Latin America-Europe trade pact to include historic indigenous rights clause

first_imgThe Mercosur trade bloc (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay) and the European Union are expected to conclude trade negotiations and put finishing touches on a trade agreement by the end of this year.That pact will include landmark indigenous human rights clauses meant to protect indigenous groups from violence, land theft and other civil rights violations.The human rights guarantees institutionalized in the trade agreement, if violated, could potentially lead to major trade boycotts, and are particularly important to indigenous groups in Brazil, where the agribusiness lobby known as the bancada ruralista wields tremendous political power.Brazil’s ruralist elite has been engaged in a decades-long effort to deny indigenous groups rights to their ancestral lands. Violence by large scale farmers and land thieves has seriously escalated under the Temer administration, which strongly backs the ruralist agenda. A young Guarani-Kaiowá man. This indigenous group has lost most of its ancestral land in Brazil’s Mato Gross Do Sul state. A Photo by percursodacultura on VisualHunt / CC BY-SAInternational trade negotiators don’t historically have a strong track record when it comes to protecting environmental or indigenous rights. So policymakers are hailing as monumental the indigenous human rights assurances to be included in a major trade agreement currently being finalized between Latin America and Europe.It will be the first time that human rights clauses – specifically indigenous human rights – will be included in a trade agreement between the Mercosur trade bloc (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay) and the European Union. This is according to Francisco Assis, Chair of the European Parliament Delegation for relations with Mercosur, who spoke at a meeting in Brussels, 20 November 2017.The delegation was held by the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), and in attendance were Members of the European Parliament, Marisa Matias and Francisco Assis; leaders of Brazil’s Guarani-Kaiowá indigenous group, Inaye Lopes Gomes and Daniel Lemes Vasques; along with Brazilian politicians, Janete Capiberibe and Paulo Fernando dos Santos (Brazilian politicians).Guarani-Kaiowå leaders, Inane Lopes Gomes and Daniel Lemes Vasques speak at the European Parliament. Photo courtesy of UNPOUNPO project officer, Lukas van Dierman told Mongabay that there is now unprecedented support from the European Union for indigenous rights, which are now being recognized in the groundbreaking trans-continental trade agreement.The Sustainability Impact Assessment for the EU-Mercosur trade deal includes consultations with indigenous groups, while the European Parliament has stated that any final agreement must include “fundamental and human rights.”Earlier this year, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from various political parties signed a letter, calling for an investigation into the alleged negative treatment of indigenous people during recent protests in Brazil. Last year, the European parliament also passed Resolution 2016/2991(RSP), specifically urging the Brazilian government to enforce human rights for the Guarani-Kaiowá. MEPs have also launched an informal ‘friendship group,’ holding events, conducting fact-finding missions and offering written and oral parliamentary questions supporting the Guarani-Kaiowá, who have been deprived of most of their ancestral land in Brazil’s Mato Gross Do Sul state.A Guarani-Kaiowá community in Brazil. Photo by percursodacultura on Visual hunt / CC BY-SAAt the most extreme, failure to uphold the human rights stipulations included within the EU-Mercosur trade agreement could result in trade embargoes against Brazil. If the clauses are broken, citizens in Europe can write to their MEPs who can hold national governments to account. This is despite the historic precedent of the “lives and dignity” of indigenous people being “so often sacrificed in the name of economic development,” says Dierman.The EU-Mercosur trade agreement, he says, is a reason for the Guarani-Kaiowá and other indigenous people “to be optimistic” despite the intense political, and sometimes physical, attacks against indigenous groups in Brazil – as recognized by the United Nations in June.This optimism, however, arrives amid escalating violence. A recently published report, by the Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI), found a marked rise in violent attacks on indigenous people in Brazil throughout 2016 after the establishment of the Michel Temer administration, which replaced the government of Dilma Rousseff.MEP Francisco Assis and UNPO project officer Lukas van Dierman presenting at the UNPO delegation in Brussels. Photo courtesy of UNPOOne example given in the report comes from Mato Grosso do Sul state, where the Guarani-Kaiowá attempted to reclaim a small portion of their ancestral land; the indigenous leader Clodiodi Aquileu Rodrigues de Souza was assassinated, and five others were injured by firearms.While there is hope the EU-Mercosur agreement will help prevent further violence, there is reason to be “cautious” says Dierman. Brazil has signed international treaties before with little effect on internal events.Brazil promised to restore indigenous ancestral land rights in its 1988 constitution, and again with its ratifying of the International Labour Organization’s Convention on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples (ILO 169) in 2002. However, the Brazilian government has dragged its feet and failed to carry out the demarcation of much indigenous territories required by law. Nor, say experts, is the Temer administration effectively punishing those responsible for violence against indigenous people.The “words are perfect, all the rights are there… the problem is with carrying them out,” explains Dierman.Out of all the Mercosur nations, Brazil is the largest and most influential economic player, it is also a country where much indigenous land has been taken for agribusiness. So it’s not surprising that a key “stumbling block” in the trade negotiations arose out of agribusiness issues – especially concerns over Mercosur exported beef and soy, much of which is grown on lands that have been expropriated, often illegally, from indigenous groups.Brazilian politician Paulo Fernando dos Santos speaks at the UNPO delegation in Brussels. Photo courtesy of UNPOThe agribusiness lobby in Brazil, the bancada ruralista, currently has “immense power and leverage,” says Dierman, with around 40 percent of the Congress included within its ranks. In league with other conservatives, the ruralistas have blocked three major attempts to impeach Brazil’s current president, Michel Temer, even though the president is accused of corruption and has an extraordinarily low, 3.4 percent approval rating. Blairo Maggi, Temer’s Agriculture Minister, a leading ruralist, is also under investigation for corruption.The administration has reduced the national budget and introduced austerity measures, which have reduced government administration services for indigenous people resulting in “economic and political asphyxia,” the CIMI report says.The government severely cut the 2017 budget for the National Foundation of the Indian (FUNAI), reducing it to a ten-year low, and does not plan to “maintain and develop” institutional capacity for dialogue and conciliation, as past administrations have done, CIMi’s report states. A reduction in law enforcement in remote areas, and government support for the ruralist agenda, has resulted in large-scale farmers and elite land grabbers being emboldened to perpetrate violence on indigenous people.In this charged political environment there is a “high risk that farmers will resort to the practice of slaughter,” says Dierman, adding that the government should be reducing conflicts by compensating farmers for land “that was given by the government to their grandparents after it was taken from indigenous peoples.”A Guarani-Kaiowá community. The new trade international trade agreement is one of the first assuring indigenous rights, which could set a precedent for future trade agreements. Photo by midianinja on VisualHunt / CC BY-NC-SAHowever, no such compensation is currently being offered by the Temer government, effectively “pitting [landowners and indigenous people] against each other,” says Dierman. Some experts point out that indigenous rights were also badly abused under the previous Dilma Rousseff administration, though violence has since escalated.While “provisions are still being defined,” says Rocio Rodrigo, International Trade Association Secretariat, the 17-year-long EU-Mercosur trade negotiations are expected, by both sides, to conclude this year.However, it remains to be seen if the trade influence Europe can wield to uphold human rights as part of the Mercosur trade agreement, will truly be sufficient to provide needed protections in the Amazon and across Brazil. But, says Dierman, the trade pact, with its indigenous human rights clauses, could represent “a last hope” for indigenous people in Brazil.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. 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In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? 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Locals fear for their lives over planned dam in Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem

