Timor-Leste: Maubere tribes revive customary law to protect the ocean

first_imgTraditional laws governing the management of natural resources known as tara bandu were outlawed during the Indonesian occupation of Timor-Leste. Since the country gained independence in 2002, it has been reviving the tradition in an attempt to control the exploitation of its forests and oceans.There are signs tara bandu has had a positive effect on some local forest, mangrove and coral reef ecosystems.Esteem for tradition seems to outweigh the adverse effects tara bandu has had on some people’s livelihoods, encouraging respect for the law.This is the first story in Mongabay’s three-part profile of the Maubere’s revival of tara bandu. Read the other stories in Mongabay’s three-part profile of the Maubere’s revival of tara bandu:Timor-Leste: Q&A with a Maubere fisherman on reviving depleted fisheriesTimor-Leste: With sacrifice and ceremony, tribe sets eco rules Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? 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I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored BIACOU, Timor-Leste — In October of 2012, 43-year-old Buru-Bara and four of his fellow villagers went to fish in the turquoise waters that break gently on the northern coast of Timor-Leste. They had a good catch that day, and on their way back home they sat down under an old tamarind tree, where they kindled a fire to grill some fish and started drinking palm wine.“A few hours later, while leaving the place, we forgot to stamp out the fire,” Buru-Bara told Mongabay. “The fire soon spread to the tamarind tree and burned it to ashes.”The burning of the tree, although unintentional, would cost the five men the equivalent of $60 each, about the average monthly wage for the country. The tree had been declared sacred, and damaging it was prohibited under tara bandu, a customary law common to Timor-Leste’s various indigenous ethnic groups, who collectively refer to themselves as Maubere.A few days after the incident, at a gathering in the churchyard of their village of Biacou, village leaders handed down the penalty. The five men unhesitatingly paid the fine, Buru-Bara said, because violating tara bandu is sacrilegious in Maubere tradition. “It’s a grave disrespect to Rai na’in [a land spirit] and the community, and one must redress it at any cost,” said Buru-Bara.Tara bandu was outlawed during the two and a half decades of Indonesian occupation of Timor-Leste. But since the country became independent in 2002, it has been reviving the tradition in an attempt to control the exploitation of its marine and terrestrial resources. There are signs tara bandu has had a positive effect on the mangroves, forests and reefs of Biacou. However, not everyone there is happy with the outcome because some people’s livelihoods have been adversely affected: reef gleaners, salt makers, and fishermen. Even so, for many in Biacou and elsewhere in the fledgling nation, the customary law of tara bandu offers a path toward developing a sustainable, community-led model of natural resource use.Canoe fishers in the district of Viqueque, Timor-Leste. Image by Alex Tilley/WorldFish.A native natural resources management systemPedro Rodrigues, a Maubere tribesman and fisheries expert with Timor-Leste’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF), advised Biacou’s community leaders in formulating tara bandu. He described the law as a customary natural resources management system that “governs the relationships among humans and between human and non-human entities — seas, forests, spaces, objects, animals, crops, the state.”Tara bandu can include a wide array of restrictions, as determined by a particular community. It could prohibit access to certain spaces, fishing in particular spots, catching particular species, cutting down particular trees, or for that matter damaging anything declared lulik, which means sacred in the Tetum and Kemak languages. The system is localized, so places and objects identified as lulik and accorded protection vary from village to village depending on local needs, preferences and beliefs.