Brazil sees growing wave of anti-indigenous threats, reserve invasions

first_imgAt least 14 indigenous reserves have been invaded or threatened with invasion, according to Repórter Brasil, an online news service and Mongabay media partner. Threats and acts of violence against indigenous communities appear to have escalated significantly since President Jair Bolsonaro assumed office.Indigenous leaders say Bolsonaro’s incendiary language against indigenous people has helped incite that violence, though the government denies this, with one official saying the administration will “stop the illegality.” Indigenous leaders point out that, so far, the government has failed to provide significant law enforcement assistance in the crisisAmong recent threats and attacks: a top indigenous leader, Rosivaldo Ferreira da Silva of the Tupinambá people, claims to have detected a plot by large-scale landowners and military and civilian police to murder him and his family. The Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau and Karipuna reserves in Rondônia state have been invaded by land grabbers and illegal loggers.Another five indigenous territories near the city of Altamira in Pará state have also reportedly been invaded. Illegal deforestation in the Awá Indigenous Reserve in Maranhâo state. Forests are illegally cleared by outsiders in preparation for cattle or crops. Image courtesy of Mário Vilela / FUNAI.In early February, one of Brazil’s main indigenous leaders, Rosivaldo Ferreira da Silva, known as Cacique (chief) Babau, held an emergency meeting with government officials and human rights organizations to denounce a plot to kill him and his family.He called on authorities for urgent action to investigate the plot and provide protection. He then flew to Brasilia where he was received by the head of the Brazilian Federal Prosecution Office (Procuradoria-Geral da República, PGR), the independent federal litigators.Babau is one of the leaders of the 4,600 member Tupinambá indigenous group who live on the 47,000-hectare (116,000-acre) Tupinambá de Olivença Indigenous Reserve in southern Bahia state, within the Caatinga and Atlantic Forest biomes, which has seen soaring deforestation due to agribusiness expansion. Ten years go FUNAI, the government’s indigenous agency, declared the area a reserve but the land has yet to be fully demarcated because of long delays by the Justice Ministry in publishing the final approval document.The reserve’s creation has been a source of ongoing conflict, with local landowners and hotel owners challenging the indigenous group’s right to occupy the territory – especially now that the land has greatly increased in value as large-scale agricultural producers seek more places to grow export crops.Babau said he had “robust evidence” of a recent meeting in the town of Itabuna between big landowners and military and civilian policemen to discuss a plot to kill him. One of the plans, he said, was to stop him and his family on a highway, plant drugs and arms in his car, then murder all passengers, including his two young nieces, claiming that Babau had returned fire.Rosivaldo Ferreira da Silva, Cacique (chief) Babau, the best-known leader of the 4,600 member Tupinambá indigenous group who live on the 47,000-hectare (116,000-acre) Tupinambá de Olivença Indigenous Reserve in southern Bahia state. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.Babau told the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper that the objective of the small group of plotters was “to get their hands on the Tapinambé territory.”  He was troubled above all about the plan to besmirch the Indians’ public image: “We are Tapinambé, and we aren’t afraid of death,” he said. “What revolts us is the plan to blacken our name. We live peacefully all our life and then, when we die, they claim we are drug traffickers! That is to kill someone twice!”So far, the Bahia government’s Justice Secretariat, to which Babau directed his complaint, has refused to comment on the case. The PGR issued a press statement saying that it would “accompany the work of the authorities to guarantee the safety of Babau and his family.”A group of 25 anthropologists and researchers who have worked with the Tapinambé issued a statement on 13 February in which they called on authorities “to carry out an urgent investigation into the threats and assassination plans made against the Tupinambá people,” “to take immediate and effective measures to protect the Tupinambá, particularly Cacique Babau,” and for the government to complete the demarcation process, hopefully ending the years of conflict.However, demarcation may not be likely: President Bolsonaro has long made it known that he vehemently opposes further demarcation of indigenous lands. And the government has specifically mentioned this reserve as one of the ones it wishes to reexamine to see if the indigenous claim is valid.IBAMA, Brazil’s environmental regulatory agency, and Federal Police investigate illegal logging in the Arara Indigenous Reserve in Pará state. IBAMA, which saw