The National Ozone Unit of the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has ended a one day stakeholders’ workshop on the Initiation of a Nationwide Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) Alternatives Survey hosted at a resort in Monrovia.EPA Deputy Executive Director (DED), Urias Goll, at the opening session, said Liberia through the agency, has significantly contributed to the global success of the Vienna Convention on the protection of the Ozone Layer.The Vienna Convention up to date is considered as the most successful environmental agreement in the world.Notwithstanding this success, Goll told over 25 participants, “collective actions were still needed to find a lasting solution to global environmental problems ahead of us.” “It is in this regard that we have come to initiate another phase of the Ozone project, which is to conduct a survey of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) alternatives at the national level,” Goll emphasized.The basic concept of the ODS Alternatives Survey is to assist developing countries like Liberia to better understand their consumption trends for non-ODS alternatives and their distribution by sector and subsector. It is also meant to create inventories on ODS Alternatives which will provide Liberia with an overview of its national market where ODS Alternatives have been and will be phased in, while taking into consideration existing technologies. Finally, the survey will estimate the amount of each ODS alternative currently used in the country, identify alternatives that could be potentially used in the future as replacement and forecast the amount of each of the ODS alternatives currently used and potentially to be used in thecountry.Goll called on the participants to accord the data collectors their cooperation and give them the needed information in the next few months to come if Liberia is to succeed in conducting the national survey.Earlier, according to an EPA release, the National Focal Person of the Ozone Unit at the EPA, Sete F. Marshall, said the success of the project over the years can be attributed to cooperation, participation and involvement of all relevant stakeholders concerned with the project.Mr. Marshall noted that the pending survey is an opportunity for Liberia to move forward in cataloging the necessary information regarding ODS and ODS Alternatives for the good of its citizenry. The survey will end in September of this year, and its results will be validated by stakeholders before submission.Participants were drawn from the private sector and relevant line ministries and agencies, to include the refrigeration union of Liberia, importers, Liberia Chambers of Commerce, Monrovia Vocational Training Center, Liberia Revenue Authority, Liberia Agricultural Company, LIPFOCO among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Twenty-year-old Randy Bowen of Lot 184 Duncan Street, Newtown Kitty was on Friday remanded to prison until August 3 after he was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on a charge of robbery under arms.A serving member of the Guyana Police Force, Bowen pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.It is alleged that on July 25, 2018, while on Regent Street, Georgetown and in the company of another, Bowen attempted to rob Rajkumar Rupa.According to the facts presented to the court, on the day in question, at 14:45h, Rupa was an occupant of a Route 40 minibus, and the duo and another male were also passengers in the bus, when Bowen whipped out a chopper and demanded that Rupa hand over the bag he was carrying.The Prosecution is contending that Rupa refused the demand and hurriedly exited the bus, later making a report to the Brickdam Police Station. The accused was subsequently arrested and charged.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield objected to Bowen being placed on bail, citing the serious nature of the offence.The prosecution’s objections were upheld, and Bowen was remanded.The matter will continue on August 3.