“In our village, tara bandu rules prohibit cutting down of tamarind, cajeput and sandalwood trees, catching and killing of sea turtles, and causing damage to the coral reefs in the Tasi Feto waters,” said Buru-Bara, using the local term, meaning “mother sea,” for the waters off Timor-Leste’s northern shore.Some 30 kilometers (18 miles) off that shore, the village of Suco Makili on Atauro Island has its own tara bandu. “We’ve a belief that our avó feto [grandmother, ancestor] was a descendent of turtle. So we consider sea turtles lulik and our tara bandu prohibits catching or killing of sea turtles,” Zanuari Carvalho, a 65-year-old local fisherman, told Mongabay.Local leaders display a special object called a horok, often a bamboo post wrapped in traditional Maubere cloth and coconut leaves, to notify locals and passersby that a tara bandu restriction is in place. Violations incur fines that the communities determine when they declare tara bandu at a special ceremony.Maubere elders participate in a ceremony establishing tara bandu regulations to protect community-owned forests in Suco Hera, a village about 100 kilometers (62 miles) east of Biacou. Image by Bikash Kumar Bhattacharya.Outlawed, then revivedTara bandu was more or less in practice across Timor-Leste well into the sunset of Portuguese colonial rule, which permitted indigenous laws and rituals so long as they didn’t affront government interests. On Dec. 7, 1975, nine days after the revolutionary Fretilin movement made a unilateral declaration of independence from the Portuguese, Indonesian armed forces occupied the island and soon banned any Maubere practice that involved people gathering, including tara bandu declaration ceremony.“They replaced the traditional-customary mechanisms of regulating natural resources with the Indonesian national forestry system,” said Rodrigues. It proved to be a disaster, he said, as Indonesian forestry officials had a poor understanding of Timor-Leste’s ecosystems.By many accounts, the Indonesian occupation brought ruinous plunder of the country’s precious forests and exceptionally rich marine resources. Over the last decade of Indonesian rule, deforestation in the western part of the country was around 18 percent, potentially in part due to logging by Indonesian companies, according to a 2004 study in the journal Natural Resources Forum. The Indonesian occupation authorities opened the sea to large-scale commercial exploitation, bringing in fleets that employed destructive fishing techniques, damaging coral reefs and other marine ecosystems, and overfished, according to Rodrigues.When the Indonesian occupation forces withdrew in 1999, they left behind a trail of destruction. “The Indonesians removed and burned down vast patches of forests across the island. They bombed the coral reefs and the coastal fisheries,” said Carvalho. “I still remember the deeply disturbing sight of thousands of dead fish washing ashore after such bombings.”Since Timor-Leste attained independence in 2002, local and national efforts have been underway to figure out how to sustainably tap the country’s marine resources. Reviving tara bandu in coastal Maubere communities like Biacou, Manatuto, and Atauro Island has been part of that. Tara bandu has yet to receive formal legal sanction under the Timor-Leste Constitution, but the government encourages local communities and NGOs to use it to improve natural-resource management, according to Rodrigues. “The country has yet a long way to go in making the formal justice system available in the rural areas,” and tara bandu helps fill the gap, he said.Buru-Bara’s village of Biacou practiced tara bandu until Indonesian occupation authorities banned it in late 1975. Nearly 40 years later, in 2012, the village reintroduced tara bandu, expanding its domain to focus on the sea.“Before the Indonesians came, our forefathers practiced tara bandu to save forests and water sources,” said Sergio Pedroco, Biacou’s chief at the time. “However, they didn’t include marine resources, coral reefs, and mangroves under tara bandu protection. But the present tara bandu declares coral reefs, sea turtles, and mangroves in the Tasi Feto waters lulik and protected.”Maps show the island of Timor, shared by Timor-Leste to the east and Indonesia to the west, and the location of Biacou in Timor-Leste. Maps courtesy of Google Maps.Toward a new marine economyAn island nation of 1.29 million people, Timor-Leste sits in the heart of the Coral Triangle, a 6-million-square-kilometer (2.32-million-square-mile) area of the western Pacific Ocean endowed with the world’s richest marine biodiversity, according to the NGO World Wide Fund for Nature. The area is home to about three-quarters of