Conservation area is an alliance, it brings together 10 indigenous forest dwelling clans that together 10,000 hectares of forest,” he said.He said Wanang was unique because the Wanang maintains the forest dynamic s cloth where you have planted 280,000 native species of plants to study the responses to changing in climatic conditions.Trivedy added that other unique thing is that Wanang combine Research and action which not many projects do that- the link between people conservation, community level work and the link with Binatang Research.He said the beauty of the work of Wanang is they managed to combine the appliance of science to protect, conserve and help people which have become an initiative for the community driven conservation and development in our country and in the world.last_img read more

Accused in Gafoor’s manager murder remanded

first_imgThe man who was fingered in the murder of Gafoor’s manager at his Hesrstelling, East Bank Demerara, home appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court where he was placed on remand.David Dutar, 24, was not allowed to plead to the indictable charge which alleged that on July 21, 2016 at Herstelling, East Bank Demerara, he murdered Terry Luckham during the course of a robbery.He will make his next court appearance on August 23.It was reported that Luckham, 55, was discovered by a neighbour shortly after a male was seen exiting his home with several bags. The man was found motionless next to a wardrobe with a length of rope tied around his neck, while several bottles of tablets and photographs of his family lay nearby.last_img read more

Policies hamstring schools

first_imgSACRAMENTO – California policies that make it difficult to fire ineffective teachers and set tougher performance standards are among dozens of problems imperiling the state’s public school system, according to a landmark report aimed at overhauling education. The findings are among hundreds in the broadest report in years and paint a picture of a K-12 educational system that is failing the state’s children and needs top-to-bottom changes and billions of dollars in investment. The report – a series of 22 studies – recommends sweeping changes in school laws and structures including teacher training and new data tracking. And in one of its most politically charged proposals, the report recommends giving principals more power to spend money, run their schools and fire teachers they deem ineffective. “It may be that the power to dismiss teachers would allow the principal to exercise influence in the school even without dismissing teachers,” the study’s authors note. “And it is this increased influence and not the firing of substantial numbers of teachers that is particularly important for principals’ efficacy.” The report also found the state’s education finance system is flawed and haphazard, resulting in similar schools receiving different funding amounts. And it said the state needs to do a better job tracking educational data to measure student progress and track which reforms are effective. The report “Getting Down to Facts” was requested by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, D-Los Angeles, and Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland. Ultimately, the cost of following all its recommendations is estimated to range from an additional $23 billion to $32 billion a year for the basic achievement goals. The state spends about $66 billion a year on education. But its proposals for teachers may draw some of the most heat, as such issues have been long debated in districts including Los Angeles Unified, where powerful unions have blocked efforts to make principals too strong. While such moves wouldn’t likely cost the state much more, the idea is likely to face strong opposition from the state’s teachers unions. Schwarzenegger felt their power in 2005 when the California Teachers Association spent tens of millions of dollars to defeat his plan to reform the state’s tenure laws. That proposal would have extended by three years the period of time before teachers earn job security afforded by tenure. But the study released Wednesday found that California teachers earn tenure more quickly than their counterparts in most other states. Teachers opposed CTA President Barbara Kerr said the group would oppose efforts to make it easier to fire teachers. Under current law, teachers can be fired for no reason within their first two years of employment, but after that they earn tenure and a dismissal usually requires one or more hearings. “We proved (changing tenure protection) is not a good solution,” Kerr said. “Trying to deny a teacher a hearing is not a way to improve student