its budget slashed by half under President Temer, is increasingly unable to respond to indigenous reserve invasions. Image courtesy of IBAMA.A wave of indigenous conflictsThe threat against the Tupinambá and its leader is no isolated case. Since the beginning of the year, anti-indigenous actions have been reported across Brazil. In a recent article Repórter Brasil, an online non-profit news service and Mongabay media partner, reported that at least 14 indigenous reserves have been invaded or threatened with invasion.Since the start of 2019, land grabbers have been particularly brazen in their actions against two Amazon indigenous groups in Rondônia state, the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau, which experienced a major invasion by illegal loggers on 12 January, and the Karipuna.On 20 January, two Karipuna men from Panorama village were making their way through the forest for a meeting with medics from the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (Secretaria Especial de Saúde Indígena, SESAI), when they discovered 20 invaders on indigenous land.The illegal deforestors ignored the indigenous demand that they move out. “The invaders have built roads and felled a lot of forest!” an indigenous leader told NGO Greenpeace. “They are saying they will invade our village, burn our houses, kill our hens, kill our three main leaders.… Doesn’t FUNAI [Brazil’s indigenous agency] see what they are doing to our people? I don’t understand!”After a major invasion by land grabbers on January 12, 2019, the Uru-eu-wau-wau people organized regular patrols. They are determined to defend their ancestral territory. Image by Divulgação Kanindé.However, it appears that FUNAI under Bolsonaro may no longer be in a position to respond forcefully. The new government removed it from the powerful Justice Ministry and divided it in two, handing over responsibility for indigenous demarcation to the Ministry of Agriculture, well known for its favoritism toward agribusiness and hostility toward indigenous land rights. The everyday tasks of running FUNAI are now housed with the new Ministry for Women, the Family and Human Rights, a catch-all ministry widely expected to be underfunded and weak. “We don’t know how we will do our work without direct contact with the Federal Police [which remain part of the Justice Ministry],” said one FUNAI employee speaking anonymously.Despite these changes, the administration is still obliged to implement the law. The Rondônia branch of the Federal Public Ministry (Ministério Público Federal, MPF), a group of independent litigators, has repeatedly called on the Bolsonaro administration to act and remove invaders from the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau and Karipuna reserves. It has warned that “the situation is getting worse and worse, becoming unsustainable,” with the risk of “bloody conflicts,”The Karipuna are particularly vulnerable due to successive waves of occupation. The first blow came early in the 20th century when Percival Farquhar, a wealthy entrepreneur from Pennsylvania, U.S., accepted the challenge of building the Madeira-Mamoré railway, linking Brazil and Bolivia for the export of Amazon rubber.Beating immense logistical problems, Farquhar completed the railway. But the human cost was horrific: it is estimated that 6,000 of 20,000 construction workers died, mainly from malaria and yellow fever. The Karipuna, who had attacked the railway workers, were brutally repressed and forced to work for the rubber barons.Throughout the 20th century, the Karipuna continued to suffer and die, particularly from introduced diseases, with their population falling to just four in the 1970s. Then those numbers began to rebound. In the early 1980s, a work group marked out an ancestral territory, and in 1998 a Karipuna reserve was officially inaugurated. Today there are 58 known Karipuna. However, more may live, uncontacted, with small bands sighted on occasion fleeing deeper into the forest.Today, the Karipuna are too few and too weak to organize effective resistance against determined land grabbers. They also believe the current wave of attacks may be especially malicious and motivated by the anger felt by outsiders when Karipuna leader Adriano Karipuna travelled to New York in April 2018 to publicly denounce the threats faced by his people at the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.The Karipuna, like the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau, have made urgent requests to federal and state authorities for law enforcement protection. They say that, so far, the government hasn’t acted with any significant measures. The MPF fears that the current land grabber offensive may complete the process underway for over a century – the final annihilation of the Karipuna. It is warning of “imminent genocide.”Other violent assaults on indigenous rights are being reported across Brazil. The Pankararu,an indigenous group in the Northeast Brazilian state of Pernambuco has long suffered conflict. But on 28 October, the same day as Bolsonaro’s