Global Recycling Day marked by launch of marine clean up

first_imgGlobal Recycling Day marked by launch of marine clean up Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Youth Affairs The Honourable Meaghan ScanlonGlobal Recycling Day is being celebrated with the launch of a new round of grants that will help community groups clean up Queensland’s beautiful parks and waterways.It is just the latest program in the Palaszczuk Government’s strategic plan for Queensland to become a zero-waste society by reducing how much waste is generated and increasing recycling rates.The Community Sustainability Action Grants (CSA) Litter and Marine Debris Clean up and Prevention program is offering up to $700,000 in funding to reduce the amount of litter and debris in Queensland’s environment.Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon said Queensland is home to some of the most famous and most remote beaches in the world, and the funding provided valuable support to community groups to help reduce the amount of litter that can harm our unique marine life.“Rubbish and marine debris can cause serious harm or death to sea birds, marine turtles and fish, which can ingest litter or become tangled in discarded nets or fishing equipment,” Minister Scanlon.“Our extraordinary beaches and tidal rivers are home to these amazing creatures and I’m asking all Queenslanders to think about how to reduce and prevent rubbish from entering those marine zones.“Community groups across Queensland can make a meaningful contribution to keeping our marine environment clean by creating innovative solutions to reduce marine waste.“Every piece of rubbish we keep out of the environment makes a difference.”The launch of the grants expands on the strong action already taken by the Palaszczuk Government to reduce plastic waste and increase recycling capabilities.New laws passed through Queensland Parliament last week will ban from September 1 this year, single-use plastics such as plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery and plates as well as polystyrene foam food containers and cups.Lightweight single-use plastic shopping bags have already been banned and the very successful Container Refund Scheme has seen nearly 3 billion containers returned for refunds and more than 700 jobs created across Queensland since 2018.Applications for the Litter and Marine Debris Clean Up and Prevention grants close at 4pm 12 April 2021.Eligible not-for-profit organisations, indigenous corporations, tertiary education institutions and Natural Resource Management groups are encouraged to apply for funding.Grants will be provided for activities in the following categories:Category 1: Litter and marine debris clean upGrants of up to $50,000 to remove litter from Queensland’s public spaces such as parks and reserves and/or projects to remove marine debris from Queensland’s beaches and waterways.Category 2: Community approaches to preventing litter and marine debrisGrants of up to $50,000 for projects to work with Queensland communities to implement place-based solutions to prevent litter and/or marine debris.Announced in 2016, the Community Sustainability Action Grants program is providing $18 million over six years to eligible community groups and individuals for innovative projects which seek to address climate change, conserve Queensland’s natural and built environment and protect our unique wildlife.Program guidelines and application details will be available on the Queensland Government’s website /Public Release. 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Lawyers urged to play an ‘active part’ in public affairs

first_imgLocalNews Lawyers urged to play an ‘active part’ in public affairs by: Dominica Vibes News – July 28, 2015 Share Tweet Members of the Dominica Bar Association at a Gala and Dance Dinner at the Fort Young Hotel on Saturday.Dominican lawyers have been advised to play an active part in public affairs and politics.Former acting chief justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Sir Brian Alleyne in his acceptance speech of a recognition award from the Dominica Bar Association on Saturday 25 July 2015 at the Fort Young Hotel said, members of the legal profession are particularly qualified and suited to participate in the politics and governance of the country.Sir Brian, who served as a minister in the Dominica Freedom Party administration in the 1990s, said the legal profession is central and essential to preserving the fundamental rights of our people and preserving respect for the instructions of law and good governance. “Politics is central to the life of our people and ought to be a distinguished and very honorable activity,” Sir Brian said.“And because of the ethical standards that members of the legal profession adhere to and uphold, it is important that that profession play an important role in the politics of our country and in the governance of our country,” he added.According to Sir Brian, members of the legal profession are particularly qualified and suited to participate in the politics of and in the governance of the country because the principal activities of the political elites include law making, administration in accordance with law, service to the community within the context of the law; all of which are characteristics and activities that the legal profession embraces and commits to. “I want to encourage the members of the profession to participate in public affairs, in politics, yes, but also more generally in the affairs of the community, to be a visible part of the activities of the community, to be in the forefront of public service at all levels and to add to public activities, the dignity, the integrity for which the legal profession stands,” Sir Brian stated. He said lawyers are specially trained to be advocates for public service in terms of advocacy and getting across the messages that the community needs to hear, not only in the courtroom or in the advocacy of a particular client (s), “but generally in advocacy for the public interest, in defence of the high standards that public service demands of us”. Sharecenter_img 305 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Spring Lake boys cross county finishes first in conference jamboree at Comstock Park

