Endangered Jaguar caught and relocated

first_imgOfficials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week captured a male Jaguar in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) and sent the endangered animal to  Region Four.According to a release from the EPA, on Tuesday, the Agency received reports about the capture of a male Jaguar in a trap set by residents of Lake Capoey, Essequibo, Region Two. Following this, an Officer from the EPA and a Representative of the Ministry of Natural Resources promptly visited the area to verify the news and the safety of the feline.The Jaguar is the largest cat of the Americas weighing up to 100 kilograms (220 pounds)Arrangements were made by the EPA with the Transport and Harbours Department (T&HD) as well as the Guyana Livestock Development Authority (GLDA), to relocate the Jaguar to the Hyde Park Animal Sanctuary at Land of Canaan on the East Bank of Demerara to protect the animal.According to the EPA, the main reason for the increasing number of Jaguars trespassing in villages and attacking livestock in Region Two is food. The long dry spell in this area is causing the large cat’s normal prey to move closer to water sources, making the search for food harder for Guyana’s national animal. This forces the animal to intrude into communities and prey upon the domestic animals found there. Other reasons for the encroachment of these animals into communities are old age and injuries.In light of the increased instances of jaguar encroachment, residents have opted to trap Jaguars to reduce the toll on their livestock. However, the EPA has advised that there were measures that could be taken to prevent Jaguars, which are legally protected in Guyana under the Wildlife Management and Conservation Regulations (WMCR), from entering the communities.The method that has proven to be most effective is to ‘’keep domesticated animals in well-constructed pens or corrals at night and to use motion-triggered light or loud sounds near the livestock, as the surprise effect would cause the feline to retreat and continue their search for food elsewhere’’.The release highlighted that the Jaguar was the largest cat of the Americas weighing up to 100 kilograms (220 pounds) and played an important role in maintaining a healthy environment by helping to control the population of smaller animals lower down the food chain.Since their large bodies require lots of food, they tend to prey on forest dwellers such as peccaries (bush hogs); deer; tapir (bush cow); turtles and armadillos, etc, to maintain their body mass.There are still a few thousand Jaguars left in Guyana and these are protected.Jaguars are shy by nature, and even people who walk the forests frequently do not see them because these predators tend to be elusive, hiding from sight and avoiding interaction.Residents are encouraged to report any incidents with Jaguars to the EPA Wildlife Unit on 225-5467/225-6048 ext: 226.last_img read more

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COLINBO Welcomes Fumba Trawally’s Appointment

first_imgThe Concerned Liberian International Business Organization (COLINBO) has welcomed the recent appointment of its president, Mr. Fumba Trawally, by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as City Council Member.According to a release signed by COLINBO assistant secretary general, Ms. Joyce N. Konnah, the preferment by President Sirleaf marked a new beginning in the political landscape of Liberia.She described President Sirleaf’s decision as a mark of appreciation for Mr. Trawally’s numerous efforts aimed at promoting economic growth and human resource capacity building of the nation.“I would like to say thank you, Madam Sirleaf, for the appointment. It is not an oversight because you remember COLINBO quite well, when we were invited to attend the Private Sector Conference held in Washington D.C. in 2007. The Conference enabled us to carry eight of our (COLINBO) members to participate, and it has given broader insight to our members about the Private Sector Development of our country,” she said.The trip, Ms. Konnah recalled, also brought about the establishment of the RLJ-Kendeja Resort & Villas which today has provided jobs for many Liberians, in fulfillment of the government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS).Madam Sirleaf also recognized the newly appointed city council member Mr. Trawally, as the businessman of the year in her recent State of the Union address, Ms. Konnah said.The good gesture of the government has opened doors for national, international and cross border trade with countries far and near.“Today Liberian businesses can now boast of trading in America, China, Turkey, Libya and neighboring countries which in the past were not available,” Ms. Konnah noted.She said all of these good things are happening to Liberian businesses because of the effort of the Liberian government to empower Liberians through self-initiative.The group commended all health workers and international partners for their relentless effort shown in the fight against the killer Ebola disease.The group is calling on members of the Legislature to confirm Mr. Trawally’s appointment, noting that his appointment to the Paynesville City Council is realistic because he has invested in the only toiletries factory in the country.The initiative according to Ms. Konnah, has helped to provide job opportunities for the people of Paynesville.“We are committed to doing more in order to see the development of the City of Paynesville,” Ms. Konnah declared.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Gwen Myers Elected to Global Shapers Advisory Council at World Economic Forum

