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first_imgINSPORTS Little League starts on Thursday Fort battle Right Stuff in domino league The four semi-finalists in the JB Rum/South Central Confederation Super League were determined following the last four matches in the preliminary round on Wednesday. The semi-final pairings are as follows: Dunbeholden FC vs Jamalco FC and Tru-Juice FC vs St Bess FC. Neither date nor venue has been decided. St Catherine teams Dunbeholden and Tru-Juice topped the respective preliminary zones with identical records of five wins and a loss for a total of 15 points each. Clarendon’s Jamalco and St Bess FC of St Elizabeth grabbed the two second spots after mining 10 points each. In the final preliminary round matches, Tru-Juice FC were able to come from behind to defeat Jamalco FC 2-1, St Bess FC played New Bowens FC at Lacovia Community Centre and came away 3-1 winners, Dunbeholden outscored out-of-contention Downs 4-3, and in a game of academic interest, Black Star FC were on fire at home, defeating Ricam Academy 3-1. Faith Temple New Testament and Power of Faith Development will battle in the eliminator two match-up in the Power of Faith Ministries Twenty20 Church Cricket League, at 11:30 this morning at the Bridgeport Sports ground. The winner will face Portmore Gospel Assembly (PGA) in the final. Meanwhile, six-time champions Power of Faith International (PFM Int’l) bowed out of the competition in the eliminator stages, as their brother team, Power of Faith Development (PFM Dev) humbled them by nine wickets at the Bridgeport Cricket ground recently. Scores: PFM Int’l 77 all out in 16. 4 overs, with the top score coming from Marlon Hoilette (24), as Demar Johnson led the bowling with 2-20 from three overs. In response, PFM Dev made 80-1 in seven overs. Top scorers were Gladstone Anderson (31 not out) and Demar Johnson (18 not out). PFM Int’l captain, Leon Edwards, took 1-14 from two overs. Fort International will play Right Stuff in the feature game of four on schedule in the City of Kingston Cooperative Credit Union-sponsored Portmore Domino League tomorrow, starting at 11 a.m. In other games, Correctional Services host Highlight Strikers at Spanish Town Prison Oval, Eradication welcome Passagefort United at Gregory Park and Garveymeade entertain Masterpiece at the Garveymeade Sports Club. South Central Super League semi-finalists PFM Development, Faith Temple in KO clash Orville Henriques lived up to his billing as the top central Jamaica-based practical pistol shooter as he won the April Monthly match on the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club’s 2016 competitive shooting program. It was his fourth straight win. Henriques tallied a total of 557 points from eight stages to win by 120 points over female shooter Sue Ann Henriques. A resurgent Owen Campbell came third, posting a creditable 75 per cent at 421 points. Thomas Jones at 73 per cent and Evon Grant at 68 rounded off the top five performers on the day.center_img Independence City Primary gets baseball equipment In a move to increase the number of children playing baseball in Jamaica, scouts from the Pittsburgh Pirates, who are currently conducting training drills with a specific set of children, handed over baseball equipment to Doreen Crawford, acting principal of Independence City Primary School, on Tuesday. Taylor, who is also the administrative assistant for the Jamaica Little League Association, said a coach will be coming from the United States to conduct a clinic to fine tune the youngsters’ skills. They are presently operating in four schools in Portmore. Portmore, Wanderers draw 1-1 Defending champions Wanderers had to dig deep to keep their unbeaten record intact, as they drew 1-1 with arch-rivals Portmore United in the St Catherine FA U13 Football League last Saturday. In other games, Rivoli United beat Tredegar Park 2-0, Royal Lakes drew 1-1 with Daytona, East Portmore Portals clipped Westchester 1-0, Windsor Lion whipped De La Vega City 4-0, while Angels United and Central Linx ended 1-1. The Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)/Portmore Little League Football competition will kick off on Thursday, May 5, at the Ferdie Neita Sports Complex, featuring five games, opening ceremony and dress parade. Activities start at 9:30 a.m. Defending champions Waterford Infant will play the feature game against Greater Portmore Basic at noon. In other games, first-timers Naggo Head Infant will come up against 2014 champion Elim Basic, also at 9:30 a.m. Kensington Basic tackle Sabina at 10:30 a.m., 2015 runners-up Aintree will play Silverstone at noon, while Harvest Temple will take on 2015 third-place team Ascot Basic. A total of 15 teams are down to compete. They have been placed in