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UNDP Contributes $4 Million to Hope Zoo Preservation Project

first_imgUNDP Contributes $4 Million to Hope Zoo Preservation Project AgricultureFebruary 23, 2013Written by: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker Story HighlightsThe Hope Zoo Preservation Foundation (HZPF) has received a well-needed donation of some $4 million, which will go toward protecting animals that are found only in Jamaica.The funds are being made available under the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme, and will go toward the Zoo’s biodiversity project, ‘The Establishment of Sanctuaries for Protected Flora and Fauna and Providing Energy Efficient Transportation for Educational Tours’.The animal species that are being protected are those under threat of extinction. The Hope Zoo Preservation Foundation (HZPF) has received a well-needed donation of some $4 million, which will go toward protecting animals that are found only in Jamaica.The funds are being made available under the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme, and will go toward the Zoo’s biodiversity project, ‘The Establishment of Sanctuaries for Protected Flora and Fauna and Providing Energy Efficient Transportation for Educational Tours’.The animal species that are being protected are those under threat of extinction.Speaking at the official launch of the project at the Hope Zoo Restaurant Gazebo in St. Andrew on Friday, February 22, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke said the project is quite significant, as it is critical that Jamaica protects and preserves its endemic species.“Not only are we going to develop the zoo, but even more important is the educational aspect of it, which will bring the people here, teach the people that it is in their interest that we must preserve our biodiversity,” he stated, adding, “It is a part of our heritage and it must remain so.”The Minister further congratulated the Kenneth Benjamin-led HZPF on the tremendous work they have done over the past few years in restoring the Hope Zoo, which is considered a national treasure.He noted that the restoration of the Zoo is a perfect example of what private/public sector partnership can achieve.“You have taken this 2030 Vision very seriously, because what you have developed here is a world class facility and this is just the beginning. This place has risen like a phoenix from the ashes and it’s going to soar because of the efforts that you have put in it,” he stated.The key goals of the biodiversity project include: improving the husbandry standards for the key local species; and promoting awareness among Jamaicans about the need to protect their biodiversity.Jamaica ranks fifth in the world for its endemic species, boasting over 8,000 species of plants and animals have been recorded on the island. The country also has more than 6,000 species of flowering plants, including ferns and lichens of which 28 per cent are endemic. The country also has 120 species of butterflies, 19 species of frogs, 113 species of breeding birds, and 100 species of migratory birds.In his remarks Resident Representative, UNDP, Dr. Arun Kashyap, said the project underscores the UNDP’s commitment to working with partners to identify and implement appropriate interventions that meet the development needs of Jamaica.“The project supports our overarching goals of achieving the targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and ensuring that there is sustainable development beyond 2015,” he said. “The assistance being given to Jamaica will help to further put the country on a path to realising the Vision 2030 Development Plan,” he stated.“The project supports our overarching goals of achieving the targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and ensuring that there is sustainable development beyond 2015,” he said.“The assistance being given to Jamaica will help to further put the country on a path to realising the Vision 2030 Development Plan,” he stated. RelatedUNDP Contributes $4 Million to Hope Zoo Preservation Project RelatedUNDP Contributes $4 Million to Hope Zoo Preservation Projectcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisements RelatedUNDP Contributes $4 Million to Hope Zoo Preservation Projectlast_img read more

