Treaties Committee reports on endangered species trade changes

first_imgTreaties Committee reports on endangered species trade changes The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties yesterday tabled Report 194, which considers amendments to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).CITES protects endangered species by regulating international trade in those species and the products derived from them. Amendments to the list of protected species covered by CITES are regularly proposed and adopted.The amendments considered in the report include ten Australian native species and four non-native species Australia trades in.‘The Committee supports the amendments,’ said Committee Chair Mr Dave Sharma MP, ‘but the time frame in which amendments come into force means there is usually insufficient or no time for the Committee to undertake an inquiry.’Report 194 recommends that the Government change its process for referring CITES amendments to the Committee to ensure the Committee can complete an inquiry before the amendments come into force.Report 194 also includes the Committee’s views on an Agreement to amend the Agreement between Australia and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway on Mutual Recognition in relation to Conformity Assessment, Certificates and Markings.Mutual recognition agreements of this type allow importers to rely on assessments of products made by appropriate bodies in the country of origin for import purposes. The Agreement will align the mutual recognition arrangements with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway with Australia’s existing Agreement with the EU.The Committee has recommended the ratification of the Agreement amending the Mutual Recognition Agreement with Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:agreement, AusPol, Australia, Australian, endangered species, EU, Force, Government, Iceland, import, International trade, Liechtenstein, Norway, parliament, protected species, species, tradelast_img read more

Teachers to Benefit from Numeracy and Literacy Training

first_imgRelated375 Students to Benefit from ‘Camp Summer Plus’ RelatedChetwood Primary Retains Credit Union Quiz Championship FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Several primary school teachers will participate in development sessions this month, aimed at enhancing their competence in areas of numeracy and literacy.This was disclosed by Chief Education Officer in the Ministry, Grace McLean, at the official launch of ‘Camp Summer Plus 2013’ at the Ministry’s Heroes Circle offices in Kingston, on Wednesday, July 3.She said the training will ensure that students, with the assistance of teachers and parents, are able to maximise their full potential.“We have recognised that there needs to be re-implementation of the official reading programme of the Ministry of Education. If it means that we have to forego sections of the curriculum to ensure that our students are developing according to the basic levels of literacy and numeracy that is required before they move on to the curriculum, then we are committed to ensuring that that is done,” she said.Camp Summer Plus, which is in its third year, involves collaboration between the Ministry of Education and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Jamaica Basic Education Project.A total of 375 grade three students, who are performing below grade level, will receive critical assistance through the programme.Contact: Chris Patterson Teachers to Benefit from Numeracy and Literacy Training EducationJuly 5, 2013Written by: Chris Pattersoncenter_img Advertisements RelatedYoung People Urged To Research Cost Effective Energy Alternativeslast_img read more

Mountain Jam: Today’s Woodstock?

first_imgBack in 1969, The Woodstock Music and Art Fair was billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace and Music,” taking place on Max Yasgur’s farm in the Catskill Mountains. It was groundbreaking at the time, housing around 500,000 young people and hosting 32 incredible acts on one outdoor stage. The festival was proof that an enormous sum of people could successfully come together and appreciate music, peacefully, side by side. It was as simple as that. 46 years later, Mountain Jam has accomplished a similar vibe.Nestled in the beautiful Catskill Mountains, the festival is set up at the base of Hunter Mountain, one of the Northeast’s most pristine natural amphitheaters. 2015 performers included Alabama Shakes, Robert Plant, The Black Keys, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Lake Street Dive, Grace Potter, moe., Gov’t Mule, Budos Band, Big Gigantic, The Wailers, Rebelution, Shakey Graves, Hurray for the Riff Raff and many more. Between the two outdoor stages there was continuous music all day and night, timed so beautifully that hardly a moment went by without hearing live music. With no two acts overlapping each other, the setup allowed the audience to be fully present with the performer, giving both the listener and the artist a chance to really appreciate the magic occurring in front of their very eyes.“There are some good vibes out there today,” said Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, just moments before beginning her set. “I wonder what would happen if we took it a little further…” she said slowly, eying the audience. She proceeded to break into “Rise To the Sun,” slaying it per usual. The moment she opened her mouth and began to sing, there was a palpable feeling that the music we were hearing was special. It is different from the “popular” music of today, yet it’s vital to our current existence because it is real, it makes you feel things, and it reaches all people, young and old. It felt like something epic was happening, like what we were witnessing could eventually go down in history as one of the best shows and events of our lifetime, and that maybe this is what it felt like at Woodstock all those years ago, when a young Grace Slick appeared with Jefferson Airplane. When something is that good you recognize it instantly. No cell phone or video footage can do it justice. You have to be there to truly understand.Watching young bands like Alabama Shakes and Lake Street Dive alongside classics like Robert Plant makes you realize that Rock and Roll is not dead. The energy and the passion for it is still very much alive. The thousands of Mountain Jam attendees, young and old, can certainly attest to that. Even when it was pouring rain Friday night, it didn’t stop the youthful and the not-so-youthful from getting down to Grace Potter. It didn’t stop the crowd from standing in the mud to see Robert Plant, and then to eventually see one of the highlights of the weekend, Gov’t Mule covering Pink Floyd dubbed Dark Side of the Mule (Listen to the set here). If anything it just gave the festival a little twist. Something to laugh about.There is no doubt that the music brought everyone together for a very special mountain jam this year. One that was peaceful, with a spectacularly lively audience, and stacked with some incredible talents of a lifetime. One that will certainly not be forgotten.Words by Katie Pearlman, Photos by Greg Horowitz. Full gallery at the bottom Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Cone Zone: Week Of July 20, 2020

