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REDD+ Technical Group Re-strategizes

first_imgParticipants at yesterday’s opening session of the retreat.A group comprising of state and non-state actors under the banner of the REDD+ Technical Working Group (RTWG) are convening in Ganta, Nimba County, to restructure its term of reference (ToR), to enable the RTWG effectively perform its leadership role in the reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation process in the country, a release said.The 3-day retreat runs from July 12 to 13, 2018. REED+ is the reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. It is an effort to create a financial value for carbon stored in forests. It offers incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions from forested lands and invest in low-carbon path to sustainable development.Deforestation and forest degradation are the second leading cause of global warming responsible for about 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, which makes the loss and depletion of forests a major issue for climate change.Liberia has developed its REDD+ strategy and is accelerating the implementation of remaining REDD+ readiness activities.RTWG was established in 2009 with the aim of leading REDD+ policy coordination among different stakeholders across the country, to support achievement of the goal of the REDD+ process in Liberia.According to the release, the group significantly contributed to the drafting of the Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP), preparation and submission of Liberia’s Readiness Plan Idea Note (R-PIN) and the development of Liberia’s National REDD+ and several other REDD+ policy initiatives.Urias Goll, a facilitator, said that the retreat is a follow-up to last December’s meeting in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, which proposed the revising of the organization’s ToR, so that it reflects the kind of technical policy coordination support needed in this phase of Liberia’s REDD+ process.Goll said that the forum will review proposals on revisions needed in the group’s ToR as well as review proposals on the restructured membership of the organization, to ensure that all relevant stakeholders are involved.Although the RTWG was established nine years ago, Goll said that the group has up to yesterday not been active, “and so the retreat seeks to revamp the organization.” Mr. Goll is the former executive director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).He said that the retreat would also help the group’s members share experiences and improve the working modalities of the RTWG.According to him, it has been nine years since the RTWG was formed, and Liberia has achieved a lot since then in its REDD+ Readiness process, especially with the National REDD+ Strategy now developed.United Nations framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Focal Person, Benjamin S. Karmorh, said there shouldn’t be any reason why REDD+ process cannot work in Liberia when it is working in other nations.He stressed the need for sustainable harvesting of Liberia’s natural resources and noted that the country is rich but its people are poor.Mr. Karmorh underscored the need for benefit sharing and said, “If we ask the people to keep their forest they need to get some incentives for not harvesting their forest.”Members of Liberia’s forest communities depend on the forest for livelihood.Forests are used for bush-meat hunting and the harvesting of medicinal plants and local construction materials, among others, by local communities.On behalf of EPA’s Executive Director, Nathaniel Blama, Mr. Karmorh assured the agency’s support to the RTWG.Liberia REDD+ Coordinator, Saah A. David, Jr., said the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) remains committed to the working of the RTWG and promised that the FDA remains supportive of the group’s work.David assured that the country’s forest will not only be used for logging activities, but will also be used to benefit the people of forest communities and the country at large.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

De Bruyne in as Man City dominate Premier League team of the year

first_imgTottenham were the only other team to have more than one representative, boasting three players in defender Jan Vertonghen, midfielder Christian Eriksen and striker Harry Kane.Manchester United’s only inclusion was goalkeeper David de Gea, while left-back Marcos Alonso was the sole player from dethroned champions Chelsea.Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, with 30 league goals this season, was also included.The six nominees for the men’s PFA players’ player of the year award are De Bruyne, Silva, De Gea, Kane, Salah and Manchester City’s Leroy Sane.The PFA Awards ceremony will be held in London on Sunday. PFA members from the 92 Premier League and Football League clubs get a vote.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been named in the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Premier League team of the year © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 18 – Playmaker Kevin De Bruyne and his Manchester City team-mates made up almost half of the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Premier League team of the year revealed on Wednesday.Right-back Kyle Walker, centre-back Nicolas Otamendi, midfielder David Silva and striker Sergio Aguero were also named in the XI.last_img read more

INNOVATIVE NEW PROJECT HOPING TO TACKLE CHILDHOOD OBESITY LAUNCHED IN LETTERKENNY

first_imgMotivate Educate and Exercise Together (MEET) project aims to tackle childhood obesity through the provision of community based family centred programmes in Donegal. The MEET project is FREE and has 2 programmes focusing on well being, nutrition and physical activity.By engaging in “Healthy Lifestyles” (Prevention) and “Making a Difference” (Management) programmes we target families seeking to encourage healthy life choices through positive lifestyle changes within the family. Prevention (Healthy Lifestyles) course is 8 weeks in duration for families with children between 0-5 years.Management (Making a Difference) course is 12 weeks in duration for families with children between 6-12 years.Provided FREE of charge included in the MEET project are “Cooking classes, Exercise Classes, and fun family centred event days”We are actively recruiting for this project, for more information or if you would like to get involved in the MEET project, contact the MEET Project Coordinator, Donnacha Gallagher, on Mob: IRL 0892337257, Landline: 0749123078 and e-mail lyfsmeet@gmail.com  INNOVATIVE NEW PROJECT HOPING TO TACKLE CHILDHOOD OBESITY LAUNCHED IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: October 31st, 2014 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:Childhood obesityhealthInnovative ProjectMEETnewsNoticesSportlast_img read more

