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More policewomen have tattoos than male officers but the public dont mind

first_imgLaura Millward of Leicestershire Police She said they conducted the study because of the inconsistency across the country in the way forces treat officers with visible tattoos and to ensure policy reflects the views of the public.“It is clear from the findings that the vast majority of people do not have a problem with police officers having visible tattoos,” she said.“Having a design inked on your body, even if it is clearly visible, has no bearing on someone’s ability to carry out their duty to serve the public and as our survey found in some cases it can act as a great icebreaker and a way of breaking down barriers, particularly with young people.” It is not a huge surprise to find that so many officers, particularly women, have tattoos  because this simply reflects modern society and the people they serveVictoria Martin Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. This is despite the fact that many forces, including the largest, the Metropolitan Police, ban visible body art on duty. The Police Federation is calling for people who have visible tattoos, such as on the neck and face, still to be  allowed to join the service.With only a third of British adults thought to have tattoos, the greater propensity among police officers is thought to be because many are recruited from the Armed Forces, where tattoos are popular. Many forces ban visible tattoosCredit:Alamy Policeman with tattoo  Laura Millward of Leicestershire PoliceCredit: Andrew Fox In the 102 years since the first policewomen took to the beat, much has changed in their outward appearance.Heavy ankle-length skirts have given way to more practical trousers and there is now little to distinguish their uniform from that of male colleagues.But one surprising area where  female officers are setting themselves apart is in the field of body art, with a survey finding that more than half of policewomen now have tattoos. The Police Federation – which represents rank and file officers – found that 52 per cent of female officers had at least one tattoo, compared to 47 per cent of their male colleagues. There is no consistent tattoo policy across the countryCredit:Allan Milligan  Not all members of the public are convinced that tattoos are in keeping with the professional image of the police.Almost a quarter of those who took part in the survey said they would not feel comfortable dealing with an officer with a tattoo on display. That rose to 37 per cent among the over-65s. But the overwhelming majority of the public questioned in the survey did not object to seeing police officers with body art.Sixty per cent said they supported the Police Federation’s call for the ban on visible tattoos to be lifted. National guidelines published in 2011 stated that the police service should consider candidates provided visible tattoos were not offensive. But in 2012, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, took a harder line, ordering all visible tattoos to be covered while on duty.In a strongly worded statement, he told his 31,000 officers: “All visible tattoos damage the professional image of the Metropolitan Police.”Victoria Martin, who led the Police Federation study, said: “It is not a huge surprise to find that so many officers, particularly women, have tattoos  because this simply reflects modern society and the people they serve.” Policeman with tattoolast_img read more

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Doctors should stop lifesupport treatment for policeman in car crash coma judge

first_imgHowever, the Official Solicitor, the official representing Pc Briggs’s interests, said it would take the decision to the Court of Appeal.Pc Briggs, 43, suffered a brain injury when Chelsea Rowe ploughed into his motorcycle in her Nissan Micra on July 3  2015 as he drove along the Birkenhead flyover on his way to work a night shift with Merseyside Police.Rowe, 26, was given a 12-month suspended prison sentence in July this year, after admitting causing serious injury by dangerous driving. Mrs Briggs welcomed Mr Justice Charles’s ruling and said the decision to contest it would only prolong her family’s agony. Speaking on Tuesday, she said: “Paul was such a selfless, kind and charitable person. He dedicated his career and his life to serving others. We know that he would have wanted us to pursue this case for him.”Doctors had told the court that Pc Briggs, who had previously served in the Gulf War with the Army, would benefit from being moved to a specialist rehabilitation centre and “a more socially stimulating environment”. However, the court ruled that, even in the best-case scenario, he would not regain the capacity to make complex decisions, would not improve physically and would need 24-hour care. A judge has said that doctors should be able to withdraw treatment from a Gulf War veteran who was left in a coma after a head-on collision, ruling that is what he would have wanted.Lindsey Briggs had asked judges to allow her policeman husband Paul to die, against the view of doctors at the Liverpool hospital where he is being treated who said it would be wrong to withdraw treatment as he is in a “minimally conscious state” but not a “permanent vegetative state”.On Tuesday Mr Justice Charles, sitting in the Court of Protection, agreed that, despite his “natural instinct of survival”, Pc Briggs would have wanted to die and that he should be moved to a hospice where he would stop receiving fluids and nutrition and would receive palliative care in his final few weeks.Mr Justice Charles ruled that Pc Briggs’s “best interests are best served by giving effect to what he would have been able to dictate by exercising his right to self determination rather than the very powerful counter arguments based on the preservation of his life”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Doctors said Paul Briggs was not in a 'permanent vegetative state' from which there would be no hope of recoverycenter_img Doctors said Paul Briggs was not in a ‘permanent vegetative state’ from which there would be no hope of recoveryCredit:PA Paul Briggs suffered a brain injury in a motorcycle crash while serving with Merseyside PoliceCredit:PA Paul Briggslast_img read more