first_imgCOUNTY News:Public Works Projects:Diamond Drive near the Golf CourseA boring contractor will be operating off the side of Diamond drive at the Golf Course next week. No traffic impediments are expected, but drivers will see signage and cones along the shoulders alerting them to construction in the area.Closure on 35th StreetContractor will be working on a utility connection on 35th Street next week, the schedule is dependent on the contractor. Residents will have access through Diamond Drive or Villa.Advance Notice: Pedestrian and ADA Accessibility Along Trinity Drive from Oppenheimer to 39th StreetBeginning Wednesday, July 29, GM Emulsions will start construction along Trinity Drive from Oppenheimer to 39th Street.The long-awaited improvements and renovation will provide better accessibility by replacing curb and gutter and installing ADA compliant sidewalks. To perform this work safely, traffic along Trinity will be shifted around the work zone. Traffic control will include temporary shoulder closures and bicycle and pedestrian detours.Questions on the above projects? Send an email to [email protected] or call 505.662.8150.Other projects:N.M. 502 Roundabout Construction & Road work (State DOT, Star Paving)No changes this week to existing detours. Drivers can expect minor delays through the existing work zone 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. A lane shift for traffic is expected within the next 2 weeks; crews will be paving the north side of N.M. 502 in order to accomplish the changeover. Motorists are asked to slow down and be observant as the new change takes effect. Traffic advisories and updates will be posted on the website.Please use caution in the construction zone. Speeding over the 25mph limit continues to be a safety concern for crews working within these constrained, congested work zones. Be patient and obey all traffic signs. The NMDOT appreciates your cooperation.DP Road (Bethel Development)Road work is expected to begin soon for infrastructure installation to support the new Canyon Walk Apartments being constructed on the north side of DP Road. Details will be published in the Cone Zone and advertised in local media as soon as the traffic plan from the developer (Bethel) is approved. Additional work related to the lift station along DP Road also is set to get underway. Watch future editions of the Cone Zone each week for details.Sign up for Cone Zone to be delivered to your email on Fridays – link to the Subscribe to Newsletter option at the bottom of the County’s website at www.losalamosnm.uslast_img read more

All in the forecast

first_imgSubscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Subscribe now for unlimited access To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

The Berbers of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains

first_imgBerbers are the most hospitable people i have come acrossAfter my six hour trek at the Atlas mountains, i was hosted by a Berber family living 2500 m above sea level. During my one night stay with this family i learnt a lot from them.The village where i spent the night  consists of 15 families. There is only one school in this village, no hospital but there is plenty going round there.It was an experience worth noting. The place has no mobile service whatsoever. Despite being disconnected from the rest of the world, i felt at home living among the Berbers.They are very hospitable people despite language barrier. I just realized that sign language is as important because it came in through for me.So how do they live?A family definitely consists of both mother, father and children. The fathers or men are responsible for farming while the women prepare meals, give birth and heard cattle. The young boys will accompany their fathers in the farming fields, while the girls help out their mothers in house chores and rearing of cattle.A family will share two meals together; breakfast and dinner. After having their breakfast each family member takes up their chores for the day, they are united back in the evening while having dinner.MealsBread is a famous food in Morocco and in the Berber community as well. Everything you eat is accompanied with bread, which is tasty by the way.They seat round a table and eat from one big plate.They have a famous tea ”Moroccan whiskey” they call it. This is drunk at any time of the day. Its basically a mixture of herbs and green tea with lots of sugar.The tea is meant to give you energy and relax you as well. Trust me i  needed this one after 6 hours trekking and another 7 hours of trek to my next destination.last_img read more

