Single-use plastics consultation in urban areas wraps up

first_imgCountrywide consultations for the ban of single-use plastics in Guyana have been completed, and the Department of Environment has noted that recommendations are to be made from these findings.This is according to the Stakeholder Management Coordinator of the Department of Environment, Aretha Forde, who told this publication on Monday that citizens from several populated areas across the country were engaged in discussions that will determine whether or not the plastics are banned.Some of these areas include Anna Regina, New Amsterdam, Rose Hall, and Linden.“We’ve done the consultations in a few urban areas. What the team would have done is to go out to these areas — like Anna Regina. They went to New Amsterdam, Rose Hall and Linden, because that’s where most of the centers of commerce are in any case,” said Forde.She also mentioned that the Solid Waste Department of the Georgetown Municipality had forwarded their opinions on the impact which single-use plastics pose on the environment.“We would have done the Georgetown consultations as well. City Hall would’ve offered from their perspective the impact of the ban on single use plastics,” she said.Single-use plastics are everyday items which are made of plastic and are disposed of after being used once, with the common ones being bags, straws and bottles.Solid Waste Director Walter Narine had stated last August that after the consultations are completed, Cabinet would be engaged to determine if the bill would be passed for the ban to be imposed.“After the consultations, they’ll take the $15 million, which is the estimation to go back to Cabinet; and if it’s all favourable, then they would roll out the legislation and regulations and put them in place,” Narine said during that time.Many persons are pushing for the ban to be implemented so that the surroundings can be rid of these plastics. It is believed that a large quantity of waste being disposed on a daily basis is made up of single-use plastics.On the other hand, others are concerned about the alternatives if these items are no longer used. A replacement of these would cost more, but it is assured that they will last for a longer period of time, and this also means that there will be less garbage pollution.With the large sums of money being spent to collect garbage in the city, City Hall is contemplating charging a fee for every barrel of waste that is collected. This service is currently free in the Georgetown area.last_img read more

Weaver no cause to be concerned

first_img“I know I’m still (young), so I’m still going to battle my ass off this spring training and do whatever I did last spring training and take it into this one.” Bartolo Colon and Francisco Rodriguez were the only other pitchers limited to long toss Thursday. Colon appears at least three weeks away from taking a mound, while Rodriguez got in some innings in winter ball in December. “Frankie just wants to stretch it out,” Scioscia said. “There’s no need for him to get on a mound. We’ll get a better indication from guys when they get their long toss going.” Rodriguez said as long some innings in winter ball are followed by a successful season, he will continue with that routine. “To me it is because it helps me to come into spring training in pretty good shape,” said Rodriguez, who expects to throw a bullpen session this weekend. “My arm is feeling better. To me it also means a lot because my family gets a chance to see me play there and at the same time it gives me a little work to get my arm in shape.” It’s early, but the opening-day roster came slightly into focus. Scioscia said he is set on an 11-man pitching staff and is unlikely to carry three catchers into the season. One of the more interesting battles of the spring will be for the final bullpen spot. After the five starters, the bullpen seems set in five of six spots with Darren Oliver, Hector Carrasco, Justin Speier, Scot Shields and Rodriguez. Scioscia isn’t leaving too many pitchers out of the mix for the final spot on the staff. He named Dustin Moseley, Chris Resop, Phil Seibel, Chris Bootcheck, Greg Jones and Matt Hensley as all in the mix to break camp with the team. As for the catchers, carrying three does not seem to give Scioscia enough flexibility. “Three is probably a long shot, although there are a couple things that can help us with three,” Scioscia said. “Most likely it’s going to be two.” Kelvim Escobar was the last pitcher to report to camp and arrived early Thursday morning. He had to perform double duty in taking his annual spring physical early in the morning and then hitting the field for a bullpen session once he was cleared. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TEMPE, Ariz. – Although not expected to be serious, the first red alert of Angels camp has gone out. Jered Weaver did not throw from a mound on the first day of workouts for pitchers and catchers Thursday, and the day of his first bullpen session remains in question. “He’s feeling good and getting there, but there is no need for him to be on the mound right now,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’ll see where he is and hopefully get him on the mound shortly.” It could be that Weaver’s holdout year of 2004 finally has caught up with him. He pitched just 76 competitive innings at two minor-league levels in 2005. Then came 77 innings at Triple-A Salt Lake last year and 123 with the Angels. Weaver isn’t too concerned about the setback and isn’t lacking for confidence heading into his first full season in the major leagues. “My confidence is definitely a little higher coming into spring training knowing what to expect and knowing the guys in here,” Weaver said Thursday. “I think it’s good for me knowing that. But at the same time, there is always somebody trying to take your job too. center_img Weaver, who dealt with a bout of biceps tendinitis last season that delayed his first start of the second half, came into camp behind schedule. After throwing a combined 200 innings between the minor and major leagues last season, Weaver notified the Angels in the winter that his shoulder needed a break. Weaver didn’t begin throwing until recently, which left him unable to extend himself in the early days of camp. last_img read more

