Head of the Office of Climate Change Janelle ChristianThe Ministry of the Presidency’s Office of Climate Change on Wednesday hosted a stakeholder validation workshop on the National Climate Change Policy and Action Plan.The workshop, which was hosted at Cara Lodge and saw several stakeholders in attendance, was aimed at pursuing sustainable management of forest resources which is a major source of mitigation to the change in climate. It will be based on the three pillars of sustainable development which includes economy, environment and human resources.Head of the Office of Climate Change, Janelle Christian during her remarks at the opening of the workshop highlighted the changes that are being experienced in the Caribbean which includes more hot days, more intense rainfall and longer periods of drought which puts livelihood and other economic activities at risk.She noted that the source of power generation in Guyana is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and as a result, Government has aspired to transition to renewable energy. “We will continue to pursue sustainable management of our forest resources,” she said.Further, Christian alluded to the challenges facing Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), with respect to water and water resources due to the prolonged dry season, however, due to Government’s construction of a manmade reservoir, it was able to offer some relief to some of those communities.She noted that the signs of climate change have been recognised and as a result, Guyana needs to take action to ensure the protection of lives, livelihood, ecosystems and infrastructure for the people of Guyana. “We need to have a framework across Government to do policy strategies and plan to ensure that we adapt, adjust and build resilience so that when these events come, we are able to withstand and continue life as normal,” she added.According to Christian, Guyana is now preparing its third national communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.The aim of this policy is to ensure that action is taken across all of Government and the community level since the people are usually the first to be affected by climate change. “We want to ensure that whether we have months without rainfall, it will not disrupt the livelihood of our people,” she stated.She highlighted the need for the creation of resilience in assets and infrastructure adding that the policy will take into account all vulnerable groups among us.Meanwhile, consultant Dr Kalim Shah, who gave an overview of the policy, noted that as climate change action is being implemented in Guyana, awareness should be made with respect to efficiency in the use of limited resources and should not aim to replicate programmes already being undertaken by other related agencies but rather focus on the building of capacity and other resources to tackle climate change.Guyana’s climate change policy seeks to integrate the socio-economic and environmental challenges of climate change into national sustainable development planning that generates strategic actions at all levels for adaptation, mitigation and resilience.The national goals for addressing climate include the reduction of climate-related loss and damage across productive sectors, promoting community development and redirecting economic activities away from vulnerable areas. It also aims at reducing poverty, loss of livelihood and food insecurity and promoting a clean environment for all.Further, it targets the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions across sectors and transitioning to climate resilient infrastructure and integrated physical land use plans. It also seeks to promote holistic development planning by utilising environmentally friendly materials and adopting new technologies and early warning signs.Further, it aims to develop and implement sustainable land management best practices to combat land degradation with focus on the hinterland and improved availability and access to climate change data and information.
…1 nabbed in escape bidA businesswoman and an employee were on Monday held at gunpoint at Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara, and relieved of a bag containing more than $5 million in cash.The woman, who operates a service station in Soesdyke, EBD and lives as Land of Canaan Gardens, was on her way to a commercial bank to make a deposit when the robbery occurred.The bandit who was caught following the robberyReports are that while on her way to the Diamond, EBD bank, the woman stopped at a business place in Land of Canaan to drop off an invoice, and as she was about to re-enter her car, two men on a CG motorcycle confronted her.One of the bandits, who was armed with a handgun, grabbed her and forced her into the car, after which he grabbed the bag containing the money. After collecting the bag, he handed it over to his accomplice who was on the motorcycle.The gunman then exited that car, hopped onto the motorcycle, and the bandits rode away. As the men rode off, an alarm was raised and persons in the area went in pursuit of the men. One of them was reportedly nabbed, while the other made good his escape with the bag containing the cash.A relative of the traumatised businesswoman explained that he received the telephone call informing him that his daughter-in-law was robbed, and that one of the bandits was apprehended by public spirited citizens who went to her aid.He noted that the money contained in the bag was from sales at the service station over the weekend. The businessman further stated that after reviewing the CCTV footage at the service station, it is believed that the robbery was executed with the assistance of an employee.He stated that the man who was arrested was seen in the footage speaking with someone at the business place. The man added that the CCTV footage was handed over to the Police as they continue their investigations and hunt for the second suspect.He, nevertheless, was happy that his daughter-in-law and the employee were not injured when the robbery was committed. He, moreover, thanked the Police for their prompt response to the distress call.Guyana Times understands that the employees at the service station were questioned in connection with the robbery.