learning. Let’s find some real ways.” Kerr added that the tenure-change proposal was based on a survey of principals. Had the authors surveyed teachers, “They would say the best way to improve schools is fire bad administrators.” Nuñez, a longtime ally of the state’s unions, indicated he might be willing to consider giving more power to principals. “I think I speak for my entire caucus when I say all of us believe firmly we need to do more to empower administrators to make smart decisions on teacher quality and make the right assessment in terms of making sure those teachers that are not doing a good job are being dealt with appropriately,” Nuñez said. In some schools and districts, it is so difficult to fire teachers that they are just shuffled from school to school, a process derisively called “The Dance of the Lemons.” When LAUSD Superintendent David Brewer III took the reins of the 708,000-student district in November, he said one of his first priorities would be to push for performance reviews of teachers and get ineffective teachers out of the classroom – ideas Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa echoed. Open to suggestions LAUSD general counsel Kevin Reed said the district is eager to study the report’s suggestions. The current two-year probationary period may be too short to ensure new teachers get appropriate guidance and counseling, Reed said. It takes about five years to fire a tenured teacher in a process that includes initiating termination and a variety of hearings. But more often than not, years into the process of firing a teacher a panel will order the district to allow the instructor back into the classroom. “The challenge here is not a criticism of the teachers; it’s a criticism of the process,” Reed said. About 200 teachers leave each year because of performance issues, he said. The district holds about three hearings a year in an effort to fire a teacher. United Teachers Los Angeles President A.J. Duffy said he’s open to discussing changes in the teacher evaluation system. But any negotiations would also need to include suggestions to ensure the teacher-evaluation system is meted out by effective principals. “I would have some suggestions that would take some of the evaluation away from incompetent principals who are not really out there evaluating teachers as teachers, but are out there giving teacher activists who speak up bad write-ups to get rid of them,” Duffy said. He emphasized that he is not protecting ineffective teachers. Bad teachers can and have been fired, he said, but administrators are not giving struggling teachers adequate guidance and assistance. Villaraigosa, who has tried unsuccessfully to take partial control over LAUSD, said the studies support his drive for school reform. “This report underscores Mayor Villaraigosa’s belief that nothing less than fundamental reform is needed to turn our schools around to give our children the education they need and deserve,” Villaraigosa spokeswoman Janelle Erickson said. The mayor also thinks teachers need higher salaries and more discretion over what they teach in the classroom, while principals need more authority over spending and decision-making at their schools, she said. Educating California The studies paint a sobering portrait of California’s K-12 educational system. Among the findings: California’s K-12 system needs significant governance and finance reforms. Substantial new financial investments are needed to meet the state’s student achievement goals. There is no coherent rationale for school funding formulas, which result in wide-ranging disparities among districts. Spending formulas are tied to arcane and complicated criteria established in the 1970s and are combined with a confusing mix of programs that do not address districts’ differences. Current finance and governance systems hinder local efforts to promote student achievement. Restrictions on allocation of local resources hinder administrators. Continual policy changes hamper planning and frustrate school and district staff. Teacher policies do not let state and local administrators make the best use of potential teachers. Teachers’ professional development requirements often don’t fit the skills and knowledge needed in the classroom. The pay scale structure makes it difficult to fill certain positions. Policies make it excessively difficult to dismiss weak teachers. Absence of a personnel evaluation processes hinders the ability to select, assign, promote and retain outstanding teachers. California lags in collecting information on students’ learning, teachers and resources.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Mourinho lauds United’s transfer savings

