June 12

Documentary video-maker flees southwestern region after covering police violence

first_img Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Bladimir Sánchez Espitia, a community journalist and documentary filmmaker based in the southwestern department of Huila, has had to flee the region after releasing a video on 20 February showing a brutal police crackdown on residents in the municipality of Gigante, who were protesting against a threat to the environment from a proposed hydro-electric complex. ColombiaAmericas to go further April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF_en 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News Follow the news on Colombia News Reports February 28, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Documentary video-maker flees southwestern region after covering police violence RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America ColombiaAmericas Organisation May 13, 2021 Find out more News The police moved against the protesters on 14 and 15 February. Violence was used against journalists during a similar police operation in the neighbouring department of Meta yesterday.Sánchez told Reporters Without Borders he fled the region “temporarily” today after being accused of “acting against the security forces” and of being “paid by the guerrillas” – a reference to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which have traditionally had a presence in the area.Notorious for its political instability, its high murder rate and the frequency with which local officials are removed from their posts, the Gigante area also has a large paramilitary presence, the origin of reprisals against all those who try to cover sensitive stories such as the current environmental dispute.“The HydroAysén affair in Chile, the mining dispute in Panama and the recent mass eviction of residents from the poor neighbourhood of Pinheirinho, in the Brazilian state of São Paulo, all served to highlight the dangers that journalists and other observers run while trying to monitor this kind of event,” Reporters Without Borders said.“The risk is obviously all the greater in a Colombian war zone where some foreign corporations had no qualms about employing paramilitary terror to help get their way, as the Chiquita Brands scandal revealed in 2007.Reporters Without Borders added: “Sánchez must be given adequate protection so that he can return to Huila. When a journalist is forced into exile, it is always a setback for freedom of information and, in this case, a setback for coverage of a subject of major public interest as well.”Since 2008, Sánchez has concentrated on following local communities in the Gigante area in their disputes with oil and power companies. The video that prompted these threats was about an attempt by Emgesa, a subsidiary of the Spanish and Chilean-owned multinational Endesa, to locate the hydro-electric complex “El Quimbo” in the area.Ranked 143rd out of 179 countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, Colombia continues to be one the western hemisphere’s most dangerous countries for journalists.Read the report on environmental journalism. RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia October 21, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

June 12

Pasadena Foursquare Church’s Thursdays in the Parke

first_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Subscribe Make a comment Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff HerbeautyRobert Irwin Recreates His Father’s Iconic PhotosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeauty Faith & Religion Events Pasadena Foursquare Church’s Thursdays in the Parke Article and Photo courtesy of PASADENA FOURSQUARE CHURCH Published on Friday, January 2, 2015 | 4:30 pmcenter_img Pasadena Foursquare Church (PFC) is helping Villa Parke Center by extending hospitality to those who come for a free meal (provided by Robin’s BBQ) on Thursday, January 8, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Villa Parke Center (363 E. Villa St.).The church will be helping serve food or simply having conversations and making friends! Sign up to help at the Welcome Table or contact Lacey Diaz at [email protected] Foursquare Church, 174 N. Harkness Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 792-1803 or visit www.pasadenafoursquare.com. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News 10 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

October 19

Taiwan president says wants talks with China, but not ‘one country, two systems’