the world’s coral species, more than one-third of coral reef fish species, and six of the world’s seven marine turtle species. It also sustains at least 120 million people, 2.25 million of whom are fishers.A 2016 survey by the NGO Conservation International found that Atauro Island has the most biodiverse reef fish community in the world. Mangrove forests dot the country’s rocky coralline coasts, providing essential services, such as filtering pollutants, providing critical habitat for some coral reef fish species, sequestering carbon andprotecting against rising seas and tsunamis.A spearfisher fishing on the reef near the village of Suco Adara on Atauro Island, Timor-Leste. In 2016, the village enacted a tara bandu designating no-fishing zones. Image by Alex Tilley/WorldFish.With Timor-Leste’s oil reserves, the nation’s main source of income, predicted to be exhausted in a few years, many think the country could find an alternative economic lifeline in its breathtakingly beautiful seascapes.“The coral reefs and marine resources under Timor-Leste waters, if managed properly, have tremendous potential to fuel a sustainable marine ecotourism industry in the country,” said Alex Tilley, a British fisheries biologist with the Malaysia-based NGO WorldFish in Timor-Leste.Rodrigues and others see the revival of tara bandu as a way to make that vision a reality. “Coastal communities here have been tapping the Triangle’s resources for ages without causing damage to the ecosystem,” said Rodrigues. “Now, they’re also harnessing tara bandu in a bid to better manage their marine resources.”A sea star in the waters of Timor-Leste. Image by Johannes Zielcke via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).Tara bandu to rehabilitate the sea Six years have passed since Biacou revived tara bandu. Four hours’ drive from the capital city of Dili, the village sits in a valley located right in the coastal fringe of forest. To the north a mangrove forest divides it from the Tasi Feto waters; to the south squat the Biacou Mountains.Villagers make their living from a mix of fishing, reef gleaning, salt production and crop and livestock farming. Fish is both a major source of food and the community’s primary source of income. There are 44 registered fishing boats in the village, most of them small canoes for solo fishing, per records from the country’s National Directorate of Fisheries and Aquaculture.Local tara bandu law specifically protects coral reefs, sea turtles and mangroves, and prohibits fish bombing, fish poisoning and interference in certain saline areas. “The coastal and marine resources are critical for the livelihoods of the villagers,” said Pedroco, the former village chief. “Tara bandu has helped us sustainably exploit our fish stock,” he added, in particular by curtailing villagers’ practice of fish bombing and poisoning, which harm the ecosystem.In early 2012, Biacou’s traditional leaders, in consultation with government and United Nations fisheries experts, conducted a survey identifying certain spots in the Tasi Feto where tara bandu enacted later that year restricted certain fishing activities and declared no-fishing zones. “These no-fishing zones have allowed fish regeneration and are thus keeping a balance in the fish stock in the coastal fisheries,” said Rodrigues, at the time an employee of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s Regional Fisheries Livelihood Programfor South and Southeast Asia (RFLP).One of the no-fishing zones faces Alor Island, which the community considers especially sacred. “We believe a lulik ancestral stone with magical powers from the neighboring island of Alor lies in the bottom of the sea in that area. Our tara bandu law strictly prohibits fishing over it,” said Pedroco.For Pedroco and Rodrigues, Biacou’s tara bandu has been a clear success. Rodrigues said that in 2014 he and his colleagues from the RFLP informally assessed the tara bandu’s effect in Biacou with a study that primarily relied on changes observed by villagers. It found an overall positive impact on coastal and forest resources, recording growth of mangroves and forests, Rodrigues said.Pedroco echoed these claims: “As a result of tara bandu restrictions, the mangrove area has grown denser than earlier, less coral is extracted for the production of lime than before, and the forests around the village are thriving.”Vegetation extends between the coastal mangrove