Hard Day’s work: Long journey for champ

first_imgSHEBOYGAN, Wis. – It’s hard to imagine now looking at images of a smiling, athletic young man with the photogenic wife and precocious young son running about that there was a time when this dream could have just as easily been a nightmare. On Sunday at the PGA Championship, with the azure hues of Lake Michigan as a back drop, Jason Day completed a journey that started with the Australian fittingly perched on the deep end. “It’s been pretty well documented that Jason could have been on the wrong side of the tracks. It could have easily gone the other way, and he would have been in a totally different spot,” said Colin Swatton, Day’s caddie and longtime swing coach. “He wouldn’t have been standing on the 18th green at Whistling Straits. He’s come a long way to be here today.” It’s roughly 9,800 miles from Kooralbyn – a small country town, which is Australian for remote, about an hour west of the shimmering beaches of the Gold Coast – to Sheboygan, Wis. But for Day it’s the metaphorical distance he’s traversed that matters most. The trek began 14 years ago not long after Day’s father, Alvin, died of stomach cancer and the gangly 12 year old decided, as many children do in times of crisis, to act out. He got in trouble, hung out in the wrong circles and alarmed his mother, Dening, enough that she took a second job, scraped together just enough money and sent Day to the Kooralbyn International School, a sport specific institution where she hoped he’d find a purpose. Things didn’t go well at first between Day and Swatton, who was Kooralbyn’s golf instructor at the time. Day was angry and obstinate, Swatton was methodical and entrenched to the point he painted lines on the sidewalk at Kooralbyn that were exactly one yard apart to teach students how to correctly pace off yardages. “We had a little disagreement initially, but from that day forward he dedicated himself to being the best player in the world,” said Swatton, who evolved into something of a surrogate father for Day. “He put more hours in and worked harder than anyone else.” And like that Day went from obstinate to obsessive. Swatton once told Day to work on a certain chipping drill and went off to work with other students. When he returned hours later Day was still working on the same drill. It was the type of single-minded focus that left unchecked could wreak havoc, but under proper supervision could be harnessed and honed to produce frighteningly impressive results even from a player who Swatton concedes wasn’t even the best golfer at his academy. To a point, Day’s climb followed a predictable script, with numerous amateur titles followed by just a single year on the Web.com Tour before he quickly ascended to the Big Leagues. But things weren’t as easy for Day on the PGA Tour. He played two full seasons before his first Tour victory and found himself bouncing on and off the disabled list with alarming regularity. Day was sidelined with a thumb ailment (2014), back issue (2014), ankle injury (2013), wrist problem (2007) and, most concerning of all, a debilitating bout with vertigo that flared up at the U.S. Open. It became standard fare to start each interview with Day by asking about his health, so much so the normally affable player waved off your scribe last year on the practice range at the Tour Championship. “Don’t even ask,” he glared before offering a smile, “I’m feeling fine.” But if he’d become weary of dealing with doctors, it was the increasingly loud drumbeat of his play in major championships that had truly begun to wear on him. “I guess you can take me off the best players without a major [list] now,” he said on Sunday after winning the PGA Championship. It was only fitting that Day completed his Grand Slam quest at Whistling Straits, which was the site of his first near miss at a major when he tied for 10th at the 2010 PGA. There were runner-up showings at the 2011 Masters (which may have hurt the worst considering the inexplicable Australian drought at Augusta National) and U.S. Open. He finished third at the 2013 Masters, which was won by Adam Scott, and was again runner-up at the U.S. Open later that season. But the ultimate blow may have been at last month’s Open Championship where he began the final round with a share of the lead, but Day missed a 25 footer for birdie at the 18th hole that would have earned him a spot in the playoff won by Zach Johnson. “He was disappointed that he didn’t get it done [at St. Andrews], but it was a matter of looking at what he did really, really well at that golf tournament,” Swatton said. If necessity is the mother of invention, then it’s easy to see how Day used yet another disappointment to fuel what turned out to be a historic week at Whistling Straits. After making birdie on his final three holes to win by one shot at the RBC Canadian Open, Day led by two strokes starting the final round at the PGA where, paired with the best player in the world (Jordan Spieth), he picked apart the course and the leaderboard like a guy who already had a six-pack of Grand Slam titles on the shelf. He birdied four of his first seven holes to pull away from the field and put the finishing touches on what turned out to be a three-stroke victory with a towering 4-iron into the par-5 16th hole for what was essentially a walk-off birdie. “A lot of tears. This one means a lot. We’ve come so close so many times,” Swatton said. “He always wanted to get better and his goal was to be the No. 1 golfer in the world.” While he’s not No. 1 yet, his dream of winning a major has come true, and it all materialized alongside a dusty hill in Kooralbyn not long after Dening Day took a gamble, and a second job, on a young man who could have gone either way.last_img read more

China – Mongolia coal link agreed

first_imgMONGOLIA: Chinese state-owned mining group Shenhua, which operates 1 765 km of heavy haul coal railway in northern and central China, has signed a joint venture agreement to develop a cross-border rail link to serve the Tavan Tolgoi coalfield in the South Gobi region.Under an agreement signed in Ulaanbaatar on April 7, Shenhua will take a 49% stake in a joint venture being formed to progress the project. The remainder will be held by a consortium of Mongolian firms, including Erdenes Tavan Tolgoi and the private sector Mongolian Mining Corp, according to Yondon Manlaibayar, Director-General of the railway department at Mongolia’s Ministry of Roads & Transport.The joint venture will initially build a 13 km standard gauge cross-border line from the nearest Chinese railhead north of Baotou to a transloading terminal in southern Mongolia where coal will be brought from the mines by road.A second phase would see the cross-border link extended by a further 27 km to meet the 217 km broad-gauge coal railway from the Ukhaa Khudag coking coal mine, which is being built by South Korea’s Samsung C&T under a US$483m contract awarded last year. Manlaibayar said the extension would also be 1 435 mm gauge, and a gauge-changing facility would be provided at the southern end of Samsung’s 1 520 mm gauge route.Shenhua has already signed an agreement to buy 1 billion tonnes of coal from Mongolia over 20 years under a deal announced last October during a visit to China by Mongolian Prime Minister Norov Altankhuyag. This is reportedly one of the reasons that the joint venture has decided to develop the temporary transloading facility, rather than wait until the connection to the Korean-built line is ready.last_img read more

