Australian DoD, Department of Fisheries WA to Monitor, Manage Marine Pests in WA Waters

first_img View post tag: Defense Share this article View post tag: DoD View post tag: waters Australian DoD, Department of Fisheries WA to Monitor, Manage Marine Pests in WA Waters View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defence The Australian Department of Defence has joined forces with the Department of Fisheries WA to monitor and manage marine pests in Western Australian waters.The Defence Support Group (DSG), the Royal Australian Navy and the Department of Fisheries specialist Marine Biosecurity Research and Monitoring Group has worked together to develop and manage a marine pest monitoring program around Garden Island.As part of the program, Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers have taken part in marine pest surveys in waters surrounding HMAS Stirling, which involved collecting samples by scraping mussel fouling off pylons, from a prescribed depth. On the surface, the research group then sort through the fouling looking for the pest mussel.The surveys are designed to ensure the early detection of marine pest incursions, vastly improving the chances of eradicating any pests that are found.While the Asian Green Mussel has been a pest targeted by the program, this particular pest has not been found in the vicinity of Garden Island to date.Navy, DSG and the Department of Fisheries WA intend to continue their vigilance to keep the marine area surrounding Garden Island free from marine and environmental pests.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 25, 2013; Image: Australian Navy February 25, 2013 View post tag: Monitor View post tag: Australian View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian DoD, Department of Fisheries WA to Monitor, Manage Marine Pests in WA Waters View post tag: marine View post tag: manage View post tag: Department View post tag: Navy View post tag: Pests View post tag: WA Industry news View post tag: Fisherieslast_img read more

Bob McCoskrie: Stop playing Russian roulette with drugs

first_imgFestival goers should enjoy the music and stop playing Russian roulette with drugs and with their lives. Family First Comment: If we take the justification for pill testing to its logical conclusion, should we also be testing the safety of illegal guns belonging to the gangs, set up a DOC testing programme to ensure that kereru illegally caught are safe to eat, help homebased P-labs operators meet their IRD tax requirements, and offer free Warrant of Fitness checks for getaway vehicles involved in aggravated robberies?….Pill testing sounds well-intentioned, but behind the smokescreen is simply another ‘facilitated’ ill-informed decision to consume illicit drugs. Festival goers should enjoy the music and stop playing Russian roulette with drugs and with their lives.If we take the justification for pill testing to its logical conclusion (“When it comes to NZ drugs, better safe than sorry” Dr Siouxsie Wiles – Dominion Post, 14 Oct 2019), should we also be testing the safety of illegal guns belonging to the gangs, set up a DOC testing programme to ensure that kereru illegally caught are safe to eat, help homebased P-labs operators meet their IRD tax requirements, and offer free Warrant of Fitness checks for getaway vehicles involved in aggravated robberies?Better safe than sorry is the mantra, isn’t it? Haven’t we lost ‘the war’ on these illegal activities? People are still doing them.The psychiatrist, writer and retired prison doctor Theodore Dalrymple says that the ‘war on drugs is lost’ mantra is an unimaginative and fundamentally stupid metaphor – “If the war against drugs is lost, then so are the wars against theft, speeding, incest, fraud, rape, murder, arson, and illegal parking. Few, if any, such wars are winnable.”We are not engaged in a war on drugs. We are defending our minds, our health and safety. The end goal of the anti-smoking campaign has not been ‘slow down’ or ‘moderate’ but ‘quit’, with numerous strategies and support agencies assisting on the journey. The numbers overwhelmingly suggest that it is working.Lobbying to allow drug use and drug testing at music festivals is flawed and dangerous. It’s being used by drug-friendly groups as a wedge to normalise drug use.At the same time as we encourage and adopt alcohol-free and smoke-free public events, having drug-free music festivals is a health and safety approach based on best practice.Drug overdoses are a huge concern, and testing won’t protect users because there is no such thing as a safe drug.Pill testing will be seen by many younger people especially as a clear endorsement of drug use. It sends a message that illicit drugs are acceptable and can be ‘safe’, and will worsen harmful drug use, so that more lives will be put at risk with the belief that the drug they are taking is somehow ‘safe’.Pill testing also does not – and cannot – guarantee that the drug being taken will not cause any physical or mental harm or death to the individual consumer. It also cannot account for the individual’s physiological response to each drug.Drug-Free Australia has provided research showing that according to the medical literature the accelerating number of Australian deaths from ecstasy are mostly not from overdosing, nor, according to coroners’ reports, are they due to impurities in party pills – but rather from individual reactions to drugs. A group of friends can all ingest the same amount but only one might die.Pill testing cannot test for use of other drugs. Pill testing cannot test for individual allergic-like reactions. Pill testing onsite cannot test for dose. Pill testing is incapable of preventing home deaths.If pill testing is pursued with government approval, the inevitable result will be more people willing to use the substance on the false assumption that they are now safe and publicly acceptable.As Australian Toxicologist Andrew Leibie, said in late-2017, “Public statements made by politicians that the trial would help ‘keep people safe’ were potentially misleading. MDMA is not a safe drug… The whole concept is based on the false assumption that if you do know what you’re taking, it is safe – something that is absolutely untrue.”A recent study by Western Australia’s Edith Cowan University found that while first time users at festival might be more cautious, prior ecstasy users were only more likely to reduce their harm intentions if the ecstasy contained a toxic contaminant, not if the test revealed a high dose or an inconclusive result. The researchers said that this finding is important because some of the recent ecstasy-related deaths at festivals in Australia which have been linked to high doses of ecstasy. Additionally, if the participant was a prior ecstasy user who was also high in sensation seeking, then they were at the greatest risk of harm, even after participating in the pill test.Melvin Benn, Festival Republic’s managing director, UK’s largest festival organiser which organises Reading and Leeds Festivals, among others, said “Determining to a punter that a drug is in the ‘normal boundaries of what a drug should be’ takes no account of how many he or she will take, whether the person will mix it with other drugs or alcohol and nor does it give you any indicator of the receptiveness of a person’s body to that drug… There are no safe illegal drugs.” Pill testing sounds well-intentioned, but behind the smokescreen is simply another ‘facilitated’ ill-informed decision to consume illicit drugs.last_img read more