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Storm Barbara and rail engineering works to disrupt Christmas getaway

first_imgRoss Greenhill, the coastal operations area commander, said: “We always advise people to check the weather and tidal conditions before they set out so that they can either prepare accordingly or consider whether they should even be going out at all.”At sea, changes in tidal streams can make conditions worse, particularly if the wind and tide are against each other and tidal heights may hide underwater hazards.”It also emerged that some customers who had used Atlas Choice to book a hire car over Christmas were double-charged after the firm failed to pass payments onto suppliers. Grahame Madge, a spokesman for the Met Office, added: “We are expecting gusts of around 80mph widespread within the amber warning area, up to 90mph in places.”We have had the good fortune to be able to issue the weather warnings ahead of Storm Barbara coming, with plenty of time hopefully for people to change their plans if they need to.”But the nature of the storm means it still has the potential to have an impact on power supplies, structures, and disrupt bridge and ferry crossings.”The UK Coastguard also issued its own safety warnings ahead of the weekend. There are also fears of delays on the road through a potential last-minute increase in motorists after Network Rail announced it is carrying out up to 200 improvement works, with some starting on Christmas Eve.Rail passengers will face disruption for up to 14 days, as stations including London Paddington, Liverpool Street, Charing Cross, Waterloo and Cannon Street are closed.Those in London, Manchester and Cardiff are expected to be the hardest hit by the works, which may cause delays as well as cancellations and diversions.Phil Hufton, Network Rail’s managing director for England and Wales, said the “vital investment” was being carried out to improve journeys and make the railway more reliable. Amber & Yellow weather warnings for #wind have been updated https://t.co/TmvTfmDfrK. Stay #weatheraware @metofficeuk pic.twitter.com/rmTN2Dsgzl— Met Office (@metoffice) December 22, 2016 Highways England said it had completed or lifted 448 miles of roadworks ahead of the Christmas period, but 164 miles were still in place. It came as the Met Office extended its yellow weather warning for wind to include the South West and Wales on Thursday and Scotland on Boxing Day. An amber “be prepared” warning remained in place for the north of Scotland, where winds are expected to get up to 90mph.Rod Dennis, the RAC’s traffic watch spokesman, said the extreme weather would “make the going tough for anyone driving on Friday especially”. Motorists are set to face chaos as the Christmas getaway begins on Friday, with rail engineering works, strikes and extreme weather all expected to disrupt travel.More than 10 million people will make journeys between now and Sunday, with 3.5 million setting off on Friday, according to the RAC.Forecasters and road experts warned of potential restrictions on bridges and disruption to ferries as heavy rain and gusts of wind “join forces”.Parts of the country also face potential structural damage and power outages as Storm Barbara – this year’s second named storm – sweeps in. It still has the potential to have an impact on power supplies, structures, and disrupt bridge and ferry crossingsGrahame Madge, a spokesman for the Met Office We are currently experiencing foggy conditions, which are expected to clear later this morning. (1/2)— Heathrow Airport (@HeathrowAirport) December 22, 2016 He insisted more than 95 per cent of the network would remain unaffected and “will be open for business as usual”.”There’s never a good time to impact on journeys and I’d like to thank passengers in advance for their patience”, he added.Meanwhile, ongoing industrial action is expected to affect Southern and Gatwick Express services, with further planned strikes by ASLEF and RMT between Dec 31 and Jan 2.There will be roadworks on the M1, M5 near Droitwich and M6 near Crewe as improvement works are carried out. Others found their booking had been cancelled or was marked as not paid for, despite having paid. Atlas Choice could not be reached for comment. Storm Barbara has been named in line with the Met Office’s alphabetical policy for the strongest weather systems and is only the second name designated this season, which began on October 1, after Storm Angus.It came after festive travel plans faced being thrown into chaos after Heathrow, Gatwick and London City Airport all experienced a raft of hold-ups due to the weather on Thursday morning.All three airports were hit by delays as thick fog shrouded the capital. A spokesman for Heathrow said some early-morning flights had been been pushed back and knock-on delays could take place throughout the day, adding that there have yet to be any cancellations. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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CocaColas Happy Holidays truck tour should be banned say health experts