AG wins high court matter against Integrity Commission

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet LocalNews AG wins high court matter against Integrity Commission by: Dominica Vibes News – September 14, 2015center_img 832 Views   one comment Share Attorney General Levi PeterAttorney General Levi Peter has won a high court matter against the Integrity Office Commission. There has been a running battle between the Attorney General and the Integrity Commission as to whether President of Dominica Charles Angelo Savarin is obliged to file any returns under the Integrity in Public Office Act when he was appointed to the Office of President in September 2013. The Integrity Commissioner threatened to place President Savarin on a list of defaulters who fail to file declarations with it. On Monday 14 September 2015, Justice Bernie Stephenson ruled that it was not necessary for one to file returns once appointed to the Office of President. Senior council Anthony Astaphan represented Attorney General Levi Peter. “The matter went to court and this morning her Ladyship ruled that once appointed to the office of president that there was no obligation on that person whether previously a public officer or not to file any returns to the integrity commission while holding the office of President,” he said. Mr. Astaphan said Monday’s ruling is good news for the Office of President. “I think that is a significant win for the office of president and for the attorney general, it puts to rest the insistence of the integrity commission in seeking to embarrass the office of President,” Mr. Astaphan said. Attorney at law Kevin Williams represented the Integrity Commission.last_img read more

Charlie Gard’s family asks court to let the boy come home to die

first_img Related ABCNews.com(LONDON) — The family of 11-month-old Charlie Gard, whose illness has damaged his brain and rendered him unable to breathe on his own, asked a U.K. court today for permission to let the child die at home.Charlie’s mother, Connie Yates, appeared in court alongside Grant Armstrong, a family lawyer, who explained the family’s last wishes for their son to a judge in Britain’s High Court.During the session, the parents and hospital discussed hospice care versus home care. Though it appeared the hospital wanted to fulfill the parents’ wishes, some stumbling blocks may remain. Court was adjourned for the day and is expected to resume tomorrow.The court appearance follows an emotional statement by Charlie’s parents Monday, in which they announced their decision to stop pursuing their request to take the baby to the United States for potential experimental treatments to prolong his life. An assessment in the U.K. from a U.S. doctor who specializes in mitochondrial depletion syndrome, the rare disease from which Charlie is suffering, said the boy was past the time when the treatments would help.Yates stood beside her husband yesterday on the steps of the U.K. High Court as he gave a solemn address to the press about their decision to let Charlie die.“This is one of the hardest things we’ve ever had to say and we are about to do one of the hardest things we’ve ever had to do,” Chris Gard said during the public statement.Gard said that it was no longer in his son’s best interest to seek treatment and that he and his wife have decided to let him “be with the angels.”“Our son is an absolute warrior,” Gard said of his baby, attempting to hold back tears. “We will miss him terribly.”The situation surrounding Charlie’s fate has drawn considerable international attention and passionate support for the parents’ wish to seek further treatment outside the public health system. Both President Trump and Pope Francis had expressed public support for the Gards in their quest to pursue an experimental treatment for Charlie.Some of those heightened emotions spilled over into death threats for the staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), where Charlie has been treated. The hospital released a statement over the weekend saying some of their staff had received menacing messages, including death threats, in the wake of the case becoming an international story.GOSH issued a statement, after the Gard family announced their decision yesterday, acknowledging the personal strain they faced throughout the public battle. The hospital also referred to the work Dr. Michio Hirano, the specialist in Charlie’s disorder and professor of neurology at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York, who was brought in to evaluate the child for possible experimental treatment.“GOSH’s hope for Charlie and his parents was that that optimism would be confirmed,” GOSH said in the statement. “In the months ahead, all at GOSH will be giving careful thought to what they can learn from this bruising court case.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