first_imgGwendolyn S. Myers, executive director, Messengers of Peace-Liberia, Inc.The executive director of Messengers of Peace-Liberia (MOP) Inc, Ms. Gwendolyn Myers has been elected to the Global Shapers Community Advisory Council on Governance and Accountability at the World Economic Forum. She represents Liberia and more than 5,000 Shapers around the world. Last Friday, September 8, the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum announced the election results of the Global Shapers Community Advisory Council members that would serve for two years, up to the June 30, 2019.The Global Shapers Advisory Council consists of five thematic councils that reinforce the distributed leadership capabilities, ensuring that members of the Community participate in relevant strategic and operational activities beyond borders.  The thematic groups are the councils on Hub Engagement, Impact, Governance and Accountability, Events and Funding, and Alumni.According to the Global Shapers Community online portal, over 3200 members of the Global Shapers community participated in the 2017 Advisory Council elections.The unquestionable and unwavering support from Global Shapers, friends and colleagues remain the tower of strength for the outcome of this election.Barely six months ago, on March 23, 2017, Myers was nominated as an Expert in Human Rights to the World Economic Forum Expert Network. Her election to the Advisory Council reinforces the notion that a future awaits those who seek peace.As part of MOP’s outreach, Gwen Myers has run a weekly “Messengers of Peace” column every Thursday in the Daily Observer newspaper since 2013. The articles are targeted mainly youth, educating them about the benefits of pursuing peace and the role of peace in the lives of responsible citizenry.Myers, whose birthday is today, is expected to work with fourteen other Advisory Council Members across the globe in the months ahead, under the Governance and Accountability council to establish Community Peace Initiatives and ensure the Community stays positive by addressing conflicts proactively.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Won’t help the poor

first_imgChatsworth Reza’s right Re “Defending the flag” (April 8): Why is it that some people think their view to support the Iraq war is the only view that should be allowed in this democracy? Let Alex Reza alone. He is respectfully displaying the flag of his country on his front lawn. It is his front lawn. He is so respectful that he even keeps a spotlight shining on the flags at night. If his neighbors have relatives who have volunteered – let me emphasize that word “volunteered” – to serve in the military, that is their decision, but it should never impact on Reza’s right to express his opinion in a lawful manner. Re “Anti-housing policy” (Our opinions, April 6): In an editorial, the Daily News asserted that rather than increase compensation for tenants forced by condominium conversion to relocate, the city should instead, through unspecified means, assist the renters in becoming homeowners. While the paper’s suggestion is laudable in principle, any program designed for such purposes is only going to help those for whom ownership is within reach. The effect would be to help the middle class and allow the poor to suffer. The paper’s “teach a man to fish” allusion instead comes off like a modern-day Marie Antoinette’s “let them eat cake.” – David Holland – Mary Montes West Hills Respect his freedom Re “Defending the flag” (April 8): It is no one’s right to declare the flags right or wrong. Everyone has a right to his or her own opinion and method of respect, and what Alex Reza is doing is perfectly legal. As a mother of a son who was in the Army for the Vietnam “conflict” and in the Navy on a carrier in the Gulf, with a Purple Heart and permanent disability, I respect Reza’s freedom to make his memorial statement, for whatever reasons. – Jacque Lamishaw Winnetka Placement of flags Re “Defending the flag” (April 8): With regard to the neighbors in Newhall who are protesting the placement of flags on their neighbor’s lawn to honor those who have fallen in the current conflict: If placing flags to honor the dead is such a disgrace, why is it done year after year at all the VA cemeteries? The neighbors need to lighten up and see the display for what it really is – a tribute. – Carolyn Whitehead Canyon Country Small campuses? Re “Big push for small campuses” (April 7): The Los Angeles Unified School District wants to build lots of small schools, but where will these schools be located? We live in a lovely, older, established neighborhood of single-family homes, with a very close group of culturally and racially diverse people, that has been targeted by the LAUSD for placement of Elementary School No. 14 right in the middle of the neighborhood. How many nice, quiet residential neighborhoods will the LAUSD destroy to achieve its goals of lots of small schools? We suggest the LAUSD implement a plan for placement of new campuses in blighted or commercial areas instead of in the middle of residential neighborhoods. – Myrna Richardson Van Nuys Promoting minorities Re “Rank still a racial issue” (April 8): As a Latina, I believe Los Angeles Police Department officers should be promoted based on their experience and qualifications, not because they are a minority. The LAPD could learn a valuable lesson from previous experience that promoting minorities who aren’t qualified – who lack management and leadership skills – just to keep up with numbers can be detrimental to the city and the department. Two previous minority chiefs of police are perfect examples of this, Chief Parks and Chief Willie Williams. – Monica Harmon Los Angeles160Want 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