first_imgSince those deals were completed, French giants PSG have broken the world record with a £200 million move for Barcelona star Neymar.United boss Mourinho believes if his club had waited to land their top targets they would have paid significantly increased fees as a result.Praising United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward for predicting the market surge, Mourinho told The Times: “I think we were very clever. We thought that something could happen that could change the market forever.“Normally the last part of the market is less expensive, but this season, after Neymar, everything changed and changed for the worse in terms of prices.“I think Lukaku on August 31 would have been £150 million. Matic would have been £60 million or £70 million. Neymar changed everything.“If the biggest transfer in history had still been Pogba, I think (Liverpool forward) Philippe Coutinho would now be in Barcelona at £101 million. People look to the £200 million figure now.”Throughout his glittering career, Mourinho has been criticised for only staying at clubs for relatively short periods.But the former Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Porto coach, who is in his second season with United, insists he always leaves teams in better shape than he finds them.“I think I prepare clubs in a way where, when I leave, the new manager arrives at a top club. And that is not short-term even if you leave,” he said.“I don’t need a new contract (with United) to work to my limits. I don’t have a problem to arrive at the end of my contract and be free to decide what I want to do and the club free to decide what they want to do.”Mourinho’s focus for now is on mounting a strong title challenge and his revamped team look well-equipped for the job after storming to the top of the table with three successive wins.“I have said three (summer) transfer windows is what I need to have the team I think can bring Manchester United to the top of English football,” Mourinho said.“I still think we need that, but I’m not going to wait for the third transfer window to try to reach it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jose Mourinho celebrates Manchester United’s victory against Celta Vigo in the Europa League semi-final at Old Trafford on May 11, 2017 © AFP / PAUL ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 6 – Jose Mourinho says Manchester United made huge savings in the transfer market by getting their business done before Neymar’s world record move to Paris Saint-Germain triggered a global price spike.Mourinho paid a British record fee of Sh10.1bn (£75m), 82 million euros) for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku and took his spending to over £130 million with swoops for Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic and Benfica defender Victor Lindelof.last_img read more

Wildfires season has begun and close to home

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With several wildfires taking place in the Peace region started by people the reminder is being put forward to be accountable and responsible when handling flammable material.As the Peace region has been experiencing above normal temperatures and spring break-up is revealing the dry fibrous landscape of last years fall, the land is susceptible to easily catch on fire and spread.Talking with Molly Blower, Fire Information Officer, she shares the landscape is on a drying trend, that grasses are curring and there is more vegetation available for fires.- Advertisement -Blower says it is really important to check when burning and that all sites are fully extinguished.She says people should keep up to date with BCWildfire.ca and checking the guidelines for burning and burn categories.To help mitigate the risk of wildfires it is very important to fire smart you home, “communities can work together to reduce vulnerability,” said Blower “To eliminate fire-related damage.”Advertisement This also includes making sure cigarettes are fully and properly extinguished.To view more about wildfire; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Olympic spirit is missing