West Donegal road named as one of Ireland’s most dangerous areas

first_imgOne of Donegal’s rural roads has been identified on a list of Ireland’s worst accident blackspots.A new analysis of the most treacherous road segments in Ireland has shown that the N56 in Gaoth Dobhair, where the road meets the junction of the R258 and crosses the Clady Bridge, is one of the 20 most dangerous areas.The research carried out by Gamma Location Intelligence found that the Donegal segment had a collision rate of 125, based on the number of road accidents per 100 million vehicle kilometres. The most dangerous stretch of road was found to be in Galway, located just east of Kylemore Lough, from Cliften to near Leenaune along the N59. This road had a collision rate of 1131.Richard Garry, Director of Location Intelligence for Gamma said: “Overall, according to the data provided by Transport Infrastructure Ireland, collision rates are decreasing across the country.“However, there are specific stretches of roads where the frequency of collisions is still high.“Not only does this analysis show drivers where they need to take extra care; it is also useful for insurance companies as it identifies the areas which are worst for road accidents and enables them to better assess risk.” West Donegal road named as one of Ireland’s most dangerous areas was last modified: September 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sophomore shines in shutout, Mack controls Big 5

first_imgCorbin Eichin delivered his best pitching performance of the season, Kyler Carr and Lance Lally connected on big extra-innings hits to end a scoreless tie and the McKinleyville High baseball team beat Arcata 3-0 in eight innings to take sole possession of first place in the Big 5 Conference, Saturday morning at St. Bernard’s High.After seven scoreless innings Saturday’s game, just like McKinleyville’s 2-1 win over Arcata on Wednesday, needed an eighth inning to separate the top two teams in …last_img