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Annoyed Barcelona won’t pay Neymar bonus

first_img0Shares0000Neymar has left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in a world record transfer © AFP/File / LLUIS GENEBARCELONA, Spain, Aug 4 – Barcelona won’t pay a Sh3.1bn bonus to Neymar for renewing his contract with the Catalan giants in 2016, a club spokesman said on Friday after his decision to join Paris Saint-Germain for a world record transfer fee.Josep Vives admitted Barca had been left irritated by the Brazilian’s decision to leave despite signing a new five-year deal last year as PSG paid his 222 million euro ($264 million) buyout clause to leave Barca powerless to prevent Neymar moving on. “Any separation causes annoyance, especially when it is one not wished for by the club due to a unilateral decision on the part of the player,” Vives told a press conference at the Camp Nou.“The player hasn’t fulfilled his contract with the club…given that breach the club will not pay this renewal bonus.”Barca had deposited the bonus with a notary to be paid on September 1 had Neymar remained at the club, but have already recovered the 26 million.During his presentation as a PSG player on Friday, Neymar said that “at no point did I lack respect to the supporters or the club” in deciding to bring to an end his four years in Catalonia.However, Vives insisted Barca are unhappy with the way in which his exit came about.“There is annoyance at the decision, but also the way it came about.”Yet, Vives claimed Barca can bounce back from losing out on La Liga and the Champions League last season with the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez still among a star-studded squad.“He is a great player, we have enjoyed him a lot, but the world doesn’t end after Neymar,” he added.“It is not the first time that we have gone through a situation like this and the club has continued, grown and become more universal.”The move is not just a huge blow for Barca’s prospects on the field, but their prestige as one of the world’s richest and most successful clubs.It is 17 years since Barca last lost one of their prized assets against their will when Real Madrid paid Luis Figo’s buyout clause for a then world record fee.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Man City team news ahead of Roma – no Aguero but FOUR players return

first_img Vincent Kompany trains with Man City 1 You’ll love this, Man City fans.Vincent Kompany, David Silva, Stevan Jovetic and Fernandinho are training ahead of the Champions League match against Roma.Jovetic last played for City against Sunderland on 3 December where he scored one and created another, but a hamstring problem ended his game prematurely.A knee injury sustained against Newcastle at the end of October has kept Silva on the sidelines, with Vincent Kompany hobbling out of a 3-0 win against Southampton at the end of November, while Fernandinho was missing from the 1-0 win over Everton with a knock.Surely that’s some comfort following news of Sergio Aguero’s injury.Roma v Manchester City in the Champions League is live on talkSPORT on Wednesday 10 December 2014last_img read more

