Exxon to invest US$10M in UG, conservation

first_img– feasibility study to determine specific areas for fundingBy Jarryl BryanExxonMobil’s on Monday made a commitment that its philanthropic arm will be investing US$10 million into Guyana’s conservation efforts and in collaborations with the University of Guyana.Conservation International Guyana and the University of Guyana will be recipients of the US$10 million grant coming from the ExxonMobil FoundationThe ExxonMobil Foundation in the United States engages in a number of philanthropic activities with a focus on advancing education and training. With the company’s local subsidiary having discovered in excess of three billion barrels of recoverable oil off Guyana’s coast since 2015, the Foundation has turned its attention to Guyana.According to a statement from the company, the US$10 million will be provided in tranches over a period of five years, with part of the money intended for Conservation International Guyana. The initial grant money will fund a feasibility study that would work out the scope of the programme.“Once defined, Conservation International Guyana and the University of Guyana will deliver the education, training, research and retention programmes that would help ensure that economic growth reinforces Guyana’s environmental development goals. The investment is also intended to expand conservation areas in the Rupununi Wetlands”, a statement from the company has said.According to that statement, money will go towards “mangrove restoration, and management and support improvements to community-based fishing on Guyana’s coast, a sector the Government of Guyana has identified as critically important to the wellbeing of the Guyanese people, and support the work of the University of Guyana’s Greening Research and Innovation Centres.”President of the ExxonMobil Foundation, Kevin Murphy, was quoted as affirming that money will go towards supporting the Government’s objectives in the Green State Development Strategy.“This partnership will support the highest conservation priorities for the country, as well as education and training for sustainable employment,” he said. “It (also) demonstrates the value we place on our long-term relationship with the citizens of Guyana.”Meanwhile, Chairman of the University of Guyana Council, Professor Nigel E. Harris, related in the statement that the funding presented an opportunity to build relevant capacity to train students, and revamp the university’s research and outreach capabilities.“A central feature of Guyana’s development plans is its Green State Development Strategy which envisions a commitment to a green economy, sustainable development, and protection of its forests and fresh water resources aligned with the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals,” Professor Harris has said.“Funding support for a collaborative effort between Guyana’s leading university, Conservation International and ExxonMobil Foundation promises a critical opportunity to build relevant teaching, research, and outreach capacity at our university that is necessary to underpin Guyana’s 2030 vision for an inclusive, green and prosperous state”, the statement has also said.With initiatives in place like the 371,000 hectares of forest preserved at Iwokrama, Guyana is an important part of conservation and as a carbon market. Iwokrama is dedicated as a place of research, and its forests account for 1.6 per cent of Guyana’s land mass. Its 371,000 hectares is also equivalent to two per cent of Guyana’s forests.The Iwokrama centre itself was established in 1996 in order to manage the forest area. This was arrived at following an agreement between the then Government and the Commonwealth Secretariat.The United Nations (UN) has classified combating climate change as Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Number 13. According to the organisers of World Earth Day, at least two million people die globally from indoor and outdoor pollution. It is also estimated that by the year 2030, food prices will go up by 50 per cent due to climate change.The rising temperature, global warming, and other ecological imbalances are due to the fact that half of the world’s rainforests are gone. The deaths of 70,000 persons in Europe were due to rising temperatures in 2003. These imbalances are also leading to frequent flooding and other disasters across the globe, which include forest fires, again impacting the trees.last_img read more