first_imgHowever Coca-Cola Great Britain said the tour was in line with its “responsible marketing policy”.“We do not provide drinks to under 12s unless their parent or guardian is present and happy for us to do so,” said a spokesman.”The fact is, as government data shows, sugar intake from soft drinks by both children and teenagers continues to decline and consumption of full sugar soft drinks in general has fallen by 44 per cent since 2002.”We will continue to take actions to help people to reduce the sugar they consume from our range of drinks, but the evidence suggests the current focus on sugar and soft drinks alone will not address the problem.” In an open letter, experts including five public health directors and the current president of the Faculty of Public Health, Prof John Middleton, said they were “disappointed and concerned” that Coca-Cola used the holiday period to promote sugar.“Their drinks play a major role in the soaring obesity and type 2 diabetes figures which place a huge and growing strain on the NHS,” the letter said.Writing in the British Medical Journal, Mr Ireland added: “The truck is just the latest of Coca-Cola’s campaigns to become a holiday brand and, indeed, to help brand Santa Claus himself.“Should this form of advertising and marketing be banned, given the growing evidence of the effect that marketing of unhealthy food and drink has on children?“We believe it should and will continue to push for national action from organisations such as Public Health England to stop similar campaigns next Christmas.” Many people turned out over Christmas to have their picture taken with the Coca-Cola truck Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Coca-Cola’s “Happy Holidays” truck tour should be banned next Christmas because it promotes unhealthy living to children, a group of 108 health experts have said.Over Christmas the lorry visited various locations in Britain offering free cans of fizzy drink, which contain nearly four teaspoons of sugar.But Robin Ireland, director of food charity Food Active, said Coca-Cola was trying to “hijack Christmas” and bring the gift of bad teeth and obesity to children. Show more Data released in November from the National Child Measurement Programme for England showed that nearly one in five 10 to 11-year-olds was obese in the last academic year, with more than one in three (34.2 per cent) now described as overweight or obese.In 2015-16, 19.8 per cent of Year 6 children were obese, meaning they had a body-mass index of 30 or above, a sharp rise on the 19.1 per cent the year before.Last week Public Health England also warned that most children had already eaten half of their daily sugar allowance before they even got to school. Many people turned out over Christmas to have their picture taken with the Coca-Cola truck We do not provide drinks to under 12s unless their parent or guardian is present and happy for us to do soCoca-Cola spokesmanlast_img read more