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Local Hindus celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights, this week

first_imgHOLIDAY: Area families enjoy feasting, exchanging sweets and decorating their homes for Indian holiday. Diyas, tea lights, candles and strings of outdoor lights will give a festive and inviting glow to Hindu homes on Thursday during the celebration of Diwali, or the Festival of Lights. “This is our biggest holiday. We light up the whole house,” said Vandana Kumar, who grew up in Shimla in Northern India. “Diwali is such a big deal in India. There are lots of firecrackers, which of course we cannot have here. There is a big feast, plenty of good food and an exchange of sweets.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Kumar, a science teacher at Canoga Park High School, said she uses outdoor Christmas lights to decorate for Diwali. “The lights are for the celebration of Lord Ram, who returned from exile, and also for Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, inviting her to come to our home,” Kumar said. And although Kumar is Hindu, she has no problem decorating her house with the lights associated with Christmas. “Diwali is like everybody’s holiday. It’s the equivalent of Christmas and in some ways almost like Thanksgiving,” said Kumar, who went to a Roman Catholic convent school. “These holidays are celebrations, and I think it’s OK for all of us to share.” Diwali gets its name from a Sanskrit word, Deepavali. “Deepa” means light and avali means row – thus, a row of lights. Small earthenware lamps called diyas – the symbol of Diwali – are filled with mustard oil and placed on ltars in temples and inside and outside homes. The lunar Hindu calendar determines the celebration of Diwali, so it may be observed in October or November. It always falls on the day of the new moon. The traditional story behind Diwali is found in the Ramayana, a Hindu holy book, in which the adventures of Lord Rama, an avatar of God, are told in epic style. Lord Rama, or Ram, was poised to become a ruler of his country but was instead ordered into exile for 14 years. The epic states that he lived in difficult circumstances and his courage was tested when he defeated a demon, Ravana. The people of his country lighted diyas to illuminate his triumphant way home when the period of exile was over. Lord Rama’s epic includes moral teachings that Hindus read about in the Ramayana on Diwali. This holy book teaches people devotion to God, the proper way of living and obedience to one’s elders. “Lord Rama was a righteous guy,” said Dinesh Mangilipelly, a student at Pierce and Valley colleges. “I think Diwali reminds us of good winning over bad and overcoming obstacles. There’s always a flip side, the bright side, to everything,”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

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European boost for SA renewables

first_img8 December 2011 South Africa has formed a partnership with four European countries and the European Investment Bank (EIB) to source funding and expertise to support the country’s ambitious plans for the scale-up of renewable energy. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the UN climate summit (COP 17) in Durban on Wednesday by representatives from South Africa, the UK, Norway, Germany, Denmark and the European Investment Bank.Expertise, funding The first task of the partnership will be to help South Africa to develop operational financial mechanisms and secure funding to enable the scale-up of renewables envisaged by the South African Renewables Initiative (SARi), which forms part of the government’s Industrial Policy Action Plan. The SA-European partnership is seen as a growing one which will draw in additional partners over time. “It is also intended to demonstrate and share learning from an innovative large-scale collaboration to mobilise investment into climate-compatible infrastructure and green growth,” the EIB said in a statement on Wednesday. Speaking after Wednesday’s signing in Durban, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said the South African Renewables Initiative would not only promote increased use of renewable energy, but would also boost the development of new “green” industries, and create jobs in renewable energy and its value chain.Industrial, job creation benefits Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said renewable energy represented “an opportunity for Africa … African countries need to become producers as well as consumers of tomorrow’s technologies. “As South Africa begins to roll out large-scale renewables, we are seeking to do this in a way that maximises industrial and job creation benefits,” Davies said. “The South African Renewables Initiative aims to unlock the environmental, industrial, and economic benefits that large-scale renewable energy offer to South Africa, without imposing an unacceptable burden on our economy, public finances or citizens.” Simon Brooks, EIB vice-president for climate action, said the bank “looks forward to working with South African partners both to share experience from renewable energy projects around the world and to see how best to support individual schemes.” Also present at Wednesday’s signing were Chris Huhne, UK secretary of state for energy and climate change; Norwegian environment minister Erik Solheim; German environment minister Norbert Rottgen, and Denmark’s climate and energy minister, Martin Lidegaard. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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The Elders bid dignified farewell to their leader