forest and the sea near Biacou. Image by Bikash Kumar Bhattacharya.Economic ripples However, not everybody in Biacou is so positive. Village residents told Mongabay that since the revival of tara bandu, the average monthly household expenditure has risen by $8 to $10, as they must now procure firewood, lime, fruits, and seafood from outside the protected areas. Moreover, they said that tara bandu has adversely affected people who make their living from the sea, pushing some to turn to farming, animal rearing or temporary construction work in urban centers away from home.Fishermen, for instance, have been forced farther out to sea, as the tara bandu restricts fishing near the shore — a riskier prospect that took some getting used to, according to Fernando da Costa, a fisherman in Biacou.Da Costa said he hopes once the fish stocks near shore are rebuilt, restrictions on fishing them will be relaxed by convening a nahe biti, a traditional ceremony of reconciliation and reconsideration, on the current tara bandu rules. Before that can happen, however, leaders must verify that the stocks have recovered, and they have yet to do so. “I just hope the wise village elders involved in enacting tara bandu will deliberate on this soon,” Da Costa said.Men and women fish together in Suco Adara on Atauro Island, where a tara band has been in place since 2016. Image by David Mills/WorldFish.Salt makers also grumble about the tara bandu because it prohibits gathering the firewood they use, to boil saltwater and separate the salt from it, in nearby mangroves and coastal forests. Now they must travel beyond the protected area for firewood.“Once the tara bandu law came, the work’s become too heavy,” a 64-year old salt maker from Biacou named Celestina da Costa told Mongabay. “So much so that at times I feel like giving up. Many of my neighbors have already given up salt making,” she said.Reef gleaners are also finding it harder to earn a living. Across the country, the gleaners, mainly women, walk out to a reef at low tide to gather edibles and chunks of coral. They wrap the latter in palm leaves and then dry over a fire until it disintegrates into lime powder, an indispensable ingredient in the Maubere’s beloved areca-nut and betel-leaf chew.Crucially, one of the aims of Biacou’s tara bandu is to protect the reef situated right in front of the village, and gleaning there is now prohibited. That has strained the personal finances of women like Melinda da Costa, a 42-year-old reef gleaner who told Mongabay she not only lost her modest yet meaningful income from lime, but now must purchase what her family consumes.Even so, esteem for Maubere tradition seems to outweigh such hardships for Melinda da Costa and others.“We have to conserve the reef as the tara bandu mandates so. We can’t offend Rai na’in and the village community,” she said.Maubere elders in the village of Suco Fatumea draft tara bandu regulations to protect local forests and water sources. Image by Egrilio Ferreira Vincente.Bikash Kumar Bhattacharya is an independent journalist based in Assam, northeastern India. In addition to Mongabay, he has written for The Diplomat, Buzzfeed India, Scroll.in, Down To Earth, The NewsLens International, EarthIsland Journal, and other publications.Editor’s note: Reporting for this story was funded by a Reporting Right Livelihood grant from the Sweden-based Right Livelihood Award Foundation in 2017.Correction 10/31/18: The original version of this story incorrectly referred to the village of Biacou by its former name, Suco Biacou. Suco is an administrative term referring to a village-like locality; Biacou was recently incorporated into a neighboring suco and lost that official designation. We regret the error.  CitationsBouma, G.A., Kobryn, H.T. (2004). Change in vegetation cover in East Timor, 1989–1999. Natural Resources Forum28:1–12.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Coastal Ecosystems, Community Forestry, Community Forests, Community-based Conservation, Development, Environment, Featured, Fish, Fisheries, Fishing, Forests, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Human Rights, Indigenous Communities, Indigenous Groups, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Rights, Land Rights, Law Enforcement, Mangroves, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Conservation, Overfishing, Tropical Forests Article published by Rebecca Kesslerlast_img read more