electoral win, violence against them was ratchetted up when a group of outsiders set fire to the Pankararu’s health clinic.Outsiders are also threatening the Tembés and Timbiras indigenous groups in the Alto Rio Guamá Indigenous Reserve in the Amazonian state of Pará. One of their leaders, who wishes to remain anonymous, said that the Indians have received threatening letters saying that “the time of Lula [the former leftist Workers’ Party president] is over and [rightist] Bolsonaro’s hour has come.” Another five indigenous territories near the city of Altamira in Pará state have also reportedly been invaded.The Karipuna have been denouncing illegal occupation of their land since 2017, but their numbers are so low they find it difficult to resist invaders. Image courtesy of Greenpeace.Indigenous groups making a standSome indigenous groups are fighting back against what some leaders are calling a “free for all.” The Guajajara, a large indigenous group in the Northeast state of Maranhão, have set up “Guardians of the Forest” patrols, now involving as many as 120 Indians. They confront and evict loggers. “I don’t know how many times we’ve kicked loggers off our land,” said Tainaky, one of the Guardians.However, many indigenous people fear that, without decisive action by authorities, the rule of law will deteriorate. “The invasions will intensify,” predicted Adriano Karipuna. “Bolsonaro proclaims that Indians don’t need land and are lazy, that they are like animals in a zoo. And now the man who said these wicked things is in power.”Esequiel Roque do Espírito Santo, Undersecretary for Policies of Promotion of Racial Equity in the new Ministry of Family, Women and Human Rights, denies any holding back of law enforcement by the Bolsonaro administration. On a February visit to the Uru-eu-wau-wau Indigenous Reserve to assess the January invasion, he said, “We want to send a message that the State is close, that we were there to stop the illegality.” However, the Uru-eu-wau-wau Reserve has yet to see a major assist from law enforcement.The anthropologist, Daniela Alarcon, one of the signatories of the Tupinambé letter of support, worries that past Bolsonaro incendiary statements could incite violence. She told Mongabay: “The repeated anti-indigenous statements that Bolsonaro has made operate like a greenlight to those working against the Indians to take the law in their own hands. They believe they will be supported and legitimized by the government if they do so.”Cleber Buzatto, executive secretary of the Catholic Church’s Indigenous Missionary Council (Conselho Indígenista Missionário, CIMI), believes there has been a dangerous shift in policy under the new president: “We are witnessing a new phase in the illegal and criminal takeover of indigenous land by economic groups. The land grabbers are encouraged and protected by the indigenous policies of the Bolsonaro government. The rhetoric against the constitutional rights of the Indians heard during the campaign is now reflected in administrative acts.”Indeed, the president did make extravagant promises to industrial agribusiness and to the ruralistas, the nation’s rural elite, during his electoral campaign; and they responded in kind by becoming his close political ally. If recent events are any indicator, and if rural violence and exploitation escalate, Brazil’s indigenous groups and the Amazon rainforest, could potentially pay a high price to satisfy Bolsonaro’s political base.Correction: This story originally shortened the name of the Tupinambá de Olivença Indigenous Reserve, calling it the Tupinambá Indigenous Reserve. The error has been corrected.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.Tupinambá young people perform a ritual dance. There are roughly 900,000 indigenous people in Brazil today. Many are adamant about maintaining their ancestral territories and cultural traditions. That view runs counter to that of many large rural landowners who would like to see indigenous reserves broken up for private ownership and indigenous people absorbed into the general society. Image courtesy of Racismo Ambiental. 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In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Agriculture, Amazon Agriculture, Amazon Conservation, Amazon Destruction, Amazon Logging, Amazon People, Conflict, Controversial, Corruption, Culture, Deforestation, Drivers Of Deforestation, Environment, Environmental Crime, Environmental Law, Environmental Politics, Ethnocide, Forest Fragmentation, Forests, Governance, Government, Green, Human Rights, Illegal Logging, Indigenous Cultures, Indigenous Groups, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Reserves, Indigenous Rights, Industrial Agriculture, Land Conflict, Land Grabbing, Land Rights, Land Speculation, Land Use Change, Law, Law Enforcement, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforest Logging, Rainforests, Regulations, Saving The Amazon, Social Justice, Threats To The Amazon, timber trade, Traditional People, Tropical Deforestation last_img read more

