Climate change is real for Guyana, Caribbean – CCWA

first_imgGuyana and the rest of the Caribbean are at the losing end of the pole as it relates to climate change and with the severe toll the changing weather patterns is taking on water in the Region, new and improved ways of saving what is left of it must be explored.This is according to Executive Director of the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA), Patricia Aquing. Speaking to Guyana Times on Friday, Aquing said over the last decade, there have been changes in the weather pattern, which impact water supply in the Caribbean.CCWA Executive Director Patricia Aquing“Climate change is one of the factors. So, for example, you have years of drought in some of the countries caused by climate change itself and because of that, the countries are looking to see how else they can win water,” Aquing said.Aquing, a Trinidadian, was in Guyana to deliver an address at the launching ceremony of the 26th annual Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association Conference and Exhibition, slated for October later this year.“So, climate change is real for us and the impact on our water is one of the most significant impacts worldwide that the people are pointing to. And the Region has prepared itself for improving its water availability, one of which is wastewater, which is a tremendous resource.”Sixty-five per cent of wastewater goes untreated into the sea, she explained.“We use potable water for flushing our toilets. Should we be using expensively harvested water? Can we not use treated wastewater for watering lawns and golf courses? These are options that the Region has, to look at other options to save water.”According to Aquing, “We cannot change climate, we are so small that our impact on the climate is so insignificant, but we are impacted in a big way by the changes in the climate variability.”She continued that “it is really a complex management issue, and not about people getting water in their taps and getting to bathe and so on; it is more than that”.“The average people I believe do not understand the importance of water management. Water is everybody’s business,” she stressed.Meanwhile, Guyana will this week draft a National Action Plan (NAP) to help reduce the negative impact of climate change on health according to Principal Environmental Health Officer of the Public Health Ministry, Steve Chichester. Chichester said Monday that the strategy would be completed today, the final day of the two-day inter-agency seminar organised by the Environmental Health Unit (EHU) of the Public Health Ministry in collaboration with Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO).The strategy is also expected to build capacity of Public Health Ministry officers and other stakeholders to implement effective programmes to help reduce the negative effects of climate change on the sector and prepare related agencies to have in place mechanisms to “mitigate the impact of climate change on health”, Chichester said.He anticipates that the blueprint will put a premium on public awareness to improve the knowledge of Guyanese enabling them to discern the link between climate change and health.In addition, the draft Public Health Ministry/PAHO/WHO document will also emphasise stakeholder preparedness “to respond to emergencies related to climate change as far as practicable”, the EHU official explained.Guyana, like the rest of the Region, suffers from several endemic and environmentally-sensitive disease vectors, according to PAHO/WHO Adviser Abrianus Ton Vlugman. Vlugman said too that the Region was “particularly vulnerable because they tend to have a dual disease burden: many endemic and environmentally-sensitive disease vectors (and) human populations with high rates of cardio-respiratory diseases.”This burden is exacerbated because the health systems of individual territories are “generally underfunded”, the PAHO/WHO Adviser noted referring to an Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) report. The spike in temperature attributed to climate change is expected to increase dengue fever transmission by some 300 per cent, Vlugman warned because “increased temperature reduces incubation time of the parasite”.last_img read more