first_imgTaiwan wants dialogue with China but cannot accept its proposal for “one country, two systems”, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday, calling for both sides to find a way to coexist.In a speech after being sworn in for her second and final term in office, Tsai said relations between Taiwan and China had reached an historical turning point.”Both sides have a duty to find a way to coexist over the long term and prevent the intensification of antagonism and differences,” she said. Tsai and her Democratic Progressive Party won January’s presidential and parliamentary elections by a landslide, vowing to stand up to China, which claims Taiwan as its own and says it would be brought under Beijing’s control by force if needed.”Here, I want to reiterate the words ‘peace, parity, democracy, and dialogue’. We will not accept the Beijing authorities’ use of ‘one country, two systems’ to downgrade Taiwan and undermine the cross-strait status quo. We stand fast by this principle,” Tsai said.China uses the “one country, two systems” policy, which is supposed to guarantee a high degree of autonomy, to run the former British colony of Hong Kong, which returned to Chinese rule in 1997. It has offered it to Taiwan, though all major Taiwanese parties have rejected it.Tsai says Taiwan is an independent state called the Republic of China, its official name, and does not want to be part of the People’s Republic of China governed by Beijing. Taiwan Open to Dialogue China has stepped up its military drills near Taiwan since Tsai’s re-election, flying fighter jets into the island’s air space and sailing warships around Taiwan.Tsai said Taiwan has made the greatest effort to maintain peace and stability in the narrow Taiwan Strait that separates the democratic island from its autocratic neighbour China.”We will continue these efforts, and we are willing to engage in dialogue with China and make more concrete contributions to regional security,” she added, speaking in the garden of the old Japanese governor’s house in Taipei, in front of a socially-distanced audience of officials and diplomats.Tsai said that Taiwan will continue its fight to participate in international organisations, and “bolster ties with the United States, Japan, Europe, and other like-minded countries”.Taiwan has accused China of exerting pressure to keep Taiwan out of the World Health Organization (WHO). China says Taiwan is only a Chinese province with no right to the trappings of a state.The Trump administration has strongly backed Taiwan, even though the United States recognises only China’s government, becoming another source of tension between Washington and Beijing.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent his congratulations to Tsai on Tuesday, praising her “courage and vision in leading Taiwan’s vibrant democracy”, in a rare high-level message from Washington direct to Taiwan’s government.China cut off a formal talks mechanism with Taiwan in 2016 after Tsai first won election. China views Tsai as a separatist bent on formal independence for Taiwan.There was no immediate reaction from Beijing to Tsai’s speech.center_img Topics :last_img read more

September 25

Bacolod transport groups joining nationwide strike

first_imgAnotherissue also being protested by the groups is the Land Transportation Franchiseand Regulatory Board’s (LTFRB) plans to consolidate the franchises by way offorming corporation which will give way for the control of all PUVs in thecountry. BACOLODCity – Two major transport groups here are set to join the nationwide strike onMonday to show their continuous protest against the proposed phase out ofjeepneys and UV Express vehicles next year. TheSentrong Samahan ng Tsuper at Operators Negros and Federation Bacolod CityDrivers Association issued a joint statement slamming the “impossible”requirements of the government for its public utility vehicle (PUV)modernization program. SSTONEand Febacda claimed that under the LTFRB’s modernization bid, all transportcooperatives will ultimately be abolished and subsumed by the corporations. Bothgroups strongly said purchasing modernized jeepneys in line with thegovernment’s upgrade bid worth at least P2.4 million would burden manysmall-time operators and would put them in debt. center_img Theyfurther claimed several transport cooperatives have already met a host ofproblems such as the unavailability of spare parts, thereby affecting theirincome and burying them deeper in bank debts. “Weare not against modernization but the cost of the Class 3 vehicles is tooexpensive and beyond the reach of their drivers and operators,” the twotransport groups stressed./PN PHOTO BY IAN PAUL CORDERO/PNlast_img read more

