…call for rectification before budget passesSeveral groups representing Indigenous peoples have expressed disappointment with the lack of budgetary allocation for the revision of the Amerindian Act of 2006, and they are calling on the authorities to have the situation rectified before the passage of the National Budget in Parliament.Representatives of the APA and NTC signing a historic MoU for joint collaboration in addressing issues facing indigenous peopleThe Executive Committee of the National Toshaos Council (NTC), representatives of the South Rupununi District Council (SRDC, Region Nine), the Upper Mazaruni District Council (UMDC, Region Seven), the North Pakaraimas District Council (NPDC, Region Eight), the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA), The Amerindian Action Movement of Guyana (TAAMOG), the National Amerindian Development Foundation (NADF), and the Guyanese Organisation of Indigenous Peoples (GOIP) all met on Thursday to discuss revision of the Act.In a statement, the collective said revision of the Act has been on the Indigenous community’s agenda for a number of years, and that the administration had, on many occasions, promised to ensure that it happens. They noted that $10million had been budgeted in 2017 for the revision of the Act, but nothing has been earmarked in the 2018 budget.At an earlier meeting, the leaders of the Indigenous peoples had agreed to set up a steering committee to guide the revision of the Act.“The participants of the meeting agreed on the composition of the steering committee, the terms of reference for the steering committee, and the criteria for persons to be selected to the steering committee; that there would be trainings by facilitators to provide guidance on the process and content for the revision of the Act; and that villages would be clustered by regions and sub-regions, and even smaller groupings, taking into consideration geographical location, among other things,” a statement issued by the collective has said.The body is hoping that funding would be provided by the Government towards the initial stages of the process, especially the holding of the first steering committee meeting.The NTC, district councils, and organisations have up to December 15, 2017 to submit the names of their representatives to an Interim Coordinating Committee that has been named and tasked with ensuring that a first steering committee meeting is held no later than the end of January 2018.Additionally, at the Indigenous leaders meeting, discussions were held to address issues related to the Commission of Inquiry on Lands, and mining activities affecting Indigenous people’s lands. The NTC and the APA have also signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding, agreeing to collaborate on activities to advance the rights and interests of Indigenous peoples.
Letterkenny businessman Leonard Watson has been appointed as the new President of the Letterkenny Chamber.Watson took over the role of outgoing President Gerard Mc Cormick after an election at the Chamber’s AGM last night in Dillon’s Hotel.Gerard McCormick outgoing president with Leondard Watson the new President at the Letterkenny Chamber AGM on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonLeonard has been an active member of the Chamber since opening his business 5 years ago and has served on the Chamber Council since 2014. Leonard is well known in the Letterkenny business community and on taking over the role he said he was very much looking forward to representing the business community and Chamber members in 2017.On his appointment, he said: “It is an honour to be nominated and elected as Chamber President by my colleagues in the Chamber Council. I have over the last few years tried to play my part in shaping the strategy and future of the Chamber.“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Gerard McCormick for his hard work and dedication over the past year and I am committed to carrying out this role with the same enthusiasm and integrity.”Leonard Watson the new Letterkenny Chamber president at the Letterkenny Chamber AGM on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonGerard McCormick, Brian Brogan and John Watson at the Letterkenny Chamber AGM on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonLeonard hopes to emulate the hard work of past presidents and continue to develop the relationships with key stakeholders across the North West and to grow membership and participation. “Last year a lot of work was done in terms of improving our communications and our engagement with members. This is very much a work in progress that we see increasing in the coming year. We are proud to represent members and as President I will be reaching out to the members to get even more involved,” he said.Some of the Letterkenny Chamber members at the Letterkenny Chamber AGM on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonApart from a new President the Chamber also elected a new Chamber Council which as always consists of members from a wide variety of business sectors, who meet on a monthly basis and who are responsible for steering the policies, activities and initiatives of the Chamber.Chamber Council 2017/2018: President – Leonard Watson (Watson Menswear); Clare McNickle (Clare Clothing); Eoghan Walsh (AIB); Jimmy Stafford (Bank of Ireland); Michael Margey (LYIT); Bernard Dillon (Honorary Member); Bernard Doherty (Ulster Bank); Bernard Gallagher (CBM Signs); Ann Louise McClintock (AL Consultancy ); Brian McCormick (Brian McCormick Sports); Gerard McCormick (Magees Pharmacy); JP McCloskey (Evolve Menswear); Clare McDonough (La Maison); Fionnuala Rabbitt (Highland Radio); Patricia Hill (Stateside American Restaurant); John Watson (Watson Home, Hire & Hardware); Andrew Brolly (The Swingroom Café). New president elected to Letterkenny Chamber was last modified: December 15th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Leonard WatsonLetterkenny Chamber