Hamilton plans to study late and find Ferrari-beating plan

first_img0Shares0000Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes were fast, but not as fast as Ferrari in qualifying at Monza © AFP / Miguel MEDINAMONZA, Italy, Sep 1 – Championship leader Lewis Hamilton said he planned to study late into the night Saturday to find a way to beat Ferrari in Sunday’s keenly-anticipated Italian Grand Prix.The defending world champion qualified third behind Kimi Raikkonen, who took pole with Formula One’s record fastest lap, and title rival Sebastian Vettel. After acknowledging Ferrari’s marginally superior speed, he said: “The start will hopefully create an opportunity for us.“I’ve got to study hard tonight to figure out a way how I can get in front of at least one of the Ferraris on the first lap.“It’s great that Valtteri (Mercedes team-mate Bottas) is right behind me so we can really apply the pressure on the red cars.”The Briton broke the record set by Juan-Pablo Montoya at Monza in 2004, in a BMW-powered Williams, but it was not enough to earn a front row spot as his run of four Italian poles ended.“They did a solid job,” he said, during post-qualifying interviews on the track, when he was booed by sections of the partisan crowd.“We gave it everything we could – it’s obviously incredibly close between us, but they’ve had the upper-hand this weekend. Everyone in the team is working as hard as they can to make the difference.“It’s incredibly close, which is great for the sport and it’s great to see so many fans here.“We’ve improved the car overnight and I’m really happy with where we were today. I’m proud of my guys for pushing this hard.“We’ve squeezed absolutely everything out of the car, I kind of knew that the Ferraris might just be able to pull out some extra bit of time.“We’ve got to fight hard tomorrow. The long run pace of the Ferraris looked quicker than ours, so it’s not going to be easy — that’s for sure.”Lewis Hamilton spoke to rival Sebastian Vettel after qualifying and says he hopes to jump the Ferrari drivers on the first lap © AFP / Andrej ISAKOVICTeam-mate Bottas who battled to take fourth said: “It has been difficult. We tried some set-up changes for final practice and it was better in the corners, but on the breaking, I lost performance. It was easy to lock up.“But this is only qualifying and the weekend is not over. We will give it everything tomorrow in the race. The first lap is going to be interesting – we might get a bit of tow-effect into Turn One.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

United fires warning to rivals with swoop

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United new signing, Bastian Schweinsteiger at Manchester Airport ahead of their departure to Seattle. PHOTO/MailOnlineLONDON, July 14- Manchester United have thrown down the gauntlet to their Premier League title rivals after making a dramatic double swoop for Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin on Monday.United manager Louis van Gaal had made improving his team’s midfield a key component of his transfer window strategy and the Dutchman can now cross that job off his to-do list after a frenetic 24 hours at Old Trafford. German World Cup winner Schweinsteiger, who played under van Gaal for two years at Bayern Munich, agreed a three-year contract after United tied up a reported £14.4 million deal to sign him from the Bundesliga giants.And France international Schneiderlin signed from Southampton for a fee in the region of £25 million after agreeing a four-year contract, with the option of a further one-year extension.United’s midfield duo are expected to jet out immediately to join their team-mates, including fellow new boys Memphis Depay and Matteo Darmian, for the club’s pre-season tour of the United States.They could make their first appearances in a United shirt against Mexican side Club America in Seattle on July 17.And there was more good news for United as Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea was confirmed among their travelling party for their US tour, seemingly ruling out any imminent move to Real Madrid.Van Gaal claimed last season that there wasn’t much of a quality gap between United and champions Chelsea, who finished 17 points ahead of the Old Trafford outfit, and he will hope his £80 million spending spree is the springboard for a serious title challenge.Schweinsteiger, 30, made 500 appearances for Bayern and won eight Bundesliga titles, as well as making 111 appearances for his country culminating in their successful 2014 World Cup campaign.– Incredible journey –“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Bayern Munich, it has been an incredible journey and I didn’t take the decision to leave lightly. Manchester United is the only club that I would have left Munich for,” he said.“I feel ready for this new and exciting challenge in what I regard as the most competitive league in the world and I am looking forward to working with Louis van Gaal again.”Van Gaal added: “Bastian is, of course, no stranger to me. I worked with him during my time at Bayern Munich and I am truly delighted he is joining Manchester United.“His record speaks for itself; he has won every honour at club level and was a major part of the successful Germany World Cup-winning team last summer.”Confirmation of Schneiderlin’s arrival followed shortly after that of Schweinsteiger.The 25-year-old, who had also been attracting interest from Arsenal and Liverpool, impressed in a fine season for Southampton last season and said he had no doubts about his future once he realised United were showing an interest.“Once I learned that United were interested in signing me, it was a very easy decision to make. I have enjoyed seven very happy years with Southampton and it’s a club that will always be in my heart,” Schneiderlin said.“But the chance to be part of this squad and to help this great club be successful was too good to miss.”Meanwhile despite De Gea’s future still remaining in some doubt, he appears set to remain a United player for the time being at least after being confirmed as part of the squad for the US.United are still awaiting a formal approach from Real Madrid, who sold veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas to Porto this week.One player who looks certain to leave Old Trafford is Dutch striker Robin van Persie, who is set to be officially unveiled as a Fenerbahce player in Istanbul on Tuesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Inter Milan’s pursuit of Liverpool midfielder not hindered by January spending