first_imgThe Elders do not claim to know all the answers but they firmly believe that each and every individual can make a difference and create a positive change in society.(Image: The Elders Organisation)MEDIA CONTACTS• Katy Cronin Chief Operating OfficerThe Elders+44 7788 710 789RELATED ARTICLES• Mandela’s close friends express the world’s grief • Tutu leads Mandela memorial at Centre of Memory • Women’s rights start with girls• Happy birthday, Archbishop Tutu• A nation of paradoxes: RobinsonMelissa Jane Cook“The world has lost a visionary leader, a courageous voice for justice, and a clear moral compass. By showing us that the path to freedom and human dignity lies in love, wisdom and compassion for one another, Nelson Mandela stands as an inspiration to us all,” says Kofi Annan, the former secretary-general of the United Nations and the chairman of The Elders.A stalwart, indomitable individual, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela – Tata Madiba – was a man driven by courage, truth and an innate desire to do what was right. Armed with a fighting spirit and a tenacious vision he founded The Elders, “an independent group of global leaders who believe strongly in advocating peace and human rights”. Together they forged a bond with an aim “to act boldly, speak difficult truths and tackle taboos”.British entrepreneur Richard Branson and musician Peter Gabriel initiated the idea of The Elders to Mandela, the world renowned anti-apartheid activist and former South African president. With the help of his wife, Graça Machel, and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, The Elders were established and a conversation was started. The idea they discussed was a simple one: how could a small, dedicated group of independent elders help to resolve global problems and ease human suffering?This international non-government organisation of Nobel laureates, public figures, elder statesmen, peace activists and human rights advocates, envelops “almost 1 000 years of collective experience” to work on solutions for seemingly overwhelming problems. Chaired by Annan, the collective works tirelessly to resolve global disputes and overcome obstacles. In warring regions charged with hostility, each elder strives to construct building blocks for peace and reconciliation, and, throughout the world, they promote equality for girls and women, as well as sustainable development.Independent voice“They are not bound by the interests of any nation, government or institution but represent an independent voice,” states The Elders website. “They are committed to promoting the shared interests of humanity, and the universal human rights we all share. They believe that in any conflict, it is important to listen to everyone – no matter how unpalatable or unpopular this may be.”The Elders do not claim to know all the answers but they firmly believe that each and every individual can make a difference and create a positive change in society. At the group’s launch on Mandela’s 89th birthday, 18 July 2007, he called on The Elders to act as “a fiercely independent and robust force for good, tackling complex and intractable issues – especially those that are not popular”.He expressed his hope that the group would “work to support courage where there is fear, foster agreement where there is conflict, and inspire hope where there is despair”. He added: “Using their collective experience, their moral courage and their ability to rise above the parochial concerns of nation, race and creed, they can help make our planet a more peaceful, healthy and equitable place to live… Let us call them Global Elders, not because of their age, but because of their individual and collective wisdom. This group derives its strength not from political, economic or military power, but from their independence and integrity.”Mandela did not play an active role after founding The Elders, but he was an Honorary Elder and the inspiration for the group’s work. Tutu served as the chairman for six years before he stepped down in May 2013; he remains an Honorary Elder.At the inauguration, an empty chair was on stage for Aung San Suu Kyi, the human rights activist who was a political prisoner in Myanmar at the time. Those who were present at the launch were Annan, Jimmy Carter, Machel, Mandela, Mary Robinson, Tutu, Muhammad Yunus and Li Zhaoxing. Members not present at the launch were Ela Bhatt, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Lakhdar Brahimi and Fernando Henrique Cardoso. Martti Ahtisaari joined The Elders in September 2009 and Hina Jilani and Ernesto Zedillo joined the group in July 2013.Peace-building effortsSince 2007, The Elders have worked on peace-building efforts in Ivory Coast, Cyprus, Israel and Palestine, the Korean Peninsula, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Sudan and South Sudan, and Zimbabwe. They have also worked to encourage inclusive and peaceful transitions in countries affected by change in the Middle East and North Africa. Their work and aims include:● Ivory Coast: In May 2011, following months of post-election violence, Annan, Robinson and Tutu travelled to the country to encourage a process of national reconciliation and healing.● Cyprus: The Elders have visited Cyprus several times, and in February 2011 launched a documentary about the search for the thousands of missing persons killed during inter-communal violence and conflict in the 1960s and 1970s. The film follows four local teenagers – two Greek Cypriots and two Turkish Cypriots – who join Tutu, Carter and Brahimi to learn more about the island’s painful past.● Middle East: The Elders made their second visit to the Middle East in October 2010. They aim to promote “a just and secure peace for all” that embraces human rights principles under international law, and guarantees the right to live in equality, dignity and security to all Palestinians and Israelis.● Equality for women and girls: The Elders call for an end to the use of religious and traditional practices to justify and entrench discrimination against women and girls.● Sudan and South Sudan: The Elders support efforts to build the conditions for long-lasting peace, good governance and development.