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Can the Windies break World Cup drought?

first_imgCricket World Cup (CWC) 2019 begins today in England with matches to be played on grounds there and in Wales. Ten teams will vie for the coveted cup with the winner becoming the undisputed kings of cricket’s most prestigious competition. For some of the teams and players, it was a long and difficult journey to be a part of the esteem and enviable squads which will grace the fields. Those efforts now have a chance to pay off.Expectations for spectacular performances is rife as this particular tournament is branded to be the most competitive. This is not surprising given how well many of the teams and players have performed in various competitions in the run up, especially within the last year. This augurs well for fans and if the expectations were to be delivered then all will be in for a treat with the game becoming the eventual winner.There will be moments of glory and moments of disappointment for both players and fans, after all, only one team can win. With that a given, one basic expectation would be for all the players to perform to potential. That can result in both graceful, the not so graceful and innovative but effective cricketing shots; miserly or expensive bowling and spectacular fielding with mind-blowing, acrobatic and gravity-defying catches.Simultaneously, those will be accompanied by the pulsating beats of drums fusing with various other deafening sounds with a pageantry of costumes all of which have come to epitomize the evolution in the how the game of cricket is being watched today. It has become a truly family event as evident closer to home in what the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has delivered.In this part of the cricketing world, optimism remains high for the cup coming this way after the West Indies failed to do so over the past forty years having last won in 1979. Despite the many challenges in regional cricket over the years, the next few weeks will see West Indian fans, both in the region and in the diaspora, united in their desire for Jason Holder, the team’s Captain, lifting the championship trophy at Lord’s on July 14.The joy, pride and the strong bonds of togetherness that will invoke among West Indians across the globe, would be unimaginable. History reminds when Guyanese Clive Lloyd lifted the trophy in the inaugural competition in 1975 and the one that immediately followed in 1979. Since then, fans have been craving for a repeat while having to endure the ups and downs of the team which showed moments of glory and moments of utter disappointment. Sadly, the latter outnumbered the former in recent years.CWC 2019 offers a new slate and motivation for the West Indies which teased a return to the dominance it commanded during the glory days of regional cricket as evident the late 70s and 80s. Then, they were simply unbeatable. As time progressed, various factors led to a waning of success and the team beaten time and again even by those considered to be minnows of the game.That led to despondency among even loyal fans and empty stands for regional competitions aside from the CPL. To put that decline into perspective, the West Indies, for the first time in CWC history, could not automatically qualify and were forced to play in the qualifying stages with the minnows in order to make it into the final ten. And made it; they just.With a formidable team, at least on paper, the West Indies have a very good chance of capturing the title. However, that can only be possible by them playing as a unit with each individual taking responsibility to deliver on their potential.Here Guyanese fans, while rooting for the team, will cheer on the explosive and immensely talented, Shimron Hetmyer. He is the lone player from Guyana as against five in 1975 and four in 1979 and one of the players that global fans expect much of. If he were to deliver on that expectation, West Indies chances to win, will increase. While he may have faltered in the earlier part of his maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) stint this year, his final innings showed the class he brings and which could intimidate opposing teams.The host England carries into the competition the title of favourites maybe just above India. One downside of such labelling is the burden to perform and which can take a toll if things doesn’t go to plan. The West Indies come in without that particular burden allowing for a freer mindset to play to their best while outplaying others in the process. The same can be said for first timers, Afghanistan who have impressed in every aspect of the game over the recent years.With each team actually carrying a burden, i.e. the expectation of their country, there will be little room for mistakes. The West Indies have much to learn from. CWC 2019 could reveal how impacting those lessons over the years might have been. Can they break the forty-year losing streak in CWC? Time will inform. Go Windies!last_img read more

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Sad situation when persons with degrees are robbing banks

first_imgDear Editor,A 25-year-old with a degree in agronomy was shot to death earlier Tuesday as he attempted to rob Republic Bank’s Water Street branch.What a tragedy that our young people, even those with tertiary qualifications, are resorting to this type of activity. Seventy per cent of Guyana’s population is made up of persons 35 years and younger and it is no secret that feelings of hopelessness and despair are increasingly engulfing our youth. We have one of the highest youth suicide rates in the world.What an indictment of this country and its leaders, past and present.In May 2015, President David Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo deliberately misled the young people of Guyana when they campaigned on the promise of jobs for youths. Their campaign poster actually read “Youths – it’s time to vote for jobs”. Only two months after being elected, President Granger made the following statement, “There is no magic wand. The government cannot provide jobs…”Only true if you follow the failed neo-liberal, capitalist model of economic development. In a country as underdeveloped and broken as Guyana, the Government must reject this model, must meaningfully engage in the economy, leading the charge to provide development and jobs.There is surely something terribly wrong when a country with the potential to be the breadbasket for South America and the Caribbean is not only full of hungry people, but is also now a place where young people with agronomy degrees are robbing banks.Whatever one thinks about this young man’s action – it is surely one of desperation. And of course, despite the fact that the Police and a private security firm were engaged in a fire fight, I doubt that every effort was made to disable and disarm this young man. Instead, as usual, the Police shot to kill, becoming not only a law enforcement agency but also judge and jury. Already, I have heard comments such as “he got what he deserved”. Twenty-five-year-olds make serious errors of judgement. All of us have children who do so all the time. Does this warrant the taking of their lives?Crime amongst our youth will continue to rise, especially in an environment where they are deprived of opportunity and where they are constantly witnessing double standards, hypocrisy and the outright criminal activity of those at the highest echelons of this society.What a tragic state of affairs we find ourselves embroiled in.In the words of Martin Carter: “All are involved, all are consumed.” None of us can escape responsibility for this state of affairs. The sins of a society are the sum total of the sins of all of its people.Frantz Fanon said it best in The Wretched of the Earth: “The collective struggle presupposes collective responsibility at the base and collegiate responsibility at the top. Yes; everybody will have to be compromised in the fight for the common good. No one has clean hands; there are no innocents and no onlookers. We all have dirty hands; we are all soiling them in the swamps of our country and in the terrifying emptiness of our brains. Every onlooker is either a coward or a traitor.”Sincerely,Gerald A PerreiraLeaderOrganisation for theVictory of the People(OVP)last_img read more

