Minister D’Ambrosio Presents Marine and Coastal Bill 2017

first_imgMinister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio, today introduced the Marine and Coastal Bill 2017 – a new legislation to provide a better future for Victoria’s coastal and marine environments.The bill has been developed in close consultation with communities and organisations working to look after marine and coastal areas, as well as the guidance of a panel of experts, chaired by Associate Professor, Geoff Wescott.“Victoria’s marine and coastal environment is under pressure from the long-term challenges of climate change and population growth. Infrastructure along the coast is also ageing, which makes it harder to take action on the ground,” according to the minister’s official release.“Providing a better future for Victoria’s coastal and marine environments is our priority and putting strong, effective legislation in place is critical to get this done,” said D’Ambrosio.“This is about providing a simpler, more integrated approach to planning and managing the marine and coastal environment – to address the key challenges for the next 20 years and beyond.”The Marine and Coastal Bill 2017 – together with a range of complementary reforms and actions in the proposed Transition Plan – is part of the Government’s 2014 election commitments outlined in ‘Our Environment, Our Future’.last_img read more

Dortmund Out to Test Tottenham’s Resilience

first_imgCHAMPIONS LEAGUEBorussia Dortmund set out for today’s UEFA Champions League tie against Tottenham Hotspur in London hoping their stars will become “heroes” in a group containing titleholders Real Madrid.“This is the hardest group, but also challenging, and in such groups, heroes are made,” said managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke yesterday. Dortmund, Spurs, and Real are joined by Cyprus side Apoel in Group H with Borussia hosting Spanish giants Madrid on September 26.The Germans have a proud Champions League history, reaching the quarterfinals twice in the last four seasons.However they were held to a goalless draw at 10-man Freiburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday when their attack, boasting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and US wunderkind Christian Pulisic, failed to fire.The Bundesliga leaders have a score to settle at Wembley, Spurs’ adopted home stadium, where the Germans lost the 2013 Champions League final to Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich.“It’s a huge challenge, but I see us as being on the same level as Tottenham,” said director of sport Michael Zorc.The Champions League still holds a few ghosts for the German club after the dark days of April 11 when a bomb attack on the team bus left defender Marc Bartra needing surgery after three blasts tore into the vehicle.Bartra will miss the match against Spurs with a groin injury while captain Marcel Schmelzer will miss the next seven weeks after tearing ankle ligaments in the draw at Freiburg.With Schmelzer out, Germany’s Under-21 international Jeremy Toljan is set to take his place at left-back while new-signing Andriy Yarmolenko could make his first start after coming off the bench in Freiburg.The Germans beat Spurs 3-0 at home and 2-1 away when the teams met in the group stages of the Europa League in 2015/16 as Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino rested many of his first-choice players for the Premier League.“The current match is not comparable to the games at that time,” said Zorc, while Dortmund coach Peter Bosz expects “a very strong opponent” in London.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Clemson moving on without starting wide receiver; Addazio wants ‘hard-nosed’ practices

first_img Published on September 19, 2013 at 12:48 am Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd lost one of his favorite targets last week when Charone Peake tore his ACL in practice last Wednesday.The junior wide receiver, who’s made four career starts, had eight receptions for 84 yards in 2013. No. 3 Clemson is now down to just six scholarship wide receivers.“That’s a tough loss,” Tiger head coach Dabo Swinney said during the Atlantic Coast Conference teleconference on Wednesday. “We felt he was poised for a great year and is a great talent.”Clemson will play its first game without Peake on Thursday when the Tigers travel to Raleigh, N.C., to face North Carolina State.Swinney suggested Adam Humphries and freshman Gerome Hopper as wide receivers who could help fill the void left with Peake’s injury. Either way, the coach won’t change up the offense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We definitely want to run the football, but losing Charone doesn’t affect us as far as how we call the plays,” Swinney said. “With the guys that we have at tight end and receiver, we feel good about our ability to throw the football.”Addazio wants ‘hard-nosed’ practicesBoston College head coach Steve Addazio harnessed his inner Scott Shafer during the ACC coaches’ teleconference.The Eagles are off this weekend, but play No. 8 Florida State on Sept. 28, so one reporter asked Addazio how he would prepare his team this week.His response sounded like one Shafer could be using next week.Said Addazio: “We’re going to use this bye week to try to get a jump start. We started today. We’ll be working tomorrow, and then Friday is like a game week Tuesday for us. We wanted to have a really good physical, hard-nosed, first-second down, full padded, go-get-it deal on Friday, so that puts us one day up.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Govt policy now threatens poultry industry to aid friends, comrades

first_img…former Commerce Minister says country is already self-sufficient  The coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Government has now sidelined local poultry producers to grant licences to import hundreds of thousands of pounds of chicken without even consulting with local producers to see if the demand locally can be met – just to aid friends and comrades.This is according to Chairperson of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PPAC), Irfaan Ali, who was at the time responding to revelations that a company registered only last year has already been granted a licence to import chicken into the country despite a thriving industry that has always been able to meet local demand.Ali has since posited that there appeared to be a change in Government policy whereby encouraging and defending local businesses and the welfare of Guyanese workers were no longer a priority.The former Housing Minister, who also held responsibility for Tourism, Industry and Commerce in Guyana under the previous Administration, pointed out that this was occurring in a time when the nation has seen the loss of jobs, such as in the case of Barama Company Limited.He also questioned if it was the intention of the APNU/AFC Government to close down the poultry industry in order to aid “a few friends and comrades, while at the same time relegating our country to becoming an economic colony of a few developed countries.”Guyana Times on Thursday reported that Government has granted several licences to import close to one million – 884,000 – pounds of chicken for the latter half of 2016 and among the recipients are Guyana Water Inc Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Richard Van West-Charles and fired Debt Recovery Manager Lear Goring.Guyana Development Associates is among the companies granted licences to import chicken and is jointly owned by Van West-Charles and Goring.The company was registered on July 27, 2015, two months after the APNU/AFC Administration took office. Its address is registered as Lot 301 Meadowbrook Gardens, Georgetown.It is among a list of 19 businesses/individuals who were recipients of the second batch of chicken import licences for 2016.GWI’s Internal Auditing Department is currently investigating Dr Van West-Charles over a litany of complaints and decisions, including the hiring of Goring in a position that he created.Ali pointed out that the local poultry industry was the largest non-traditional agricultural sector  with investments in the tens of millions of US dollars.According to Ali, “the local poultry industry has always had a good working relationship with the Ministry of Business and has always had an opportunity whenever these situations arise to meet and discuss whether there will be adequate supplies of chicken for Christmas.”The former Minister noted that the industry provided employment for some 18,000 people, “mainly in our rural communities where employment is difficult to find”.He used the opportunity to point out too that “hundreds of small households supplement their income by rearing broilers and layers in their backyards”.The industry, according to the former Minister, also provides an important partner for the struggling rice sector, since a large percentage of the feed used in the poultry industry comprises rice and its by-products.He also drew reference to the fact that “Guyana has been self-sufficient in both fresh eggs and broiler meat for several years now”.This industry, he said, is now threatened too by smuggling, under-invoicing of weights being imported by persons who have been issued licences “and now in addition… the granting of licences without even a discussion with the industry to see if there is a need to import”.A number of local farmers are upset at the Government’s decision, citing the fact that they have adequate supplies for the local market.Some local producers queried exactly how 19 companies were granted licences by the Government without any consultation with the local industry.This publication was told that such a move by the Government will have devastating consequences on local chicken producers and the feed industry.last_img read more