IMCA SportMod Mayhem is Saturday at Dodge City

first_imgDODGE CITY, Kan. – Mayhem and a potential big cash giveaway to a lucky fan along with numerous other giveaways are on tap for Saturday night as racing action kicks back into high gear atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval in southwest Kansas. General admission is $15 with children 11 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. The SportMod Mayhem feature payout is as follows: 1st – $1,000, 2nd – $750, 3rd – $500, 4th – $400, 5th – $350, 6th – $300, 7th – $250, 8th – $200, 9th – $175, 10th – $150, 11th – $125, 12th – $100, 13th – $100, 14th – $100, 15th – $100, 16th – $75, 17th – $75, 18th – $75, 19th – $75, 20th – $75. The card is rounded out by a full slate of championship chase action including Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.  The Aug. 24 card is headlined by the popular sixth annual IMCA SportMod Mayhem event with the IMCA SportMods battling it out for a $1,000 winner’s share. Woodward, Okla.’s Mike Roach reigns as the defending champion of SportMod Mayhem after beating Brandon Kenney and 2017 winner Dustin Daniels to the line to become the first two-time winner of the event.center_img Along with Roach and Daniels, other past Sport Modified Mayhem winners include Kaleb Roach in 2016 and Clay Money in the inaugural rendition in 2014.  Along with the tremendous racing action, a lucky fan could pocket as much as $1,500 during the evening.  Someone’s ticket will be drawn for the opportunity to roll three dice.  Each roll will be worth $500 with three successful rolls netting $1,500.  By Lonnie Wheatley Racing action will get under way at 7:30 p.m.last_img read more

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says he’d love to manage in Spain one day

first_img Sam Marsden Brendan Rodgers has suggested he would like to go and manage in Spain at some point in his career. 21/10/2014 The Liverpool manager is preparing his side to face Real Madrid on Wednesday night in the Champions League and was asked by a journalist if he could respond to a question in Spanish. Upd. at 19:29 “But maybe one day I will manage in Spain and then I can speak to you in Spanish all the time. Maybe.” “However, as I am in charge of an English club I would prefer to speak in English, that’s just what I prefer.center_img “It is true I speak a little Spanish,” the 41-year-old confirmed in Castellano. CEST Presumably that has continued at Liverpool with players like Alberto Moreno, Javi Manquillo and Jose Enrique – plus Luis Suarez, until he departed for Barcelona earlier this year. Given the intensity and pressing style Liverpool enjoyed so much success with last season, the English press have suggested Rodgers himself could make the same move Suarez made this summer at a later stage in his career. Rodgers has been learning Spanish for a while and he supposedly spoke with his Spanish-speaking players at Swansea in their native tongue.last_img read more

Chelsea fans play prank on Arsenal ahead of Cesc Fabregas’ return to the Emirates

first_imgChelsea and Cesc Fabregas travel to meet Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday (5pm CET), in a clash which could all but end the Premier League title race. Dressed up as a Chelsea version of the A-Team (the C-Team), fans with Didier Drogba, Diego Costa, Mourinho and Fabregas masks drove to the Emirates. 23/04/2015 CEST Sport EN Upd. at 14:03 center_img The stakes have been raised before the game, a London derby, with a few Chelsea japesters playing a prank on Arsenal.  Jose Mourinho’s team are 10 points up on Alexis Sanchez’s Arsenal, who are currently in second place. They placed letters spelling “Chelsea” over the concrete slabs that read “Arsenal” outside the stadium, let off some blue smoke bombs and made their getaway.  Watch the video here:last_img read more

Iker Casillas: We’d all have liked a goodbye like Andres Iniesta got

first_img “When I am in Madrid I will go to the Bernabeu to support them. I am 37 years old and 34 of them I’ve spent as a Madrid fan. That never eends. To return to the club, I don’t know. I know I’ve played for Madrid a long time, it follows me. I sign a lot of Madrid shirts. They have seen you so long at Madrid they associate you with them. If they call me to come back, how can you say no to Madrid? But I don’t see myself doing that (for now) because I’m still playing football.” “I’m sure in the future there will be reconciliations. I’m not jealous no, luckily I’m still playing football, I found a place where I am happy and I’m not on the first page of the news. All of us would have liked a goodbye like the one we saw (Iniesta), I’m really happy for my colleague,” said Casillas. Sport EN 30/05/2018 IN SPORT.ES Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas spoke at an event and said he would have liked a goodbye at Real Madrid of the type that Andres Iniesta recieved at Barcelona.center_img Casillas: “A todos nos habría gustado una despedida como la de Iniesta” He said that “surely” in the future there will be “reconciliations” and that he cannot say “no” in the future to an offer to work for Real Madrid. Upd. at 22:42 CESTlast_img read more