first_img × Not relevant Displayed poorly Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. LocalSportsJournal.comThe Spring Lake boys cross county team took first place in a jamboree at Comstock Park Wednesday night.Spring Lake finished with a score of 37, followed by Sparta (56), Allendale (72), Comstock Park (83), Grand Rapid West Catholic (159), Grand Rapids Catholic Central (161), and Coopersville (171).Andrew Hylen paced the Lakers with a time of 16:34.22 while Ben Hylen finished with a time of 16:50.15.Other finishing times for Spring Lake were Matthew Vanderwall (17:11.46), Cameron Thalhammer (17:10.10), Evan Schock (18:36.14), Andrew Sellon (18:39.84), and Callen Carrier (18:49.39).Spring Lake will next take part in the Cougar Falcon Invitational on Saturday September 23. Report a problem This item is… FOX Sports: Stream live NFL, College Footbal… Bestseller Add Comments (Max 320 characters) DEAL OF THE DAY Other DEAL OF THE DAY Bestseller Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Inappropriate / Offensive (33138) Fox Sports Go Add Comments (Max 320 characters) NBC Sports $0.00 ENDS IN (8187) Other DEAL OF THE DAY $0.00 Shop Now Shares Other DEAL OF THE DAY Franklin Sports MLB Electronic Baseball … Bestseller ENDS IN Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Special… The League Inappropriate / Offensive ENDS IN Not relevant × Displayed poorly (1862) Bestseller Inappropriate / Offensive Share × Other Report a problem This item is… × Inappropriate / Offensive Ads by Amazon Displayed poorly Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. $15.29$17.99 Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Displayed poorly Report a problem This item is… Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Displayed poorly DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY Not relevant ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY (35539) Report a problem This item is… Not relevant Bestseller ENDS IN Report a problem This item is… 0 Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. (22) Other (1009) Displayed poorly Inappropriate / Offensive Inappropriate / Offensive ENDS IN Ads by Amazon Displayed poorly A Warrior’s Heart Report a problem This item is… Report a problem This item is… Not relevant Dude Perfect Signature Bow Nerf Sports Bi… Other Bestseller (124) × Displayed poorly Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Report a problem This item is… DEAL OF THE DAY Not relevant Add Comments (Max 320 characters) × Other Inappropriate / Offensive Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Bestseller (1461) Add Comments (Max 320 characters) × × Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Bestseller $26.86$49.99 Not relevant Other Mail $0.00 $59.99 $3.99 Not relevant ENDS IN Share Inappropriate / Offensive $14.99last_img read more

Israel demands FIFA investigate “threats” that caused Argentina to cancel match

first_imgJERUSALEM/RAMALLAH,  (Reuters) – Israel demanded soccer’s governing body investigate what it said were threats against Argentina players that forced them to cancel a match in Jerusalem, including Palestinian calls to burn replica shirts of Lionel Messi if he played. Palestinian soccer officials praised Argentina and their captain Messi  yesterday for calling off the friendly match against Israel, which Israeli officials had moved to Jerusalem from Israel’s coastal city of Haifa.Palestinian soccer officials say they would have had no issue if the match had been played in Haifa, but it should not have been moved to Jerusalem.“The Israelis tried to use Messi and those stars from Argentina, and I would like to thank them and appreciate their decision, which I think was on the right track,” Palestinian Football Association President Jibril Rajoub told a news conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah. At the news conference, there was a placard saying “From Palestine, thank you Messi” with Argentinian and Palestinian flags, under a big photo of Rajoub posing with the Barcelona ace.It was a change of tone from Rajoub, who on Sunday had called for Palestinians to burn pictures of Messi and replicas of his shirt if he took the field in Jerusalem.Israeli Sports Minister Miri Regev, who pushed for the game to be moved from Haifa to Jerusalem, dismissed accusations that her demand had caused its cancellation and said Messi, his team mates and his family had been threatened by “terror elements”. “The decision behind the cancellation is because of one reason only, the threats by terror elements sent to Messi, his family and to other players in the Argentina team,” Regev said, but she did not give any details on the nature of the threats.Argentine FA chief Claudio Tapia said earlier on Wednesday that there were “threats” but gave no details. He confirmed the match’s cancellation and apologised to Israeli fans.The Israel Football Association (IFA) accused the Palestinians of crossing a “red line” by inciting anger towards the Argentinian players in order to scupper the match. “(Rajoub’s) aim was to harm our country through soccer,” IFA Chairman Ofer Eini said.“There is an issue of personal threats against players. If a politician publicly calls to burn a shirt, somebody could take it a step further. I don’t think that the people who run world soccer can ignore this,” he said.The Palestinians accused Israel of moving the match to Jerusalem to exploit the presence of Messi and other stars to underpin Israel’s claim to the Holy City. Israel considers all of Jerusalem its capital, while Palestinians want its eastern part as capital of their own state. Most countries say Jerusalem’s status must be left to be resolved in future peace talks, although U.S. President Donald Trump reversed American policy last year to recognise the city as Israel’s capital.last_img read more