first_imgDeforestation, Energy, Environment, Forestry, Forests, Indonesia, Infrastructure, Palm Oil, Plantations, Protected Areas, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Threats To Rainforests, Tropical Forests Article published by Hans Nicholas Jong Plans to build a hydroelectric power plant in northern Sumatra call for the flooding of large swath of the Leuser Ecosystem, an ecological hotspot home to critically endangered tigers, rhinos and orangutans.For residents, the fear is that the dam, to be built in a geologically unstable area, will collapse.Local communities reliant on fishing also worry that the damming of rivers to fill the reservoir will hurt their livelihoods. ACEH TAMIANG, Indonesia — Maksum, a resident of Aceh Tamiang district in northern Sumatra, Indonesia, can still vividly recall when a flash flood hit the area 11 years ago this month.The 2006 disaster left a trail of destruction in its wake, claiming the lives of 28 people and forcing more than 200,000 from their homes.Today, he is increasingly concerned that a similar catastrophe looms on the horizon — one driven not by natural forces, but by a massive hydroelectric power plant planned for construction here.The 428-megawatt (MW) dam will be 173.5 meters (570 feet) high, with a reservoir capacity of 697.4 million cubic meters (24.6 billion cubic feet). The plans also call for the flooding of 40 square kilometers (15.4 square miles) of land in the Leuser Ecosystem, one of the world’s largest expanses of tropical rainforest and an ecological hotspot celebrated as the last place on Earth where orangutans, rhinos, tigers and elephants coexist in the wild.Maksum, like the majority of residents here, lives near the banks of the Tamiang River, which will be blocked to fill the reservoir. For him, the dam only portends disaster.“We don’t want [the dam to be built] because if the dam collapses, it’ll become a bomb,” he said. “And the Aceh Tamiang people already went through a flash flood on December 22, 2006. We don’t want another disaster to hit us again because it will destroy our development.”The Leuser Ecosystem in Indonesia’s Aceh province, in northern Sumatra. The area contains Mount Leuser National Park. Image by Agungdwinurcahya/Wikimedia CommonsThe risk of a dam failure is high, according to Rudi Putra, an environmental activist from Aceh Tamiang. He said the land in the Leuser Ecosystem, including in the planned dam location, was unstable and prone to landslides.“Every year, there are hills in Leuser that disappear because of landslides,” Rudi said. “Such a high dam is not suitable because of the unstable land condition.”He said he first noticed the problem when investigating the loss of forest coverage in areas far from human settlements, which he initially suspected was caused by illegal encroachment.“To make sure, we deployed a team. Once we arrived at the location, we found out that the forest was gone due to a landslide,” Rudi said.Exacerbating the problem, the site for the dam is also close to a geological fault line that makes it prone to earthquakes, he added.“I can’t imagine what will happen if the dam collapses,” he said.Other residents are worried that the dam will affect their livelihoods, which have traditionally relied on fish from the river system that will be dammed.“If the river is dammed, the number of fish will decrease,” said Kamal, a resident. “Where should we turn to for our livelihoods?”Despite the mounting concerns about the dam’s construction, the provincial government body responsible for reviewing environmental impact assessments (EIAs) has approved the project.In a Dec. 28, 2016, hearing, the Aceh EIA Analysis Commission deemed the development plan acceptable and environmentally suitable, and called only for a revision of the documents to reflect the advice of members of the technical team and the EIA commission.Construction has not yet begun, pending various other requirements, including an environmental permit and a forest use permit, according to the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (WALHI), an NGO.WALHI Aceh advocacy head Muhammad Nasir said the necessary permits were expected to be issued by the end of this year. If everything goes as scheduled, the dam will go into operation by 2025.“WALHI Aceh opposes the dam’s environmental impact analysis because it occupies a large swath of forest,” Nasir said. “It’s better for the project to be canceled to save the environment and the people.”The area is also already under threat from deforestation and encroachment for palm oil and pulp and paper production, and the planned dam is one of several large-scale infrastructure projects putting more pressure on the Leuser Ecosystem, which covers 26,000 square kilometers (10,038 square miles) and is home to some 105 mammal and 382 bird species, many found nowhere else on Earth.A smaller, 180 MW hydropower dam is also planned for South Aceh district, on the western flank of the ecosystem. The Kluet 1 project is a Chinese-Indonesian joint venture with total investment of 5.6 trillion rupiah ($412 million). Banner image: A Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae), one of the Leuser’s iconic species. Photo by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.This story was first reported by Mongabay’s Indonesia team, with an earlier version published on our Indonesian site on November 25, 2017. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