10 December 2014A new system aimed at improving the competitiveness of South Africa’s mining sector came into effect on Monday, 8 December, the departments of Mineral Resources and Environmental Affairs said in a joint statement on Tuesday.The One Environmental System is aimed at streamlining licensing processes for mining, environmental authorisations and water use.It represents the “government’s commitment to improve the ease of doing business and further enhance South Africa’s global competitiveness as a mining investment jurisdiction,” the statement said.Under the system, the minister of mineral resources will be responsible for issuing environmental authorisations and waste management licences for mining and related activities.Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa will be the appeal authority for these authorisations.The National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Act, known as Nemla 3, is part of a suite of Acts that form the One Environmental System.While passed in September, it was only implemented from 8 December to ensure all complementary legislation, including certain sections of the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Act (MPRDA), were in place.Permits will now be issued simultaneously by environmental affairs, mineral resources and water and sanitation within a fixed time frame – a maximum of 300 days.If a decision is appealed, an additional 90 days will be granted to finalise the process.“Until all the legislative amendments have been effected to formalise these timeframes, the timeframes stipulated in [the he National Environmental Management Act] Nema will be applicable,” the statement said.Until the regulations regarding residue stockpiles and residue deposits as well as the financial provision for rehabilitation regulations are finalised, the MPRDA regulations remain in force.Minister of Mineral Resources Ngoako Ramatlhodi can now appoint mineral resource inspectors, who will have the same powers as environmental management inspectors to enforce the provisions of the National Environmental Management Act.The system was first announced by President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation address in February.SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) and Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) welcomed Emilie Regula as the OSA Policy & Membership Coordinator/OSC Marketing & Outreach Coordinator.As Policy & Membership Coordinator, Regula will assist with OSA’s legislative and policy program, coordinate membership campaigns, and organize OSA participation in statewide, regional and national programs and events. As Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, Regula will assist with OSC’s marketing projects related to animal agriculture and soy biodiesel, and coordinate outreach to key industry partners.Regula joins OSA and OSC after several years of legislative experience, first as Legislative Aide with State Senator Frank LaRose, and then as Legislative Liaison with the Ohio Treasurer of State. Most recently Regula was Senior Legislative Aide in the office of State Senator Cliff Hite, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Regula also is a graduate of the Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute.Regula grew up on her family’s Stark County farm and showed steers every year with her 4-H group. She earned a degree in Political Science from the University of Akron.
By: Bari Sobelson, LMFTPixabay[Baby Father Hug by Froot, November 21, 2017, CC0]When people think of child abuse and neglect, they often picture a physically and/or psychologically injured child. What they may not immediately picture is that same child as an adult with risky health behaviors, chronic health conditions, low life potential, and early death. What do these have in common? As the number of Adverse Childhood Experiences increases, so does the risk for the potential adult outcomes.On August 17 at 11 am Eastern, Dr. Melissa Merrick from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be providing a 90-minute webinar on the ACE Study and what it teaches us about maximizing health and well-being. Not only are we offering beneficial and important information, we will also be offering 1.5 CEUs for those licensed mental health professionals (Social Workers, Professional Counselors, and Family Therapists) seeking credits.If you are interested in learning more about the ACE Study, you can find information and resources at www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/acestudy/index.html.We look forward to seeing you at the webinar!