Gambling Laws in Maryland

first_imgFantasy sports is huge this time of year, with NFL, NHL and NBA it is a great time to review the Gambling Laws in Maryland. is a great source for gambling laws and history to make sure you are doing everything in a legal fashion. Casino gambling in Maryland has become huge since casino’s were legalized and opened their doors in 2012. Sports betting for the most part is still illegal in Maryland, which has sports fans betting in other places. Most sports fans have to go to nearby Delaware or West Virginia to gamble on sports. With those neighboring states having legalized sports betting I think it is just a matter of time until sports betting is legal in Maryland. Gambling in Maryland has grown greatly the past 10 years with the addition of massive casinos. To gamble in a casino, you need to be 21 and older, all other gambling types you have to be 18 and older.It would be stupid for Maryland not to legalize sports betting. Maryland would be losing too much revenue to Delaware and West Virginia that could go to schools and other necessary programs. It is not just traditional sports like football, hockey, basketball and baseball that are on the rise on the gambling scene. Now E-sports is becoming huge with games like Fortnight even getting coverage on ESPN. Maryland will have to address the new E-sports as a form of sports betting.Gambling revenue has helped raise $2.1 billion dollars for the Maryland Education Trust Fund. Gambling revenue has also helped Maryland grant and other state programs. Gambling has also helped surrounding businesses. The local bars and attractions near the casinos have had huge business growth. I know from experience having bartended at one of the local casino’s for nearly three years how well paying and profitable the jobs are.While other sports may be illegal horse betting is. The Horse Racing Board was founded in 1920 to oversee legal horse betting. Horse racing is legal in Maryland and one of the most popular forms of gambling. The Preakness Stakes which takes place at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore is one of the most popular horse races in the World. The Preakness Stakes has run since 1873 and is second leg of the American thorough racing Triple Crown. The Preakness Stakes has had around 70,000 to 100,000 members. The infield party is one of the most popular events of the year in Maryland with big band coming out to play.Horse racing is popular in Maryland outside the Preakness Stakes. Laurel Race Track has horse racing nearly year-round and is incredibly popular. As a bartender in Laurel I have served and talked to several gamblers that bet on horse racing daily. The Maryland Lottery also has an electronic horse racing game that is popular in dive bars, that is similar to Keno. Horse betting is the only legal form of online gambling in Maryland. The Maryland Jockey Club was founded all the way back in 1743.Fantasy sports is legal to do in Maryland, but you must be 18 years old or older. Right now, here at MSB we have two fantasy sports leagues, a fantasy hockey league which we are doing “for fun” which has no money or gambling involved. The other league is a fantasy football league which does have money involved. I am in the fantasy hockey league not the fantasy football league. Fantasy sports are legal under Federal law after being named a “test of skill” and technically not gambling. a lot of strategy and research goes into fantasy sports. The “daily fantasy sports” are a test of skill, at Maryland Sports Blog none of our leagues are daily, we have one draft a year and most of them are for free.The most recent form of gambling to be legalized was private home card and poker games which was legalized in 2016. Poker and Blackjack are two of the most popular card games in Maryland as shown by the number of tables that local casinos have for those games.Please follow and like us:last_img read more