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I want to see mummy Ian Bradys chilling audio tape recording of

first_imgAs the jury had been warned, some passages were harrowing.The phrases “Let me go” and “Please” were audible, and also “Don’t undress me, will you?” and “I want to see mummy”.At one point there was a blowing sound into the microphone and a child screaming: “Don’t” and “Mum, ah”. The tape ran on: Woman (Hindley): “Shut up” Child: “Please God help me, ah, please, oh.” Woman: “Come on.”  Child: “Please, please – Oh (then faintly),”Help, oh, I cannot while you have got hold of my neck. Oh (followed by scream) – Help (followed by gurgling noise).” There were “screams and gurgles”.  Woman: “Sit down and be quiet” Man (Brady): “Go on.” In 1966, a tape recording of Lesley Ann Downey’s terrified last moments was played to the all-male jury at Chester Assizes years after her callous murder.The Telegraph reported at the time: “For its 16 minutes, the people in the courtroom sat still and silent.”Sir Elwyn Jones QC, the Attorney General, who led the prosecution, said the voices of the man and woman were those of Brady and Hindley. The victims of moors murderer Ian Brady, who has died in hospital. (From left) John Kilbride, 12, 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey Edward Evans, 17, Pauline Reade, 16, and 12-year-old Keith Bennett, whose body was never found Credit:PA Ian Brady in police custody prior to a court appearance, when he was charged with the murder of 10 year-old Lesley Ann Downey on October 22 1965Credit:Popperfoto Ian Brady in police custody prior to a court appearance, when he was charged with the murder of 10 year-old Lesley Ann Downey on October 22 1965 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. the victims of moors murderer Ian Brady, who has died in hospital. (From left) John Kilbride, 12, 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey Edward Evans, 17, Pauline Reade, 16, and 12-year-old Keith Bennett, whose body was never found  Setting the scene, Sir Elwyn said there were “various noises, sounds of a door banging, crackling noises, heavy steps across the room, recording noise, followed by a blowing sound into the microphone, then footsteps.”Then…”there were the voices of a child and a woman, a child’s screams and cries and man’s voice. At one stage the girl said she was called Lesley Ann. The man said he wanted to take some photographs.”The Telegraph reported that the tape was played “at full volume, a loud scream echoing through the court after several minutes during which only the footsteps and soft voices in the background could be heard”. In her evidence, Hindley denied involvement in the murders of Lesley Ann, John Kilbride and Edward Evans, claiming that she left Lesley Ann alive after naked photographs were taken of her by Brady and another man.She told Sir Elwyn in cross-examination that she had put her hands over her ears to cover the noise of Edward’s death from Brady’s hatchet blows.Sir Elwyn: “This court has heard of another scream, more than one, in a room where you were?”Hindley: “Yes.” “The screams of a little girl of 10, of your sex, madam?””Yes.””Did you put your hands over your ears when you heard the screams of Lesley Ann Downey?””No.””Why not?””I wanted her to be quiet.””Or get the child out?””I should have done. I didn’t. I have no defence for that. No defence. It was indefensible.”It was cruel.” At another point, the woman said: “Hush, Hush, shut up or I will forget myself and hit you one. I will hit you one.”In another passage, Lesley Ann pleaded: “Can I tell you summat. I must tell you summat. Take your hands off me for a minute, please… Please, mum, please – I cannot tell you. I cannot breathe…Please God …Why? What are you going to do with me?” Man: “I want to take some photographs, that is all.” Child: “I want to see my mummy…Honest to God. I will swear on the Bible… I have got to go because I am going out with my Mama. Please, please help me, will you.” Man: “The longer it takes you to do this, the longer it takes you to get home.”At another point Brady said: “If you don’t keep that hand down, I will slit your neck.”As The Telegraph noted: “The court was still and quiet. Suddenly a child’s scream and a cry filled the room.”last_img read more