On an island of plenty, a community tempered by waves braces for rising seas

first_imgFor generations, the indigenous Papuans on Indonesia’s Auki Island have depended on rich coastal ecosystem around them for sustenance and livelihoods.But when an earthquake and a tsunami struck the area in 1996, they realized they needed to do more to protect these resources to sustain their way of life.A decade later, they enshrined practices such as sustainable fishing in a local regulation, which to date has already shown positive results for the islanders and the environment.But the threat of another disaster — rising sea levels as a result of global warming — looms over the community. This time, they’re preparing through mitigation programs, including protecting mangroves. AUKI, Indonesia — “We ladies have eyes on our feet,” Susanti Maryen says after a morning spent collecting saltwater clams and snails at a beach in Auki, an islet off the northern coast of Papua, in Indonesia’s far east.She’s only half joking: clamming here, a way of life for generations, involves traipsing the beach and finding, just by feel, the small crustaceans hidden in the sand underfoot.While the women of Auki forage for the community’s food along the shore, the men are taught to fish from a young age. What they don’t eat, they sell; Susanti says a plate of saltwater clams can fetch 50,000 rupiah ($3.70), or double that during the off-season.In this sense, the Papuans of Auki are like the myriad other coastal communities spread out across the thousands of islands that make up Indonesia, each hewing to age-old traditions of subsistence that revolve around the bounty of the sea. The waters and coasts of Cenderawasih Bay, where Auki is located, are home to 95 species of coral, 155 fish species and seven types of mangrove.The inhabitants of Auki Island in Indonesia’s Papua province have for generations depended on the rich resources of the sea and coastal ecosystem around them. They have a regulation in place to manage these resources in a sustainable way. Photo by Ridzki R. Sigit/Mongabay-Indonesia.But foraging for clams hasn’t always been easy for the women of Auki. Susanti, now 50, remembers when a magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck the region on Feb. 17, 1996. It was followed by a tsunami that washed over parts of Auki and nearby islands.The twin disaster not only destroyed many houses there, but also laid waste to the coastlines the residents had always been able to depend on; for a period after the quake and tsunami, there were no shellfish of any kind to be found on the devastated beaches.“The earthquake and tsunami caused erosion; the coastlines changed, and even new coral islands emerged,” says Matheus Rumbraibab, the chief of the indigenous council in Auki.But the disaster also brought with it a valuable lesson for the people of Auki: that they needed to better protect the natural resources, in the sea and on the coast, that were so central to their lives.In the years since, they learned how to adapt to the new conditions wrought by the quake and tsunami. In 2006, 10 years after the disaster, they decided to formalize those practices in a regulation governing the protection of Auki’s coastal ecosystems, which today covers mangroves, seagrass and coral reefs, among others.In Auki, it is forbidden to cut mangrove trees, which the islanders realize are crucial to help mitigate the rising sea levels spurred by global warming. Photo by Ridzki R. Sigit/Mongabay-Indonesia.The regulation includes prohibitions on fishing in certain areas of the sea around Auki, to allow fish stocks to replenish; in other areas, fishing is permitted, but catches are capped. Beyond these zones, Auki’s fishermen can operate freely, but may not use destructive methods such as blast fishing or poison fishing.The system in force here is a miniature of the Indonesian government’s own policy of staking out and managing marine conservation zones, but with a key difference: here in Auki, the people get to discuss and decide on the zones.The women, for instance, are responsible for monitoring the population of marine animals along and just off the coast every six months. They submit the figures to local authorities, who use them to compile routine reports. These reports, in turn, serve to warn the fishermen of any decline in the population of a particular species.“We wanted the population of saltwater clams, snails and reef fish to recover, that’s why we decided to regulate fishing and collecting,” says Frans Wandosa, the Auki village chief.A magnitude-8.2 earthquake 22 years ago devastated the islands in Papua’s Cenderawasih Bay, including Auki. Image courtesy of the USGS.Faithfully practicing this sustainable way of life for the past two decades has borne fruit for the people of Auki, particularly over the last three years, when saltwater clams have bloomed beyond the restricted zones.Residents of nearby islands have also adopted similar regulations, Frans says. But he’s also aware that despite the success in protecting local marine resources, the people of Auki and the other islands face a threat more relentless than a one-off earthquake and tsunami: rising sea levels as a result of global warming.“I think a portion of Auki’s coast will end up underwater,” Frans says. “That’s why we’ve established a program to gradually move people’s houses to higher parts of the island.” The villagers have gone along with the program; many still remember losing their homes to the tsunami.They also have plans in place to protect the coastal vegetation to mitigate the impact from rising sea levels or tsunami waves. The 2006 regulation bans the felling of mangroves, and also requires residents to report first before cutting any other trees on the island.