This is the dark time…

first_img…for GuyanaJust when your Eyewitness thought it couldn’t get any worse, up comes news that some smart cock at GECOM evidently decided to slurp off the gravy train that’s been rolling through Guyana since May 2015. $100M worth of slurping!! Now, Dear Readers, you may say, with Ministers renting drug warehouses just in case a meteor MIGHT hit the Government’s brand new warehouse – and not so incidentally setting back the Government $450M – and billion-dollar write-offs and settlements flowing fast and furious, what’s the big deal about $100M?Well, it’s not just the $100M…it’s the fact that this has happened at GECOM. And in case some have forgotten what GECOM stands for in Guyana – let your Eyewitness give you a quick refresher. GECOM represents the return to law and order to a land that was raped for 28 years – political, social, economic and physical rape – plus, of course, “kick down the door bandits” to add the finishing touch to the degradation of the lawlessness.All of the above was due to the Government of Forbes Burnham keeping himself in power through the rigging of elections. Why? Well, if those Big Ones who were controlling all the resources of the State – and its ultimate power to snuff out the lives of citizens – got and kept that power illegally, what was the rest of the country to do? It ranged from those working in factories who literally stripped the buildings of even light bulbs and fixtures to sell on the black market to the Ministers who sold licences to the highest bidder.It was every thief for himself and the devil take Guyana. So when we had free and fair elections in 1992 through the good offices of Jimmy Carter who helped to create an INDEPENDENT GECOM – which DID lead to a change of government, not unnaturally lots of folks – including this Eyewitness had a soft spot for the elections body. He’d heard of the Indian Elections Commission, which was able to do so much for democracy in that fractious country by standing above the fray – and the graft – and insisting on harking to the rule of law.So when we now hear about even this organisation getting tainted with the brush of corruption, it brings the feeling invoked by Martin Carter when he spoke to his most intimate partner – to who one obviously expresses one’s innermost thoughts – that “it’s a dark time, my love”.In this case, the “love” is Guyana and it would appear that yes, we all should cry for our beloved land.…for the USACan you imagine the President of Philippines – a fella by the name of Duterte – had the temerity to call President Obama of the US a “son of a bitch”?? What has the world come to, when a former colony that’s still out in the global boondocks can describe the most powerful man on planet earth in such terms?? Don’t people know their place anymore? Was he taking a cue from all those US rednecks who called Obama all sorts of names..and not just “Hussein”!!Only presidents of the US can call other leaders of countries “sons of bitches”. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt – obviously not the Roosevelt who “talked softly but carried a big stick” – said of the leader of Nicaragua, “Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch.” And everyone took this as a compliment! But then who gets to define others has the power, nuh?Look at how fast Duterte stuck his tail between his legs and said he REALLY didn’t mean to insult Obama!!…for fowlcocksEver seen fowlcocks in front of a henhouse? Jumping up and down, crowing at the top of their airbags as if the sky were falling? But the hens? They couldn’t care less!!And that’s the story of Patrick Yarde and the Government with the GPSU wage negotiations!!last_img read more

Fil-Indonesian Aziz Calim eyes ONE Manila debut despite Bangkok loss

first_imgLacson on Albayalde, ‘ninja cops’ indictment: The law has a ‘very long memory’ Roger Federer: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic ‘will win more’ ONE: Gina Iniong eager to showcase her best in 1st fight of 2020 OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon For its 100th show, ONE to feature 2 full fight cards in ‘Century’ event in Japan “The game plan was to keep the fight on the feet and make it a striking battle where I know I had an advantage, but unfortunately the match went to the ground,” Calim said.“I was caught in a rear-naked choke. He was in mount and I was planning to escape, but my defense had holes. That’s why he was able to take my neck and execute the choke.”Calim is raring to rebound and he knows it would be best if he gets to redeem himself in front of his fellow Filipinos and get in touch with his roots.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? “There’s still one event in Manila this November and I hope to be part of that card,” said Calim, who speaks fluent Filipino.“I have Filipino blood, but I’ve never been to the Philippines, so that will be the best welcome party for me if my wish will be granted.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe 21-year-old Calim is coming off a submission loss in the first round to Ryuto Sawada.Calim, who was born in Saudi Arabia, lasted for only 69 seconds after getting caught with a rear-naked choke. Coco Gauff vs. Venus Williams in 1st round of Australian Opencenter_img Duterte wants ‘one-on-one’ talk with Joma Sison PLAY LIST 01:57Duterte wants ‘one-on-one’ talk with Joma Sison03:07Massive crowd welcomes 2020 at Bangkok’s self-proclaimed Times Square of Asia01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake Photo from ONE ChampionshipMANILA, Philippines—Filipino-Indonesian Aziz Calim has never been to the Philippines but he hopes to finally make his first visit and fight in front of his hometown crowd before the year ends.ONE Championship is set to stage another show in Manila in November for ONE: Masters of Fate, an event Calim wishes to be included in.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Local Language Institute critical to preserving traditional knowledge – Minister Allicock