New additions to menu of A Taste of Donegal Food Festival 2019 – Launch Special

first_imgSome brand new extras have been announced for A Taste of Donegal Food Festival 2019, which will take over the Donegal Town Pier in just one month’s time.Taking place on 23rd-25th August, the 11th annual celebration of great food and drink is set to be the “best yet”, according to Chairman Ernan McGettigan.The official festival launch on Wednesday in the Abbey Hotel was the perfect place for the committee to reveal the newest elements of the family-friendly event. A Taste of Donegal Food Festival Committee members at the Official Launch in The Abbey Hotel: L-R: Ian McClay, Maeve Carbin, Ernan McGettigan, Mary McGettigan, Sian Breslin, Loretta Maulerhofer and Bernie MulhernA special award will be launched in memory of a great friend of the festival, Chef Gerard Molloy.Mr Molloy, who was an esteemed Passion to Inspire judge, sadly passed away in January of this year. In honour of his lasting contribution to the festival, Mr Molloy’s family have sponsored a trophy to celebrate a newcomer chef or restaurant at A Taste of Donegal.“We were sad to lose one of our judges, Gerard Molloy from New York. He will be sadly missed by all of us. He was very highly regarded in New York by the American Culinary Association,” said Ernan McGettigan as he announced the new contest. Festival Organiser Mary McGettigan with Donegal Town Mayor Pauric Kennedy at the Official Launch of A Taste of Donegal 2019 in The Abbey HotelMr McGettigan also welcomed plans for a brand new kids’ marquee in the festival village next month. The idea, which was four years in the making, will bring children together to learn about food biodiversity, food management, waste management.With part-funding from Donegal County Council and Tidy Towns, the 9x6m space will incorporate a bespoke kitchen from Cherrymore Kitchens for budding young chefs to work with the experts and chefs of the festival.Committee members and special guests at the Official Launch of A Taste of Donegal 2019 in The Abbey HotelA Taste of Donegal attendees can look forward to another packed programme of tastings, demonstrations, local and celebrity chef appearances, expert masterclasses and much more in August 2019. Over 120 exhibitors are already lined-up to join the major event.“This is the 11th year of the festival and we are getting stronger and stronger. This year is going to be no different,” Mr McGettigan said.Over 150 guests attended the launch of the festival last night, where they were treated to a sparkling reception, An Dúlamán Gin, a delicious dinner and a surprise performance by the Donegal Contemporary Choir.Tom Conneely (Failte Ireland), Emma Coulter (Abbey Hotel) and Danny O’Donnell (General Manager Abbey Hotel) at the Official Launch of A Taste of Donegal 2019 in The Abbey HotelDonegal Contemporary Choir at the Official Launch of A Taste of Donegal 2019 in The Abbey HotelThe committee were also delighted to announce that Donegal Town has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Restaurant Association of Ireland’s Foodie Destination 2019 awards. The committee called on all supporters of the festival and Donegal Town’s food scene to vote for them in the much-coveted awards at www.foodiedestinations.ie.The Food Coast Donegal’s Good Food Initiative is also nominated for the award. Mr McGettigan commented that the two nominations are a great advantage for the county.“It creates an opportunity for all of us in Donegal to focus on what we know is the best thing in Ireland – our food and our hospitality,” he said.Ernan McGettigan (A Taste of Donegal Food Festival Committee) and Zach Gallagher (Irish Food Guide) at the Official Launch of A Taste of Donegal 2019 in The Abbey HotelA Taste of Donegal 2019 was officially launched by Donegal Chef Zack Gallagher from the Irish Food Guide. Mr Gallagher said: “The overall quality of any product in the food and hospitality industry is only as good as the ingredients used to create it.