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MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgLast week, the bad and ugly side of mob violence reemerged in Ganta-Nimba County. This week the Ministry of Justice lifted the curfew imposed in Ganta, by authorities following the violence fueled by the murder of a commercial motorcyclist by unknown person. While calm has been restored in Ganta, it is of utmost important that we address predisposing, enabling and reinforcing factors to violence in Liberia as the 2017 Presidential election draws closer. Liberia cannot afford a fire bridge approach of issues of violence. We need to start right now with a comprehensive and holistic approach to peace and security.First, it would be an important step to address youth empowerment and employment through a strong political will. The policies and programmes are in place but remain the reserves of cronies and political affiliates. Everyone in Liberia talks about youth empowerment, but it is now time to actually involve young people in programmes that mitigate violence in our society through a robust sensitization and placing young people on committees as well as programmes directed at building peace.Second, there has been an increase in the number of youth based and youth led organizations involved in peacebuilding initiatives. Consequently, government and international organizations need to involve these groups in order to create opportunities for young people’s sustained participation and foster their leadership skills. According to President Obama in his parting message to Africa during his address to the African Union (AU), “Young people who are educated but idling can be a source of societal instability and disorder”Third, according to the guiding principles on young people’s participation in peacebuilding efforts, there is a need to enhance the knowledge, attitudes, skills and competences of young people for peacebuilding. We also need to develop violence-prevention strategies that should go beyond simple security response, like the kind we had in Ganta. Strategic approach should encompass prevention of violence in the family, school and community and one that supports reinsertion and rehabilitation. Against the backdrop of ongoing and predictable violence in the county, Messengers of Peace (MOP) -Liberia would start, effective January next year to provide non-violence awareness programme in all the 15 counties.We would work through our peace clubs in schools and with at risk youths in various communities. Peace is our primary objective and MOP-Liberia would encourage young people to take greater charge of peace and security issues through advocacy for peace and investment in human security. It is never enough to spend enormous funds on building our military capability, a heavy investment is needed to promote social cohesion and educational opportunities for young people. No nation across the world would achieve any meaningful development without cultivating and motivating its young people. The future as we always say in MOP-Liberia belongs to us and we should make the best use of it.Until next week, when we come to you with another piece on dialogues among peace messengers: “Partnership for Peace-Young People as Partners for Peace”, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.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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Support for beneficiaries rather than consultants

