The Minamata convention got underway on Friday at the Natural Resources Ministry with Indigenous People’s Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock expressing the need for more education to be provided to mining stakeholders on land reclamation and protecting the environment.At the time Allicock made this call, he was seated next to fellow Cabinet member and Natural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman. Allicock noted the damage mining does to the environment and made it clear that education must be provided to all and sundry.Indigenous People’s Minister Sydney Allicock“We go and we say we’re going into the bush and we treat it as such, forgetting that it is a homeland to a people. So we go, dig the place and leave it without doing the necessary clean up.”“This calls for a lot of education, if we’re going to save the environment, which means not only for the miners but those persons who are living there, so they have a better understanding of the activity that is happening… because if you don’t know you don’t know.”According to Allicock, education will be critical for eradicating mercury contamination. He said while there is a mining policy, the information has to get out to those who need it the most.Another suggestion made by Allicock was to allocate areas to miners known for sticking to best practise. He also suggested that Government work closely with communities who have been affected by mercury.MinamataThe convention was organised in keeping with the Minamata Convention on Mercury… a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury.It was agreed to at the Fifth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Mercury in Geneva, Switzerland on January 19, 2013, and was later adopted on October 10, 2013.The Convention draws attention to a global and ubiquitous metal that, while naturally occurring, has broad uses in everyday objects and is released to the atmosphere, soil and water from a variety of sources.Controlling the anthropogenic releases of mercury throughout its lifecycle has been a key factor in shaping the obligations under the Convention.Major highlights of the Convention include a ban on new mercury mines, the phasing out of existing ones, the phasing out and phasing down of mercury use in a number of products and processes, control measures on emissions to air and on releases to land and water, and regulation of the informal sector of artisanal and small-scale gold mining.The effects of mercury on the environment (photo credit; global environment facility)The Convention also addresses interim storage of mercury, and its disposal once it becomes waste, sites contaminated by mercury as well as health issues.There have previously been reports on increased levels of mercury in several waterways in interior regions. Additionally, the Guyana Water Inc was forced to temporarily close its Port Kaituma well after it discovered high mercury content in the Kaituma River.Last year, the discovery of high levels of mercury in the Guyana Gold Board (GGB) Laboratory in Georgetown had led to Trinidad-based Kaizen Environmental Services being contracted to conduct an independent investigation of the effect of the emission.According to the report, the study was conducted on March 28 at 10 locations primarily located within the Guyana Geology and Mines Commissions’ compound and the surrounding areas.“The Mercury (Hg) levels monitored at all 10 locations were within the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (US OSHA) eight-hour Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL),” the report stated.Out of over 130 staffers tested, it was discovered that more than 60 reported high levels of mercury in their system. Research shows that mercury can enter the body through inhalation of mercury vapour, ingestion, injection or even absorption through the skin.In the case of mining personnel, a reading showing levels of 0-6 micro grams per litre is considered safe while 7-10 is high and above 11 dangerous. Once in the human system, mercury poisoning has horrendous effects on neurological, reproductive, gastrointestinal and renal organs.