first_img1 Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva Inter Milan remain in hot pursuit of Liverpool midfielder Lucas, despite splashing the cash to bring Xherdan Shaqiri and Lukas Podolski to the San Siro.The 28-year-old struggled to cement a place in Brendan Rodgers’ starting line-up earlier in the season, but has emerged as a key player after a string of impressive performances for the Reds.And Liverpool are now seemingly unwilling to negotiate the sale of the combative Brazilian, especially to the club who beat them to the signing of Switzerland winger Shaqiri.Inter may also be reliant on offloading some of their current squad first, with Ibrahima Mbaye, Rene Krhin and Yann M’Vila all likely to make way to facilitate a move for the Brazilian.last_img

Gerrard and Balotelli both dropped! Predicted Liverpool team for Hull match

first_img Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has a squad dilemma ahead of a game the Reds must win at Hull City tonight, if they are to have any hope of finishing in the top four this season.The Northern Irishman must find a way to get his team scoring again, with Daniel Sturridge set to miss the rest of the season after his recovery from a hip and thigh injury took a turn for the worse. The striker has only started 12 games this season and his goals from last season have been sorely missed, as Liverpool have scored an astonishing 43 less Premier League goals than at this stage last campaign.After a disappointing 0-0 draw against West Brom on Saturday, Rodgers will surely look to change things up to make sure the three points will be heading to Anfield.Mario Balotelli, Steven Gerrard and Jordan Ibe all started for the Reds at the Hawthorns, but the Liverpool boss may be tempted to go back to having Raheem Sterling as his most advanced attacker for the trip to Hull.With Balotelli failing to impress, Adam Lallana’s potential return from injury could see the former Southampton captain take Sterling’s place behind the front man, with Joe Allen replacing Gerrard.Alberto Moreno looks to shake off a knock while defender Mamadou Sakho (thigh) and midfielder Lucas Leiva (thigh) are getting closer to fitness.Here is a possible Liverpool team to take on Hull City… 1 1center_img The team that faced West Brom 1last_img read more

COMMUNITY HELPS POPULAR PRIEST CELEBRATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS ORDINATION

first_imgThe proud community of Glenfinn came together to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the ordination of Fr. Lorcán Ó Searcaigh.The popular priest was originally ordained at St Mary’s Star of the Sea Church, Annagry, by Bishop Anthony MacFeely on Sunday 9th June 1974. And four decades later Fr. Ó Searcaigh celebrated mass in a packed Glenfinn’s, Our Lady Of Succour Church on Friday evening 6th June 2014.Along with special guests Bishop Philip Boyce were members of Fr. Ó Searcaigh’s family as well as one priest who had made the special journey from Australia. Fr. Eddie Gallagher paid tribute to Fr. Ó Searcaigh during the mass with wonderful stories of the Priest’s Ordination day.A request from the popular priest was that the local School children should wear their Communion costumes and join Fr. Ó Searcaigh on the alter to partake in a section of the mass.Just before the final blessing the packed Church were treated to Irish dancing and Irish traditional music by the young people of Glenfinn. After the celebration mass, people made their way to the parish hall for refreshments to round off an amazing historic event to help celebrate with Fr. Ó Searcaigh his 40 year anniversary.Many thanks to the glenfin.blogspot.com website for the information and  photo. COMMUNITY HELPS POPULAR PRIEST CELEBRATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS ORDINATION was last modified: June 7th, 2014 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:Fr Lorcan O SearcaighGlenfinnordinationlast_img read more