first_img “Nothing,” says Gino, who wouldn’t give his last name. “But there’s still time. I’ll have something in February.” Aside from plenty of steel scaffolding, colorful cranes and piles of dirt, it’s tough to tell that in a matter of weeks the Winter Games will be coming to this home of broad boulevards, Baroque architecture and the majestic backdrop of the Alps. Right now, however, the Olympics are one of the best-kept secrets in sports – even in Italy. As of last week, 585,000 tickets had been sold of about 1 million available; only 40 percent went to fans, with 60 percent to sponsors, national Olympic committees, sports federations and other groups. About 215,000 were sold in Italy, nearly half of those in Turin and surrounding areas. The good news? Fewer spectators could mean shorter security lines outside and good spots available inside sparkling, state-of-the-art arenas that, once loose wires are tucked away, are certain to draw raves. It could make it easier to get a table at restaurants offering Piedmont specialties such as truffles or boiled meats and bold red wines like Barolo. And less hassle for shuttle buses navigating narrow, winding roads to venues in the Alps about two hours away. Still, retired skiing star Alberto Tomba, expected to be the final torchbearer, and some current athletes are worried. “It’s a real shame that people aren’t talking about the Olympics enough,” said Giorgio Rocca, the hosts’ top hope for an Alpine skiing medal. “This event wasn’t promoted in the best way,” he told radio station RTL. A publicity campaign costing about $8.5 million – one of the victims of budget cuts, according to TOROC’s marketing coordinator, Alberto Acciari – hasn’t exactly resulted in chatter about the Olympics in cafes. Organizers thought the torch relay would get Italians excited. When the relay began in Rome, national soccer team star Francesco Totti didn’t bother to show up as announced. “If the Winter Olympics are in Norway, that’s all that will be talked about,” said TOROC’s head of media relations, Giuseppe Gattino. “In Italy, it’s different. It’s a country where there’s a lot going on.” In 2004, when Paris was merely a candidate for the 2012 Summer Games, the French capital was awash with banners and billboards touting the bid. Why isn’t Turin similarly decorated now? “This will make you smile,” Acciari said. “If you put them up early, they’ll get dirty.” The International Olympic Committee is satisfied with preparations. “When you’ve got a big event like the Olympic Games,” IOC Olympic Games executive director Gilbert Felli said, “you always have a little concern at the bottom of your heart to be sure all the levels of preparation will fit together and the little details will meet expectations.” With its 900,000 inhabitants, Turin is a far cry from the sort of sleepy hamlet that usually hosts Winter Games, plus there’s the unusual setup of mountain events about 60 miles away. In some places _the postcard-like view from the bobsled course at Cesana, for example – Alpine peaks are painted white with snow. In others, would-be breathtaking vistas are less striking, such as the brown mountainsides near the ski jumping in Pragelato, 6 miles from Sestriere. Security is being handled by the Interior Ministry, which increased those funds last year and likens its preparations for the Olympics to those for Pope John Paul II’s funeral. Pairs of soldiers with guns at the ready and berets tilted just right eyeball visitors to venues in the city and mountains. “Today, I’m very relaxed. A year ago, I was much worse,” said Sandro Pertile, competition manager at Pragelato. “Athens gives us a lot of confidence. They were in much worse shape, and they pulled it off. If they did it … .” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TURIN, Italy – Stride across Piazza San Giovanni’s large cobblestones toward Turin’s main cathedral, home to the Holy Shroud, and chances are you’ll be greeted by Gino, who runs a souvenir stand he wheels around on his 1973 scooter. Search among the postcards and snow globes for a Torino 2006 trinket, though, and you’re out of luck. Instead, Gino will gladly offer a keychain or figurine from soccer’s 1990 World Cup. What about something from the upcoming Olympics? center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Signs or flags trumpeting the games aren’t up yet, ticket sales are lagging, snow is scarce as usual, and Italian athletes are complaining openly about a lack of interest. “There’s a month to go, and where are the Olympics?” asked Beppe Fossati, editor of Torino Cronaca, a local newspaper. “The Olympic spirit is missing.” Hard to tell from the weather that the games are coming. Snow is rare in these parts. During the games (Feb. 10-26), there’s only about a 1 percent chance of daily snowfall and a 16 percent chance of rain, with temperatures averaging in the upper 40s. A city known mainly as a center of industry is undergoing major changes ahead of the games in what locals see as a chance to become a tourist destination. last_img read more

Iker Casillas set for free transfer, Liverpool and PSG both keen on ‘keeper

first_imgParis Saint-Germain have joined Liverpool in the race for Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas.The 36-year-old’s contract is set to expire in the summer as he has not taken up the option to extend it by a further year.That has alerted several sides to the Spaniard’s availability, including clubs from China, the Middle East and Turkey.Liverpool are also said to be keen on bringing Casillas to Anfield this summer and some reports have even claimed a pre-contract agreement is in place.But, according to L’Equipe, that could all collapse as PSG are prepared to offer the former Real Madrid goalkeeper the chance to come to the French capital.Casillas enjoyed an impressive season for Porto this year and he kept 23 clean sheets in 43 games. 1 Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas is set for a move this summer last_img read more

Spanish side bid to re-sign Leicester midfielder

first_img Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Iborra signed a four-year deal with Leicester last summer Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Transfer News 1 Sevilla are lining up a summer move for their former captain Vicente Iborra – just 11 months after they sold him to Leicester City.The former Premier League champions paid £12m to land the 30-year-old in July and he recovered from an injury-affected start to become one of the club’s most consistent performers. LATEST TOP WORK On his departure last year, Iborra made no secret of his desire to one day return to the club where he spent four memorable years, winning three Europa Leagues and being named captain.And now local paper El Correo de Andalucia has claimed that they are hoping to tempt him back as early as this summer by lodging a formal bid with Leicester. three-way race Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets center_img Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti REVEALED Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Iborra ended the campaign having made 19 appearances in the league, scoring three goals.The midfielder remains under contract with Leicester until 2021 but reports in Spain have now claimed that Sevilla are already exploring the chances of bringing him back. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LIVING THE DREAM Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade IN DEMAND targets RANKED Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing moving on last_img read more