first_imgDear Editor,The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) seems to be gaining momentum. Having said that, I must say I noted that advertisements were placed in the media for consultants for institutional strengthening of the NTC and Indigenous NGOs of Guyana.I had raised the issue of support to the NTC and the NGOs at previous meetings in the initial stage of the FCPF, and, mind you, I was integrally involved in getting the FCPF programme formulated and approved for Guyana. The NTC, and more so the NGOs — at least TAAMOG — had the clear understanding that direct support would come to the organization. US0,000 were earmarked for the NTC and US0,000 for the four NGOs, hence TAAMOG was expecting no less than US,000 to US,000 in direct support.I have been on record to make this point to the secretariat: that the organizations need direct support, and not consultancy- based support; this was the trust of the FCPF programme document.Moreover, it must be recalled that, at a meeting at the Regency Hotel in April 2017, a number of attendees had expressed strongly that support should be provided directly to the beneficiaries, rather than hiring consultants to do capacity-building and submit reports.I recall this point being made by Mr Thom of Kwakwani, Mr Lincoln Lewis of the TUC, and Ms Karen De Souza. It was noted that the programme should not waste resources in hiring a bunch of consultants just to do capacity-building and file a report. It was indicated that that was certainly not the case, and that the project is a very people-oriented project. Low and behold, the ads are for consultants to serve for two long years (24 months) just to do the said capacity building/institutional strengthening activities as outlined in the adv.TAAMOG and many other indigenous organisations find this very worrying and troubling and, needless to say, a waste of project resources. TAAMOG and other indigenous groups will not support this undertaking, and we urged that this consultancy be scrapped and a task force be set up to include a wide cross-section of civil society actors who would help identify priority areas for the funding and chart a best approach for use of the funds.Guyana has in-house capacity, and the indigenous groups are aware of the issues, but need tangible resources to make an impact.The current approach being adopted by the secretariat is a quick-fix, and will leave no lasting impacts. I am afraid it would not work for the Amerindian peoples of Guyana. I would also like to know the IDB’s input to this activity, and that the IDB, having been part of the drafting of the FCPF document with the World Bank, is fully aware that the expectation of the programme was direct support to beneficiaries. I therefore find it strange that the IDB would give its no-objection and change course without consulting the indigenous groups on what form of support is best suited.I do look forward for the project’s Terms of Reference (ToR) to be adjusted, and until such time, I would again plead with the Tender Board not to proceed any further with this particular consultancy.Regards,Peter Persaudlast_img read more

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Open letter to the President

first_imgDear Editor,Please allow publication of this letter.Dear Mr President,I do hope that you will give due regard to my concerns raised in this letter, and I am positive that you will do everything in your power to bring resolution to grievous wrong being done to a pitiable calf, which has been impounded at the #51 Police Station for the past four months.This matter has been ventilated in the press by means of various letters and articles, but despite assurances given by the Public Relations Officer of the Guyana Police Force, no progress has been made to alleviate the sufferings of this poor animal. Everyone in the Police Force is cognizant of the plight of this calf, including the Public Security Minister, yet the matter is now becoming an embarrassment.Some Berbicians are questioning the ability of our law enforcement to deliver a good service when such cruelties to animals are being perpetrated by the very people who are supposed to afford protection. There are many instances when animals have died in the pounds due to thirst and starvation. Only recently, two goats died at the Albion Police Station. The atrocious conditions and the refusal of the Police to feed these animals are quickly transforming these pounds into slaughterhouses.I am living at Skeldon, and I would normally travel to #51 Police Station in order to feed and water this animal when Mr Harbhajan, the PM’s Representative of Region 6, is unable to do so.Your Excellency, this is not a ‘disputed animal’, as the Public Relations Officer claimed in the Press; this calf was struck down by a motorcar driver, and only his mirror was broken, while the cow calf suffered a broken back leg. No one was injured, and no one has since come forward to claim the animal. To date, it remains in the sun and rain, and not to mention the season of mosquitoes.I beseech you, Mr President, to use your executive power and free this calf. I saw you feeding the baby elephant in Kenya, and I conclude that you love animals and that you are a kind, compassionate and humane person.Yours sincerely,Leila Hazell-Bhudiallast_img read more

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GOLD RUSH! COMPANY TAKES OUT FIVE MINING LICENSES FOR DONEGAL HILLS

first_imgThe darker areas shows where there could be gold in the hills of Donegal.A major Irish company is convinced it could find gold in the hills of Donegal.Samples suggest that there could be a considerable amount of the valuable metal in our hills.Connemara Mining has now announced that it has acquired five new prospecting licences covering 187 sq km on the Innisowen peninsula in Donegal. The company’s geologists believe that the area is a chance of making a high grade gold find in the region – and that there is also the potential for other base metal deposits to be discovered.Tellus boarder survey – darker shades indicate areas where gold is more likely to be foundThe release of the the most recent Tellus geochemical field survey data confirmed the presence of elevated gold in the area – rock samples containing up to 104g/t gold were identified in 2011 by a previous licence holder.After studying the available data 16 target areas have been identified by Connemara. The company’s chairman, John Teeling says that the company is taking an “aggressive stance” in targeting Ireland’s next gold discovery.He adds, “It is worth noting that the new licence block is located within the Scottish-Irish Gold Belt along trend from the discovery by Dalradian Gold where they have recently announced an inferred gold resource of 3.5 million ounces.” GOLD RUSH! COMPANY TAKES OUT FIVE MINING LICENSES FOR DONEGAL HILLS was last modified: April 14th, 2015 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:CONNEMARAdonegalGoldInishowenMININGlast_img read more