Establishing more “career academies” on campuses so students can pursue specific interests that will lead to higher education or jobs right out of high school. But student safety is the biggest issue facing the district, school board member Jon Lauritzen said. “The most important thing is the safety of the children,” said Francisca de la Rosa, whose 13-year-old daughter attends Vista. “We deal with it constantly,” said Lauritzen, a former Canoga Park teacher and student. “Parents are just concerned with their (children’s) safety.” Gangs have changed through the years, he said. When he was a student in 1960, Canoga Park Alabama – which last week was placed on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s list of the top 10 most dangerous gangs in L.A. – was around but was more of a social club. email@example.com (818) 713-3329 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PANORAMA CITY – Expressing concern over rising gang violence, overcrowded classrooms and a lack of after-school programs, more than 300 parents, teachers and faculty members met Monday night with LAUSD Superintendent David Brewer III. The meeting at Vista Middle School was organized to introduce Brewer to San Fernando Valley parents and to share information. Brewer said it was part of his mandate to “listen, learn, assess and then act.” “I will be implementing bold changes,” Brewer told the crowd. The Valley is home to 51 of the district’s top 114 schools based on test scores, he said, but also has seen a sharp jump in gang violence over the past year, including three shootings outside or near Valley schools in the past six weeks. And with student safety in mind, he has met with officials from the Boys & Girls Club as well as the YMCA to create after-school opportunities on and off campus to get kids off the streets during late afternoon and early evening, when they are most vulnerable to gangs and other negative influences. “If we have enough space and the Boys & Girls Club were agreeable, they could put facilities on our campuses or provide transportation to their facilities … to give our kids options in safe zones,” Brewer said before the meeting. During the meeting, he also touted various programs, including: Letting students work toward associate of arts degrees and high school diplomas simultaneously. Setting up boarding schools for the 18,000 foster and 10,000 homeless kids in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
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2013 Photo Scavenger HuntThe Photo Scavenger Hunt is a fun, family-friendly, summer event organized by the City of Fort St John Visitor Centre. Through this popular events our community is given the opportunity to showcase their talent while exposing the beauty of our City as well as the North Peace region. The event encourages participants to venture out into the City and area as w […]FSJ Farmers’ MarketVisit the Fort St. John Farmers’ Market to sample a wide variety of locally grown, fresh & wholesome foods direct from the grower. Date: Every Saturday from May until December Time: 9-3pm Support your local farmers. Shop local! 9805 96th Avenue, Fort St. John (North Peace Arena Lobby) […]Drag Racing at Northern Lights RacewayCome see the loudest and fastest show in the Peace Region this weekend. Racers of all ages driving vehicles of all kind down the 1/4 mile strip at speeds up to 200mph! Admission is $10, with kids 12 and under admitted free. Racing begins around 11am. Dates: July 20 & 21 Aug 10 & 11 Aug 24 & 25 Our website is […]Doig River RodeoThe Dog River Rodeo will be held this year on July 20 and 21, 2013 from 1 PM- 8 PM. Tickets: Adults- $8 Children- $4 12 and under are FREE The Dog River is located 40km north on Rose Prairie Road off the 101 Road at the Doig River. For more information contact 250-793-8485 […]Garden Tour 2013The North Peace Horticultural Society in Fort St. John plan their annual Garden Tour for July 21, 2013 from 10:00AM until 4:00PM. Come out and enjoy some of the beautiful gardens of the North Peace! Tickets are available at the museum one week prior to the event and on the day of the event. July 21, 2013 For more information contact 250.789.3656 […]Drag Racing at Northern Lights RacewayCome see the loudest and fastest show in the Peace Region this weekend. Racers of all ages driving vehicles of all kind down the 1/4 mile strip at speeds up to 200mph! Admission is $10, with kids 12 and under admitted free. Racing begins around 11am. Dates: July 20 & 21 Aug 10 & 11 Aug 24 & 25 Our website is […]Doig River RodeoThe Dog River Rodeo will be held this year on July 20 and 21, 2013 from 1 PM- 8 PM. Tickets: Adults- $8 Children- $4 12 and under are FREE The Dog River is located 40km north on Rose Prairie Road off the 101 Road at the Doig River. For more information contact 250-793-8485 […] – Advertisement –