first_imgThe revitalisation of a local Language Institute at the University of Guyana (UG) is critical to the preservation of Guyana’s traditional knowledge, Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister, Sydney Allicock has said.Allicock was speaking at the opening of the 2017 Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organisation (ACTO) Traditional Knowledge Meeting on Thursday, at the PrincessIndigenous People’s Affairs Minister Sydney AllicockRamada Hotel, Providence, East Bank Demerara.“Any discussion on Indigenous knowledge must include language retention,” the Minister is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying. Minister Allicock explained that language has a direct link to knowledge and the survival of our culture, hence the need for such an institution, specifically targeting youths.He also believes that there is need to establish a Hinterland Green Enterprise Development Centre to prepare young minds for the anticipated development. “I see the need for a sense of urgency in that regard,” he pointed out.“In this way, Guyana can offer leadership in some of the areas, I have identified. Indigenous peoples have a role to play in national unity and development.There are many richness, knowledge, and research that contributes to the development of medications, cosmetics, agriculture, tourism among others found in our environment,” Minister Allicock explained.He further added, “In the context of Guyana, it is a well-known fact that traditional knowledge has contributed in immeasurable ways to the success of countless international researchers who have read for their PhD degrees having been guided by our local Indigenous peoples,” Minister Allicock noted.He added that research has turned out to be no different from the extractive industry. “They came, they learned and they left. The information of traditional knowledge which was extracted, benefits the researchers band their principles and associates and our villages see little or no benefits.”In this regard, the Ministry is currently working with other organisations on a project entitled ‘Integrated Traditional Knowledge into National Policy and Practice in Guyana’ to craft an ‘Action Plan’.“There is also an urgent need to also find ways to arouse our youths. We must find ways to make and keep the young among us interested in their culture, history, customs, and practices. In this regard, Guyana had proposed the establishment of an Indigenous Youth Forum of ACTO. The draft concept note has since been prepared and dispatched”, Minister Allicock further explained.The Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organisation (ACTO) regional conference is being held under the theme ‘Regional Technical Exchange: Community Protocols and Access and Benefit-sharing related to Traditional Knowledge of Indigenous Peoples’. Its member states include Guyana, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, and Suriname.last_img read more

Four-star Barca set up Clasico Cup semi

first_img0Shares0000MADRID, Spain, January 24 – Barcelona defeated Malaga 4-2 on Thursday to set-up a mouthwatering Spanish Cup semi-final clash against bitter rivals Real Madrid.Barcelona, who suffered their first La Liga defeat of the campaign last weekend, saw off a battling Malaga in their quarter-final second leg tie after the two sides had been locked 2-2 from the first meeting. Defending champions Barcelona went ahead on the night after just nine minutes when Pedro Rodriguez headed in a cross from Dani Alves after good work by Xavi.But Joaquin Sanchez, with a right-foot drive, levelled for Malaga three minutes later.Four minutes after the interval, Gerard Pique, who became a father for the first time this week when pop star girlfriend Shakira gave birth to a son, marked the occasion by volleying in Barcelona’s second.Roque Santa Cruz controversially equalised in the 68th minute after a Malaga counter-attack.But Barcelona were furious that Cesc Fabregas had not been awarded a penalty when he was stamped on by Wellington.Eight minutes later Andres Iniesta made it 3-2 after a smart one-two with Fabregas before Lionel Messi grabbed Barcelona’s fourth of the night, heading in an 80th-minute cross from Iniesta for a 6-4 aggregate.In the night’s other tie, Atletico Madrid drew 1-1 at Real Betis for a 3-1 aggregate and a semi-final clash against Sevilla.Real Madrid advanced to the semi-finals on Wednesday after a 1-1 draw at Valencia saw Jose Mourinho’s side progress 3-1 on aggregate.Leading 2-0 from the first leg in Madrid, Karim Benzema gave Real the lead a minute before half-time but Tino Costa levelled for the home side on 52 minutes following Fabio Coentrao’s dismissal.Real also saw Angel di Maria dismissed late on.Sevilla clinched their berth in the last four with a 4-0 rout of Real Zaragoza following a goalless first leg.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Video: Millwall’s classy tribute to the fallen

first_img 1 Ahead of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, Millwall released this classy video to commemorate those who fought and continue to fight for our nation.The Lions have also produced a commemorative kit (see below) for the occasion, which will be worn in the home game against Brentford on November 8, with all proceeds going towards to the Headley Court Benevolent Fund.last_img