No excuses as VAR set for Champions League debut

first_img0Shares0000Video Replay: VAR technology make its debut at Champions League matches this week. © AFP / NICOLAS TUCATROME, Italy, Feb 11 – UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has warned that there will be no more excuses as Video Assistant Referees (VAR) make their debut in the Champions League starting this week.Manchester United host Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford on Tuesday while Roma play Porto at the Stadio Olimpico as the last 16, first legs get under way. The system which was used during last year’s FIFA World Cup, and is now widely called upon in most of Europe’s leading leagues, was initially set to be rolled out in the Champions League from the start of next season.However, it will now make its debut six months earlier than anticipated.“If we can do it before, why not” pondered Ceferin of an initiative which had been opposed by his predecessor, Michel Platini.The decision to bring forward its use follows lobbying from top clubs including Juventus, whose chairman, Andrea Agnelli, is also president of the powerful European Club Association (ECA), a union of the continent’s biggest teams.The Italian was furious after the Turin giants were dumped out of the Champions League last season by a late Real Madrid penalty.“We cannot go back, we want VAR to be adopted in UEFA competitions as soon as possible,” demanded Agnelli.Other top European coaches have also welcomed its arrival, with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola saying: “Welcome … I’m so delighted”.That is despite the Premier League being the only one of Europe’s major domestic competitions to not use VAR.“The Premier League is the last one, so sooner or later also here in England, it’s going to happen” said Guardiola, who recalled how his team had benefited from “a ridiculous penalty” awarded against Shakhtar Donetsk in the group stage.“The referees want to do a good job …they will be helped.”– ‘Clear mistakes’ –Pep Guardiola admitted that his Manchester City side benefited from “a ridiculous penalty” award in their win over Shakhtar Donetsk in the group stage © AFP/File / Paul ELLISBayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said he was convinced it would make “football fairer and more serious at the international level”.However, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes “no one is happy to watch European matches with VAR”.“When are you going to use it? I don’t think it’s clear — before we use it all clubs need to agree with ideas. If not it’s going to be difficult.”Roberto Rosetti, UEFA’s chief refereeing officer, told a briefing on its use in Rome last week that while “impossible to achieve the right decision 100 percent of the time” they were convinced it would “provide valuable help to match officials and reduce incorrect decisions”.Rosetti said the Video Assistant Referee would intervene for “clear mistakes” in the four match-changing situations for which it has been used elsewhere: goals, penalty decisions, straight red cards and cases of mistaken identity.But, unlike at the World Cup, there will not be a centralised video viewing room.“We’ll work within each stadium with a VAR, an assistant-VAR, two operators and a UEFA official responsible to send the information outside,” he explained.– ‘Lack of respect’ –Meanwhile, Slovenian Ceferin warned coaches that they would have no reason to complain after most snubbed a meeting in Frankfurt to discuss the use of VAR in European competitions.Of coaches from the 16 teams invited only those from Juventus, Lyon, Paris Saint-Germain, Roma and Schalke attended, with the others sending “assistants, other staff or even marketing people,” said Ceferin.“For me it’s not only a lack of respect for Roberto Rosetti’s team and the UEFA organisation, but the influence of coaches is huge and if they complain about being refereed they should at least come and see what the experts say about the use of VAR,” Ceferin said after being reelected UEFA president last Thursday.“Now they do not have any excuses, especially the ones that did not even come.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Spurs boss Pochettino ‘puts new contract on hold’ until end of season