Computer worm can’t hack it

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “It has spread to all our computers,” said Giancarlo Martella, Milan’s councilman for technological innovation and public services. “Knowing how destructive it is, we turned off all personal computers to avoid losing our data.” Only the municipality’s registry office had been kept open because its “passive terminals” don’t store data, Martella said, adding he hoped the computers would return to normal by Monday. Experts had warned earlier that the worm, also known as “CME-24,” “BlackWorm” or “Mywife.E,” could corrupt documents using the most common file types, including “.doc,” “.pdf” and “.zip.” The worm, nicknamed after the Hindu love manual Kama Sutra because of the pornographic come-ons in e-mails spreading it, affects most versions of Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system, prompting the software giant to issue a warning Tuesday. Although the worm tries to disable anti-virus software, vendors have generally posted updates that should protect users. Assuming the computer’s internal clock is correct, users can also avoid the worm by leaving their machines off until Saturday, although the worm is set to trigger again on March 3. Security vendors Trend Micro Inc. and CA Inc. both assessed the overall risk and distribution as low. The worm wasn’t expected to spread any more quickly Friday. Rather, Friday was the first trigger date for the file-destroying code. “It’s well past the deadline but we haven’t confirmed any cases of the Kama Sutra in Japan, which suggests we’re not looking at a major outbreak,” said Itsuro Nishimoto, an executive at Tokyo-based computer security company LAC Corp. A manager at Hong Kong’s official coordination center for computer emergencies said he had not received any reports or calls for help from those infected by the worm. “It began spreading late last month but we haven’t received any calls in the past two weeks,” Roy Ko said. “We don’t expect to receive any today, either.” Ajit Pillai, India’s manager for U.S. security firm Watchguard Technologies Inc., said about 10 percent of his customers in the country had the worm, but they “followed the remedies and managed to avoid any problem.” “We didn’t have to do any firefighting today,” Pillai said. Unlike other worms generally designed to help spammers and hackers carry out attacks, Kama Sutra could inflict more damage because it sets out to destroy documents. “This virus is nowhere near as widespread as some of the (recent virus) cases,” Hypponen said. “The reason it’s talked about is because it’s more destructive.” He said damage is high among those hit, but many businesses should already be protected by anti-virus software. Home users and smaller companies without the latest software updates could be more vulnerable. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! One Italian city’s government shut down its computers as a precaution but a file-destroying computer worm otherwise caused relatively little damage when it triggered worldwide Friday. Hundreds of thousands of computers were believed to be infected, but many companies and individuals had time to clean up their machines this week after security vendors and media outlets warned of the “Kama Sutra” worm. “It’s been pretty quiet,” said Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer for Finnish security company F-Secure Corp. “We know the word is out there.” In Milan, Italy, technicians switched off 10,000 city government computers after discovering the infection Thursday and deciding they didn’t have enough time to clean the machines before the worm would began wreaking havoc Friday. last_img read more

