Fulham boss Kit Symons believes the officials were wrong to rule out Hugo Rodallega’s late goal at Millwall.The Colombian striker netted six minutes from time but had his celebrations cut short after the assistant referee ruled him offside.It meant Fulham had to settle for a goalless draw, their first away league point since the win at Leeds in mid-December.Millwall boss Ian Holloway said the decision was correct, saying the linesman had got it “spot on”.However, Symons said he had watched a replay and felt Rodallega was onside.He said: “In my opinion that was a good goal which should have stood.“Hugo’s level with the man marking him and I think the other defender’s probably a yard deeper, but that’s my opinion.“I just think it was the wrong call by the linesman, but these things happen.“It would have capped off a fantastic day if we’d come away with all three points but it wasn’t quite to be.”Symons was happy with the result, which keeps the Whites in 19th, five points above the Championship relegation zone.He added: “I thought we were the team pushing second half.“I’m disappointed not to get the win but a point in this division is precious, so we’ll take that.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookj
Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, has called for increased action by developed countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions, so as to reduce the worst impacts of climate change. Addressing session of the United Nations (UN) climate change conference in Doha, Qatar on December 5, Minister Pickersgill stated that without concerted action by the large industrialized countries, climate change will continue to be a major obstacle for many small island states, including Jamaica, in achieving development goals. He said Jamaica has been severely affected by the changes in weather patterns caused by climate change, and since 2001, the country has lost an annual average of two per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) due to hurricanes, floods and droughts. The cumulative cost of this damage and loss, he told the conference, was close to $120 billion, “money which could have been used more effectively to improve our education, health and infrastructure sectors.” Minister Pickersgill also pointed to the need for capital support and technology transfer to help developing countries to adapt. He noted that while Jamaica and other small island states have been attempting to strengthen their capacity, “there are some impacts that are proving to be beyond our ability to adapt”. “I highlight this, not only because of the actual loss and damage, but also because of the impact on our debt due to borrowing in order to finance the recovery and reconstruction,” he stated. “We must be afforded the opportunity to develop our countries without increasing emissions and ensure that our development can take a more sustainable path. We will continue to do all that we can to conserve on our use of water and energy. But must lament the slow pace of progress in significantly reducing the cost of alternative energy sources,” the Minister stated. United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, also spoke of the “growing crisis” of climate change and said “our actions need to match the scale of the challenge.” The conference, from Monday, November 26 to Friday, December 7, represents the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 8th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto ProtocolClimate Change Conference. It is being held at the Qatar National Convention Centre. At the G8 Summit held in the Italian city of L’aquila in July, 2009 developed countries promised to cut greenhouse gas emission by 80 per cent on the basis of 1990 levels by 2050. So far, 75 per cent of the greenhouse gas emission comes from developed countries, with developing countries accounting for 24 per cent of the developed countries’ level. The population of G8 bloc takes up 13 per cent of global population, but half of the heat-trapping gases come from these countries. In the past 20 years, the gap of greenhouse gases emission between the developed countries and developing nations has been widening instead of narrowing.
Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, says work has commenced on two of the eight proposed agro parks to be established island wide, being undertaken over the next three years at a cost of US$8 million, Dr. Phillips was speaking at the signing and launch of the $240.7 million (€2.25 million) Economic Partnership Agreement Capacity Building Project, at the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) in Kingston, on December 11. The Minister said he has been informed by the Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Roger Clarke that work has started on the parks at Amity Hall, in St. Thomas and Ebony Park, in Clarendon, to improve the irrigation infrastructure and to put in other facilities. “This will enable private producers, with the support and co-ordination of the Government, to get involved in modern 21st Century agriculture, so that we can meet the targets, not only of displacing imported food supplies, but capturing export markets, which are hungry for Jamaican products,” Dr. Phillips argued. Noting that the Ministry of Agriculture is moving “full speed ahead” with the parks’ development, being advanced under the recently enacted Public-Private Partnership Policy (PPP), the Minister explained that these facilities will help to “stabilize” the agricultural supply chains, “deepen” inter-industry linkages, increase competitive import substitution, and incorporate what he described as “under-utilized” rural labour force into productive activity. The Agriculture Minister, who announced the parks’ development in the House of Representatives in September, advised that these will be established in St. Thomas, St. Catherine, Clarendon, Manchester, St. Elizabeth, and Trelawny. He indicated that the initiative represented a “pragmatic approach” to enhancing Jamaica’s food security and reducing the country’s food import bill. Focus, he informed, will be placed on producing onions, Irish potato, yam, honey, small ruminants, hot pepper, ginger, turmeric, pineapple, and aquaculture. Mr. Clarke assured that the parks will be equipped with the requisite infrastructure to ensure sustainable production and enhance post harvest activities. These inputs include: irrigation, drainage, storage, and packing house facilities. The Capacity Building Project, being funded by the European Union (EU), aims to create an enabling environment to support increased compliance of Jamaican agriculture and agribusiness exports, with international quality standards, to EU and other markets. This will be done by strengthening the capacity of infrastructure supporting the country’s export sector. The project is designed to enhance Jamaica’s food security focus and competitiveness goals, as outlined in the National Export Strategy (NES), and the country’s National Development Plan, Vision 2030 Jamaica, being administered by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ). Project activities are slated to get underway this month with the commencement of an initial 18-month undertaking, for which €600,000 has been earmarked. This phase is slated to run until May 2014. Welcoming the project, Mr. Clarke said it will have a “far-reaching” impact in facilitating the country’s adherence to international food safety standards, regulations, and practices. “This (project) will assist the Ministry to outfit our labs with critical pieces of equipment and the technical capabilities that will make them much more efficient, as well as making an array of testing sites available to the trading public,” he pointed out, while citing the benefit of access to global markets accruable to exporters, by virtue of their products receiving accreditation from internationally recognized testing facilities. Arguing that food safety “is everybody’s responsibility,” Mr. Clarke expressed gratitude to the EU and other stakeholders who have partnered with the Ministry to safeguard the quality and integrity of food consumed locally, as well as those exported. “The Ministry signals its commitment to ensuring full compliance to global standards, through strengthened policies, institutional and regulatory frameworks and the provisions of technical support services where required,” the Minister assured.