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Chimney effect Grenfells unusual design led blaze to spread say investigators

first_img“The greater the gap, the more it acts like a chimney. It is one line of the investigation.” Grenfell Tower Block FireCredit:Eyevine Grenfell Tower was fitted with combustible cladding and flammable insulation. The insulation was fitted between the original concrete pillars and the external aluminium cladding with a plastic flammable core used for rain protection.The source said: “The investigation is not just looking at the materials but the design of Grenfell Tower. The triangular shape created by the cladding has created a void and the flames have shot up the side.  Grenfell Tower was built in 1974 and the concrete pillars that ran up its side are unusual. That may give some crumb of comfort to residents in other tower blocks that have also been clad.If the unusual design was central to the speed of the inferno, residents in other tower blocks may feel more reassured. Grenfell Tower Block Firecenter_img Fire investigators believe the unusual design of Grenfell Tower created a chimney effect that led to the fire engulfing the building in minutes.A well-placed source has told The Telegraph that cladding placed over ‘triangular’ shaped concrete columns  may have  created a void which sucked up the flames. A total of ten columns run up the sides of the building with a further column at each corner. Investigators now believe that when those columns were fitted with cladding, they  could have  created an air gap that acted as a chimney.Videos of the blaze clearly show the flames spreading upwards far faster than they spread sideways. Investigators are looking at whether fire breaks were built in to the newly clad columns. Given the speed the fire spread up the side of the building that appears unlikely. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Widowers Message in a Bottle dream for love backfires as hes told off

first_imgShe wrote a message of her own to Mr Sullivan, urging him to abandon his plan to cast hundreds more bottles adrift elsewhere around Britain, telling him: “Those bottles could be smashed before they land on our precious beach or stepped on.“I would ask you to think of another more environmentally friendly way of carrying on with your campaign. When visiting our beaches you should leave only footprints.” Helen Gill, who was strolling on the beach with her boyfriend last Saturday, was among those who feared that the bottles would be damaging to wildlife and add to the mountains of waste already polluting our oceans.Ms Gill told The Telegraph: “I went for a beach walk and we came across about 30 glass bottles with lids. They had lots of messages inside about finding love. It’s may be romantic, but what is it doing to the environment?” Helen Gill: “It’s may be romantic, but what is it doing to the environment?”Credit:Facebook On the surface it seemed like a touching idea from a widower looking for love after the death of his beloved wife from cancer; cast hundreds of bottles out to sea, each containing a plea for a soul mate to come forward.But Craig Sullivan’s attempt to find romance led to an unexpected backlash over the prospect of dozens of the bottles washing up on Britain’s beaches.The 49-year-old a consumer technology designer had been inspired by the Police’s hit song Message in a Bottle, which pictured a lonely castaway’s search for company answered in similar fashion.His romantic gesture, which involved casting 2,000 bottles into the sea from various points around the British coastline, soon ran into trouble however, when walkers stumbled on dozens of them littering Rhossili Bay, near Swansea. Not that the messages he sent out to sea have been completely in vain.  One of the lonely heart bottles washed up on Rhossili Bay Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Craig Sullivan, who was planning to cast 2,000 bottles out to sea around BritainCredit:Wales News Service Craig Sullivan, who was planning to cast 2,000 bottles out to sea around Britain Fears were also expressed after Mr Sullivan left a similar number of bottles, each containing his plea for love, near salmon breeding grounds in the River Cree in Scotland. Dozens of people used social media to urge Mr Sullivan to scrap his romantic project.“He might have thought it was a good idea but I don’t think he’s really thought it through,” said Ms Gill, 36, from Dunvant, Swansea.“There’s already so much rubbish in our seas and rivers and the last thing we need is more bottles dumped into them,”Mr Sullivan, who had planned on casting the bottles at sea while travelling round the country with his teenage daughter, has now abandoned the project in the face of objections from Ms Gill and others.”There has been a rather unpleasant backlash to my intentions, which were always not to achieve this sort of reaction,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “It’s been quite saddening but it won’t affect my optimism or plans – to find someone new.” Helen Gill: "It's may be romantic, but what is it doing to the environment?” One of the lonely heart bottles washed up on Rhossili BayCredit:Wales News Service Mr Sullivan has already been contacted by several women interested in striking up a friendship.”As it happens I’ve been contacted by a lady in Ireland and one from the west coast of Scotland and I’ve got a couple of dates arranged,” he said on Wednesday. “So some good has come out of it.”last_img read more