Exclusive – Liverpool star Sturridge eyes deadly partnership with ‘misunderstood’ Balotelli

first_imgDaniel Sturridge claims Liverpool team-mate Mario Balotelli is ‘misunderstood’ and admits he can’t wait to strike up a partnership with the Italian.The former AC Milan forward has struggled to settle at Anfield, following a £16m switch in the summer, and has even been linked with a January transfer window move away from the Merseysiders.But Sturridge, who has played with the 23-year-old just once due to injury, admits he’s desperate to link up with the ex-Manchester City man when he returns to action.“We get on well off the field and in the changing rooms. We’re always laughing and joking,” he told Drivetime. “It’s not hugely important to be friends to have a great [football] relationship with somebody, and if you’re not friends you can still have a great partnership, but you can also be friends and have a great partnership.“Once I get back fit I’m hoping we can strike up a partnership. Last season with Luis [Suarez] we had a great relationship up front and scored a lot of goals. Hopefully this season it will be the same.”Balotelli’s attitude has been questioned by certain sections of the Anfield crowd, following some below par performances and a controversial shirt-swap at half-time of the Reds’ 3-0 Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.But Sturridge claims people are too hard on the former Etihad enigma.“Mario has been under the microscope,” he added. “That will always be the case when you play for a big club. You are going to have a lot of eyes on you.“Mario’s a great guy, and he’s misunderstood sometimes. A lot of people are harsh on him. I get on really with him though. I have nothing but good words to say about him.“He’s working hard on the training field. People have told me he’s working tirelessly to play the way we play.“It’s difficult moving to a new club and having new team-mates, it doesn’t [always] just click straight away. Everybody is helping him and he’s playing well. Sometimes you don’t get the breaks in terms of scoring goals. Every striker goes through times when they don’t score.“A lot of stories have been put out about him in the past which aren’t true. For him, it’s difficult to shake off the celebrity [tag].“He’s a likeable person. I don’t have any bad words to say about him. People don’t realise what he’s been through in his life to get where he is today.”last_img read more

Fly swatting leads to fatal crash

first_imgSUN VALLEY – An elderly woman reportedly swatting at flies lost control of her car today and struck another, killing its driver, police said. The woman was critically injured and taken to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, police said. “She drifted over the dividing line into oncoming traffic, which resulted in a head-to-head collision,” said Officer Robert Carter, of the LAPD Valley Traffic Division. The crash occurred at about 4:45 p.m. on La Tuna Canyon Road about a half-mile west of the Foothill Freeway, Carter said. The dead man was thought to be in his 50s, Carter said. A 13-year-old in one of the cars received minor injuries in the crash, Carter said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

LA-area port labor talks break down

first_imgWorkers were ready to strike, according to John Fageaux Jr., president of the Office Clerical Unit, Local 63, of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. “Talks are over … we’ve gone as far as we could go and done everything we could do,” Fageaux said in comments Wednesday to radio station KNX 1070. Fageaux didn’t return calls Thursday from The Associated Press. The 15,000-member ILWU has indicated that longshoremen would honor picket lines if the 750 clerical workers strike. The move would effectively stop the loading and unloading of cargo at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. Despite the walkout threat, no picket lines had developed. The port complex accounts for more than 40 percent of all the cargo container traffic – everything from cars and electronics toys and clothing – coming into the United States. All told, Local 63 represents workers for 17 shipping companies and other cargo firms at the twin ports. The clerks work at marine terminals and handle bookings for the export of cargo and other transport documents.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – Negotiators for port clerks have reached an impasse in contract talks with shippers and other employers that threatens to prompt a strike and shut down the flow of container traffic at the nation’s largest port complex. “The union declared an impasse,” Steve Berry, lead negotiator for the marine terminal operators who employ the office clerks, told The Associated Press on Thursday. “We tried several different ideas to break the logjam, all of which were rejected by the union. They stuck to their last best final position they communicated last Saturday.” Berry said. Berry said the two sides could try to talk further Thursday morning. last_img read more

