20 Apr

News story: Tony Juniper announced as preferred Natural England Chair candidate

first_imgBiographical details of Tony Juniper Tony Juniper CBE is currently Executive Director for Advocacy and Campaigns at WWF-UK, President of Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, Fellow of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and former advisor to the Prince of Wales. He began his career working as an ornithologist with Birdlife International and for many years worked with Friends of the Earth, most recently as Executive Director and Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth International. He is a prolific author publishing many books, including the award-winning best seller ‘What has Nature Ever Done for Us?’ In 2017 Tony was recognised for his services to conservation with a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Natural England plays a key role in delivering the environmental priorities of central government. Its general purpose is to ensure that the natural environment is conserved, enhanced and managed for the benefit of present and future generations, thereby contributing to sustainable development. Natural England is a non-departmental public body, set up under the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006. The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, is pleased to announce that Tony Juniper has been selected as the Government’s preferred candidate to take up the post of Chair of Natural England, the Government’s advisor for the natural environment in England.Tony Juniper has been selected following a rigorous process which was conducted in accordance with the Ministerial Governance Code on Public Appointments.The Secretary of State has invited the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee to hold a pre-appointment hearing and to report on Tony’s suitability for the post. Pre-appointment scrutiny is an important part of the appointment process for some of the most significant public appointments made by Ministers. It is designed to provide an added level of scrutiny to verify that the recruitment meets the principles set out in the Governance Code on Public Appointments.Pre-appointment hearings are held in public and allow a Select Committee to take evidence from a Minister’s preferred candidate before they are appointed. The Select Committee will publish a report setting out their views on the candidate’s suitability for the post. Ministers consider the Committee’s views before deciding whether to proceed with the appointment.All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. Tony has not declared any significant political activity in the past five years.Natural Englandlast_img read more

20 Sep

Fixture against Jordan important for team, says coach Constantine

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s coach Stephen Constantine on Wednesday said that the fixture against Jordan would prove to be extremely beneficial for the national football team.In their preparation for the AFC Asian Cup in January 2019 in UAE, India will clash swords with Jordan on November 17, in an attempt to experiment tactics and gain valuable experience going into the mega competition next year.The clash against Jordan comes on the back of a goalless draw against powerhouses China in October where India dished out a superb performance to catch Marcelo Lippi’s men in a stalemate.“We want to do well in our preparation for the AFC Asian Cup and the clash against Jordan will aid us in that as Jordan are a good side and they have a number of good players in their ranks”, Constantine said.“We need to play teams like Jordan leading up to the AFC Asian Cup where we would be under pressure. Even the game against China was the same where if you commit a mistake around the 18 yard box, you can easily concede. However, both sides are good technical sides and both will present different challenges.”“We have a plan that we would like to implement during the game and we have watched the teams a lot. We had watched China three to four times and we are prepared for the challenges that come our way,” he added. India departs for Jordan on Thursday after a three-day camp in the capital where 30 players were called by the coach including 18-year-old FIFA U-17 World Cupper Komal Thatal.However, the Indian ranks will be without the presence of talismanic Sunil Chhetri who has been ruled out of the tie due to an ankle injury.“Sunil missing for the clash against Jordan is a big blow for us. He is a great player and has been fantastic for us. He is one of those players that is irreplaceable but somebody has to take his place for the match against Jordan.“However it is a great opportunity for young players to step up and although you cannot find a player of his calibre and class we need to see if the young player step up and take this opportunity.“We need to find somebody who will be there when we don’t have Sunil Chhetri so that there is no void left in the team,” Stephen explained.India are in Group A of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 alongside hosts UAE, Thailand and Bahrain and face Thailand in their opening match on January 06, 2019.Complementing the Indian backline, Stephen said: “We would be under pressure in the AFC Asian Cup and our backline has been pretty stable. We want to put out the best team in the AFC Asian Cup to win taking into consideration the factors of the other teams and their quality.” (IANS) Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

12 Jan

New political party to be launched soon

first_img– challenges existing parties to 2020 showdownA new political party, the self-dubbed Democratic National Congress (DNC), has announced its presence on the national landscape). On Sunday, it threw down the gauntlet to the existing political parties with general and regional elections slated for 2020.DNC leader, Craig Sylvester, noted in a statement that he has always been anLeader of the Democratic National Congress, Craig Sylvesteradvocate of new political parties. He noted that his DNC party will go toe-to-toe with the other parties in 2020 under the theme ‘Bringing Guyana into the 21st century’.“As a preliminary estimate, we only require twenty persons to assume ministerial portfolios for a resounding victory at the polls,” Sylvester said. “The party’s official launch and public discussion forum is due to be held soon.”“The Democratic National Congress will be committed to the principle (of) Guyana (being) governed as a democratic republic, where the authority of the state and its government is created and sustained by the consent of its people through their elected representatives,” Sylvester said, reeling off his party’s draft constitution.He also promised that a sound, effective political system for choosing and replacing governments through free and fair elections will be sustained.last_img read more