An raibh tú ann? 5km Ghaelscoil Adhamhnáin – na torthaí.Bhí slua mór ag an chéad 5km rás Ghaelscoil Adhamhnáin i Leitir Ceanainn aréir. Bhí an cúrsa nua le cúpla cnoic garbh, ach an-taitneamhach, a dúirt cuid de na reathaithe agus de na siúlóirí.Bhí an t-atmaisféar go hiontach ar an oíche agus bhí pizza, brioscaí, tae agus duaiseanna I ndiaidh an rása. Bhain gach duine sult as. Míle buiochas d`achan nduine a chuidigh ar an lá.Eddie Margey was the winner of the Gaelscoil 5k road race in Glencar last night, with almost 300 taking part in all.Eddie held off fellow an post workmate, Barney Ferry over the last eight hundred metres to record his first win of the season.It looks like An Post will be strong contenders for the Letterkenny inter-firms race in May. Donal Farren was first juvenile and third overall in a time of 18 minutes, which was performance of the night.First lady home was Frances Judge, proving too strong for Deirdre Diver and Sharon Black over the first 3k hill section of the course at Killylastin.Terence Diver, and Shaun O Donnell (Manorcunningham) both won their master section, showing signs that they will be a force in the months a head as the road race season gets into full swing.Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin 5k Road Race & Walk 2013Results Place Registration Name Category Time1 487 Eddie Margey SM 17.382 426 Barry Ferry SM 17.533 423 Donal Farren Juv 18.01 4 409 PJ Doogan JUV 19.145 425 John Fox SM 19.156 408 Brian MacIntyre SM 20.007 448 Ronan O’Driscoll SM 20.328 428 Frances Judge W40 20.359 482 Adrian McHugh SM 20.4110 486 Declan McElwaine SM 21.0211 424 Patrick Brennan SM 21.0312 433 Jerome Burke SM 21.2013 490 Laura McMonagle Juv 21.2514 440 Boyd Robinson SM 21.3415 415 Shauna mcFadden Juv 21.3616 447 Deirdre Ni dhuibhir SW 21.3817 421 Oisin Farren Juv 21.4018 495 Terrance Diver m40 21.4019 403 Declan Watters SM 21.5320 434 Colm Breathnach SM 21.5421 485 Paul Gildea SM 21.5922 492 Noel McCormack SM 22.1823 435 Patrick Bonner SM 22.2824 1313 Sharon Black W35 22.2925 427 Shaun O’Donnell M50 23.2626 400 Barry McLaughlin m40 23.3027 493 Jason Shields Juv 23.3828 494 Patrick Dunleavy SM 23.3929 410 Liam mcMullen m40 24.1030 430 John Curran M50 24.2631 411 Colm Mc Davitt m40 24.2732 449 Aidan Kelly SM 25.0533 1320 Joe Higgins M40 25.3034 407 Catriona MacIntyre w40 25.4035 496 Anthony Diver Juv 25.4136 405 Elaine Gillen SW 25.4337 412 Sharon Greene SW 25.5938 422 Aishling Farren Juv 26.0839 429 Jessica Judge Juv 26.0840 445 Colm Boyle m40 26.2241 446 Anthony Boyle Juv 26.2242 417 louise McGroy SW 26.2343 489 Mary Van Ruiven SW 26.2444 1321 Colm O’Gallagher juv 26.2545 414 Catherine Carney Sw 26.4446 1329 Abrahan Haassan Juv 26.5147 439 Brid Nash SW 26.5548 418 Susan Tinney SW 26.5849 1314 Amy McGill Juv 27.0350 444 Mary Higgins S40 27.1851 420 Sean Douglas SM 27.2052 413 Geraldine Burke SW 27.2153 441 Brenda O’Neill SW 27.3754 498 Dorothy McHugh SW 28.0455 1315 Laura Black Juv 28.3256 406 James Greene M50 28.4557 431 Tanya Carson SW 28.4958 432 Leona Martin SW 28.4959 499 Lisa McMonagle SW 28.5860 500 PJ McMonagle SM 28.5861 438 Eileen SW 29.4362 1311 Anthony Bonner SM 30.3263 1312 Keevin Bonner Juv 30.3264 402 Lorcan O Domhnaill JUV 30.4065 401 Rory McLaughlin JUV 31.5666 483 Linda Feeney SW 32.2467 484 Sheena Stewart w40 32.3368 442 Crriostoir O’Marta Juv 33.1869 443 Joanne O’Mharta Sw 33.1970 497 Kevin McGee M40 33.3671 488 Jacinta Malloy SW 35.0172 1322 Finan O’Gallagher Juv 35.1573 1323 Sarah Ni Gallagher Sw 35.1774 1317 Antoin O’Baoill juv 36.3575 1316 Phil O’Baoill m40 36.36AN RAIBH TÚ ANN? 5KM GHAELSCOIL ADHAMHNÁIN – NA TORTHAÍ was last modified: April 12th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AN RAIBH TÚ ANN? 5KM GHAELSCOIL ADHAMHNÁIN – NA TORTHAÍ