“In this room tonight, we have some incredibly passionate people who are making, selling and promoting superb food tourism products and events like A Taste of Donegal.”Mr Gallagher led a tribute to organisers Mary and Ernan McGettigan and the committee for their many years of dedication to the event.“A Taste of Donegal, situated in that beautiful tented village on the pier has, since it started 11 years ago, demonstrated the potential tourism that can be created by a well-organised food event,” Mr Gallagher said.Cllr Michael Naughton, Rosie O’Gara (Abbott), Cllr Tom Conaghan, Sinead McGowan (Lough Eske Castle) and Fionnuala McBride (AIB Donegal Town) at the Official Launch of A Taste of Donegal 2019 in The Abbey HotelCllr Niamh Kennedy, Leas Cathaoirleach said that A Taste of Donegal Food Festival has become an important part of the annual calendar of events in Donegal:“Donegal County Council is delighted to be associated with A Taste of Donegal Food Festival, that attracts large numbers of tourists to the area and generates an important economic spin off for the town and its businesses,” Cllr Kennedy said.Mayor of Donegal Town Pauric Kennedy commended the committee for driving the festival forward to make it world famous coming into its eleventh year.“It’s a great occasion and a great way of bringing the community together,” he said.“It’s great to see so many exhibitors taking part and enjoying Donegal and seeing what we have available up here. It really adds to the tourism and is one of the key dates in the calendar year for Donegal.”Make sure to add the dates of 23rd-25th August to your calendar for A Taste of Donegal 2019!Browse the 2019 Festival Programme at: https://www.atasteofdonegal.com/2019-programme/Check out more photos from the launch event below.Rana and Susan Miah from Chandpur Donegal Town and Anne Boyle from the Abbey Hotelat the Official Launch of A Taste of Donegal 2019 in The Abbey HotelShowcasing An Dulaman Donegal Gin are Barbara Edwards, Shane Mahey, Maria Murphy and Willie Cremen at the Official Launch of A Taste of Donegal 2019 in The Abbey HotelSean Duffy, Patrice Duffy and Ciaran O Hannrachain of LYIT School of Tourism Killybegs at the Official Launch of A Taste of Donegal 2019 in The Abbey HotelAndy Kilfeather (Wines Direct), Irene Sweeney (Castle Grove Country House), Owne Murphy (Wines Direct), Sue Glackin (Donegal Food Tours), Karoline Sweeney (Castle Grove Country House) and Iga Lawne (Donegal Tourism) at the Official Launch of A Taste of Donegal 2019 in The Abbey HotelElaine McInaw (Abbey Hotel and Central Hotel Sales & Marketing Manager), Sue Glackin (Donegal Food Tours) and Rachel McLaughlin (Donegal Daily) at the Official Launch of A Taste of Donegal 2019 in The Abbey HotelMaeve and Shay Carbin with Jimmy and Sinead Hervert at the Official Launch of A Taste of Donegal 2019 in The Abbey HotelFionuala McBride (AIB Donegal Town) and Rosie O’Gara (Abbott) at the Official Launch of A Taste of Donegal 2019 in The Abbey HotelPaul and Phyl O’Sullivan, Elaine Steel and Pauline Connolly at the Official Launch of A Taste of Donegal 2019 in The Abbey HotelIsabella Rowatt (Bellaville Farm) and Aude Rome at the Official Launch of A Taste of Donegal 2019 in The Abbey HotelBreige Campbell (Outside Catering Donegal), Owen Murphy (Wines Direct IRL) and Peter Campbell (Outside Catering) at the Official Launch of A Taste of Donegal 2019 in The Abbey HotelNew additions to menu of A Taste of Donegal Food Festival 2019 – Launch Special was last modified: July 25th, 2019 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:a taste of donegal food festival 2019abbey hotel donegal towndonegal foodfoodie destinationslaunchSocialWhat’s on?last_img read more

