UPDATE: Speedboat service begin operations earlier than usual

first_imgThe Georgetown – Vreed en Hoop Speedboat Service commenced its operations earlier than usual following the accident at the Demerara Harbour Bridge.Speedboat operators started their day at around 05:10h this morning after hundreds of affected commuters began flocking the gates of the Vreed en Hoop Stelling.The Demerara Harbour Bridge is currently down after a tug and barge crashed into it causing major damages. This comes on what is considered the busiest day of the year, the first day of the new school year.The DHBC engineers are currently working to fix the bridge but according to sources that may take approximately 24 hours before the structure is fully operational.More details in the Tuesday, September 02, 2019 edition of the Guyana Times.last_img read more

QPR man unsure of future

first_imgOut-of-favour QPR striker Rob Hulse says he has not been told whether he will be made available for transfer before the new season starts.Hulse, whose Rangers contract has another year to run, was left out of the pre-season tour of Asia and has dropped further down the pecking order of forwards at Loftus Road.But the 32-year-old has been given no formal indication of the club’s plans for him.He said: “Obviously when you’re not included [in the Asia tour] it’s pretty clear that you’re not part of things.“But the club have said nothing to me and I’m just focusing on getting fit for the start of the season and seeing what happens.“To be honest I’ve not thought too much about my future. My priority is to get a decent pre-season and then take it from there.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Oceans Day puts the focus on South Africa’s fish stocks

first_img9 June 2015The oceans around South Africa have the potential to unlock economic development opportunities in the country, according to Deputy Environmental Affairs Minister Barbara Thomson.“We thus need to develop a proactive approach to understand our oceans’ capacity and role to ensure socio-economic emancipation while protecting this vast and fragile environment,” she said yesterday at celebrations of World Oceans Day in Port Elizabeth.World Oceans Day is an annual event on 8 June, recognised by the United Nations and run by its Environment Programme (UNEP). It was declared to remind people of the major role the oceans play, as well as to educate people of the impact humans have on the oceans. “They are the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe,” says the UN.Thomson said the use of various marine resources in South Africa had increased, but the Department of Environmental Affairs would continue efforts to protect and maintain the country’s marine biodiversity. “We aspire to create partnerships while strengthening existing ones to develop means and ways to share the wealth of the ocean for the benefit of all South Africans.”Sassi StoriesTo mark the day, as well as World Environment Day on 5 June, WWF South Africa’s Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (Sassi) is running its #SASSIStories campaign. It is about telling the inspiring stories of fishers, retailers, chefs, and ordinary people who are driving positive change in the seafood sector.WWF-Sassi points out that the oceans are the cornerstone of life on Earth. They cover more than two thirds of the planet’s surface, produce 70% of its oxygen and are responsible for driving weather systems.“Oceans are also a critical source of food, culture and history. Every year they feed over a billion people and almost 1 in 10 people around the world rely on fishing and fishing-related activities for their livelihoods. Yet both locally and globally we are not doing enough to look after this incredibly value asset,” the organisation says.Humanity’s impact can be seen in reports of climate change, overfishing and the increasing user conflicts.It was an issue Thomson also raised. “Aspects of climate change, ocean acidification, pollution, unsustainable coastal area development and unwanted impacts from resource extraction need to be addressed for human well-being, environmental prosperity and integrity,” she said.Blue economyWorld Oceans Day this year is celebrated under the UNEP’s theme “Healthy oceans, healthy planet”. The department expanded this to “Healthy oceans, healthy planet: enabling sustainable ocean economy development”, to highlight the government’s commitment to sustainable ocean economy through Operation Phakisa.Operation Phakisa promotes economic growth and job creation in line with the goals outlined in the National Development Plan. Its oceans economy laboratory is estimated to have the potential to contribute up to R177-billion to South Africa’s gross domestic product and create just over one million jobs by 2033.The oceans economy lab has four priority areas: marine transport and manufacturing, offshore oil and gas exploration, aquaculture, and marine protection services and ocean governance. –Senzeni Zokwana, the minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, said almost all humans on Earth depend on the seas’ natural resources. “The sustainable use and management of the oceans, even its resources, is critical to us today and for future generations.”OverfishingThe question, he said, was how to forge an economically viable, environmentally sound and socially responsible vision for the use of the oceans’ natural resources without compromising future generations.“Fish supply the greatest percentage of the world’s protein consumed by humans, making the oceans critical to food security. [but] According to the [Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN], most of the world’s major fisheries are being fished at levels above their maximum sustainable level with a number of fish stocks completely depleted.”In addition in South Africa, many coastal communities had been marginalised for many years and denied access to fish resources, which resulted in compromised fishing livelihoods and economic viabilities.Its Small-scale Fisheries Policy sought to redress this and ensure equitable sharing of the oceans’ resources.“One of the biggest challenges that we face in South Africa today is striking a balance between meeting the food security needs of our people while at same time ensuring that the resources they depend on are managed sustainably,” Zokwana said.“We also have to increase our efforts to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing which are serious crimes because they also cause a huge threat to the collapse of our resources.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

A peaceful Sunday in the Valley

first_imgLife in Kashmir Valley returned to normal on Sunday after two days of restrictions and strike as the first death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen “commander” Burhan Wani on Saturday remained by and large peaceful.Shops and other business establishments were open and public transport plied smoothly. Movement and assembly of people were unrestricted, officials said. Restrictions were lifted after two days as the situation remained peaceful on Saturday.Authorities restored mobile and broadband Internet services in Kashmir. While mobile Internet was restored on Saturday night, the BSNL’s broadband service resumed on Sunday morning. Only 2G connectivity An official, however, said only 2G connectivity was available on mobile networks. “The high-speed network is still suspended,” he said. He said the decision to restore it would be taken after assessing the situation.Internet services across the Valley were snapped on Thursday night as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order in view of Wani’s death anniversary. Situation under controlThere were a few incidents of stone throwing on Saturday, but the situation remained under control and peaceful, the officials said.A woman was injured when she sustained multiple pellet injuries in one such clash in Shopian town. The separatists, including the Hurriyat Conference factions led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and the Yasin Malik-led JKLF, had called for a strike on Saturday. Restrictions had been imposed in five police station areas of Srinagar on July 7.last_img read more