December 21

MICA meeting to give clarity to frustrated homeowners across Donegal

first_imgThe Mica Action Group (MAG) are to hold their first public meeting since the announcement in October last year of the Mica redress scheme for homeowners in Counties Donegal and Mayo.This meeting will be held on Wednesday July 24th 2019 from 8.00-9.00pm in An Grianan Hotel, Burt.Ann Owens Chairperson on the Mica Action Group said since the announcement in October 2018 that the government will support the rollout of a redress scheme to fix the homes affected by defective blocks, homeowners have waited patiently for more information. She said the Mica Action Group (MAG) have continued to engage with Government officials at both national and local level to request further clarity and to stress the importance of launching this scheme without further delay.“There has been progress in the form of Cabinet approval in May 2019 through significant support from Minister Joe McHugh’s office – which was a huge step forward in illustrating Government commitment to the issue.“However, aside from being told that the scheme will be administered by Donegal County Council (DCC), information on the scheme and how homeowners can apply for this redress has not been officially released and MAG and all affected homeowners are getting increasingly frustrated at the stalemate.“Therefore MAG are hosting this information evening in order to provide homeowners with as much information as we can at present. We have also asked a number of people who are instrumental in rolling out this scheme to attend and to speak at the event. “Damien Mc Kay, Consulting Engineer from Letterkenny is one of these key speakers. Damien was one of the first people who raised this issue in late 2013 after seeing a pattern of unusual cracking in more and more homes across the county. Damien has since undertaken assessments on hundreds of homes across the county and has acted as a spokesperson on the mica issue at Government level over the last number of years. He most recently trained and certified the newly formed cohort of engineers through Engineers Ireland who will form a key aspect of the redress scheme process.“Councillor Martin McDermott will also speak on the evening. Martin is a member of the newly formed mica steering group at Donegal County Council. This mica steering group will become more and more important over the coming months and years due to DCC’s key role in the scheme’s implementation. Martin will give an update on where DCC are with regard to the scheme.“Finally, a panel of key stakeholders including MAG, Damien McKay and Councillors; Martin Mc Dermott, Bernard McGuiness, Albert Doherty and Martin Farren who are all members of the DCC mica steering group, will be available in a question and answer session where questions will be taken from the audience. The information evening is open to everyone. This event will be followed by a (members only) AGM from 9.00-10.00pm. We would hope that these events will get a large turnout and will hopefully answer some key questions for affected homeowners on what to do next.“It is time for some real action and to see this scheme prioritised by all those tasked with its rollout. In the meantime, people are still living in fear. We need to see those in the most urgent need prioritised now without any further delay.”For further information please contact The Mica Action Group on [email protected] or by telephone on 086 8648888. Media enquiries to Eileen Doherty, Mica Action Group on 087 2910106/ email [email protected] Background: The Mica Action Group is a voluntary group formed in early 2014 by individuals whose own homes are cracking due to defective blocks. The objective of the group is to seek redress for homeowners affected by this issue. The group has engaged with government on a local and on a national level to determine the exact scale and the cause of the problem in the county.MICA meeting to give clarity to frustrated homeowners across Donegal was last modified: July 15th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:bricksdonegalmeetingMICAredress schemelast_img read more

December 18

Cities must be innovation sites: Manuel

first_img18 July 2013Cities should become sites of innovation for addressing challenges such as youth unemployment, spatial and income inequalities and economic exclusion, says National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel.Speaking at the Metropolis Annual Meeting in Sandton, Johannesburg on Wednesday, Manuel said city leaders, researchers and policymakers should create opportunities for experimentation with different models of delivering services, developing and maintaining infrastructure and creating jobs.Cities ‘must become inclusive’Unless leaders act swiftly, the patience of citizens who lived on the periphery would run out, he cautioned.“We need to urgently devise and implement credible plans to intervene and make our cities inclusive, and bring the majority of citizens of our cities into the mainstream,” Manuel said.“We need to equip our people with skills and education to take advantage of opportunities offered by the economies of the cities. We need to plan, design, and manage cities for people.”The four-day meeting, which started on Tuesday, has drawn mayors, officials and leaders from over 85 cities around the world to Johannesburg to discuss key issues around enhancing development and improving the lives of citizens within a long-term urban development context.While cities were designed for imagined affluent populations, the reality is that too many people wake up each day to shattered dreams of improvements in lifestyle, Manuel said, prompting the need to re-assess urban policies.Re-assessing urban policiesManuel said cities needed land use management systems that allowed for mixed uses so that poor people came to feel they had a right to the city; that captured appreciation of land value for the benefit of the public; and that promoted sustainable use of land.Manuel also proposed a review of the country’s building norms and standards to ensure that they were appropriate for the level of people’s incomes, as well as for efficient accommodation and movement of dense concentrations of people.“Rules that regulate building height, plot sizes and building material should reflect affordability levels while providing scope for improvement in the future and taking into account environmental considerations. Using any other criteria will perpetuate inequality and make informality permanent,” he told the meeting.The minister, who heads up South Africa’s National Planning Commission, also proposed the need for urban development policies that allowed cities to play an effective coordination role to stimulate their own social and economic dynamism.Effective coordination was necessary to maximise the value of the investment that individuals made in housing, that firms made in commercial property, and that the state made in social infrastructure and other public goods.South Africa also needed financial institutions that met the needs of the different populations of the country’s cities, he said.“We need both primary and secondary mortgage markets that target currently underserved segments of the population. Whilst we appreciate the difficulty of developing criteria for affordability, we must do so to avoid the complete bifurcation into either formal high-end mortgages or state provision.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

