5-year sustainable artisanal fisheries plan completed

first_imgIn the face of climate change, overfishing, illegal and unregulated fishing, the Agriculture Ministry has secured a five-year management plan for the artisanal fisheries sector that will be implemented immediately.Artisanal fishing involves the exploitation of fish and shrimp species for local consumption or export and is done on various scales. The Department of Public Information reported that there are five objectives outlined in the action plan.According to DPI, these objectives seek to address issues relating to licensing and registration, marine environment, safety and order at sea, dialogue cooperation and coordination, and finance.Agriculture Minister, Noel Holder remarked that the transformation the artisanal sector will undergo is one that is necessary for its growth.“These changes will be resisted by many, but with awareness programmes by the Fisheries Department, and with assistance by Cooperatives, I am sure all involved in this sub-sector will be willing to adapt to these changes,” the Minister is quoted by DPI as saying.Among some of the changes that are necessary to effectively manage the sector are modification to fishing gear, to the types that are more environmentally friendly, along with the enforcement of closed seasons.During an invited comment to DPI, Chief Fisheries Officer within the Department of Fisheries, Denzil Roberts touched on another topical area that the action plan seeks to address. “We will have more enforcement to ensure that the vessels are licensed,” the official explained.Meanwhile, WWF-Guianas’ Country Manager, Aiesha Williams mentioned that while the conservation body consistently partners with the Ministry of Agriculture’s Department of Fisheries, further collaboration will be done as the plan is being implemented.According to Williams, “we will definitely work with the Department to assess the fish stock. We are really re-catching, re-eating, but we don’t have a good idea of the fish stock and the impact of our fisheries extraction on the stock itself.”Without knowing the fish stock for different species, monitoring of fish populations may be difficult. Hence, the Country Manager declared that once a baseline of the fisheries stock is established, monitoring can be done. This will address concerns such as the harvest of fish of improper sizes and low harvest counts.Williams highlighted that under the Safety and Order at Sea section within the plan, the actions to be taken seek to improve tracking of vessels, reporting and addressing piracy.As such, while pledging to work alongside the Fisheries Department during the phases of implementation, Williams described the handing over of the management plan as one that is, “a show of our commitment for safeguarding of our marine environment, as well as the wellbeing and our livelihoods of folks that depend on the sector”.This management plan, which runs from 2019 to 2024, allows Guyana to maintain its obligations towards upholding the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #14 which seeks to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources.last_img read more

40% of Guyanese youths unemployed

first_imgYouth Director Melissa Carmichael– Job fair caters only for 200 of the 600 applicationsThe Department of Youth has taken note of the whopping 40 per cent unemployment rate among youths in Guyana and will be hosting the first job fair on Friday where young people will be interviewed on the spot with the hope of gaining meaningful employment.This was revealed by the Department on Wednesday during a press conference where the Youth Director, Melissa Carmichael, told the media that over 600 applications were received, although the Department was initially catering for about 200.Social Cohesion Minister with responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr Norton said that the job fair was inspired by the large amount of jobless youths.The Minister explained, “The Department of Youth recognises that youth unemployment is one of the greatest challenges among the nation’s most valuable assets, youth. Statistics show that young people constitute one-quarter of the world’s population in the developing nations. This signals a vibrant and hopeful resource for the world…statistics show that approximately 40 per cent of the youth population in Guyana is unemployed. The Department of Youth recognises this scourge, seeks to bring Private Sector and Government agencies together to tackle this growing issue”.It is against this backdrop that the Department of Youth has decided to host its first youth fair at the National Sports Hall.Carmichael told reporters that while the fair may not be the biggest, she looks forward to a great turnout and lasting impact. “While it is not the biggest one, we believe that with the companies on board, it will certainly make a great impact,” she stated.A few of the companies who are seeking to hire the youths on Friday are Courts Guyana Inc, Qualfon, Guyana Telephone and Telegraph company (GT&T), Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) and Giftland.Carmichael said that only those applicants who would have completed their secondary education will be considered.Most of the positions, she informed, will be for customer care representative while others may be technical.According to her, the job fair will be geared towards providing a space for information sharing, providing an avenue for young people to speak to Human Resources officers at companies to voice their concerns and more importantly, being interviewed and hired for respective posts at participating agencies, among others.She stressed the importance of having young people interact with Human Resources officers as many times they are not given a chance to speak with them to address their worries.In 2012, the Bureau of Statistics conducted a survey which found that 10,326 or 37 per cent of the 17,571 Guyanese between the ages of 15 and 19 were unemployed.The Bureau said that in 2002, the unemployment rate for this age group stood at 38 per cent.The high rate of youth unemployment has triggered a number of negative effects. Only in January, the Caricom Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said that 80 per cent of prosecuted crimes are committed by youths between the ages of 19 and 29.In February Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram, told Guyana Times that unemployment will present a major challenge in the coming years.Ram spoke of some of the reasons for Guyana’s low employment rate and also expressed the belief that not enough attention is being paid to its economic and social side.“Part of the problem we have is that we have a very low wage economy,” Ram said, adding “and it discourages people entering into the employment sector. If you get the minimum wage and you have to spend 20 per cent of it on transportation alone, it’s not a great motivator for you to work”.last_img read more