Thirty-two awarded for their ‘labour of love’ to Dominica Labour Party

first_img Share LocalNews Thirty-two awarded for their ‘labour of love’ to Dominica Labour Party by: – October 10, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit addressing the DLP Awards Ceremony on Saturday.Thirty-two members of the Dominica Labour Party were on Saturday awarded for their hard work and ‘labour of love’ towards the development of the party.At a special award ceremony at the Officers’ Quarters of the Fort Shirley in the Cabrits National Park Cabrits in Portsmouth, the fifty-six year old party led by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit highlighted the contribution that these thirty-two ‘giants’ have made towards the Dominica Labour Party throughout the years.Mr Skerrit noted that while awards are usually associated with prizes or payments, no amount of money can compare to the level of commitment and dedication these members have shown.“Tonight we give special recognition to thirty-two of our comrades who have given exemplary and dedicated service to our Party. We normally associate the word “award” with a prize or payment. While this is good, there is no prize or payment that can compensate for the commitment demonstrated, the loyalty shown and the sheer hard work done by the awardees in fighting the fight for Labour. For them, their love for Labour has been translated into “a labour of love”.Prime Minister Skerrit also singled out “Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan and Communicator Extraordinaire Charles Savarin who I believe are shining examples of what Labour warriors ought to be”.In saluting these thirty-two giants, Senior Counsel Astaphan and Honourable Charles Savarin, Mr Skerrit also lamented the fact that some former friends of labour have become distracted by innuendo and lies of opposing forces.“I have to admit, with some regret, that some of our one-time brothers have found themselves entrapped in the language, innuendo and lies of those who do not wish your leadership well. Though very few in number, they could not embrace the shift in political strategy that was critical to turning around the fortunes of our party, allowing it to grow, to become more inclusive, while continuing to empower the hard working men, women and children who make up the bulk of our citizens.”Mr Skerrit however said “there comes a time when even the best of friends must part; I wish them well, but the door is always open for their return”.The Prime Minister also issued a warning to anti Labour forces who are seeking to incite violence in the country based on their personal vendetta against him that “whosoever diggeth a pit shall fall in it”.“It includes a vocal fringe with personal vendetta against Roosevelt Skerrit, who spend every minute, awake or asleep, conjuring up schemes and stories designed to place him on a slippery slope towards destruction; they attempt to invoke events of the past and superimpose them on the progressive achievements of Labour over the past decade in the hope, albeit false, that people will be incited to rise up against the duly elected Government; but friends my warning to them is this: ‘Whosoever diggeth a pit shall fall in it’.”The Prime Minister also shared his vision with his members for the next award ceremony, stating that it should also include an induction ceremony to include new members.“We should set the target of welcoming at least one hundred new members into the ranks of our party, this averages only about five inductees per constituency, and I know you can do this,” he said.Meantime Member of Parliament for the Cottage Constituency Reginald Austrie also encouraged member of the Dominica Labour Party to welcome new members into the party.“We must adopt an open policy; we must allow for the changes to take place within the party, we must put out the olive branch, we must welcome people into our midst. It is our intention that every single Dominican will vote for the Dominica Labour Party but in order to do this; we have to encourage them, we have to cajole them and when they come no matter where they come from we need to embrace them and welcome them,” he said.The Paix Bouche Cultural Group and the Capuchin Cultural Group provided entertainment to the crowd during the celebration for the awardees.Here are a few photographs of the ceremony: [nggallery id = 76]The awardees are; Helena Gasper of Castle Bruce, Mona Susanna Edwards of Colihaut, Dian John of Colihaut, Magdalene Joseph of Grand Bay, Isaiah Joseph of La Plaine, Henry Alexander of Mahaut, Vernice L. Davis of Marigot, Rosaline Joseph-Roberts of Morne Jaune/Riviere Cyrique, Eutychus Fabien of Paix Bouce, Reynold Alcendor of Petite Savanne, Vivian Remy of Portsmouth, Bernard Nicholas of Roseau Central, Augustina Darroux of Roseau North, Augustin Henry Ferguson of Roseau South, Keith Richards of Roseau Valley, Darroux Lawrence of Salybia, Ethel Prosper of Salisbury, Theresa Verna Theodore of Soufriere, Aaron LeBruin of St. Joseph, Gerold Jean of Penville, Whitfield E. Wallace of Wesley, Peter Royer and George Thomas of the Western Zone Labour Youth Organization, Wilbert Wylis of the Central Zone Labour Youth Organization, Jannel Thomas and Cathy Moise of the Southeastern Zone of the Labour Youth Organization, and Lisa Fabien of the Northeastern Zone of the Labour Youth Organization, Vinna Royer of Western Zone of the Labour Women’s Organization, Vena McDougal of Central Zone of the Labour Women’s Organization, Rosemary Williams of the Northeastern Zone of the Labour Women’s Organization and Hermina Lazare and Corinthia Blanc-Esprit of the Southwestern Zone of the Labour Women’s Organization.Dominica Vibes News Share 212 Views   no discussionslast_img read more