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  • Guyana urged to intensify climate change fight

    first_img…after universal periodic review from UNBy Jarryl BryanWith its low-lying coast containing an abundance of agriculture, sometimes all that stands between Guyana’s food security and the fury of the ocean is the seawall. And after a review of the situation, the United Nations has urged Guyana to intensify its climate change fight.The recent result of overtopping and flooding in MahaicaThis is contained in the publication Climate change and human rights: contributions by and for Latin America and the Caribbean, released recently by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).According to the publication, Guyana was one of only a few countries in the region to not make any climate change recommendations. Cuba and Haiti top the list for the number of recommendations they made and received.Guyana did receive one recommendation and it was a crucial one. According to the publication, Guyana should “continue and intensify programmes aimed at mitigating climate change negative impacts on food security and environment, and share the experience gained in this field with interested countries”.The publication also tied climate change and energy with gender equality. According to ECLAC, Guyana should review its climate change and energy policies, especially those related to the oil and gas sector, in order to develop a disaster risk reduction strategy.ECLAC noted that this strategy should consider the negative effects of climate change on gender equality and the lives of women and their families. This, it was noted, should especially focus on those in the danger zones, that is, areas below sea level.“The Committee also recommended that Guyana include a gender assessment in all environmental impact assessments and establish a mechanism to monitor the implementation of those assessments and to guarantee that rural and Amerindian women can fully contribute to the development of the country,” the report states.According to ECLAC, this should include them being able to “give their free, prior and informed consent before any development, business, agro-industrial or extractive projects affecting their traditional lands and resources are initiated, whether carried out by national or foreign enterprises, (and to ensure they) can take advantage of adequate benefit-sharing agreements and are provided with adequate alternative livelihood”.The organisation’s recommendations to Guyana come after the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR), which is done every four and a half years on the basis of a national report from the country being reviewed. Also taken into account during the review were contributions from the UN and information presented by relevant stakeholders including civil society.Over the past few months, the country has had to deal with climate change close up after flooding in Mahaica in October saw more than 300 acres of rice being destroyed and hundreds of acres being put under threat of destruction by salt water. In addition, livestock was destroyed and properties sustained damages.Besides the destruction of acres of the rice crop itself caused by the water, it had been reported that the flooded land was no longer suitable for rice production since the soil composition had become too salty.In the case of the sea defence at Dantzig, Mahaica, salt water from the ocean flowed onto the land when it was breached. Residents reported that the water impacted livestock, rice fields and vegetable farms. Persons in residential areas were also affected.Checks by this publication on the affected areas weeks after several villages were first inundated revealed that persons were still losing livestock and the area is plagued by mosquitoes.last_img read more

  • District’s exit exam failures shut out

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Parents of the non-passing students have put off cancelling graduation celebrations in the hope of changing district officials’ minds but that was not likely. Some seniors started a petition drive in support of letting the students march, entitled, “No Senior Left Behind.” “This is a stand from the Class of 2006 to support our fellow classmates,” the petition stated. Parents Sandra Prim and Guadalupe Chavez said the district’s decision is unjust and unfair to their daughters, who have both met all other graduation requirements except for passing the exit exam. Prim said she was notified May 26 that her daughter would not be allowed to march with her class. “The message you send to the kids is that they failed, the four years they gave accomplished nothing,” Prim said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing for the kids. They don’t realize the impact on the kids. They are devastated. (My daughter is) being penalized. She’s earned the right to walk.” Chavez said her daughter missed passing the exit exam by eight points. “We are devastated. We are very upset,” Chavez said. “We were planning a party. We bought a graduation ring, which was $600, a cap and gown. They asked us to buy these at the beginning of the school year. This all came late in the year. We didn’t know.” Superintendent Rod Van Norman said the district is following policy in not allowing the students to march. “The board policies, which were set prior, say that students must meet all requirements of the state and the requirements include the exit exam, proficiency exams, all the course requirements, and if one of those have not been met, you haven’t graduated and you won’t get a diploma. Ceremonies and activities are included in that,” Van Norman said. Van Norman sympathized with the students. “It’s devastating to people, how students can pass all through course curriculum, go through remedial training, extra classes for preparing to take this test, and get in there and panic. That’s basically what I believe happens to the majority of these kids: they panic,” Van Norman said. “The validity of test-taking is a challenge for some people.” Other high school districts in the area, including Antelope Valley Union High School District and Mojave Unified School District, have allowed or are allowing students who didn’t pass the exit exam to participate in graduation ceremonies. Whether those students get diplomas depends on court challenges to the state exam. The Class of 2006 was the first to be required to pass the exit exam to earn a diploma. Nearly 42,000 students statewide have not passed the test. An Alameda County Superior Court judge May 12 halted the exit exam as a graduation requirement, but the state appealed that decision to the California Supreme Court, which 12 days later reinstated the exam. The state’s high court ordered a state appeals court to hold a hearing on the issue. [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROSAMOND – When 150 seniors of Rosamond High School’s Class of 2006 walk across the stage during graduation Thursday, three of their classmates will not be among them. Unlike other high school districts in the Antelope Valley, Southern Kern Unified School District is not allowing students who have not passed the state’s controversial high school exit exam to participate in graduation ceremonies. “They didn’t graduate. They didn’t meet all the requirements that were required of them by the state,” trustee Olaf Landsgaard said. “The fact is a Rosamond High School diploma means something, especially to the 160-some-odd kids who took the trouble to pass the test.” One of the three students is a twin, whose sister passed the test and is graduating. last_img read more


