With pollution taking its toll presently on the environment, resulting in more frequent flooding as a result of clogged drains and canals, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reiterated the importance of having the ban on single-use plastics implemented sooner than later.In an interview with Guyana Times on World Environment Day, Executive Director of the agency, Dr Vincent Adams explained that the EPA has been in consultations with international agencies in this regard.“We’re still working on it in partnership with others too. Of course, you know we have been going to international meetings and conferences with the international communities under the United Nations etcetera but we are putting together a programme and a plan for it and again, all of that is going to be built into our entire strategic plan for the agency in terms of work,” he explained.According to him, the ban on single-use plastics is critical at this point as is a second look at what mercury is doing for the environment.He intends to have a microscopic view of what the effects of these and other contaminants are.When asked how soon can the ban implemented, the Director said he chooses to be “realistic”, saying “in a few years”.Adams reminded that consultations must be held with Guyanese before such a step is taken. He stated that “There are commitments and I don’t wanna say next year. I would like for it to be as soon as maybe next couple of years or so but we’ve got to be realistic here too. It’s not as simple as saying ‘okay you’re going to ban it.’ What are you going to put in place after you ban it and how it’s going to impact business, so there are all kinds of complexities but of course we are doing everything possible to make it happen as soon as possible.”Last April, the then Minister of State, Joseph Harmon at a post-Cabinet press conference announced Government’s position on ending of the use of plastic bags across Guyana.He explained that plastic is a problem across the world and Guyana, for its part, was not exempted from the consequences of this pollution.“Cabinet agreed that the matter had to be addressed if we were truly committed to the tenets of our Green State Development Strategy… It was further agreed that the Government would adopt and institute measures to minimise the use of plastic and propose appropriate legislation to give effect to these measures,” he had explained.According to Harmon, a Cabinet memorandum was prepared by the Environmental Protection Agency in this regard.Providing a timeline, Harmon was optimistic that the ban could be pulled off by the year 2021.“The intention is not going to be immediate, but they are basically going to get people, over time, to wean themselves off of plastics. There are six supermarkets that have indicated willingness to work with the EPA that they start to reduce… the use of plastic bags.”The implementation of this initiative comes at a time when Guyana happens to be one of the countries in the Caribbean that is mostly affected by plastic pollutants.In Guyana, plastic articles, specifically plastic bags, have been the reason for clogged drains, trenches and canals and have oftentimes resulted in flooding over the years. As though a precursor to banning plastic, the Government took a decision to place a ban on styrofoam back in 2016, after much contention.
6 6 6 Lucas Hernandez: Club to activate Atletico defender’s release clause? Click the arrow above, right, to see more Man City transfer rumours – According to the Sun, Guardiola is ready to activate the Frenchman’s release clause, believed to be in the region of £20million. The 20-year-old made 16 appearances in all competitions for Diego Simeone’s side last term. Leroy Sane: Schalke winger to decide on future – Guardiola and City are big fans of the 20-year-old winger and hope to progress with a deal later this week, report the Telegraph. After the conclusion of Euro 2016, Sane can make a decision on his future and he could be added to the existing competition of attacking players at the Etihad, along with Nolito who arrived from Celta Vigo. Leonardo Bonucci: City to seek alternatives to Juventus defender? – According to ESPN earlier this week, Serie A giants Juventus are asking for too much money to prise Bonucci away from Turin. The Citizens are wary about paying over the odds for a 29-year-old, despite Guardiola being a big admirer. Bonucci impressed for Italy at Euro 2016 but City may be forced to look elsewhere for their investment, such as John Stones or Lucas Hernandez. Bruno Peres: City told to pay up for the Torino defender – The full-back is attracting interest from City but the Serie A club have reportedly told Etihad chiefs to stump up at least £17million for the 26-year-old Brazilian. He impressed in Italy last season, making 33 appearances in all competitions, even chipping in with three goals. He would add competition to the ranks at City, with Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy current first choices, with Pablo Zabaleta set to leave. 6 6 Man City fans face an exciting summer judging by these transfer rumours.Now Pep Guardiola is at the helm, the club are being linked with the game’s very best players and have already snapped up two quality players in Ilkay Gundogan and Nolito.BEST DONE DEALS SO FAR IN 2016It appears the club are far from done, however, and here, talkSPORT has more rumours for supporters to digest.Remain up to date with the latest transfer rumours here or listen to the Transfer Centre on talkSPORT 2 every weekday from 1pm here. Marlos Moreno: Atletico Nacional forward to join then be sent on loan – City are set to sign the Colombian for just over £8million and loan him to Deportivo La Coruna, according to the Manchester Evening News. The 19-year-old has been attracting interest from across Europe and it appears City are going to win the race for his signature. 6 Marc-Andre ter Stegen: Guardiola to raid Barcelona for a new goalkeeper? – The Mail Online reports Guardiola is weighing up a move for either of Barcelona’s goalkeepers. His doubts over current first choice Joe Hart has been widely reported and the 45-year-old is set to raid his former club for Ter Stegen or Claudio Bravo. The duo have shared the main role at the Camp Nou over the last two seasons and are reportedly unhappy about the current situation. Bravo is 33, while German shot-stopper Ter Stegen is 24 years old.