“We keep asking the village authorities, representatives of indigenous communities and religious leaders to remind the people not to cut down trees,” Frans says.Susanti Maryen is one of the women on Auki who depend on the natural resources from its coastal ecosystems. Photo by Ridzki R. Sigit/Mongabay-Indonesia.At her home on a January evening, Susanti cooks the saltwater clams gathered earlier that day. A small portion will be for dinner; the rest she will sell at the local market the next day.Even here, on the stovetop of her kitchen, the sea is ever-present.“The trick to getting the clams to open up,” Susanti says, “is to cook them in seawater.”This story was reported by Mongabay’s Indonesia team and was first published here, here and here on our Indonesian site on Jan. 28, Feb. 9 and Feb. 10, 2018.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Adaptation To Climate Change, Climate Change, Coastal Ecosystems, Community-based Conservation, Conservation, Environment, Fisheries, Global Warming Mitigation, Indigenous Communities, Mangroves, Marine Conservation, Marine Ecosystems, Mitigation, Seagrass Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Article published by Basten Gokkonlast_img read more

Audio: Bowhead whales in the Arctic sing hundreds of complex songs

first_imgAnimals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Endangered Species, Environment, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Mammals, Marine Animals, Marine Conservation, Marine Mammals, Research, Whales, Wildlife Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by Shreya Dasguptacenter_img Scientists have recorded 184 elaborate, very different bowhead whale songs in a bowhead subpopulation living east of Greenland. This makes it the largest set of bowhead whale song recordings ever.The bowhead’s vocal repertoire is rivaled only by a few species of songbirds, researchers say.But why these whales have so many different song types and why they change their songs each year is still a mystery. Under the Arctic ice, a mysterious concert plays out each winter.Bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus) living east of Greenland break into a wide range of complex, intricate songs, showcasing a new set of musical notes every year.Kate Stafford, an oceanographer at the University of Washington, and her colleagues first heard these bowhead whales singing in 2007. The following year, in a preliminary study, Stafford recorded more than 60 unique whale songs from October 2008 to April 2009.“We were hoping when we put the hydrophone out that we might hear a few sounds,” Stafford said in a statement, referring to the study published in 2012. “When we heard, it was astonishing: Bowhead whales were singing loudly, 24 hours a day, from November until April. And they were singing many, many different songs.”A bowhead whale surfaces in Fram Strait, to the northwest of Norway. Photo by Kit Kovacs/Norwegian Polar Institute.Stafford and her team expanded on the study by deploying hydrophones, or underwater microphones, in the Fram Strait between Greenland and the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic from 2010 to 2014. During this period, they recorded 184 different bowhead whale songs, making it the largest set of bowhead song recordings ever, the researchers report in a new study published in Biology Letters.Some song types lasted only a few hours or days, the researchers found. Others persisted over months. But the whales never seemed to repeat their songs between the years.“If humpback whale song is like classical music, bowheads are jazz,” Stafford said. “The sound is more freeform. And when we looked through four winters of acoustic data, not only were there never any song types repeated between years, but each season had a new set of songs.”Bowhead whale song recorded in Fram Strait on Feb. 11, 2013. Kate Stafford/University of WashingtonBowhead whale song recorded in Fram Strait on Dec. 30, 2013. Kate Stafford/University of WashingtonSuch complex songs are rare among mammals, the authors write. Many mammals have short, repetitive calls. But only some mammals sing, that is, produce complex, distinct musical phrases that need to be learned. Such songs have been recorded in a few mammals like some bats, gibbons, mice, rock hyraxes, and humpback and bowhead whales, the authors add.The bowhead’s vocal repertoire, however, is rivaled only by a few species of songbirds, they say. The researchers say bowhead whales might be using their songs to navigate, find food and communicate. But why they have so many different song types and why they change their songs each year is still a mystery. Further monitoring using radio tags might be able to answer these questions, the researchers say.“Bowhead whales do this behavior in the winter, during 24-hour darkness of the polar winter, in 95 to 100 percent sea ice cover. So this is not something that’s easy to figure out,” Stafford said. “We would never have known about this without new acoustic monitoring technology.”The bowhead whales spend all their lives in the icy waters of the Arctic. Their global populations seem to be increasing, according to the IUCN Red List. But the subpopulation that Stafford and her team monitored is listed as critically endangered because the whales were hunted to near extinction by commercial whaling from the 1600s to the early 1900s. The subpopulation is currently estimated to have about 200 individuals.Bowhead whale in Bering Land Bridge National Preserve. Photo by Kate Stafford via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0).Citation:Stafford, K.M, et al (2018). Extreme diversity in the songs of Spitsbergen’s bowhead whales. Biology Letters. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2018.0056last_img read more