● Zimbabwe: The Elders are actively engaged in supporting initiatives to address the humanitarian crisis in the southern African nation and efforts to build a stable, prosperous and secure future for its people.● Myanmar: The Elders support efforts to achieve a peaceful transition to democracy in the country and the release of all political prisoners.● Eliminating nuclear weapons: The Elders strongly support efforts to reduce and eventually eliminate all nuclear weapons worldwide. There are more than 20 000 nuclear weapons in the world that have the capacity to destroy life on Earth several times over.● Every Human Has Rights: Inspired by The Elders, the Every Human Has Rights campaign reintroduced the Universal Declaration to millions of people around the world. It aims to unite them in upholding the values that bind our human family.CourageIn his 2007 speech at the founding, Mandela said: “I am also certain that that they will support courage where there is fear, foster agreement where there is conflict and inspire hope where there is despair. But I wish them well, and hope they succeed in bringing light to some of the darkness that afflicts our world, and new energy to areas where others have become weary because of the endless conflict.”Machel, Mandela’s widow and the former first lady of Mozambique, said: “When Nelson Mandela brought The Elders together in 2007, he challenged us to reach out to those who most need our help, to give a voice to the voiceless.”As a collective, The Elders have the ability and the power, the networks and the influence to make a difference. Mandela described their mission: “They can speak freely and boldly, working both publicly and behind the scenes. They will reach out to those who most need their help.”With their founder now gone, The Elders will carry on in the spirit of Mandela, who once explained the African concept of ubuntu: “We are human only through the humanity of other human beings.” The word can be translated as “human kindness”.In their wordsA delegation of The Elders travelled to South Africa to honour the memory of Mandela after his death, saying:Tutu: “God was so good to us in South Africa by giving us Nelson Mandela to be our president at a crucial moment in our history. He inspired us to walk the path of forgiveness and reconciliation and so South Africa did not go up in flames. Thank you God, for this wonderful gift, who became a moral colossus, a global icon of forgiveness and reconciliation. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.”Ahtisaari, the former president of Finland, said: “The most impressive man of my generation has passed away. No one has influenced my life more than president Nelson Mandela. Anyone supporting the just struggle for democratic change in Southern Africa cannot have been untouched by president Mandela’s life.”Bhatt, founder of India’ Self-Employed Women’s Association, said: “The world has lost a great leader. Madiba showed the people of the world that great nations are built with moral courage and collective strength, with justice and equal opportunity, with truth and reconciliation, with love and forgiveness, with vision and wisdom. He was indeed the Gandhi of South Africa. His spirit lives on in the people of South Africa and in the hearts of all who loved him.”Brahimi, the former foreign minister of Algeria, said: “Men and women everywhere feel they have lost someone very close to them, a man they loved deeply and respected and admired profoundly. It was such a privilege to have known him, to have listened to him a number of times, to have participated, however modestly, in his gigantic achievement: the end of apartheid and the restoration of lasting peace and reconciliation in South Africa.”Brundtland, the former prime minister of Norway and the deputy chairwoman of The Elders, said: “Six years after his release from prison, I had the great honour as Norway’s prime minister, to be the first foreign guest to visit Robben Island with Nelson Mandela and see the tiny cell in which he spent 18 of his 27 years in jail. It was an incredibly moving and unforgettable experience. He embodied the greatness of human dignity and restraint under terrible pressure.”Carter, the former American president, said: “I am deeply saddened by the death of Nelson Mandela. The people of South Africa and human rights advocates around the world have lost a great leader. His passion for freedom and justice created new hope for generations of oppressed people worldwide, and because of him, South Africa is today one of the world’s leading democracies.”Robinson, the former president of Ireland, said: “Nelson Mandela was a much-loved citizen of the world. His death leaves us bereft – it is felt by all of us as a personal loss. It was an honour, and also very humbling, to be invited by Mandela to join The Elders. We will strive to uphold the values of justice, of listening, and of mutual respect for others that he embodied.”Commitment to peaceThe Elders are Martti Ahtisaari, Kofi Annan (chairman), Ela Bhatt, Lakhdar Brahimi, Gro Harlem Brundtland (deputy chairwoman), Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Jimmy Carter, Hina Jilani, Graça Machel, Mary Robinson and Ernesto Zedillo. Desmond Tutu is an Honorary Elder. The Elders no longer hold public office and they are independent of any national government or other vested interest. As integrity is a hallmark of ethical leadership, these men and women have earned international trust, and built a reputation for inclusive, progressive authority.“The Elders share a common commitment to peace and universal human rights, but they also bring with them a wealth of diverse expertise and experience:• The peace makers, with decades of experience mediating and resolving conflicts around the world;• The peace builders who have helped post-conflict societies to heal wounds and rebuild;• The social revolutionaries who transformed their own countries – whether by reducing poverty, improving the status of women, or championing nonviolent struggle; and,• The pioneering women who have governed their countries, led international institutions and spearheaded movements to empower women.“An Elder is also a change maker – someone who can lead by example, creating positive social change and inspiring others to do the same,” states The Elders website.last_img read more