Parade is priceless with Bob Barker in lead

first_imgYou woulda had to be a real Grinch not to get caught up in the holiday spirit at the Hollywood Santa Parade on Sunday night, being held for the 76th time along the streets of Tinseltown. Bob Barker, the recently retired host of “The Price Is Right,” brought some much-needed star power to the event, which had been canceled by the Chamber of Commerce and then revived three months ago by the city of Los Angeles. “A couple of my castmates had done if before, but I was busy in Mississippi for the holidays. It’s a great atmosphere.” Rip Taylor, whom I have heard of, was telling jokes left and right. “On behalf of Bob, I had my hair neutered today,” said the famously wigged comedian who came armed with his trademark confetti in his pocket. I wanted to know what brings Rip back year after year to this parade. “Cash!” he said, without skipping a beat. “No, no. We don’t get paid for it. We love to do it for the fans, for the city. They know me from `Zach and Cody’ and from `Jackass.’ I’m still there, I’m still workin’.” Willard, currently in the Fox sitcom “Back to You,” was riding in the parade for the fourth time, but he had been attending it regularly for many years. “When I first moved here, I would bring my daughter up to Hollywood Boulevard; she would sit on my shoulders and watch the parade. She’s grown up now, and today my grandson will be in the car with me. “Everyone was so upset when we thought there wasn’t going to be a Christmas parade. … It’s so festive and so much fun. Now it’s back, and it should go on forever.” Plana had previously participated in the parade when he was a member of the cast of Showtime’s “Resurrection Blvd.,” and he said: “I love it because it’s a local parade, it’s a community parade, and most of the people who come to this parade to watch it are Latinos because they live in this area so it’s a great connect for me to be able to represent Latinos on television and Latinos in the audience. They love our show.” He said the cast of “Ugly Betty” will be filming episodes until Dec. 6, bringing the season’s total to 13, which could be it unless the writers strike is resolved soon. Negotiations are expected to resume today. Kevin Chapman of Showtime’s “Brotherhood” had been to the parade the past few years with his wife and kids as a spectator. “I was just in the crowd, enjoying the parade,” he said. “When I was asked to participate this year, it was a slam dunk. It’s a really great thing for the community to get everyone together and gets you in the holiday spirit.” Melody Thomas Scott, Nikki Newman on the daytime soap “The Young and the Restless” for 28 years, was riding in the parade for the first time, but as a child she was a regular along the parade route. “When I was 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, I was at the corner of Cahuenga and Hollywood every year,” she said. “If someone had told me that I’d grow up and be famous enough to be asked to be in the parade, I would not have believed it. It’s very exciting to be here.” For more celebrity news, see Greg Hernandez’s blogs Hollywood Joe – blogs.dailynews.com/hollywoodjoe – and Out In Hollywood – blogs.dailynews.com/outinhollywood. greg.hernandez@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“I was delighted when the city of Los Angeles stepped in and saved the parade,” grand marshal Barker said before the start of the event. “The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce did all they could, but they couldn’t handle it financially. This gives us an opportunity to continue a true tradition. It gives us an opportunity to invite people from every community, all colors … to join together, to have fun together and together, with one voice, acknowledge that Hollywood is indeed, the entertainment capital of the world.” Barker was joined on the parade route by “Ugly Betty” star Tony Plana, as well as Fred Willard, Dick Van Patten, a number of soap stars, and young performers from various Disney Channel and Nickelodeon shows and a float with firefighters from various Southern California companies. Before the celebs took their places in the parade, I chatted with a number of them – whether I’d heard of them or not! “This is my first time in the parade,” said Daniel Curtis Lee, one of the stars of “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide.” last_img