Liberia Music Awards Foundation Announces the Nominees for 2015

first_imgATLANTA, GA  MAR 12, 2015  – The Liberia Music Awards will be at Kennasaw State University – Marietta Campus June 27 2015. The Awards will consist of 28 categories and 2 achievement awards ( to be announce at a later date). Voting Platform  Example : text the (artist code) 001+(category #)01to 60401.  ARTIST OF THE YEAR• DenG  = Text 001+01 to 6040    • G-Rize = Text 002+01 to 6040• Jodi   =  Text 003+01 to 6040• K-Zee = Text 004+01 to 6040• Georgee B  =   Text 005+01 to 6040• 2C  =  Text 006+01 to 6040 2. VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR• Khalil Fofana – Liberia  =  Text 007+02 to 6040• Usher – Liberia  = Text 008+02 to 6040• Fresh Mohammed @ ADHD Films – USA = Text 009+02 to 6040• Alvin  Nyemah – USA =   Text 010+02 to 6040• DaddyRich Productions – USA = Text 011+02 to 6040• Gerald Barclay – USA =   Text 012+02 to 6040 3. TRADITIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR• Marvelous MC = Text 013+03 to 6040• Marie Nyenabo =  Text 014+03 to 6040• Master Black =  Text 015+03 to 6040• Sundaygar Dearboy =  Text 016+03 to 6040• Winston P. Karr = Text 017+03 to 6040• Mr. Henries IV  =  Text 018+03 to 6040  4. HIPCO RAP ARTIST OF THE YEAR• Killa Lu  =  Text 019+04 to 6040• Jon Bricks  = Text 020+04 to 6040• Lil Beshop = Text 021+04 to 6040• Chiller Coolnanee =  Text 022+04 to 6040• Tru Storry  =  Text 023+04 to 6040• JD Donzo  =  Text 024+04 to 6040                      5. GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR• Mayson, Sayon T. =  Text 025+05 to 6040• Bernice Blackie  =  Text 026+05 to 6040• Pst. David Sayndee         =    Text 027+05 to 6040• Min. Ivan P  =  Text 028+05 to 6040• Min. Kanvee  Adams  =  Text 029+05 to 6040• Famous Boo  =  Text 030+05 to 6040   6. NEW ARTIST(s) OF THE YEAR• Theo De Franco  =  Text 031+06 to 6040• Da Vero = Text 032+06 to 6040• Quincy B =    Text 033+06 to 6040• Miss Menneh  =  Text 034+06 to 6040• Joseph Dean =  Text 035+06 to 6040• PCK & L’ Franklin =  Text 036+06 to 6040 7. GBEMA ARTIST OF THE YEAR• K-Zee =  Text 037+07 to 6040• Joseph Dean  =  Text 038+07 to 6040• Kingface =  Text 039+07 to 6040• Karnyea Man =  Text 040+07 to 6040• Georgee B =  Text 041+07 to 6040• Casi Money =  Text 042+07 to 6040 8. REGGAE/DANCE HALL ARTIST OF THE YEAR• Shadow  = Text 043+08 to 6040• Black Diamond = Text 044+08 to 6040• Ne-oh William  = Text 045+08 to 6040• M’press 1Love = Text 046+08 to 6040• Jyounkonde Suah  = Text 047+08 to 6040• Ragga Hilton  = Text 048+08 to 6040  9. FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR• Sweetz = Text 049+09 to 6040• Lady Mouthphy = Text 050+09 to 6040• Lady Skeet = Text 051+09 to 6040• Skylett White  = Text 052+09 to 6040• Munnah = Text 053+09 to 6040• Faithvonic = Text 054+09 to 6040 10. MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR• Jon Bricks = Text 055+10 to 6040• Scientific  = Text 056+10 to 6040• Eric Geso = Text 057+10 to 6040• Douk De Lib  = Text 058+10 to 6040• Yung Muse = Text 059+10 to 6040• Togar Howard = Text 060+10 to 6040 11. GROUP OF THE YEAR• Soul Fresh  = Text 061+11 to 6040• P.C.K & L’ Franklin  = Text 062+11 to 6040• Tag Team = Text 063+11 to 6040• Big Hands = Text 064+11 to 6040• New Generation = Text 065+11 to 6040• Co Star = Text 066+11 to 6040 12.  PRODUCER OF THE YEAR• Melo’D =Text 067+12 to 6040• Beat Master = Text 068+12 to 6040• De-Boy  = Text 069+12 to 6040• Stone Luckshine   = Text 070+12 to 6040  • Just Prince = Text 071+12 to 6040• Infectious Michael =Text 072+12 to 6040 13. COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR• Shawty  – Quincy B & Scientific  = Text 073+13 to 6040• Cutting My Heart- Douk De Lib Ft. Killa Lu = Text 074+13 to 6040• Ebola In Town – Shadow, D12 & 2kings = Text 075+13 to 6040• I Beg You Ya – DJ Don Ft, Soul Fresh And Chiller Coolnanee          =Text 076+13 to 6040• Spoil You With Love – Joseph Dean Ft. Marvelous MC & K-Zee =Text 077+13 to 6040• Tsumakya – Melo’D Ft. Saga AP & Rawpekin                       =Text 078+13 to 604014. HIP HOP ARTIST OF THE YEAR• Scientific = Text 079+14 to 6040• 2C  = Text 080+14 to 6040• Mezonic = Text 081+14 to 6040• CO- Z = Text 082+14 to 6040• C-Needle = Text 083+14 to 6040• Trigg  = Text 084+14 to 6040 15. R&B ARTIST OF THE YEAR• Efinxace  = Text 085+15 to 6040• Jodi = Text 086+15 to 6040• David Mell = Text 087+15 to 6040• Munnah = Text 088+15 to 6040• Bryan Doe = Text 089+15 to 6040• Quincy B = Text 090+15 to 6040 16. AFRO POP ARTIST OF THE YEAR• Eric Geso  = Text 091+16 to 6040• Benevee = Text 092+16 to 6040• Pitty D’ Best  = Text 093+16 to 6040• F.A. = Text 094+16 to 6040• DenG = Text 095+16 to 6040• Jodi = Text 096+16 to 6040 17. PERFORMER(S) OF THE YEAR• Yung Muse = Text 097+17 to 6040• Theo De Franco = Text 098+17 to 6040• Jon Bricks = Text 099+17 to 6040• Togar Howard = Text 100+17 to 6040• Jodi = Text 101+17 to 6040• Soul Fresh = Text 102+17 to 6040 18.  