Former Oklahoma State player Donovan Woods made it on campus today in Stillwater, and both Woods and new transfer running back Barry J. Sanders met up during his time to take a picture. Sanders had nothing but good things to say about the former Cowboy in a post he later published on Instagram:Pretty cool to see Sanders embracing his time already spent in Stillwater and making the most of it. Also, I believe this is the first visual proof that Sanders is on campus. Hooray for football season!If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Story Highlights First Lady of Burkina Faso, Her Excellency Chantal Compaoré, is commending the country’s efforts to protect women and girls, including ensuring that teen mothers return to school. The First Lady disclosed that apart from teenage pregnancies, her Government is also fighting to eradicate traditional practices, such as genital mutilation, which is very harmful to girls. First Lady of Burkina Faso, Her Excellency Chantal Compaoré, is commending the country’s efforts to protect women and girls, including ensuring that teen mothers return to school.Such measures, she said, are critical to gender and development and will ultimately ensure the country’s progress.Mrs. Compaoré was addressing students and staff at the Haile Selassie High School in Kingston on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, as part of her working visit to the island to learn about Jamaica’s experience in preventing adolescent pregnancies and supporting adolescent mothers.The First Lady praised the staff of the institution for the “exemplary work” they are doing and the support they are providing for the teenage mothers, who attend the institution.She informed that in her homeland, once the pregnancy is visible, the student will have to leave school.“The girls feel quite abandoned and it is for this reason, on the recommendation of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) that we came here to Jamaica to see exactly how you do things,” she stated.“The situation of adolescent mothers in Burkina Faso is a big problem, that is why we are here to learn from your experience and see how we can translate the successes that you have had in your experience in our own country…so that our young girls can have the lovely smiles that you have,” she added.Earlier this year, the Government announced that effective September 2013, it will be mandatory for all school-aged mothers to be re-integrated into the formal school system.Principal of Haile Selassie, Lorenzo Ellis, said the institution is “far advanced” in this process as, for some time, it has been providing facility for adolescent mothers to resume their education.Dean of Discipline at the school, Joseph Heron said the institution believes in social inclusiveness and the right of every child to receive an education.He noted that the institution works closely with the Women’s Centre Foundation of Jamaica and the Child Development Agency (CDA), adding that the girls are treated with the utmost respect when they are re-integrated into the formal education system.“Within the Guidance Department we have to reassure them that their status of motherhood is precious but it is also confidential. We don’t want them to come under any undue pressure from any member of the community or school, as such, those members of staff who are in the know, they keep it confidential…and offer the necessary support,” he said.The First Lady disclosed that apart from teenage pregnancies, her Government is also fighting to eradicate traditional practices, such as genital mutilation, which is very harmful to girls.“I have had to fight within the United Nations system to ensure that a resolution will be passed within the United Nations to condemn and to prohibit female circumcision across the world,” she stated.She said that while genital mutilation is not an issue in Jamaica, countries need to collaborate to ensure that harmful practices, which have adverse health risks, especially on women, are eradicated.During her visit, the First Lady toured sections of the Haile Selassie compound, including the computer laboratory, cosmetology department and the library. She also heard testimonials from teenage mothers, who attend the institution.She was accompanied by Minister of Women Promotion and Gender, Nestorine Sangare; Head of Capacity Building in the Ministry, Koudraogo Kabore; and Chief of State Protocol, Office of the Prime Minister, Ambassador Elinor Felix, among others.In Burkina Faso, recent studies show that adolescent girls and young women are the first victims of unwanted pregnancies and illegal/unsafe abortions, along with all the risks and consequences they cause.Jamaica is supported by the UNFPA to protect and promote the rights of adolescents and young people towards responsible sexuality and access to high quality reproduction health services. Mrs. Compaoré was addressing students and staff at the Haile Selassie High School in Kingston on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, as part of her working visit to the island to learn about Jamaica’s experience in preventing adolescent pregnancies and supporting adolescent mothers.