SportsIndiaShow End of Year Awards : Top 5 goalkeepers 2018

first_imgAdvertisement mqjc4NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsy9Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebrs8bd( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) wf8Would you ever consider trying this?😱22mlCan your students do this? 🌚2582Roller skating! Powered by Firework If at all anything , 2018 has been a year of the goalkeepers in this era of crowd-pleasing dazzling goalscorers. The transfer fee record for goalkeepers in world football was broken not once but twice this year. SportsIndiaShow ranks the best 5 goalkeepers of the calendar year and some of the picks might be surprising to few but thats the life of a goalkeeper isn’t it? Most are only remembered for the mistake among all the saves. Nevertheless , times are changing and goalkeepers are being much higher valued and well-reckoned.Advertisement 5. Ederson MoraesAdvertisement This Brazilian shotstopper has been a revelation for Manchester City. He was at the core of the title winning City squad in May and was in the World Cup squad for Brazil. This young flamboyant goalie has made big saves on the big occasions – be it Manchester Derbies or crucial Champions League knockout games. Ederson does week in week out what every top goalkeeper is expected to do – save games with saves. His shot stopping is second to none and his acrobatics and reflexes are massive compliments to his style of goalkeeping. Coming to style, he is a perfect modern GK and distributes balls with serious threat for the opponents. He turns opponents attacks into goals for City just by distributing balls across the pitch. He is the present and definitely one for the future!4. Samir HandanovicAdvertisement Viewers who don’t watch Serie A would not be very aware of Handanovic’s goalkeeping prowess. For starters, he’s right up there with the current greats. Handanović is an extremely agile and athletic goalkeeper, who is renowned in particular for his outstanding reflexes, acrobatic saves and excellent shot-stopping abilities, as well as his ability to organise his defence. He finished 2017–18 season by being ever-present in league, playing in every minute as Inter finished fourth, meaning they will play in Champions League for the first time in six years. With 17 clean-sheets, Handanović was ranked second along with Roma’s Alisson in the clean-sheets list. He conceded only 30 goals, his lowest tally since debuting in Serie A. In 2018-19 season so far , he has recorded 8 shutouts in 21 appearances for Inter Milan thus making 2018 a brilliant year for the Slovenian.3. Jan OblakThere is something about Slovenia and incredibel goalkeepers. Oblak has won La Liga Zamora Trophy for best goalkeeper in the Spanish first division in each of the last three seasons. He is having a dream year with soaring figures. In 2017-18, Oblak kept 29 clean sheets in 49 games for Atletico Madrid and he carried his form to the current season with 20 shutouts in 24 games. That is crazy considering the pace of the game these days! Although his trophy cabinet is not as illustrious as other goalkeepers of his level , Oblak is still 25 and has a long way to go. Keeping in mind that goalkeepers peak later than outfield players with some legends peaking after 30 , this young shot stopper could go on to win it all given his pair of gloves.2. Alisson BeckerYou have to be really special to bench Ederson Moares for Brazil National Team and guess who did that this summer in Russia? the 2nd most expensive goalkeeper in history. Alisson was hot property in Roma already and when Liverpool came knocking after a Champions League 2nd place run , there was only one way to go and it costed the hosts 54 million. 22 clean sheets in 49 games comprised his 2017-18 season and 13 shutouts so far in 24 games during his time at Merseyside. Alisson like his Brazilian counterpart at City has got sensational distribution and point blank saves. He’s quick off the line and is a terrific ball handler at the back with quick feet to beat opponent poachers pressing. Alisson was involved in Brazil’s quarter final run in the World Cup and this 26 year old has a promising career ahead.Jordan PickfordIt wasn’t coming home unless England got another David Seaman between the sticks. It certainly didn’t come home but England’s wish came true in the form of Jordan Pickford. He could save the titanic , say some but in reality he’s saved some impossible to-be goals and with some aplomb. He carried England to the World Cup semi-finals and was the man behind England’s first world cup win on penalties against Columbia and followed it up with a quarter final Man of the Match performance against Sweden. Pickford’s quick off the line and has reflexes that could dodge (read: catch) bullets. Apart from being brilliant in penalties , he is a leader at the back and organizes defence with authority for Everton and England. His debut season at Everton was already his dream season – Everton Player of the Season: 2017–18, Everton Players’ Player of the Season: 2017–18[89]Everton Young Player of the Season: 2017–18. His stats arent ones that earn him individual honours but he keeps his team in the game in important moments in crucial games.  pickford, handanovic, allison, oblak, ederson Advertisementlast_img read more

Pair set up champion killer

first_imgDANDENONG pulled off the seemingly impossible outright victory to knock out last year’s champions Richmond and book a home qualifying…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img