Where Chairman Mao and Teenage Nihilists Got Their Motivation

first_imgWhat propelled Mao Zhedong to become the biggest mass murderer in world history?  Let a professor of Chinese history answer the question.  James Pusey (Bucknell U), writing in Nature this week for a series on “Global Darwin,”1 was explaining the vacuum left by the collapse of the reform movement in the early 20th century.  A “group of intellectuals” found Marxism attractive.  It was the fittest ideology:Many tried to fill it: Sun, Jiang Jieshi (Chiang Kaishek) and, finally, the small group of intellectuals who, in indignation at the betrayal at Versailles, found in Marxism what seemed to them the fittest faith on Earth to help China to survive.    This was not, of course, all Darwin’s doing, but Darwin was involved in it all.  To believe in Marxism, one had to believe in inexorable forces pushing mankind, or at least the elect, to inevitable progress, through set stages (which could, however, be skipped).  One had to believe that history was a violent, hereditary class struggle (almost a ‘racial’ struggle); that the individual must be severely subordinated to the group; that an enlightened group must lead the people for their own good; that the people must not be humane to their enemies; that the forces of history assured victory to those who were right and who struggled.    Who taught Chinese these things?  Marx?  Mao?  No.  Darwin.The ideology that led Mao to murder 77 million of his own people (11/30/2005) began with a view of nature that values struggle and fitness over the individual.  Though acknowledging that the political currents in China were complex, with reformers like Yan Fu and Sun Yat-sen incorporating Darwinian principles without radical revolution, Pusey placed the worldview that empowered Marxist ideology squarely at the feet of Darwin.  Darwin was Mao’s ideological mentor.    Darwinian ideas can produce murderous results in individuals, too.  The Sunday Times Online printed an article that described the Darwinian motivations behind some of the serial killers of recent memory.  “The naturalist [Darwin] outraged the church, prompting a bitter debate that still sets creationists against evolutionists,” Dennis Sewell wrote.  “Now a sinister link has emerged between his work and the recent spate of high-school killings by crazed, nihilistic teenagers.”  Despite Darwin’s personal reputation as an “amiable Victorian gent,” Sewell continued, he “has been fingered as a racist, an apologist for genocide, and the inspiration of a string of psychopathic killers.”  The shooters at Columbine High School, for instance, saw themselves as eliminators of the weak.  Harris wore “Natural Selection” on his T-shirt the day of the shooting spree.  Many other artifacts gathered afterwards, described in the article, uncovered the boys’ fascination with “survival of the fittest.”    In 2007, detectives intercepted a school shooting in Pennsylvania.  They “discovered that their suspect often logged on to a social networking site called Natural Selection’s Army,” the article says.  Sewell discussed a personality cult around Harris and Klebold in certain chatrooms and websites, including a computer game that lets the player act out the massacre.  “Natural Selection” apparel is hot with these aficionados, and “‘Natural Selection’ is the name of a popular computer game in which competing teams attempt to annihilate one another – a sign that Darwin’s term is still associated by many teenagers with sudden and extreme violence.”  Another case is the killing spree in 2007 in Finland by Pekka-Eric Auvinen, who declared in his manifesto before the event that he was a social Darwinist wanting to weed out the unfit.  In his words: “It’s time to put natural selection and survival of the fittest back on track.”    Sewell acknowledged that Darwin himself would have been horrified by all this.  He knows that other great figures have been used by murderers as their inspiration.  Still, he was not ready to let the bearded old man off the hook.  “One conclusion implicit in evolutionary theory is that human existence has no ultimate purpose or special significance…. Darwin also taught that morality has no essential authority, but is something that itself evolved,” he continued.  These simple (and simplistic) ideas are certainly accessible to disturbed adolescents who feel nothing stops them from taking natural law into their own hands.  And Darwin himself wrote in 1881, “Looking to the world at no very distant date, what an endless number of the lower races will have been eliminated by the higher civilized races throughout the world.”    Sewell is author of the book The Political Gene: How Darwin’s Ideas Changed Politics.  His Times article was published on the Science page, not the Opinion page.  On page 2, he continued supporting his premise that Darwin’s views feed into the nihilism behind high school shootings – and political genocides – because it destroys all moral restraint.  One particular example shows this is not an isolated interpretation.  He said, “Cheerleaders celebrating Darwin’s 200th birthday in colleges across America last February sang ‘Randomness is good enough for me, If there’s no design it means I’m free’ – lines from a song by the band Scientific Gospel.”  With a gospel like that, no wonder some go beyond the mere abandonment of sexual mores taught by their parents.  “But wackos such as Harris and Auvinen can just as readily interpret it as a licence to kill.”  Sewell ended by pointing out that we cannot begin to address the issues when presented only with a “bowdlerized account of Darwin’s work” – i.e., a sanitized version portraying Darwin as a scientific saint.  He said, “The more sinister implications of the world-view that has come to be called ‘Darwinism’ � and the interpretation the teenage nihilists put on it – are as much part of the Darwin story as the theory of evolutions [sic].”1.  James Pusey, “Global Darwin: Revolutionary road,” Nature 462, 162-163 (12 November 2009) | doi:10.1038/462162a.You have just seen what two scholars said who were not intelligent design leaders, creationists, or Bible-thumping preachers.  If you will not listen to the latter, then listen to the former.  You heard them saying what the preachers would have said anyway.  Let’s recap the list of principles that Pusey said you have to believe in to be a Marxist:Inexorable forces push mankind to inevitable progress (are we there yet?)There are set stages of progress (which can be skipped; e.g., by revolution).History is a story of violent struggle (i.e., violence, not peace, is the ultimate reality).The struggle is between classes or races (meaning, genocide is sometimes a moral obligation).The individual must be severely subordinated to the group (so you are just a pawn in a game played by forces of nature).An enlightened group must lead the people for their own good (e.g., the Communist Party leaders, who lived more royally than Czars, while their people suffered in famines and cramped apartments or in prison camps).People must not be humane to their enemies (or to the unfit).The forces of history assure victory to those who struggle (i.e., evolve or perish; eliminate the Mother Theresas and hospitals who unnaturally prolong the life of the unfit).Again: who taught the Chinese these things?  Marx?  Mao?  No.  Darwin.    What a world we live in.  On one side you have radical revolutionaries and teenage nihilists killing for Darwin.  On the other you have radical Muslims killing for Allah.  What to do?  Run not to the poorly-named Scientific Gospel, or to any self-proclaimed messiah who’s dead, but to the true gospel of the risen Lord Jesus Christ.  Run to the true Messiah who gave his life for his friends.  Run to Teacher whose two greatest commandments were to love God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind, and to love your neighbor as yourself.  Notice how un-Darwinian his Sermon on the Mount is.  The truth, not randomness, will set you free.  The truth will lead to a flourishing free society based on individual responsibility and charity.  You will know teachers of lies and teachers of the truth by their fruits.(Visited 119 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA to spend R2m on rooibos research

first_img25 January 2012 Sapa The South African Rooibos Council has set aside a budget for the research. The research, which will include examining the anti-ageing, anti-obesity and cancer-preventing properties of the tea, will be conducted this year, the newspaper reported. South African researchers will conduct a R2-million research project in a bid to scientifically showcase the soothing, disease-prevention and weight-loss properties of rooibos tea, The Star reported on Wednesday.center_img The University of Stellenbosch biochemistry department research team, led by Professor Amanda Swart, found that the tea contains components that can help alleviate stress and anxiety. There is a “long held belief” that a cup of rooibos tea helps one relax and cope better with stress. The team has already identified two rare components of rooibos – aspalathin and nothofagin – that contribute to the stress-lowering effect. These findings were published last year.last_img read more