December 1

Odisha govt. partners with Nobel laureates Abhijit Banerjee-Esther Duflo’s J-PAL to minimise poverty

first_img  Under the partnership, the organisation will provide Odisha government with technical assistance for scaling up evidence-backed programme to improve development outcomes.The partnership also establishes a collaboration between J-PAL South Asia and the state government under which the organisation will work with several departments to conduct policy-relevant randomised evaluations of new anti-poverty and development programmes, the official said.“J-PAL South Asia is very excited to enter into collaboration with Odisha government which has been focusing on transforming outcomes and improving efficiency through different initiatives, said Shobhini Mukerji, Executive Director of J-PAL, South Asia after signing the MoU on behalf of her organisation. J-PAL co-founders Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, with longtime J-PAL affiliate Michael Kremer were jointly awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in economics. Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo react after winning Nobel Prize The Odisha government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with an organisation co-founded by Nobel laureates Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo to maximise the impact of anti-poverty programmes across a wide range of sectors in the State.The MoU was signed with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) South Asia on Thursday to devise a strategic evidence-based approach to policy-making.“As part of the 5T initiative, the State government signed an MoU with J-PAL. This is regarding development and welfare in various core sectors of our state,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told reporters after signing the MoU. Odisha has adopted 5T (Teamwork, Technology, Transparency, Time leading to Transformation) as its policy and this partnership aims at bringing transformation in the lives of people through research-based intervention in policy formulation, an official said.center_img Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo React After Winning Nobel PrizeVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:2301:23  last_img read more

November 28

Battle of Brisbane

first_imgLOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES Balse enjoys playing with young stars, vows to play better next game The Filipino senator hasn’t knocked out an opponent since 2009 and against an oft-rigid, forward-charging foe, Pacquiao might finally have his chance.“I have my punch back,” Pacquiao told trainer Freddie Roach. It could also be the fight that pulls an underdog into the limelight.Pacquiao has fought 67 times, emerging the victor 59 times, losing six times and drawing twice, with 38 of his victims, including superstars like Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton left sprawled in the ring.The Queenslander Horn, on the other hand, is unscathed in 17 pro fights, knocking out 11 opponents.But he is installed a heavy underdog and very few give the former school teacher a chance against the eight-division champion.The bigger Horn intends to bring the war to Pacquiao from the opening bell of the 12-round tussle that will be beamed to over 30 countries, including the Philippines.Pacquiao would eat up the chance to engage Horn toe-to-toe. After all, this might be the fight that brings a highly lucrative rematch with Floyd Mayweather to the table.Roach, is prodding Pacquiao to go for an early stoppage, win impressively, make boxing fans happy, and lure promoters to offer him more juicy bouts—and none is juicier out there than “Money” Mayweather.Like Roach, Glenn Rushton is convinced the fight won’t go the full route. The self-made millionaire trainer is convinced Horn, if he sticks to his 10-point plan, will be able to stop Pacquiao in the later rounds. For the first time since 2005, Pacquiao will be fighting in a card that won’t be limited to pay-per-view in revenue-rich United States. Instead, ESPN will air the show on free TV in primetime.And Pacquiao said this was his idea.“This is the time that I give back to the fans,” said Pacquiao, who told promoter Bob Arum “let’s do free TV for the fans.”It will also be the first time in a long while he’ll be facing a crowd that is neither cheering for him or split down the middle between the two fighters. Horn will get a majority of love from the crowd, which is expected to surpass the Australian record 38,000 attendance set when Jeff Fenech bowed to Azumah Nelson in 1992 in Melbourne.It could also be a fight that would return Pacquiao to relevance.ADVERTISEMENT Boxers Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, second left, and Jeff Horn of Australia, second right, pose for a photo in Brisbane, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Pacquiao, is putting his WBO belt on the line Sunday, July 2, against the 29-year-old Horn. AP FILE PHOTO into battle with a hungry young lion before over 50,000 blood-thirsty spectators.They’re calling it the “Battle of Brisbane.” In truth, it is a fight searching for an identity.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ It is a championship bout, for sure. Manny Pacquiao stakes his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown against Jeff Horn at Suncorp Stadium here Sunday. But belts hardly make for sure-fire classics nowadays.It is a fight for legacy, perhaps. Turning 39 in December, Pacquiao is arguably the most accomplished boxer of his generation. An eight-division, 11-time world champion, he’s a sure Hall-of-Famer when he retires.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBut hanging up his gloves is far from Pacquiao’s mind. Instead, he wants to prove that he can still fight at the elite level, especially against the new breed of ring stars like Horn, who’s nearly a decade younger.It is a fight for the fans, apparently. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