Anti Idling Law may be coming to FSJ

first_imgn may be moving towards an idling ban, for large vehicles in the community. At last night’s regular meeting, City council made the first step towards such a bylaw, by asking city staff to look into the logistics of an anti idling ban, for large industrial vehicles. Mayor Jim Eglinski believes that if we are looking at making our air cleaner, we should be looking at bylaws that ban idling of larger vehicles [asset|aid=62|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Jim – Anti Idling Law_1_Pub.mp3] The city is just beginning the to look into a ban, and still has to consider the options, such as a partial ban, or one that would apply to all vehicles. It’s worth noting that the province is offering funding, to municipalities, who implement plans to clean up the air, in their communities.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Premier League spending sets new record

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United paid a British record £75 million for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku © AFP/File / AARON M. SPRECHERLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 24 – Premier League clubs’ spending has set a new record for a single transfer window as the historically lavish spree reached £1.17 billion ($1.57 billion) on Thursday.With a week to go until the window closes, Deloitte’s Sports Business Group say the 20 English top tier teams have shattered the previous record of £1.165 billion for one league in a single window, which was set by the Premier League last year. Fuelled by global broadcast rights deals totalling £8.4 billion, 12 Premier League teams have broken their transfer record since the end of last season.Liverpool’s record went on £39 million Mohamed Salah, Arsenal broke theirs for £50 million Alexandre Lacazette, while Chelsea, Tottenham and Everton set new marks with the signings of Alvaro Morata, Davinson Sanchez and Gylfi Sigurdsson respectively.Manchester City were the biggest spenders, with boss Pep Guardiola shelling out £221.5 million, including £54 million on Tottenham defender Kyle Walker.Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho splurged £145.8 million on three players, with the marquee recruit, Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, for a British record £75 million.Everton are currently third in the spending chart after paying £139.9 million on new signings funded by the Lukaku sale.Some fear the spending is unsustainable and could put the financial health of clubs at risk in the long-term.But Deloitte consultant Chris Stenson believes the unprecedented fees are in line with reasonable expectations, given the riches available to Premier League clubs from the record broadcast deals which took effect last season.“The level of transfer expenditure in this summer’s window has been extraordinary but when analysed in the context of record broadcast, commercial and matchday revenues, Premier League clubs are spending within their means,” he said.“Their ability to generate these record revenues and attract the world’s very best playing talent continues to drive the Premier League’s status as the most commercially successful football league in the world.”Even newly-promoted Huddersfield have broken their transfer record four times as the impact of the television deal is felt throughout the top flight.Despite Paris Saint-Germain paying a world record £200 million to sign Brazil striker Neymar from Barcelona, the Premier League teams have easily out-gunned the other top European leagues.There is every chance the new record will climb even higher as teams fine-tune their squads with more spending in the final days of the transfer market, which won’t reopen until January.“We expect further significant expenditure in the next seven days as clubs seek value in the market,” Stenson said.“Last summer, Premier League clubs spent around £300m in the final week of the window, more than they did throughout the entire January 2017 window.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Donegal Garda stations with no internet operate under ‘pre-historic’ systems

first_imgIt has been revealed that three rural Garda stations in Donegal do not have an internet connection to access the Garda network.Stations in Pettigo, Kilmacrennan and Ballintra do not have internet connectivity to allow officers to access Garda ICT services including the PULSE database.Nationally, one in five Garda stations are not connected. The lack of access to Garda ICT resources has been described as ‘unbelievable’ and ‘prehistoric’ by the Garda Representative Association (GRA). There are 564 operational Garda stations in Ireland, with 111 currently not connected to the Garda Network.In revealing the figures, Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan said that Gardai in unconnected stations can access PULSE at their local district station. He said that connectivity for 34 stations is now nearing completion, with a further 12 to be connected by the end of 2018.“I am further informed that An Garda Síochána is engaged in planning connectivity solutions for the remaining 65 stations, taking into account factors such as local access to broadband services and the potential for mobile connectivity,” Minister Flanagan said.Garda Representative Association (GRA) spokesperson John O’Keeffe said that the Irish public deserve more than such ‘catastrophic IT failings’. Mr O’Keefe said: “Report after report over the last number of years has highlighted pre-historic communication systems in the Force as being central to its current inability to communicate with the public, itself, or indeed its own software systems.”Donegal Garda stations with no internet operate under ‘pre-historic’ systems was last modified: July 17th, 2018 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

