Liberia and the Climate Change Conference

first_imgThe Washington Post’s Joby Warrick, reporting from Le Bourget, France on Sunday, said negotiators from 196 countries adopted a landmark climate accord that seeks to dramatically reduce emissions of greenhouse gases blamed for the dangerous warming of the planet. The agreement, reached after 13 days of hectic bargaining, urges nations to fundamentally change the way energy is produced and consumed, gradually reducing reliance on fossil fuels in favor of cleaner forms of energy.The deal, said Warrick, “was struck in a rare show of near-universal accord, as the poor and wealthy from across the political and geographical spectrum expressed support for measures that require all to take steps to battle climate change. The agreement binds together pledges by individual nations to cut or limit emissions from fossil-fuels within a framework of rules that provide for monitoring and verification as well as financial and technical assistance for developing countries.”Fossil fuels are natural fuels, such as coal or gas, formed in the geological past from the remains of living organisms of plants or animals. So carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are considered to be one of primary causes of global warming.One of the most visible signs of global warming is climate change, such as we have seen in Liberia, where rainfall lasts longer than expected. In the greater Washington, D.C. area of the United States, too, December is supposed be one of the coldest months, but last week and throughout the weekend in many places the temperature has risen above 60 degrees Fahrenheit, enabling people to go outdoors in their T-shirts. Another sign of global warming is the rising of the sea levels in many countries. Remember the tsunami that devastated Indonesia and other Asian and African nations in 2004? Up to five million people were affected. It destroyed thousands of lives, buildings and other properties. We in Liberia, with 350 miles of Atlantic coastline, are vulnerable, too. See how close the Executive Mansion, Foreign Ministry and so many other homes and offices are to the Atlantic? And the ocean also washes so many capitals and towns in the various counties.Another aspect of climate change concerns our forests. God has given us rich forests, which allow us great precipitation (rainfall). Cut down all our trees for the lumber or charcoal trades and expose Liberia to drought. See what is happening right now in Ethiopia, one of the continent’s most progressive countries? They are currently afflicted by a serious drought that has exposed hundreds of thousands of people—and animals—to famine. That is a warning for all Africa, including Liberia.What is our response to the Paris Agreement? By the grace of God we still have the largest rainforest in West Africa, if not the whole of Africa. We should do everything possible to conserve and preserve our rainforests by seriously limiting commercial logging and charcoal production, which will definitely lead to deforestation.How can we stop charcoal usage that has been destroying our trees for so long? We must accelerate our efforts to produce electricity through the rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee Hydro-electric Plant, and by making use of our many rivers by constructing mini hydros throughout the country. These mini hydros would give the rural people electricity by which they can cook and fulfill their other needs for hot water.About a year ago Liberia entered an agreement with Norway for funding—US$15 million per year, we recall – in return for limiting lumber production and keeping our forests safe. What is the status of that agreement and what is happening to the money? The government has not told us how it is to be or being used. We could surely use some of it to construct the mini hydros. In order to limit or eliminate the charcoal business and thereby save our trees, we need to introduce our people also to the use of cooking gas. The GOL should challenge the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) to produce or import cooking gas and make it cheaply available to the public. This immediately tells us that LPRC needs to start planning the building of a new oil refinery now, such as we had before the war.Finally, we need to engage our various universities, beginning with the University of Liberia and Cuttington, to start thinking and studying, in concert with the Liberian government, how our country can most effectively relate to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and bring the findings to the people.All of us should be involved in this discussion, for all of us are affected, one way or another.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Northern BC High School Rodeo Association holds second weekend of rodeo in Chetwynd

first_img In the Juniors, Saturday’s All Round Cowgirl went to Keri Moat, with All Round Cowboy going to Danny Jones.Sunday’s Junior All Round Cowgirl went to Shelby Corr, while All Round Cowboy went to Korbin Mills.Senior Results:Junior Results:Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northern B.C. High School Rodeo Association held a rodeo on October 5 and 6 in Chetwynd.This was the fourth rodeo to take place of the Fall season.The last rodeo to take place in Chetwynd was on September 28 and 29.- Advertisement -Saturday’s Senior All Round Cowgirl went to Rylie Bondaroff, with All Round Cowboy going to Tyler Pederson.Sunday’s Senior All Round Cowgirl went to Fallon Jones and All Round Cowboy went to Jesse Jones.Receiving first place in the Queen Event was Rachel Moat, with Artaysha Studley in second.Advertisementlast_img read more