October 24

Tourism Minister Highlights Need for Increased Funding for Tourism

first_img Bolstered by her love for the outdoors, an innate passion for forests and a deep appreciation for the sector’s value to the environment, Ms. Headley has led the Department for 21 years, seeing it through many changes, most notably its transition to an executive agency in 2007. “Being a female in the Forestry Department had always been like ‘who are you and what do you know’,” Ms. Headley says in an interview with JIS News. Story Highlights In 1996, Marilyn Headley made history by becoming the first female Conservator of Forests in Jamaica and the Commonwealth. In 1996, Marilyn Headley made history by becoming the first female Conservator of Forests in Jamaica and the Commonwealth.“They used to say, you don’t look like a forester; so I would always say, how is a forester supposed to look?” she relates to JIS News.The appointment as head of the Forestry Department – all the more meaningful, as she was returning to the agency, which kick-started her career – would set the forest sector on its current path to being foremost in the country’s drive towards sustained growth and development.Her appointment might also have served as a catalyst for the addition of more female technical staff at the traditionally male-dominated Department.“Being a female in the Forestry Department had always been like ‘who are you and what do you know’,” Ms. Headley says in an interview with JIS News.Recalling her first stint at the Department in 1976, when she took a job as an Assistant to the then Deputy Director, having just completed her degree in Agriculture at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Ms. Headley says there were, at most, three females working in technical fields.Over the course of eight years, she served as civil culturist, research officer and senior research officer at the agency.Still, she was eager for more opportunities to grow professionally, and moved to the Jamaica National Investment Promotions Limited (now Jamaica Promotions Corporation), where she worked as an Agricultural Marketing Officer.That agency transferred her to its Miami office, where, for eight years, she would work as the Agricultural Officer for the North American region.Upon her return to the Forestry Department in 1996, however, she was disappointed to find that the female-to-male ratio had not seen much improvement over the years.The gender gap would, however, begin to improve, following Ms. Headley’s appointment as Conservator. This, she says, was due in part to a Canadian-funded ‘Trees for Tomorrow’ project, which had a module focused on how gender was reflected at the organisation.The Conservator makes it clear that while she made no direct effort to bring in more females, she made sure qualified women were equally considered for technical positions as men.“I am not going to hire you just because you are female, but if you are qualified, gender should not hinder you from being considered,” she points out.With the number of women leaving universities qualified in technical areas increasing, she is proud to note that the female cohort at the Forestry Department also increased exponentially.Ms. Headley tells JIS News that some 40 per cent of technical positions at the Department are now filled by women, up from 1.5 per cent in the 1990s. She notes that several members of the senior management team are also female.“That is what I call improvement, in that everybody can now feel like they too can be a Conservator. It is important for people to feel that when they come in, there is room for them to move up,” she points out.Bolstered by her love for the outdoors, an innate passion for forests and a deep appreciation for the sector’s value to the environment, Ms. Headley has led the Department for 21 years, seeing it through many changes, most notably its transition to an executive agency in 2007.She was appointed Chief Executive Officer and reinstated as Conservator of Forests following the shift, which she describes as an achievement of which she is particularly proud.She is also happy to have been able to bring the forest sector to the forefront of public awareness, which she hopes will foster greater recognition of the importance of forests in mitigating climate change, protecting the country’s infrastructure from flooding and to overall safeguard the environment.It was in the 2000s that she introduced the community participation initiative, where foresters were encouraged to get persons involved in protecting the resource. “Getting people involved, getting the stakeholders to meet, getting the views of the public – all this was new to the Forestry Department,” she points out.She adds that the expansion of the agency, to include posts for lawyers, sociologists, public-awareness specialists, and others, was also significant in revolutionising the way the Department operates.“This is very much in line with the global trend of how we must see forestry,” Ms. Headley says.She expresses confidence in the team at the Forestry Department and its capability to take the agency forward, especially through the implementation of the National Conservation Forest Management Plan, now before the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation for approval.“I think we are on a good track. We have here some bright young people… . I feel comfortable that this generation is ready to take the plan to 2026 and beyond,” she tells JIS News.Reflecting on her contribution to the public sector, she expresses satisfaction with her journey.“As a career civil servant, I find that I have been able to contribute in a lot of ways and to make a difference in the country and the sector,” she notes.She says her motto for success, inspired by a teacher from her youth, has been to always aim high.“Anything you are doing, always aim just a little beyond,” the CEO and Forest Conservator says.last_img read more