Dominicans urged to adopt bird conservation practices

first_img Tweet 10 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Dominicans urged to adopt bird conservation practices by: – April 26, 2012center_img Share Share Agriculture Minister Matthew Walter has called on residence to adopt conservation practices to protect the countries birds. He was addressing the start of activities to mark the 11th edition of the Caribbean Endemic Birds Festival 2012.The event which runs from April 23-to May 22nd is being observed under the theme “Connecting People to Bird Conservation”. Walter wants Dominica to raise the level of awareness on the importance of birds on the island. “This year’s theme aims to encourage everyone to engage in some aspect of bird conservation. It is easy to get involved in bird conservation and like anything; some of your most helpful action begins at home. Among the many simple actions which could greatly assist our feathery creatures include, putting up curtains over glass windows to help make them visible to birds, and hereby prevent bird collision with your windows,” he said.He has also admonished citizens to assist in protecting the birds from pets.“Keep cats indoors and dogs from straying. You can adopt the practice of using cloth grocery bags and reusable bottles; since birds that mistakably eat plastic trash can become ill or even die. Avoiding plastic bags and bottles also reduces plastic pollution and conserves resources”.Walter further noted that the public should also refrain from “selling wild caught birds as pets” as this practice is “illegal”.Several activities have been organized to mark this year’s observation of the Caribbean endemic bird’s festival. They include presentations on local birds and birding field trips with schools and Pre-Schools; Radio Quizzes on the island’s four radio stations; a television programme; live radio discussions on the subject of birds and the Festival on all four major local radio stations; interviews; a public lecture on the theme Connecting people to Bird Conservation, and this will be presented in partnership with the University of the West Indies Open Campus on 17th May; publishing of a newspaper article and a boat trip to Pointe des Foux on Dominica’s south coast to view colonies of nesting seabirds and roosting Yellow-crowned Night Herons on 19th May.The festival will climax with a Whistle Like a Bird Contest when Dominicans who can imitate the vocalization of birds will show off their talents and skills imitating the calls and songs of selected Dominican birds at the Alliance Française Auditorium on 22nd May. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Mercedes to race in new black livery for 2020 F1 season

first_img RelatedPosts Tags: Black Lives MatterFormula 1Lewis HamiltonMercedes Mercedes will run a new black livery in Formula 1 in 2020 as a signal of their commitment to greater diversity and inclusion in motorsport.Silver had been the company’s colour scheme in racing since the 1930s. Source: BBC Sports ‘We want to play in big competitions’ – Jordan Ayew targets European spot with Crystal Palacecenter_img Ivory Coast FA elections: Asamoah Gyan backs Didier Drogba ‘I’m happy at Crystal Palace’ – Jordan Ayew says amid transfer speculation Mercedes said the Black Lives Matter movement had “shone a searching light on how much we need new measures and actions in the fight against racism”.Lewis Hamilton called it an “important statement that we are willing to change and improve as a business”.Mercedes F1 team said in a statement that “just 3% of our workforce identifies as belonging to minority ethnic groups and only 12% of our employees are women.“This lack of diversity shows that we need to find new approaches to attract talent from many areas of society we do not currently reach.”The team will also launch a diversity and inclusion programme that will include raising awareness, analysis of their recruitment programme, collaboration with F1 stakeholders on accessibility and education initiatives.Mercedes F1 team principal Toto Wolff said: “Racism and discrimination have no place in our society, our sport or our team: this is a core belief at Mercedes.“But having the right beliefs and the right mindset isn’t enough if we remain silent.“We wish to use our voice and our global platform to speak up for respect and equality, and the Silver Arrow will race in black for the entire 2020 season to show our commitment to greater diversity within our team and our sport.“We will not shy away from our weaknesses in this area, nor from the progress, we must still make; our livery is our public pledge to take positive action.”Six-time world champion Hamilton has announced he is setting up a commission in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering to promote black participation in motorsport.He added: “It’s so important that we seize this moment and use it to educate ourselves, whether you are an individual, brand or company to make real meaningful changes when it comes to ensuring equality and inclusivity.“I have personally experienced racism in my life and seen my family and friends experience racism, and I am speaking from the heart when I appeal for change.“When I spoke to Toto about my hopes for what we could achieve as a team, I said it was so important that we stand united.“I would like to say a huge thank you to Toto and the Mercedes board for taking the time to listen, to talk, and to really understand my experiences and passion, and for making this important statement that we are willing to change and improve as a business.“We want to build a legacy that goes beyond sport, and if we can be the leaders and can start building more diversity within our own business, it will send such a strong message and give others the confidence to begin a dialogue about how they can implement change.”last_img read more