3 Jan

Agencies attempting to put leash on puppy smuggling

first_imgWhen people bring their pets into the U.S., she said, the animals must be quarantined and monitored for months before it’s determined they don’t pose a public-health danger. Smuggled animals circumvent this system and are often untraceable, officials said. And the closure of U.S.-based puppy mills due to economic pressures coupled with an “insatiable appetite” for small breed, designer dogs are propelling an influx of imported animals, they added. “These puppies are coming in across the border, and we have no way of knowing what their origins are or where they’ve been placed,” said Dr. Nina Marano, chief of the geographic medicine and health promotion branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Bernstein said tiny, “designer dogs” such as “tea cup” Chihuahuas and cockapoos are particularly popular. While such breeds are usually purchased from legitimate breeders for thousands of dollars, the smuggled dogs can go for hundreds in cash, she said. “It’s a huge industry and it’s very lucrative,” she said. “The incentive is to keep doing it.” Often, the animals end up in the arms of children, Reyes said. Public-health experts said the animals often carry myriad diseases that can be passed to other animals and humans, including skin infections, fungal infections, encephalitis and rabies. Canine rabies was once common in Los Angeles County, but since enactment of vaccination laws in the 1950s, the disease has been virtually wiped out in humans and domesticated animals, said Ehnert. With the rapidly increasing number of imported pets, however, that could all change, experts said, adding that rabies is not controlled in Mexico. “Rabies is actually quite common in dogs throughout the world,” Ehnert said. “Thousands of people die of rabies all over the world. It’s deadly in both animals and humans.” Ehnert said those looking to buy dogs should ask sellers if the mother is onsite as a precaution. SEAACA’s Web site advises buyers should not deal with sellers who want to meet in parking lots or parks, only accept cash and have no veterinary or vaccination records. Bernstein said she will continue to pursue policy that prohibits dogs without proper vaccination records from entering via the U.S.-Mexico border. “I’ll try to get the governor to sign an executive order that would ban dogs coming into California that are younger than 4 months and without proof of shots,” she said. “Then, even if (the task force) isn’t there, the customs people would have the tools to turn them away.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2236 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! While Reyes said animal cruelty is one aspect of the problem, another is the public health threat presented by sick, unvaccinated dogs bred in poor conditions. The total number of animals smuggled in for sale is unknown, but officials said it is a large and growing practice. “We see thousands, and we’re only there a couple of weeks,” said Madeline Bernstein, president of Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Los Angeles. Experts said mass importation of pets for profit is a new phenomenon with which public-health and animal-control organizations are struggling to catch up. “It used to be people were importing their own pets,” said Dr. Karen Ehnert, senior veterinarian with Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. “The idea of selling them is really a new problem.” Almost two dozen animal-control agencies converged at border checkpoints recently in an effort to stem the flow of puppies smuggled through for sale in the U.S., authorities said. Officials from the Border Puppy Task Force said they expected to encounter more than 1,000 sick or underage dogs bound for the U.S. in the two-week operation that started on Labor Day. The dogs, bred in south-of-the-border puppy mills, are often advertised in circulars or newspapers, then sold to unsuspecting American buyers, said Aaron Reyes, Southeast Area Animal Control and Authority captain. “It’s a big problem from multiple perspectives,” he said, adding that the puppies are usually too young to be separated from their mothers and are hidden in cramped spaces with no food or water. last_img read more

28 Dec

MAN TRIED TO HEADBUTT BOUNCER OUTSIDE NIGHTCLUB

first_imgA Letterkenny man who attempted to head-butt a nightclub bouncer after he was removed from the premises has been fined €150.Paul Brogan, from 5 Binnion Avenue, appeared in court charged with assault outside Voodoo Nightclub on September 14th last.The court heard that Brogan, 47, had 19 previous convictions for various offenses including intoxication and using threatening and abusive behaviour. On the night of the offense, Gardai arrived to find Brogan being restrained by nightclub security staff.At one stage he lunged and tried to headbutt a member of the security team but did not connect, according to Garda Inspector David Kelly.Solicitor Kieran Dillon said his client had been under pressure from the sale of his family home which he said had put him “over the edge.”He added that Brogan had no real memory of what had happened and had apologised to staff and the Gardai.He is an electrician but had found it difficult to get work during the recession.Judge Paul Kelly fined Brogan €150.MAN TRIED TO HEADBUTT BOUNCER OUTSIDE NIGHTCLUB was last modified: October 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:assaultcourtdonegalletterkennynightclubPaul Broganlast_img read more