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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, November 25, 2013
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Legal Notice No.
that the Environmental Management Authority in exercise of the power granted to it by
Section 41 of the Environmental Management Act, 2000 ("the Act") proposes to make to Notice designating the
following sea turtles as Environmentally Sensitive Species ("the Proposed Notice"):
• Leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea);
• Green turtle (Chelonia mydas);
• Olive ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea);
• Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta); and
• Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)
that the Environmental Management Authority ("the Authority") pursuant to Rule 5(4) of the
Environmentally Sensitive Species Rules, 2001 ("the Rules"), now invites written submissions from the public with
respect to the Proposed Notice and pursuant to Rules 5(6) of the Rules, such submissions shall contain the grounds
therefore and may include additional modifications or amendments to give effect to the submissions.
that the Proposed Notice is available to the public for viewing on the Authority's website at
www.ema.co.tt and at the following offices from 8:00 a.m. To 4:00 p.m. On weekdays from November 4 to
December 13, 2013:
a) Environmental Management Authority, 8 Elizabeth Street, St. Clair, Port of Spain;
b) Environmental Management Authority, 2 Dumfries Road, La Romain;
c) Environmental Management Authority, Eastern Main Road, Tunapuna;
d) Forestry Division Office, Guaico;
e) Forestry Division Office, Cumuto;
f) Forestry Division Office, National Parks, Farm Road, St. Joseph;
g) Port of Spain City Corporation, 2-4 Knox Street, Port of Spain;
h) Tobago House of Assembly, Environment Division, Scarborough, Tobago;
i) Tobago Inland Revenue Division, Roxborough, Tobago;
j) Buccoo Reef Trust, Cowie's Building, Carnbee Junction, Auchenkeoch Road, Carnbee;
k) Environment Tobago Offices, 11 Cuyler Street, Scarborough;
l) Sangre Grande Revenue Office, Toco Main Road, Sangre Grande'
m) Chaguanas Borough Corporation, Cumberbatch Street, Chaguanas;
n) San Fernando City Corporation, Cumberbatch Street, Chaguanas;
o) Arima Borough Corporation, 8 Hollis Avenue, Arima;
p) Diego Martin Regional Corporation, Orchid Drive, Morne Coco Road, Petit Valley;
q) Mayaro/ Rio Claro Regional Corporation, High Street, Rio Claro;
r) Tunapuna/ Piarco Regional Corporation, High Street, Rio Claro;
s) Couva/ Tabaquite/ Talparo Regional Corporation, Railway Road, Couva;
t) Princes Town Regional Corporation, Hosein Building, High Street, Princes Town;
u) Siparia Regional Corporation, High Street, Siparia;
v) Point Fortin Borough Corporation, Town Hall, George Street, Mahaica, Point Fortin;
w) Toco Foundation, Victoria Pritchard Resource Centre, Galera Road, Toco;
x) SAD for Toco, Light Pole 1005, Paria Main Road, Toco;
y) Turtle Village Trust, Grand Riviere; and
z) Nature Seekers Inc., 10 1/4 mm Toco Main Road, Matura
that submissions on the Proposed Notice shall be made from
and must be addressed to The Corporate Secretary, The Environmental Management
Authority, 8 Elizabeth Street, St. Clair, Port of Spain.
Dated this 30th day of October 2013.
Environmental Management Authority.
The mind-body connection is well-documented
in research from neuroscience, psychiatry, and med-
Findings have consistently shown that our emotional
experience (stress, anxiety, anger, sadness, etc) can
have a negative impact on our health.
The good news is that, when harnessed correctly,
we can use our mind to help heal the ailments of the
body. The reverse is also true. When we are in emotional
distress, we can use the body to shift our feelings.
When we are stressed, scared, or sad the brain sends
cues to the body that danger is present and the body
assumes its natural fight or flight response. This can
result in muscle tension, increased heart rate, increased
body temperature, shortness of breath, etc. This fight
or flight response is very helpful when there is actual
physical danger present (ie, help us run from a potential
predator), but rest of the time it just sounds a fire
alarm in the body even though there is no smoke.
However, we can send a message back to the brain
that things are actually safe by making subtle, yet
powerful shifts in the body. Through adopting different
postures, changing our facial expressions, or even
placing a hand on our heart we can slow the body s
stress response and start to sooth the emotional pain
we may be experiencing.
When Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh said
"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but
sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy,"
he was really on to something. Turns out that there
is evidence to validate his assertion.
Research by Tara Kraft and Sarah Pressman at the
University of Kansas demonstrated that smiling can
alter our stress response in difficult situations. Their
study indicated that smiling, even if one is not feeling
happy, can slow heart rate and decrease perceived
levels of stress. Smiling sends a signal to the rest of
our body that things are okay, it s safe to let down
So next time you are feeling overwhelmed, try smil-
ing, even if you don t feel like it. It might just make
a difference. (Tip: If you really can t get yourself to
smile, practise holding a pen or a chopstick in between
your teeth. It mimics the same expression as a smile
and can produce the same effects.)
Shifting our posture can also shift how we feel. A
study by Brion, Petty, & Wagner in 2009 reported
that sitting up straight positively influenced peoples
feelings of self-confidence, while slumping over had
the opposite effect.
Additionally, research by Amy Cuddy and Dana
Carney at Harvard University has shown that holding
"power postures" for 120 seconds can create a 20 per
cent increase in testosterone (helping to boost con-
fidence) and a 25 per cent decrease in cortisol (reducing
stress). In order to reap these benefits try assuming
an open and expansive posture.
Take up space, put your hands on your hips and
spread your feet (think wonder woman) or lean back
in a chair and spread your arms. Hold the posture for
at least two minutes.
Touch is also a very powerful healing tool. When
we are sad we often turn to others for a hug or to be
held. We can actually provide ourselves with some of
the same benefits.
During a particularly distressing moment try placing
a hand on your heart, rubbing your own arms, or
massaging your own head. May sound cheesy, but it
actually can be very helpful in slowing the body s
stress response. Pairing this with the self-compassionate
thoughts such as, "This is really painful right now,
but this too shall pass" can help sooth the discomfort
of the present moment both physiologically and men-
So next time you are feeling overwhelmed by what-
ever is arising for you emotionally, try standing up
straight, smiling, or putting a hand on your heart. For
a super boost, try all three. (Huffington Post)
Get into a good mood
in two minutes DA EA
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