St. Eunans too strong for Ardara in Minor Semi-Final

first_imgST.EUNANS  3-10       V       0-05   ARDARA                            .                                                                                                                             Ardara played with the strong wind in their favour in the first half but failed to take advantage of it as Eunans led by a point at the break. The key score came in the 18th minute when Eoin Mc Geehin and Matthew McGovern were involved in the build-up before Oisín Purdy set up Louis Hasson who blasted to the net from 12 yards out. It took Ardara nine minutes to open the scoring with a Niall Mc Crossan free.    Conor O Donnell replied for St. Eunans in the 15th minute, also from a free but Matthew Sweeney restored the Ardara lead with a fisted point.  Then came Hasson’s goal quickly followed by another Conor O Donnell point from play.                                      Darragh O Donnell kicked an excellent point from play and Mc Crossan converted a 45 to leave it 1-2 to 0-04 to St.Eunans at the break.      Two points in two minutes by Niall Hannigan and Eoin Mc Geehin were quickly followed by two from Conor O Donnell and a super effort by Niall Hannigan to leave six in it.          Three minutes later it was over as a contest with a second goal for Eunans. A five man move ended with a easy tap in from six yards by Oisín Purdy and a nine point lead.        St.Eunans continued to dominate, O Donnell kicked a couple of frees and Michael McGrory pointed from play to a lone free from Mc Crossan. and it was 2-10 to 0-05.  The final score of the game came in the final minute when Louis Hasson powerful drive beat the good attempt by keeper Gallagher to save it. St. Eunans move on to meet Kilcar in the Minor Final.                 ST.EUNANS;   Ronan Mc Geehin, Jerome Angel Atuahene ,  Ciaran Mc Closkey,  Anthony Gallagher, Ryan Hilferty,  Michael Mc Grory 0-1. ), Peter Mc Eniff,  Paddy Mc Colgan , Aaron Deeney,  Louis Hasson ( 2-0 ),,  Naill  Hannigan ( 0-2 ), Eoin Mc Geehin, (0-1), Conor O Donnell. ( 0-6 4f ), Matthew Mc Govern  Oisín Purdy,  ( 1-0 ).                                                                      SUBS used :   James Kelly,  Cormac Finn,  sand Sean Breen .                       ARDARA:      Patrick Gallagher, Iarla Murphy, Ultan Brennan,  Joe Gallagher,  Gerard Mc Hugh, ,  Eoin Harkin,  Danny Walsh, Robbie Adair,  Brian Whyte, Niall Mc Crossan,(0-3 ),  Oisín Brennan, Matthew Sweeney,  (0-1), Johnny Mc Hugh, Johnny Sweeney,  Darragh O Donnell (0-1 ).  . SUBS used Dylan Gallagher, Joe Sweeney, Conor Weir, Reece Brogan, and Adam Mc Shane.                      .                                                                           REFEREE: Jimmy White ( Killybegs ).    St. Eunans too strong for Ardara in Minor Semi-Final was last modified: September 8th, 2017 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

How 6-8 Raiders can still make NFL playoffs after 4-game losing streak

first_imgOakland is finished with the Raiders. But the Raiders, incredibly, still harbor hopes for an AFC playoff berth.You read correctly. It can happen — even without a suspicious outbreak of ptomaine breaking out in selected NFL cities.Here’s how it happens:1. The Raiders have to beat the Chargers in Los Angeles and the Broncos in Denver. Now, it’s true that the Raiders haven’t won consecutive road games since 2016 — their win over the Bears in London, which came right after beating the Colts in …last_img read more