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Police officers share bag of chips with hungry illegal immigrant after arresting

Two police officers took a selfie of them sharing chips with a hungry suspected illegal immigrant they arrested on the side of the M1.PC Kieran Dempsey and PC Charlie Amodio, from Leicestershire Police, bought the food for the 35-year-old man after he was picked up walking on the hard shoulder of the motorway on Tuesday.The man was arrested under the Immigration Act but the officers dropped by a fast food outlet after he explained how he had not eaten for several days.One of the officers tweeted selfie pictures showing them in the front of their patrol car with the suspect sitting in the back seat tucking into a bag of chips.Writing on the @LeicsPoliceRPU page, the cops said: “Male found on motorway suspected to be an illegal immigrant into the UK. Male found on motorway suspected to be an illegal immigrant into the UK. He’s not eaten for days and we’ve not eaten for hours, so we’ve all shared some fine English cuisine …… a bag of chips!! 👍🏻 🍟 pic.twitter.com/4VQMFwsTLN— Leicestershire Road Policing Unit (RPU) (@LeicsPoliceRPU) 19 June 2018 A spokesperson for Leicestershire Police confirmed officers had found the man on the M1.They said: “It was a report of a man sitting on the barrier of the M1 motorway. He wasn’t seen near a car so there were concerns as to why he was there.“Officers attended and following inquiries a 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of immigration offences. He remains in custody.” “He’s not eaten for days and we’ve not eaten for hours, so we’ve all shared some fine English cuisine… a bag of chips!”Many praised the officers’ actions. One Twitter user said: “Great stuff! The human side of policing is being shown here.”Facebook user Jonno T wrote: “Never felt so proud of British cops. What a gesture of human kindness. The US could learn a lot from this little country.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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TV executives call for independent regulator to pick reality show contestants

Love Island, the reality tv show The Department for Culture, Media and Sport House of Commons select committee currently has an open inquiry into “production companies’ duty of care to participants, and ask whether enough support is offered both during and after filming, and whether there is a need for further regulatory oversight in this area”.  New guidance issued by Ofcom last month said that participants in television and radio programmes should be warned to avoid social media, with broadcasters will be required to take due care over the “welfare, well-being and dignity of participants in programmes”.An Ofcom spokesman said: “People who take part in TV or radio programmes may find themselves the subject of intense social media debate, or even trolling. So it’s important that participants are given the right advice before a show is broadcast, to help them prepare for potential contact on social media.” Love Island, the reality tv showCredit:ITV Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Steve Regan, a former entertainment commissioner for Channel 5, said: “To make it work better there almost needs to be an independent body in the middle of all of us who are making those assessments, because at the moment it’s all too connected.” The television industry must set up an independent regulator to determine whether members of the public are fit to appear on reality shows, executives have said. Senior figures in television called for more rigorous testing, carried out separately from programme-makers, in an attempt to safeguard potentially vulnerable contestants. The call comes after a committee of MPs launched an inquiry into reality television following the deaths of former Love Island stars and a guest on the Jeremy Kyle Show. Jonathan Stadlen, managing director of production company Knickerbockerglory, told BBC Radio 4’s The Media Show that decisions were too often “at the mercy of whatever assistant producer or producer is on duty that time to think, ‘does this person need help?'””So I think we need some independent body to try and help us to decide whether people have the capacity to be in it,” he said. “I don’t think that body should be paid by the production company, because at the moment we’re paying psychologists to test people but there’s a conflict of interest because the people paying them are the people doing that [making the shows].” read more

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Integrating Traditional Knowledge Project officially launched