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ST EUNANS LAUNCH THEIR 5K

first_imgSt Eunan’s College have launched their 5K with members of their Parents’ Association, Staff and Students turning out to promote the event which is to take place on Tuesday 23rd of April at 7.30pm.Registration for the 5K will take place in the College Recreation Hall from 6pm onwards prior to the start of the race.Chris Darby, Principal of Saint Eunan’s College wants to encourage as many people in the local community to take part as possible. “We want the event to be fun and are encouraging our students and their families to join in, we would like to invite past alumni and would also encourage the families of boys who will be attending the school in September 2013 to come along. We are welcoming both walkers and competitive runners and all participants are invited back at the school for refreshments at the end of course.”The 5k is a joint venture between Saint Eunan’s College Parents’ Association and the Transition Year Students.“Our role as a Parents’ Association is to support the school and the boys as best we can, be that in an organisational capacity, by providing people to help at events or by fund raising. The 5K offers the opportunity for us to do a little of each of these. It’s a great event for everyone to be involved in from a health and fitness point of view and if we do raise some money so much the better.“We have so many students very successfully involved in both sports and academic pursuits; the school had two all Ireland football wins last year and a silver in basketball, students have gained awards in maths and science, we currently have a group of students with diverse interests from marketing to engineering involved in a Formula One project and they have reached the next round of their competition. “In addition the school has a very active Student Council involved in student welfare and environment issues. All of these projects require some degree of financial support be it in terms of travel, equipment or materials and fundraising enables us to offer that support” explained Attracta Winters, Chairperson of the Parents Association.“We would welcome support from any parents who would like to become involved with the Association, that need not necessarily mean attending meetings although new attendees are always welcome, we already have a number of parents signed up as helper volunteers and always need more. Helper volunteers may be involved in marshalling at an event such as the 5k, helping serve tea and coffee at school open evenings or assisting at the School Book Sale, Bag Packing, Collections or other fund raising events, really just an hour or two in the course of the year.”Anyone interested can find out more about the Parents’ Association by checking out the college website and can contact the association via e-mail parents@sainteunans.com.The Transition Year Students along with Mr Gary McDaid of the PE Department and Mr Pauric Meenan have been instrumental in planning the route. The staff and students felt that it was very important that the route of the 5K centre round the college itself and were keen to have the race both start and finish in the vicinity of the school. The big challenge has been to come up with a route that minimises steep gradients; however it was never going to be an option to avoid them altogether in this area of Letterkenny. Conor Morrison a TY student and avid runner himself has designed some promotional literature which we hope to distribute round local Sports Clubs, Fitness Centres and Schools shortly. The TY students have also been instrumental in sorting out much of the minutiae associated with this type of event, from signage, to clip boards to computer stations for registration.We would particularly like to thank Brendan McDaid, Letterkenny Athletic Association who has been invaluable in providing us with direction in the organisation of the 5k and also Letterkenny Athletic Association for their kind offer to assist with the Start and Finish Stages of the 5K. Prizes are being offered for the top 3 competitors in each category, Senior Men, Senior Women, Junior Male, Junior Female and Team. The Team Category is open to groups of 5 runners who wish to run together as a Team and we are encouraging not only those from Saint Eunan’s Soccer, Gaelic and Basketball teams to put together a team but also teams from other schools and sports organisations. Spot Prizes are also on offer. Keep an eye out for further promotional information and we hope that the weather will keep fine.ST EUNANS LAUNCH THEIR 5K was last modified: March 21st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:St Eunans 5Klast_img read more