American beaten in Wimbledon semifinal

first_imgLONDON >> The key, for both players, was to deal with the big serve. Marin Cilic did it better.The seventh-seeded Croat advanced to his second major final by beating Sam Querrey 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-5 at Wimbledon on Friday. He next faces Roger Federer or Tomas Berdych in Sunday’s final at the All England Club.Cilic and Querrey, both 6-foot-6, rode the strength of their powerful serves. Neither even had a break point in the first set.“Sam came out serving huge, hitting big,” Cilic said. …last_img read more

#NGODigitalSpaces, NGOs and social media

first_img#NGODigitalSpaces workshops in South Africa taught people in the non-profit sector about using social media to gain the trust of potential donors and supporters. By using the .ngo domain, donors will know that the organisation has been verified.Jeri Curry, Enset CEO, says the non-profit provider is using the #NGODigitalSpaces workshops to teach people in the non-profit sector how they can use digital platforms to gain the trust of potential donors and supporters. (Image: YouTube, Enset.ngo)Melissa JavanSeveral workshops, called #NGODigitalSpaces, were held in South Africa this month to teach people in the non-profit sector about why they should use social media to gain the trust of supporters and donors.Around the world, there are low levels of public trust and individual and institutional donors, both internationally and locally, want more information and reassurances about how funds are used. Social media, the workshops posited, could help to build this trust.What is #NGODigitalSpaces?The #NGODigitalSpaces workshops are hosted by Enset, a non-profit provider. It was set up in 2015 to understand and address the digital needs of global non- profits and to help improve the online effectiveness of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) through education, training and the use of the .ngo domain.Other stakeholders at the #NGODigitalSpaces workshops included international alliance Civicus, the grassroots grantmaker Global Fund for Community Foundations, the freedom of expression and access to information movement Right2Know, and the non-governmental organisation Corruption Watch South Africa.The aim of the workshopsJeri Curry, Enset CEO, said the goal in hosting #NGODigitalSpaces was to bring together civil society to discuss how the .ngo domain, digital efforts and the internet could be used to amplify the voice of a non-profit.Discussions were to help NPOs increase their reach, advance their mission and drive solidarity within the civil society sector for NGOs.“We believe that the internet needs to be open and accessible and that non- profits need to have their ‘digital house in order’ to effectively use the power of the internet for their non-profit,” said Curry.Watch Jeri Curry talk about how people in the non-profit sector can use their voice:The Enset events were held this year in San Paolo, Brazil; Nairobi, Kenya; Bogota, Colombia; and Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. “We are also planning to be part of the Digital Forum at the upcoming IFC (International Fundraising Congress) event hosted by the Resource Alliance in the Netherlands on 20 October,” said Curry.“We work with local partners in each location to reach non-profit organisations in the community to invite them to the events.”Watch Zawadi Nyong’o, a Kenyan social media expert, explain why social media should be used by non-profit organisations:The South African workshops#NGODigitalSpaces were held in the Western Cape and Gauteng, the last one on 7 October 2016 in Johannesburg. Curry said there were many local organisations represented, ranging in size from small community-based to large international NGOs.”There were about 40 people who joined the conversation we held in partnership with Civicus in Johannesburg, 60 who attended the Cape Town Woodstock Enset and 50 who participated in the Bandwidth Barn Khayelitsha digital workshop attended primarily by local community-based non-profits,” she explained.Participants shared their thoughts on Twitter:Kavisha Pillay @Kavs_Pillay speaking of importance of online security, use of encryption and privacy in @Corruption_SA #NGOdigitalspaces— LRC South Africa (@LRC_SouthAfrica) October 7, 2016“Technology is about trying things, falling down and trying again.” @AdiFrost #ngodigitalspaces— shaguftapasta (@shaguftapasta) October 7, 2016It doesn’t take an army to build your digital presence. The content you put out is important. – Jeri Curry/ @enset #NGOdigitalspaces— Bizcommunity.com (@Bizcommunity) October 4, 2016“Digital makes the way you work far more efficient & your communication far more effective.” -Colin Habberton @relatomics #NGOdigitalspaces— Enset (@enset) October 4, 2016Legitimacy through social mediaCurry said that around the world, non-profit sectors were confronted with low levels of public trust. “At the same time, in many countries the space for civic engagement is also shrinking, with increased scrutiny from both individual and institutional donors and regulatory policies that are constantly changing.”Now more than ever, both international and local funders want more information and reassurance as to how funds are used, where they are allocated and the kinds of impacts they are having on the ground,” she said.”As NGOs start to use .ngo there is a movement of solidarity within the sector to protect the civil society digital space.”She believes this is why NPOs should get their digital house in order. “Legitimacy for NGOs is incredibly important for both the stakeholders they serve and for their donors,” she explained.”Donors want to donate to organisations that are transparent and legitimate and by utilising the .ngo domain, donors will know that your organisation has been verified… Credibility with donors and stakeholders is important as the work that NGOs do is serving a community and trust is key to establishing a relationship with that community.”The futureEnset planned to hold four to five sessions globally next year, said Curry. “We are working on the possibility of a virtual event so we can expand our reach and support more NGOs, particularly those in the global south and developing countries.“We are fortunate to have partnerships with many in civil society who have helped us in creating both the content and platforms for the events. As of now we are looking at bringing #NGODigitalSpaces to London, the United Kingdom, the Asia Pacific Region, Latin America, Bangkok, Thailand, and India in 2017.”She added: “We will also be returning to South Africa and Kenya to host future events.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Woman techie falls to death from office building in Pune

first_imgA 22-year-old IT engineer allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the seventh floor of a building here on Monday, police said.Ashwini Gaware was a trainee at a private company in Mundhwa’s Zero One IT Park building behind the Passport Office.Ms. Gaware hailed from Shirur taluk and was staying in the city’s Kharadi area.“She had been undergoing training in telecounselling at the company for the past four months. According to her colleagues and company personnel, she had not showed up for training for the past three-four days,” said Inspector Anil Patrudkar, speaking to The Hindu.She checked in at the office (located on the fourth floor) at 10.30 a.m. on Monday “Soon after, she proceeded to the balcony of the building’s seventh floor and took the extreme step. No suicide letter has been found,” said Mr. Patrudkar.The police are probing whether the trigger for the apparent suicide was depression or family problems. The body has been sent to Sassoon Hospital for post-mortem.In July last year, a 25-year-old software engineer from Andhra Pradesh jumped to his death from a hotel in the city’s Vimannagar area. In his suicide note, he had expressed concern at the uncertainty in the IT industry.last_img read more