    first_imgDunfanaghy Golf Club Notes:Another busy week at Dunfanaghy and congratulations to Leslie Sterritt on a fine score to win the Kilbrae Cup. Well done to Graham and Billy on their successes earlier in the week.This weekend is the jazz and blues festival in Dunfanaghy, we have an open 4BBB (any combination) on Saturday and Sunday. Perhaps our Indian summer may have arrived by then.Monday 14th September sees the beginning of our monthly Ladies and Gents seniors. This is a most enjoyable competition and very reasonable at an entry fee of €5 for members and €10.00 for visitors. Complimentary Tea/Coffee on arrival. Please tell all your golfing friends as everyone’s support would be greatly appreciated.We are happy to announce that the former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has kindly agreed to sponsor a trophy for our juvenile golfers. The competition will be played in a matchplay format over the coming months. We would ask that all those interested in entering the competition phone the shop and put their names on the list on or before the 13th Sept 2015. Please feel free to pass this message on to other juvenile members with GUI handicaps. Most matches have to be played in the Challenge Cup. The committee would ask all matches be completed in the next week.Results:Wednesday open 2nd September1st Billy Griffen 35Pts bot2nd Seamus McCauley 35Pts botSaturday 5th September Gents open single stableford1st Graham Cummings 40Pts bot2nd Cairns Witherow 40Pts3rd Michael Dunne 39Pts Sunday 6th September Kilbrae Cup1st Leslie Sterritt 44Pts2nd Seamus McCauley 41PtsGross Keith Lapsley 30Pts bot3rd Colin Higgs 40PtsCat. Cyril Robinson 38Pts botJunior James T.Sweeney 40Pts1st9 Chris Monroe 22Pts2nd9 Patrick McMullan 22PtsSeniors on next Monday 14th SeptemberFixturesThere are a number of competitions in the next week –• Wednesday 9th of September 2015 – Open Singles Stableford• Saturday 12th of September 2015 – Open 4BBB competition (any combination)• Sunday 13th of September 2015 – Open 4BBB competition (any combination)• Monday 14th of September 2015 – Senior’s Single Stableford Open (Gents and Ladies)You can book on-line at Dunfanaghy Golf club website or ring the clubhouse on 0749136335Function Room for Private parties:We have hosted a number of private functions in the clubhouse recently and these have proved to be a great success. If you, or someone you know, is organising a private function please be aware that the clubhouse is available free of charge, with exclusive use for the occasion. So far, the feedback that we have been getting is that the golf club is the ideal venue for parties of up to one hundred people. Please make contact with Sarah if you are interested in holding a function at the clubhouse (074 91 36335)Junior Notes;Edward O Reilly fresh from his facebook fame led the Juveniles home last Saturday, the other winners on the day were Max Roarty, Ben King and Caolan Mc Fadden. GOLF NEWS: LESLIE STERRITT WINS THE KILBRAE CUP IN DUNFANAGHY was last modified: September 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:golfSportlast_img read more