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Man United fans fly a plane over Old Trafford with a message to Ed Woodward

first_imgManchester United fans demanded Ed Woodward be sacked after flying a plane over Old Trafford during their Premier League clash with Liverpool.The Red Devils’ CEO is one of the least popular figures amongst supporters, with the Glazer family also bearing the brunt of several angry messages on Sunday. Getty Images – Getty Manchester United fans had a message for Ed Woodward during the Liverpool game 2 The plane flew over Old Trafford in the opening few minutes of the game 2 Getty Images – Getty Disgruntled United supporters were handed a brief glimmer of hope on Saturday, with reports suggesting a third takeover bid from Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman after a £3billion offer was rejected.Sources close to the club suggest the Glazers have rejected two offers prior to this.While their position still stands, the recent choice of co-owner Kevin Glazer to put his 13 per cent stake in the Premier League club, worth £270million, on the New York Stock Exchange suggests it could changing. A banner attached to the back of the plane read: “Ed still failing – Woodward Out!’”Protests also carried on Old Trafford, with banners calling for the Glazers to sell the club.One of the banners claimed the Americans have ‘stolen over £1 bn from United’ – a claim often mooted by anti-Glazer fans in relation to the running of the club as a business with the businessmen behind the operation profiting.This is the second time fans have used this method to vent their frustrations, with fans also flying a plane over the ground during the opening game of the season against Chelsea.last_img read more

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Lawrence County Inmate Roster – 2-21-18

first_img02/20/2018 1520 04/13/1978 *********** M LCPD 0.00PIERCEFIELD,MICHAEL 47D021711CM1717 00000000180 RETURNED FOR COURT Court: Date/Time: -0000 Citizen? Yes Birth Place Country: US City: MONROE CO. State: IN Class:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ AGENCY: 00 J A I L M A N A G E M E N T Arrest Report for Courts 02/20/2018 thru 02/21/2018 Book Date Time DOB SSN Charge Charge Sex Arr Ag Bail Bail Agency Cause No. Code(s) Description(s) 02/20/2018 0625 01/27/1985 *********** F BEDFORD PD 5,000.00ENGLAND,KELSEA ON-SITE 00000000081 DISORDERLY CONDUCT Court: Date/Time: -0000 ON-SITE 00000000148 RESISTING LAW ENFORC Court: Date/Time: -0000 Citizen? Yes Birth Place Country: US City: ORANGE CO State: IN Class:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 02/20/2018 0420 10/22/1977 *********** M BEDFORD PD 755.00TEGARDEN,JOHN A 00000000182 POSSESSION OF METHAM Court: Date/Time: -0000 00000000153 POSSESSION OF A SYRI Court: Date/Time: -0000 Citizen? Yes Birth Place Country: US City: BEDFORD State: IN Class: FELONY____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 02/20/2018 1316 05/10/1998 *********** M LCPD 7,500.00 REL $755 CB REHARDY,ANTHONY W 47D01-1802-F6-278 00000000053 RESIDENTIAL ENTRY Court: Date/Time: -0000 Citizen? Yes Birth Place Country: US City: FLOYD CENTRAL State: IN Class: Release Date/Time: 02/20/2018-1445____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Book Date Time DOB SSN Charge Charge Sex Arr Ag Bail Bail Agency Cause No. Code(s) Description(s) Run: 21-FEB-2018 8:11 LAWRENCE COUNTY Page: 2 J A I L M A N A G E M E N T Arrest Report for Courts 02/20/2018 thru 02/21/2018 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________02/20/2018 0205 02/04/1974 *********** F BEDFORD PD 505.00COVEY,SHAWN 00000000008 O.W.I. “A” MISD. Court: Date/Time: -0000 Citizen? Yes Birth Place Country: US City: INDIANAPOLIS State: IN Class: MISDEMEANOR____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 02/20/2018 1255 09/09/1976 *********** M LCPD 0.00BROWN,JESSE J 47D02-1705-F6-750 00000000201 PETITION TO REVOKE Court: Date/Time: -0000 Citizen? Yes Birth Place Country: US City: BURMINGHAM State: AL Class:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 02/20/2018 1845 11/06/1985 *********** M LCPD 0.00SHELTON,ALAN J 47D011610CM1332 00000000079 FAILURE TO APPEAR CR Court: Date/Time: -0000 Citizen? Yes Birth Place Country: US City: LAWRENCE CO State: IN Class: MISDEMEANOR <---- PROBATION INFORMATION ---->MONROE CO. / – JBS15 – Run By: FODDRILL,KYLE 02/20/2018 2005 08/15/1972 *********** M LCPD 0.00WRAY,MICHAEL D 47D011705F6749 00000000079 FAILURE TO APPEAR CR Court: Date/Time: -0000 Citizen? Yes Birth Place Country: US City: LAWRENCE State: IN Class: FELONYlast_img read more

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