first_img1 Pochettino has led Spurs to second in the table and are in with a shout of winning the title Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is causing the club concern after putting off signing his new contract until after the season has ended.The Argentinian has transformed the club’s fortunes and Spurs are in with a real chance of winning their first top-flight title since 1961.A new, £5million-a-year deal has been offered to Pochettino, but he has declined to sign it, preferring to wait until the season has ended before sitting down with club chairman Daniel Levy, according to The Sun.Manchester United are keeping tabs on the situation and are admirers of the job he has done at White Hart Lane in just two seasons.Jose Mourinho remains favourite to take the Old Trafford hot seat, if club officials decide to end boss Louis van Gaal’s tenure a season early.Meanwhile, Harry Kane is confident Spurs will push Leicester all the way, given the fixtures Leicester face – home games against Swansea and Everton, and trips to Manchester United and Chelsea.The Tottenham striker said: “With more performances like that, I’m sure we’ll push them all the way. “All we can do is keep doing what we’re doing. We’ve got to win all our games. We want to win all four of them and then we will go from there.”He added: “Obviously Leicester have got some tough games coming up.“They’re in the driving seat. All we can do is keep winning our games.”last_img read more

Inishowen artist to compete for biggest contemporary art prize

first_imgDonegal artist Marty Kelly will compete for the biggest prize in Irish contemporary art at Vue 2016 at the Royal Hibernian Association gallery from November 3-6.The €5,000 Vue Contemporary Art Prize presented by Savills will be awarded to the artist who has produced an outstanding body of work in the last year or made some other substantial contribution to the visual arts in Ireland.19 of Ireland’s leading contemporary art galleries have each nominated an artist as a contender for the prize and RHA director Dr Patrick Murphy, who has an extensive track record as a curator of contemporary Irish art, will adjudicate. Carndonagh native Kelly has been nominated by the Gibbons and Nicholas gallery in Dublin, where he completed “There’ll be no bloody bluebirds”, a series inspired by the current migrant crisis in Europe.After seeing the White Cliffs of Dover on a return trip from Calais, Kelly was reminded of the patriotic song by Dame Vera Lynn and decided to use the bluebird as a metaphor for refugees.The series explores issues of unity and separatism and how we identify with each other through compassion, love, gratitude, acceptance, pity and fear.“My current work investigates how we identify ourselves,” Kelly said. “Why do we see someone else’s experience of life as being wholly separate from our own? Compassion is seeing ourselves in each other rather than fear. Work is for me part of a daily meditation exploring these issues and states of being.“Sometimes we see others as less worthy or imprisoned and sometimes they are not. I’m observing the world and society as a self-enquiry. I don’t have the solution but I hope the work generates awareness and empathy.”Last year’s prize was awarded to abstract artist Richard Gorman who collaborated with Stoney Road Press for his series ‘Kan’ – three monumental (150 x 110cm) carborundum prints on handmade Indian paper.“This is only the second year the Savills Art Prize has been presented at Vue and we hope the award will become as important to Irish art as the Turner Prize is in the UK,” said Vue 2016 organiser Louis O’Sullivan.“Savills are the perfect partner to present the Prize as most art is found in homes and businesses, and not just museums. “Vue 2016 is a great opportunity for collectors and investors to experience some of the best contemporary art currently being created in Ireland, and to get some expert advice and guidance from leading galleries.”Opening hours for Vue 2016 are 6-8pm on Thursday, November 3, 11am-8pm on Friday, November 4, 11am-7pm on Saturday, November 5, and 12-6pm on Sunday, November 6.Inishowen artist to compete for biggest contemporary art prize was last modified: October 17th, 2016 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:artistCarndonaghdonegalMARTIN KELLYlast_img read more