Live updates: Warriors vs. Mavericks, Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device. Join us for live news and analysis Saturday at 5:30 p.m. as the Warriors try to rebound from a loss in Utah when they take on the Dallas Mavericks at Oracle.The Warriors (21-11) were dealt a 108-103 defeat by the Jazz on Wednesday as Golden State couldn’t contain Utah’s long-distance shooting — the Jazz hit 16 3-pointers on their way to victory.Golden State is also looking to redeem itself after losing to Dallas …last_img read more

49ers at Washington: 5 keys to staying undefeated

first_imgSANTA CLARA – For the fourth time in six games, the 49ers are on the road. It seemed like a brutal opening act when the schedule was unveiled in April, especially knowing their recent road history.“I know we didn’t win a single road game last year, preseason or regular season, so those plane rides were not very fun,” tight end George Kittle recalled.New year, new results.As the undefeated 49ers (5-0) go to visit Washington (1-5), they are not spooked by an away game. Of course it helped …last_img read more

Photo library: Business and industry 8

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Business & Industry contact sheet (1.8MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Cape Town, Western Cape province: Fishermen fishing with handlines off Cape Point. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Black bream caught by fishermen fishing with handlines off Cape Point. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: A fishing boat in Pringle Bay.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Tuna is unloaded at Hout Bay harbour. The fish can fetch R70 per kilogram on the dock, although most of the catch is exported.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Tuna is unloaded at Hout Bay harbour. The fish can fetch R70 per kilogram on the dock, although most of the catch is exported.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Helicopter flying above a German advert production. Cape Town attracts many international film productions. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Helicopter flying above a German advert production. Cape Town attracts many international film productions. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Helicopter flying above a German advert production. Cape Town attracts many international film productions. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Set of a German advert production. Cape Town attracts many international film productions. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY 8: {loadposition business}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

Student union elections in M.P. likely after 15 years

first_imgAfter a gap of over 15 years, Madhya Pradesh is likely to witness student union polls in September-October. The Kamal Nath-led government is keen to hold the polls in around 1,300 universities across the State.State Higher Education Minister Jitu Patwari confirmed this and said the government was in favour of students directly electing their representatives.“The elections might take place in September-October and the government will ensure that the polls are conducted peacefully,” he said.Indirect elections The student union polls were discontinued in Madhya Pradesh in 2003 by the then BJP government. However, it allowed indirect ways of holding the elections till 2006. The students could chose their leaders in the class who elected the leaders for the student bodies. But this was also discontinued following the death of Professor H.S. Sabharwal during the elections in 2006. Prof. Sabharwal (59), head of the department of Political Science at Madhav College in Ujjain, was attacked by a mob of 25 to 30 students on August 26, 2006, at the college premises after he cancelled the students’ council elections. He died at the hospital the next day.last_img read more

BCCI awards: WC team felicitated; Sachin, Durrani honoured

first_imgSachin Tendulkar and former all-rounder Salim Durrani bagged top honours, while the World Cup winning Indian team led by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was felicitated by the Cricket Board at it annual awards function in Mumbai on Tuesday evening.Tendulkar was bestowed with the ‘Polly Umrigar Award for India’s best cricketer of 2009-10’ and received a trophy and cheque for Rs five lakh, while Durrani was felicitated with the CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award for which he received a trophy, a cheque for Rs 15 lakh and a citation.Members of the World Cup winning Indian team were felicitated and presented cheques worth Rs two crore each by BCCI president Shashank Manohar and BCCI secretary N. Srinivasan.The support staff of the team too were honoured and presented cheques of Rs 50 lakh each as declared by the Cricket Board earlier.However, former coach Gary Kirsten, mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton and bowling consultant coach Eric Simmons were absent.Among those present were members of the 1983 World Cup winning squad, including then skipper Kapil Dev, Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sandeep Patil and Yashpal Sharma.On the occasion, Dhoni thanked fans for supporting the team and said that winning the coveted trophy after 28 long years was a proud moment.”I thank all of you for the support we got throughout the World Cup. Hundred crore people supported us in the country as well as outside. It was a great moment for us. When you play for the country, the one thing you want to win is the World Cup. It is a proud moment for all of us. The victory was achieved thanks to the combination of experienced players and youngsters. We exploited the conditions really well. It was a great moment,” Dhoni said.advertisementWith inputs from PTIlast_img read more