two zones, with the top four set to advance to the quarter-finals and the final scheduled for Tuesday, June 28. All games will be played at the Ferdie Neita Sports Complex. A seminar will be held by INSPORTS on Tuesday, May 3, at the Greater Portmore Basic School, to enlightened/educate coaches for schools in this competition. Porus and Hillstars will contest the 2016 finals of the Moorland Development/Pat Anderson/Manchester Football Association U17 competition. In the first semi-final contested at Brooks Park, Jarmarley Nichol’s fifth minute strike was enough to hand Hillstars a 1-0 win over Ricam Academy. The second semi-final, which was played on Tuesday between the unbeaten favourites Porus and 360 Degrees, was more anticipated and was played in inclement weather. It finished 1-1 after regulation time. Nicholai Gayle scored first for 360deg in the 14th minute, capitalising after goalkeeper Odaine Reid of Porus fumbled the ball. Javel Coley found the equaliser in the 27th minute of play. The game required a penalty shoot-out and goalkeeper Reid came up trumps for Porus, saving two of the 360deg players’ shots. Henriques wins Mandeville Monthly match Porus, Hillstars in Pat Anderson U17 finallast_img read more

Forestry sector earns US$19M

first_imgHalf year reportNatural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman, said that the forestry sector brought in an estimated US$19M in the first half of 2017 adding that it is significantly less owing to the fact that one of the major exporters no longerNatural Resources Minister Raphael Trotmanoperates in the industry.Trotman explained that the sector is going relatively well and that they are on target to bring in good earnings from foreign exchange. He added emphasis is now “on sustainable development, sustainable use of our forest so Guyanese can expect less logs being shipped out.”The minister explained that the earnings so far are less than previous years because one major exporter no longer operates in the industry. However, he added that local loggers would have to raise the bar not just provide uneven measurements and crude cuts.Local loggers are also expected to benefit from “the surge in demand” from the Government’s housing programme which is about to come on stream soon. The restriction on the importation of pinewood is also considered as an incentive for local loggers to be more competitive on the local market.The Minister stressed that the restriction does not mean that pinewood would be banned outright from entering Guyana.The Natural Resources Ministry is currently conducting consultations to finalise the National Forest Policy and Statement. Minister Trotman said that these documents are expected to be finalised by September.“They can help us to formulate policy a little better,” he said.Efforts are also underway to finalise the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the European Union (EU). Adherence to the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) would mean greater access to European market for Guyana’s lumber, particularly greenheart. The VPA is expected to be finalized by the end of the year.The FLEGT system mandates countries to use the Wood Tracking System to tag logs and their stumps so that when it reaches the point of export it could be traced backed to the origin to ensure its legality.The system is not new to Guyana since they have been mandating loggers to tag their produce so they can track them to ensure it is within their licensed agreement.The EU FLEGT Regulation of 2005 empowers the European Commission to negotiate Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) with timber-exporting countries; under these agreements, VPA partner countries ensure they only export to the EU legal products carrying FLEGT licences.A Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) is a legally binding trade agreement between the European Union and a timber-producing country outside the EU.The purpose of a VPA is to ensure that timber and timber products exported to the EU come from legal sources.The agreements also help timber-exporting countries stop illegal logging by improving regulation and governance of the forest sector.For two weeks in June, representatives from government, the private sector, indigenous peoples’ groups and civil society organizations, travelled to regions across the country and gathered views of some 150 stakeholders, who assessed the main sections of the VPA.Guyana has made substantial progress on its VPA since negotiations began in December 2012.The VPA aims to address the illegal trade of timber. Once ratified, the VPA will commit both parties to trade only legal timber and timber products and will cover Guyana’s domestic market as well as its exports to the EU.last_img read more