Cartoon: Friends With Benefits

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#Cartoons#web rob cottingham More Noise to Signal. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App The debate rages on over whether social networks (and Twitter, and YouTube, and, and, and) have any legitimacy in the workplace, fueled in no small part by people who sell tools to block them.But employers who turn their noses up at Facebook et al. may well discover that their coveted Millennials (a.k.a. Generation Y, a.k.a. those damn kids who won’t get off your lawn) are happy to return the favour when recruiting time rolls around. Blocking access to Facebook looks a lot like those IT departments that wouldn’t install web browsers on your computer a decade ago… or external email access a few years earlier.And like those tools before them, the social web today is increasingly being used by companies and organizations for productive, collaborative work. So it’s not just a question of denying your HR department a hiring pool of cool kids. Blocking social media from your company can mean cutting yourself off from an important potential source of productivity, innovation and increased efficiency.Of course, that’s an argument I like to make to people who haven’t just received a dozen Farmville notifications. Related Posts last_img read more

With a heart for old people, Richardson twins hope to run to golden finish

first_imgThey also don’t put pressure on themselves even though they are expected to bring in honors in the track and field competitions.“Dr. (Philip) Juico (track and field president) told us not to be bothered by pressure, because when we are relaxed, success is on our side,” said Kayla. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “We are very close to them (maternal grandparents), we take care of them as much as we can,” added Kayla.Kyla said the gerontology, a course that deals with the scientific study of old age, the process of aging, and the particular problems of old people, is a growing field and a new major at USC.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Plus people will get old eventually, they would need people to help them,” said Kayla.At the moment, Kyla and Kayla said their lives, all 18 years of them, revolve around running. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago “We just love running,” said Kyla who is a minute older than sprints queen Kayla. Kyla is entered in the relay events.They even run to get away from the stress of competition.No wonder the 18-year-olds are the “marked women” in the Southeast Asian Games sprints and relay events, which start on Tuesday.Kayla, the reigning century dash champion and silver winner in 200 meters, said they also enjoy watching TV series like Grey’s Anatomy and Food Network shows, and going to the beach.The Richardsons said they were not bothered by jet lags as they spent five days in Manila to train.ADVERTISEMENT Stage parents: Malditas have someone to watch over them during SEA Games campaign WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Sprints twins Kayla and Kyla Richardson. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—The Richardson twins, Kayla and Kyla, share the same passions: Running, watching TV series and taking care of their grandparents.In fact, both are gerontology sophomores at University of Southern California.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

Pakistan daily blasts Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister for opposing Indo-Pak match

first_imgA Pakistani daily on Friday criticised Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh for his comments on the India-Pakistan World T20 match and said that letting political views ‘tarnish the sport to such an extent is unacceptable’. (Pakistan threaten to pull out of ICC World Twenty20 )An editorial ‘World T20 security concerns’ in The Nation said that the woes of Pakistan cricket continue to pile up.”Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said that they will not provide security for the Pakistan India match to be held there on March 19 for no other reason than he doesn’t like Pakistan,” said the daily.It added that seeking political parallels in sporting events is one thing, ‘but letting political views – extreme ones at that – tarnish the sport to such an extent is unacceptable’. (Pakistan have to decide if they want to play in Dharamshala: BCCI ) “Even before it has begun the World T20 has already stepped outside the bounds of sport and into politics, with tangible consequences. Failure of both countries to control this will be highly damaging – especially for India,” the daily noted.The editorial noted that a lot has been said about the security situation in Pakistan when it comes to cricket.”However, the questions over security of Pakistani players playing in India is often brushed under the rug. Yet the problem exists; Pakistani players from several sports have had to be pulled out of India to avoid violence while others are warned not to come,” it said.advertisement”Virbhadra Singh’s statements make the problem worse; where the threat used to come from fringe groups in the past, now the state has joined in on the action by wilfully refusing to provide protection that it is bound to provide.”It went on to say that “India is fighting a niggling problem with extremism, one that extends to its government benches”.”…India is becoming a perilous place to international tournaments involving Pakistan – perhaps next time a ‘neutral venue’ would be more suitable.”last_img read more