SONG OF THE YEAR• Ebola In Town – Shadow, D12, & Kuzzy = Text 103+18 to 6040• Da Who Say – K-Zee ft. JB ( Soul Fresh) =Text 104+18 to 6040• Basima Basima – Togar Howard =Text 105+18 to 6040• They Vex – DenG = Text 106+18 to 6040• 911 – Theo De Franco = Text 107+18 to 6040• I Wanna Be – 2C ft. Ruff N Smooth  =Text 108+18 to 6040 19. AFRO DANCE SONG OF THE YEAR• Theo De Franco – 9-1-1 = Text 109+19 to 6040• Melo’D – Tsukaya  = Text 110+19 to 6040• Black Diamond – Angel  = Text111+19 to 6040• Saga AP – How We Do It =Text 112+19 to 6040• Trouble Maker – Rawpekin ft. F.E.J     =Text 113+19 to 6040• Gronna Men – Royal DeBusta Pain     =Text 114+19 to 6040 20. DJ OF THE YEAR• Dj Switch ( Boakai  Kamara)   =Text 115+20 to 6040• Dj Weezy  =Text 116+20 to 6040• Dj Mcgrady ( Prince Togba) =Text 117+20 to 6040• Dj Blue  =Text 118+20 to 6040• Dj Flexxz =Text 119+20 to 6040• Dj Shine D’ Beast   =Text 120+20 to 6040 21. HIPCO SONG OF THE YEAR• Tutuley Tu Ley- Killa Lu Ft. Shadow =Text 121+21 to 6040• Let’s Party – Lil Beshop  =Text 122+21 to 6040• Dqq-Young Hovor  =Text 123+21 to 6040• I Beg U Ya- Dj Don Ft. JB (Soul Fresh), Chiller Coolnanee   =Text 124+21 to 6040• Still Hipco – Jon Bricks Ft. Zheng Zheng =Text 125+21 to 6040• You Think Dat Joke – Noy-Z  =Text 126+21 to 6040 22. GBEMA SONG OF THE YEAR• Da Who Say – K-Zee Ft JB (Soul Fresh) =Text 127+22 to 6040• Spoil You With Love – Joseph Dean ft. Marvelous MC, K-Zee    =Text 128+22 to 6040• Fatu Jebeh – Georgee B =Text 129+22 to 6040• DJ Song – G-Rize  =Text 130+22 to 6040• Da Ma Choice – Karnyea Man  =Text 131+22 to 6040• Feeling You- Casi Money  =Text 132+22 to 6040 23. VIDEO OF THE YEAR• Basima Basima- Togar Howard  =Text 133+23 to 6040• Yenyenkana- Peaches K Ft. Quincy B =Text 134+23 to 6040• Lib Ladies – G-Rize =Text 135+23 to 6040• Too Much- Peter G =Text 136+23 to 6040• Tsumakaya- Melo’d Ft Rawpekin & Saga AP =Text 137+23 to 6040• Jebbeh – F.A. =Text 138+23 to 6040 24. HIPCO ARTIST OF YEAR• Mr. Smith-Lib Money =Text 139+24 to 6040• Young Hover =Text 140+24 to 6040• Rawpekin  =Text 141+24 to 6040• Mighty Blow   =Text 142+24 to 6040• Takun J  =Text 143+24 to 6040• Noy-Z  =Text 144+24 to 6040 25. GOSPEL SONG OF YEAR• Nothing – Min. Ivan P  =Text 145+25 to 6040• 24 Hrs – Famous Boo =Text 146+25 to 6040• Thank You Plenty Papa – Mayson Sayon T. =Text 147+25 to 6040• Give You Praise – Tracy Jones =Text 148+25 to 6040• Heart Desire – Kanvee Adams  =Text 149+25 to 6040• He’s Coming Back – Success Zeon = Text 150+25 to 6040 26. ALBUM OF THE YEAR• Vision – Jodi =Text 151+26 to 6040                            • Explosion – Georgee B =Text 152+26 to 6040                            • King Zulu – K-Zee =Text 153+26 to 6040                            • Hipco Revolution – Mr. Smith Lib Money =Text 154+26 to 6040                            • Born To Win – G-Rize  =Text 155+26 to 6040                            • Black Out – Black Diamond =Text 156+26 to 6040                             27. ARTIST(s) OF THE YEAR – AFRICA• Shuravee =Text 157+27 to 6040                            • Mr.Smith Lib Money  =Text 158+27 to 6040                            • Mighty Blow =Text 159+27 to 6040                            • Linblinmilitary D Militaryman =Text 160+27 to 6040                            • Scientific  =Text 161+27 to 6040                            • Soul Fresh =Text 162+27 to 6040                            28. ARTIST(s) OF THE YEAR – USA• Jodi  =Text 163+28 to 6040              • Togar Howard =Text 164+28 to 6040• Peter G  =Text 165+28 to 6040• G- Rize  =Text 166+28 to 6040• Georgee B  =Text 167+28 to 6040• Black Diamond =Text 168+28 to 6040Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