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMinister Allicock announces three more radio stations for Indigenous villagesAugust 24, 2016In “latest news”Skill training programme for Indigenous Youths to be launched in OctoberAugust 20, 2015In “Business”NTC to receive capacity building boost from Conservation InternationalAugust 28, 2016In “Local News” The Darwin Initiative; Integrating Traditional Knowledge into National Policy and Practice project in Guyana was officially launched Monday at the British High Commissioner residence in Bel Air.Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan engaging one of the representatives of the other partners of the projectMinister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Sydney Allicock in his remarks said this project will see traditional knowledge being incorporated into biodiversity policy for poverty reduction and a lot of work will be done in the five protected areas of the  Kaieteur National Park, Iwokarama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development, Konashen District Community Owned Conservation Area, Shell Beach and the Kanuku Mountains.Minister Allicock pointed out that without proper and approved recorded documentation, traditional knowledge which is very significant to Indigenous people will be lost. He lamented the need for a national plan to preserve it which he is hopeful will result from this project.Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge (centre), Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Sydney Allicock (second right) Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Valerie Garrido-Lowe (right) and British High Commissioner to Guyana, His Excellency, Greg Quinn flanked by representatives of other partners of the Darwin Initiative; Integrating Traditional Knowledge into National Policy and Practice projectThe Minister who himself is Indigenous noted that indigenous people have an important connection to land and biodiversity. Therefore, “we see it as an opportune time to come together to protect this knowledge and once and for all to have such a policy like the national action plan for traditional knowledge for Guyana.”He further stated that the knowledge gained from this project will be used to make decisions to protect the history, land forest, biodiversity culture and sustainable livelihood of the 215 indigenous communities.British High Commissioner to Guyana, His Excellency, Gregg Quinn gave a brief history of the Darwin Initiative which funds projects in countries rich in biodiversity but has limited financial resources, to meet their objectives.The British High Commissioner pointed out that the project was launched by the United Kingdom (UK) government at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. He explained that it is funded by the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Common Wealth Office.“Since the start of the initiative in 1992 a total of 1,055 projects have taken place in 159 countries. These have a total cost of about $37.1B; in that period there have been a total of eight projects in Guyana at a cost of about $371M. So about one percent of all Darwin Initiative has come to Guyana,” Quinn Explained.Some of these projects include the greenheart initiative in 1994, influence of selective logging in 1995, biodiversity and sustainable development of butterfly production from 2006 to 2009 and most recently supporting Indigenous and local organisations to implement part of the convention on biological diversity from 2010-2013.The Project Leader, Jay Mistry explained that the project will take a threefold approach. Mistry outlined that the project which began in July, 2017 aims to implement traditional knowledge integration, conduct institutional capacity building at community and national level and develop a national action plan for traditional knowledge. It is expected to conclude in 2021.The project will use a video method similar to that in the COBRA project which was undertaken between 2011 and 2015 to investigate and research in communities on traditional knowledge.“There are also other conventions on biological diversity obligations for traditional knowledge and Indigenous and people. So we hope we can also contribute to some of those obligations…we hope that we can look at how specific issues to do with Indigenous people can be worked on in this project and we’ll be working with other partners in Guyana to contribute to Guyana’s green state strategy…” Mistry underlined.Partners for the project include Ministry Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB), South Central Peoples Development Organisation, Royal Holloway University of London, UN World Conservation Monitoring Centre and Cobra Collective.In brief remarks Denise Fraser, Commissioner at the Protected Areas Commission (PAC), said PAC welcomes this project which comes as an opportune time when it is implementing its management plans and striving to strengthen the relationship between indigenous communities and PAC and promoting sustainable use of Guyana’s resources.Kemraj Parsram, Executive Director, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), said the EPA is committed to the collaboration with the other sectors’ agencies in meeting its mandate through this project and will certainly do its fair share to ensure a successful completion.Vice Chairman NRDDB, Michael Williams lauded the project. He said the initiative means a lot to the NRDDB and is hopeful that it can assist them in many years to come.Minister of Foreign Affairs, performing the functions President, Carl Greenidge, Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan and Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Valerie Garrido-Lowe were also in attendance at the launch of the project. (DPI) read more

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