Winning spirit better than a knockout

first_imgJesus “Rocky” Gomez was fighting his heart out in the ring. But for every punch the 10-year-old threw, he got back three in the face. “C’mon, Rocky! Throw more punches!” screamed the crowd in the gym bleachers at Wilson Middle School in Glendale. Rocky heard the chants – all from the mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, sisters and brothers of young Hispanic boys in the Glendale Police Activities League after-school program, known as PAL. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Rocky tried harder. But he was still catching more leather than he was giving. Finally, midway through the second round, the referee stepped in to stop the fight. Rocky Gomez had a bloody nose – and Lenny Chavez, an 11-year-old from East Los Angeles, had a win. From his ringside seat, Jesus Gomez Sr. rushed to his son’s side. Rocky didn’t cry, didn’t say anything. He just buried his face deep into his father’s chest for a few seconds, then looked up at him with questioning eyes: Was he mad? Did he let his father down? Did he let down all the other kids in his PAL club? Jesus Sr. smiled at his son. Then he gave him a big hug while the other boys in PAL gathered around Rocky. “Good try, Rocky. Next time,” they said, patting him on the back as he walked back to the dressing room with his dad. Standing a few feet away, Glendale Police Department Sgt. Oscar Rodriguez smiled. He knew you can learn as much from losing as you can from winning – and it was his job to teach the boys in his PAL club one of life’s hard lessons. There’s always a next time, and you either learn from your losses or you keep on losing. “I’ve talked to all the boys about what it takes to be a winner in life – commitment, sacrifice and dedication,” Rodriguez said. “If you lose, you have to rebound and do better next time. You have to overcome the obstacles no matter who or what your opponent is. “That’s what makes a champion – not only in boxing, but in life.” When the 16-year veteran police officer opened the PAL workout room at Wilson the next afternoon, the first kid who walked through the door was 71-pound Rocky Gomez. Getting ready for next time. The boys in this after-school PAL program live on some of the poorest, gang-ridden, graffiti-covered streets in southeast Glendale, Rodriguez says. None poorer or tougher, though, than David Kamau’s neighborhood in Kenya. Kamau drives a city bus in Glendale now, but back in the early ’90s he was a leading lightweight fighter climbing into the ring against the likes of world champs Julio Cesar Chavez and Oscar de la Hoya. When he heard that Rodriguez was trying to restart the Glendale Police Department’s PAL program after it shut down in 2002, he asked the police officer if he needed help. Kamau and volunteer Clemente Medina have become right-hand men to Rodriguez, giving the 40 or so kids who come to this workout room four days a week a reality lesson on the facts of life. No matter how tough they think they have it, there’s always someone who has it tougher – and has worked harder to overcome obstacles. “Growing up in Kenya, we didn’t know where our next meal was coming from, or even if there would be a next meal,” Kamau tells the boys. “You’re living in America. You have everything. A good life is out there waiting for you, but you have to earn it. Nobody’s going to give it to you.” Commitment, sacrifice and dedication. The DNA of champions. In a boxing ring or in life. So, in PAL programs throughout this city, hundreds of kids living on some pretty mean streets are trying to earn a better future. Their parents, couples like Jesus and Delicia Gomez, know exactly where their sons would be headed after school if so many dedicated police officers and volunteers didn’t offer them a chance to become champions. They’d be walking the streets where trouble is never hard to find. Rocky’s parents only know a few words of English, so they sent a friend over to talk to me after the fight. They wanted me to know how proud they were of their son. Rocky didn’t lose that fight. Not in their hearts. The day their 10-year-old came home from Horace Mann Elementary School and told them he wanted to join the Glendale Police Department PAL program, he became a winner in their eyes. And no bloody nose was going to change that. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

No deal! Man United and West Ham told to forget about signing AC Milan star

first_img1 Manchester United and West Ham are set to be disappointed if they follow through on interest in AC Milan forward M’Baye Niang.Both Premier League clubs have been linked with the former Caen star and it was suggested he could leave the San Siro this month for the right price.But, according to Calciomercato, Niang’s representatives have let it be known that their client does not want to leave in January.Indeed, it is claimed Niang is determined to stay at Milan until at least the end of the season and will not reconsider his position even if offered a hefty pay rise on his current deal in Italy.Niang was snapped up by the Rossoneri from French outfit Caen in 2012, with the Italian side seeing off interest from Arsenal.Last season he scored eight times in 21 appearances. M’Baye Niang last_img read more

Burbank private jet company suing J-Lo

first_imgAn invoice lists the passengers as Marco Muniz – the real name of her musician husband, Marc Anthony – and Lopez under the name Jennifer Muniz, along with four other guests. Calls made after business hours Thursday to Lopez’s attorney and publicist were not immediately returned. Lopez, 36, has appeared in such films as “Selena,” “Out of Sight” and “Monster-in-Law.” She and Anthony co-star in “El Cantante,” a biopic of salsa legend Hector Lavoe that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last month. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – A Burbank private jet company has sued Jennifer Lopez, saying the singer and actress is late on payments for a pair of chartered flights. Avjet Corp. of Burbank sued Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeking nearly $35,000. It claims Lopez has yet to pay for two flights on Gulfstream jets from Farmingdale, N.Y. – one to Puerto Rico on Jan. 26, and another to Burbank on May 25. Each flight cost about $16,000, according to the lawsuit, and with interest the bill totals $34,241. last_img read more