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WOTUS jurisdiction decision muddies regulatory waters

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The national stay on the 2015 waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule is expected to be lifted following a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that any legal challenges to the rule must take place in federal district courts and not at the appellate level.However, that doesn’t necessarily mean the previous administration’s rule will take effect. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to put the brakes on the WOTUS rule prior to the Supreme Court’s ruling, putting in place a two-year delay on the effective date while EPA undertakes a broader rewrite.“The U.S. Supreme Court ruled correctly today that federal district courts — not federal courts of appeals — have jurisdiction to review the 2015 WOTUS rule. This Supreme Court decision brings greater clarity to an important issue that has bogged down the litigation over this and other Clean Water Act regulations for years. That is a positive result, but it also creates uncertainty and confusion in the short term, because the Sixth Circuit must soon lift its nationwide stay of the 2015 rule,” said Ellen Steen, General Counsel of the American Farm Bureau Federation. “At this time, the Environmental Protection Agency has not yet finalized its proposed rule to delay the application of the unlawful and dangerous 2015 WOTUS rule while the agency considers whether to permanently repeal that rule. AFBF is considering its options to avoid application of the 2015 rule while EPA moves forward with an appropriate long-term solution that provides clear rules and clean water without requiring a federal permit to plow a field.”last_img read more

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