Participants of the EU-FLEGT workshopThe United Kingdom has once again thrown its support behind the Natural Resources Ministry, signalling its commitment to the sustainability of the forestry sector and the management of its resources.The commitment was given on Wednesday, at the opening of a three-day Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) workshop at the Pegasus Hotel, Georgetown.Acting British High Commissioner to Guyana, Ron Rimmer said the UK was very much concerned about actions that led to forest degradation and has been working with Guyana on this, seeking out ways to help curb the growing incidence.“The UK continues to be committed to help the country reinforce their forest governance and carrying out responsible trade and the FLEGT approach is the heart of such a commitment,” he said.Government, in 2012, entered into a formal process of negotiating a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the European Union under the auspices of the latter’s FLEGT Action Plan, which was developed in response to the problem of illegal logging and trade in associated timber products in many nations across the globe.Commissioner of the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC), James Singh reminded the workshop that over 85 per cent of Guyana’s land mass was covered in tropical forest, which supported the livelihood of Indigenous Guyanese and others who depend on logging and mining activities for their livelihood.The Georgetown FLEGT seminar is the second such event held in Guyana and is organised by the National Technical Working Group and the FLEGT Facilitation Support Office in collaboration with the GFC and the Iwokrama International Centre with support from the Food and Agriculture Organisation, European Forestry Institute, European Commission, UK Department for International Development (DFID), Amerindian Peoples Association and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).The Guyanese National Technical Working Group (NTWG) has since spearheaded widespread consultations with Government agencies, civil society and Private Sector stakeholders throughout the country.
But Councilman Todd Campbell believes the best way to deal with the issue is to raise the limit. The council is expected to consider changes to the ordinance again as early as Feb. 21. “I just think it’s sort of silly to ask somebody to tear down their vegetation,” he said. “I think, actually increasing the height from 3 to 4 feet would be beneficial because then a lot more residential properties will be in compliance.” Walls, fences and hedges are limited to 3 feet in front yards and 8 feet in back yards, according to a Burbank municipal code section that helps “create a consistent development pattern and improve the aesthetic quality of the street-scape,” according to the ordinance. Similar codes are in place in cities across the state. Burbank officials only initiate a fence, wall or hedge investigation when they receive a complaint – those who complain may remain anonymous. Most of the couple of dozen residents found violating the ordinance annually comply by trimming their hedges, installing shorter fences or applying for a variance to keep things as is, officials said. But hedges have been a nagging issue lately, Mayor Jef Vander Borght said. “For one person, no fences at all would be the best,” he said. “For the next person, a 3-foot fence is fine. For the next person, 6-foot is fine. And for the other one, they want a 10-foot fence. Everyone has different opinions.” Scandiffio, who has applied for a variance for his hedge, believes the answer is to stop the “draconian enforcement” of the hedge and fence ordinance. “The purpose of it, it appears, is to selectively enforce the code against people who speak out at City Hall,” he said. “I think the planners and the high-ranking staff members want to show the residents that they’re in charge.” Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – Armed with his digital camera one August afternoon, Burbank resident Michael Scandiffio snapped pictures of 40 hedges, fences and walls that surpassed the city’s 3-foot height limit – a 6-foot-tall wrought iron fence, a 6-foot-tall ornamental brick wall and a line of cypress trees 12-feet high among the offenders. He showed the photos at a Burbank City Council meeting as examples of the kinds of walls, hedges and fences that would have to be removed or trimmed to size under the city’s ordinance, even though they looked nice. Two-and-half-months later, he got a letter from the city, saying an 8-foot hedge at his Riverside Drive home was too high, and he was ordered to take it down. Now, the city has received more than 500 complaints about hedges, fences and walls that are too high – a flood of complaints that has forced the council to consider relaxing the standards. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “We’ve got a mess,” Councilman David Golonski said at Tuesday night’s council meeting. “We have to fix it.” Councilwoman Marsha Ramos said she was among the 530 residents who were turned in because her roses were too high. She has since pruned them to stubs. “Certainly, 525-plus complaints coming all in a period of probably two months says we’ve got an untenable situation before us,” she said. Michael Forbes, a city planner, said that of the complaints received, violation notices had been issued to 40 residents found to be violating the ordinance, even as changes are being considered to the 1967 rules. “As long as the laws are on the books, we have to enforce them,” Forbes said.
Mauricio Pochettino admits the early signs are ‘not good’ regarding Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris’ horror injury during the 3-0 defeat to Brighton.The goalkeeper was stretchered off and taken to hospital after landing awkwardly on his left elbow as Neal Maupay opened the scoring for the Seagulls in the third minute.talkSPORT understands Lloris, who appeared in total agony, needed morphine to numb the pain.“The news after game wasn’t good,” Pochettino told talkSPORT. BT Sport Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more stalemate LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS “Through the website we’ll update and explained what happened. But of course, it’s not good news. I think he has suffered a big issue.”The injury came after Lloris made yet another howler, dropping the ball on his goal-line and allowing Maupay to nod into the empty net.Brighton youngster Aaron Connolly then piled more misery on Pochettino by scoring on his first Premier League start either side of half-time.Following the 7-2 defeat to Bayern Munich at home in the Champions League on Wednesday, the trip to the Amex continued a week from hell for Spurs. Poch is having a torrid time at the moment Lloris looked in serious pain What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas 2 AFP or licensors latest Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman appointed targets Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff statement rookie error Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship “To concede after three minutes and lose your captain was a massive impact for the team and we never found a way to change the dynamic,” Pochettino added.“After the 7-2, when you need to recover your best feeling and recover your confidence, after three minutes that was a massive impact that the team didn’t come to terms with.”Asked if the current situation represents his toughest challenge at Tottenham, Pochettino said: “Yes, but not in my career.“It’s a challenge to change the dynamic now. We are in a difficult moment but the most important thing is to have a clear idea about what we need to do and know we need time to change the negative dynamic.” BIG PRESENTS UP TOP on target 2 Spurs have now lost more games than any Premier League team in 2019 (11) while their winless run on the road extended to ten games with Saturday’s defeat.But a defiant Pochettino dismissed any suggestion that he has lost control of the dressing room.He said: “That is not a question from me. Of course I feel that we are all together, no doubt.”