US medical team completes 262 eye surgeries at Port Mourant

first_imgA 21-member United States Army (US) ophthalmology team has successfully completed 262 surgeries at the National Ophthalmology Hospital at Port Mourant, Berbice.Some of the United States Army’s New Horizons teamThe two-week programme, which was undertaken by United States Army’s New Horizons team, completed 208 cataract surgeries, 49 pterygia (A pterygium is a growth of the conjunctiva or mucous membrane that covers the white part of your eye over the cornea. The cornea is the clear front covering of the eye. This benign or noncancerous growth is often shaped like a wedge) and one lens implant.The team also carried out four other surgical procedures during their visit.The team, which comprised of eight surgeons, four optical technicians, one biomedical engineer, five operating room nurses and five security personnel, commenced operations on May 6.Head of Team Horizons, Ophthalmologist, Major Andrew Lewis noted that the team was able to complete so many surgeries in that short period because of the assistance it received from the Cuban brigade prior to its arrival.He explained that the local doctors were adequately able to evaluate the patients, thus enabling the team to do more of what it came to do.“When we came in and did the prescreening we say 313 patients and we were able to sign up neatly 270 of those patients. That is a testimony to the quality of the physicians that are here. Where we were at other locations in other countries and not had a local team that has been able to take care of the patients in such a good way we have not been able to do nearly as mush surgeries while we have been there.”Meanwhile, Lieutenant Dan Stoica of the US Embassy representing the US Ambassador said the team represented the US well.Focal Point Coordinator Alex Foster explained that for some time, the hospital has not been able to deliver a good service and over 2000 persons were on the waiting list for surgeries.He told the visitors that the sunshine which they brought to over 250 Guyanese families will be returned to them.last_img read more