Man who went on drink-driving spree ordered to return from England for sentence

first_imgA man has been ordered to return from England to face sentencing after damaging two cars and injuring a woman during an alleged drink-driving spree.Kyle Boyle struck two cars, injuring a woman before hitting a stone wall in Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal on January 15th, 2017. Letterkenny District Court heard how Boyle had been driving at speed through Portnablagh before losing control and then striking the two cars and eventually crashing.Boyle tried to phone friends but Gardai arrived and arrested him at the scene.“He made a number of calls to friends to try and help him get away from the scene but was not successful,” said Garda Inspector Barry Doyle.Boyle, of Eden More, Dunafanaghy, had no insurance and failed to give either a breath, blood or urine sample to Gardai.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client was in England working but accepted the charges and wanted to put them behind him.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case to sentence Boyle on April 18th next.Man who went on drink-driving spree ordered to return from England for sentence was last modified: March 24th, 2018 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:carscourtcrashdrinkDunfanaghyGardaiKyle BOylelast_img read more

Even Arsenal fans are in love with Spurs star after World Cup wonder goal

first_img 1 What a start! England 1-0 up against Croatia inside five minutes in their most important game for 28 years.The goal in the semi-final match came courtesy of a delightful Kieran Trippier free-kick from just outside the box – his first international goal. GET IN! I LOVE YOU TRIPPIER EVEN THOUGH I’M AN ARSENAL FAN #ItsComingHome #ENG— Josh Brett (@PjanicAtTh3Isco) July 11, 2018 And of course Twitter went crazy over the Tottenham man’s goal including Arsenal fans of all people!Below you can see the best tweets from England and Arsenal fans marvelling at Trippier’s early strike including another wonderful celebration from talkSPORT’s Jason Cundy! #trippier even Arsenal fans are loving you now.. what a strike !! #engcro #WorldCup #CRO #BringItHome— Akshat_S (@Akshat909) July 11, 2018 What a strike from Trippier, hate to say it as an Arsenal fan but that boy is class.— CameronMellin (@CameronMellin) July 11, 2018 #ENGCRO England look well drilled and organized, and Kieran Trippier needs to find himself in an Arsenal shirt next season— Blake Richard (@blakerichard681) July 11, 2018 BOOOOOM!!!!!!!! 1-0 ENGLAND.What a start – Trippier you beauty!#ENGCRO— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 11, 2018 #trippier even Arsenal fans are loving you now.. what a strike !! #engcro #WorldCup #CRO #BringItHome— Akshat_S (@Akshat909) July 11, 2018 YESSSSSSS! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿@JasonCundy05 absolutely loses it over Kieran Trippier’s goal 😂😂#ENGCRO | #TSWorldCup— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 11, 2018 Trippier celebrates as England got off to a flyer Trippier has been the best player this tournament! He’s proved himself on the highest level! and that’s from an Arsenal fan!— Rob Webb (@WebbyAFC) July 11, 2018 Wow, just wow. Trippier you little hero. What a start.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 11, 2018last_img read more

Cray wins 400m hurdles by a nose with focus on century dash

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Cray, though, seemed to already know what the result would be. While Lich was listless throughout the wait for the official result, Cray was lying down on the track.READ: Cray not concerned with tight schedule aheadFrom lane No. 5, Cray led most of the way until the final turn to finish the race in 50.03 seconds, while the Vietnamese turned in an official time of 50.05 seconds.The Texas-based Cray could have been refocusing as he would need it in an hour when he competes in the 100m dash—where he is also the defending champion.Cray just came from the World Championships in England, where he was disqualified in the 400m hurdles for a false start.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony LATEST STORIES Eric Cray of the Philippines competes in the men’s 400-meter hurdles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games. Cray clocked 50.03 seconds to win the gold medal. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR—It could have been out of sheer confidence or an act of self-preservation. But Eric Cray noticeably, inexplicably decided to slow down after making the final leap in the men’s 400-meter hurdles final Tuesday night.“I can’t be bothered right now, I was focusing on the 100 meter dash,” Cray later told reporters after the race, referring to the century dash final he needed to run an hour later.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img The 28-year-old Cray, who is regarded as a rock star here even by foreign media, was even looking at the giant screen of Bukit Jalil Sports Stadium after the last hurdle.READ: SEA Games: Cray strikes gold in 400m hurdles FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAnd as he eased up on the way to the finish, muscle-bound Vietnamese Quach Cong Lich made things interesting by mounting a last-ditch chase and was soon breathing down the Filipino-American’s neck.They ended the race in a photo finish—and Cray needed to crane his neck forward to gain whatever edge he could. But even then, both runners needed to wait for more than five minutes before the judges officially declared that Cray had successfully defended his title. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR His stint in the Worlds was because of his recent triumph in the Asian Championships in India.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Yu ends medal drought for PH swimmers with bronze View commentslast_img read more