School District 60 transportation open house tonight

first_imgIn order to find the $700,000 Secretary-Treasurer Doug Boyd says is needed to match revenues with expenditures, the idea of charging rural students to use school buses has been proposed. Based on this year’s ridership, those fees would bring in $406,000, which means the School District would still be looking to make almost an additional $300,000. From 5 to 8 p.m. at the School District 60 board office, parents will be given information on the current situation, and will have an opportunity to provide their own ideas on how to come up with the money. – Advertisement –last_img

Board of education names new trustee

first_imgMOORPARK – Moorpark Unified School District’s board of education last week named Bruce Thomas to the five-member panel, filling the vacancy left by the resignation of longtime trustee Tom Baldwin. Thomas, a 57-year-old financial adviser, was one of six candidates who applied for the post vacated by Baldwin, who moved out of state this year. Thomas’ term is up in November. “I’ve always been very involved with the school district. I thought I would do a good job,” Thomas said. Thomas is a past president of the Moorpark High School Booster Club and has been involved with the Moorpark Education Foundation. Thomas, who ran for City Council in 2004, said his priorities are making sure the school district is fiscally sound and that students continue to improve on federal and state test scores. School board member David Pollock said all of the candidates were qualified, making the decision tough. “We were looking for someone who would bring a different perspective on the board. (Thomas’) background in business in the community would do that,” Pollack said. 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

GET YOUR NEWS ON THE GO WITH THE NEW DONEGALDAILY.COM APP!

first_imgToday we launch the Donegaldaily.com App!For weeks now many of our loyal 59,500 unique users have been asking us when we were going to give them their news on the go.And from today onwards people with smart phones can do just that. In one simple step you can download our new Doneagldaily.com phone symbol onto your phone.It will literally take the tap of a phone and the App will be on your phone forever.After that all the daily news from across Donegal will be at the tap of your smart phone every minute of every day.We would ask you to be patient as our App may not be ready to be downloaded with every phone. However it will work on most smart phones, androids and the iPhone. The Donegaldaily App is just the latest in a number of plans we have for our website.Although the site has only been up and running for the past eight months, it has become a huge success story within the local media in Donegal.And we are now getting well over half a million hits per month, according to statistics released by Google.We have many more exciting plans and we will keep you, our loyal readers, up to date as we develop them.Ends GET YOUR NEWS ON THE GO WITH THE NEW DONEGALDAILY.COM APP! was last modified: September 5th, 2011 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:Appdonegaldaily.comlast_img read more

ASSEMBLY VISIT WILL BE A MAJOR BOOST FOR DONEGAL, SAYS TD McHUGH

first_imgDeputy Joe McHughThe Co-Chairman of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly, Joe McHugh TD, has said that it will be a major boost for Donegal to welcome parliamentarians from Ireland North and South, Scotland, Wales, England, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man to Letterkenny for the 46th plenary of the Assembly on March 4th and 5th.Deputy McHugh said he was honoured to bring the Assembly to the North-West in the year of the Gathering 2013 and Derry City of Culture.Highlighting the economic potential of renewable energy generation for areas like the North-West, Deputy McHugh said that a key focus of this plenary will be to concentrate on how the British and Irish Governments, along with the other devolved regional parliaments and assemblies, can work together to deliver more in terms of growth opportunities for this important sector. Deputy McHugh commented, “I am delighted that the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly is coming to Donegal on March 4th and 5th. It is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase this unique part of the island to an international audience of public representatives who can carry the message back to their respective constituencies.”“It is quite appropriate that the theme of the 46th plenary of the Assembly is ‘Energy across Borders – Delivering the Economic Opportunities’. Almost more so than any other part of this island, the North West has the potential to capitalise from an energy export market and from the economic opportunities that will arise from a vibrant renewable energy generation sector.“A key aim of this plenary will be to explore the economic possibilities that arise from the energy sector through closer cooperation and electricity exporting. Although there is an all-island single electricity market, a key focus must now be the development of an ‘East-West’ structure and this will be explored in this plenary.“The plenary session will be attended by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte TD and by legislators and energy industry leaders from across Ireland and Britain who will discuss how innovation in the energy sector can deliver economic opportunities for our islands. It will be a fantastic boost for Donegal and will be an opportunity to show off what is best about the county.” He added: “It is also timely that this grouping is coming together in Donegal on what happens to be the year of the Gathering 2013 and equally, Derry City of Culture. Both of these two major cultural events will be represented at the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly.” ASSEMBLY VISIT WILL BE A MAJOR BOOST FOR DONEGAL, SAYS TD McHUGH was last modified: February 27th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:ASSEMBLY VISIT WILL BE A MAJOR BOOST FOR DONEGALSAYS TD McHUHlast_img read more