Broderick calls for Proactive Energy Efficiency

first_imgRelatedBroderick calls for Proactive Energy Efficiency Broderick calls for Proactive Energy Efficiency TechnologyJuly 20, 2011 RelatedBroderick calls for Proactive Energy Efficiency Advertisements RelatedBroderick calls for Proactive Energy Efficiency By O. RODGER HUTCHINSON, JIS Information Officer FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Minister of State in the Ministry of Energy and Mining, the Hon Laurence Broderick, has called on Jamaicans to place greater emphasis on energy efficiency and conservation to assist the country in reducing the national energy bill. Speaking at a recent JIS Think tank, Mr. Broderick stated that the effort by the Government was a national one requiring all Jamaicans to play their part. He noted said that a recent study on “Energy Efficiency Potential In Jamaica: Challenges, Opportunities and Strategies for Implementation”, done by the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), highlighted three areas of high electricity usage which accounts for 63 percent of the electricity used in Jamaica: lighting, pumping National Water Commission (NWC) water and air conditioning. He said that if closer scrutiny is paid to air conditioning, and an audit done on public buildings, the high energy consumption levels would be startling. “The hospitals, the schools and the public agencies: you think of how many buildings you go into and the air conditioning that it takes [to keep it cool for the day], can you imagine if we were measuring it against productivity?” he noted. Mr. Broderick suggested that the National Housing Trust (NHT), in their home development projects, implement solar panels as a natural part of the unit entitlement. “We know the National Housing Trust has a facility for solar panels, but why can’t we reach a stage where we say for the next 1,000 houses that NHT is going to put up, that they have a green community then move from there and see the results of that green community,” he suggested. The Minister also noted that efforts will be continuing to have the primary supplier of electricity, the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), address the problem of energy loss over power lines, as was highlighted in the recent ECLAC Energy Efficiency study. last_img read more

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Genes and the American Dream

first_imgScientific American:Nearly a century after James Truslow Adams coined the phrase, the “American dream” has become a staple of presidential campaign speeches. Kicking off her 2016 campaign, Hillary Clinton told supporters that “we need to do a better job of getting our economy growing again and producing results and renewing the American dream.”…A study just published in Psychological Science by psychologists Elliot Tucker-Drob and Timothy Bates reveals that this version of the American dream is in serious trouble. Tucker-Drob and Bates set out to evaluate evidence for the influence of genetic factors on IQ-type measures (aptitude and achievement) that predict success in school, work, and everyday life. Their specific question was how the contribution of genes to these measures would compare at low versus high levels of socioeconomic status (or SES), and whether the results would differ across countries. The results reveal, ironically, that the American dream is more of a reality for other countries than it is for America: genetic influences on IQ were uniform across levels of SES in Western Europe and Australia, but, in the United States, were much higher for the rich than for the poor.Read the whole story: Scientific American More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Aston Villa 2 C Palace 0: Trezeguet double boosts Villans’ survival bid as Benteke sees red AFTER final whistle

first_imgASTON VILLA kept alive their hopes of Premier League survival as Trezeguet struck twice to sink Crystal Palace.And the Eagles not only had Mamadou Sakhos early opener ruled out by VAR but ex-Villa striker Christian Benteke saw red AFTER the final whistle – seemingly for kicking out during a mass flare-up.Wideman Trezeguet finally delivered as he struck either side of half-time in a crucial Villa victoryCredit: EPAPalace’s ex-Villa frotnman Christian Benteke is sent off after the final whistle Credit: News Group Newspapers LtdTrezeguet nips in to seal a victory that still leaves Villa four points from safetyCredit: AP:Associated PressVilla defender Tyrone Mings clashes with Palace centre-back Mamadou Sakho Credit: News Group Newspapers LtdAfter drop rivals Watford and West Ham both won 24 hours earlier nothing less then three points would have been enough for Dean Smith’s Villa to maintain realistic hopes of staying up.And Egyptian winger Trezeguet, who has so often struggled to produce this season, decided this would be the day he turned up to be the hero with goals in each half enough to grab the victory.Villa are still four points adrift of safety with three games remaining, but they are still in there fighting knowing the Hammers and Watford face each other next up.Palace thought they had taken the lead just seven minutes of the game when Sakho climbed to head home Luka Milivojevic.But the goal was erased by VAR Jon Moss – the man who awarded the controversial penalty against Villa in midweek – who ruled Sakho had handled, even though the ball appeared to loop off the top of his shoulder.VITAL SAVESVilla’s problem has not only been at the back, they also fail to score enough goals, and though they were so desperate for the win they rarely attacked with any quality early on.Jack Grealish whipped in one cross from the left and found no-one bursting into the box, and another low ball in from the same area again went begging. Wilfried Zaha struggled to get into the match in the opening quarter, then when he finally did on 27 minutes it was to get involved in a shoving match with Tyrone Mings which saw the pair both booked for their troubles.Then soon after Villa carved out their first genuine chance, only for Mbwana Samatta to head a yard over from a good position to the howls of disappointment from the home dugout.VAR ruled no penalty after Jack Grealish was grounded by a challenge from Patrick van Aanholt Credit: Times Newspapers LtdPalace star Mamadou Sakho rises to nod home but effort was ruled out by VAR Jon MossCredit: ReutersThis is the moment Patrick van Aanholt makes contact Jack Grealish but no spot-kick is givenCredit: Times Newspapers LtdSeven minutes later it was the turn of Grealish to go close as he met Ahmed El Mohamady’s cross first time on the volley, only for Vicente Guiata to turn the ball round the post diving low to his right.Benteke then forced Pepe Reina into two smart saves as Palace pushed forward, and the Spanish keeper again had to be sharp to beat away a fierce drive from Zaha.Those stops proved vital, for in the first minute of stoppage time at the end of the half Villa took the lead – Trezeguet steering home at the far post after Palace had failed to deal with Hourihane’s free-kick from the left.Villa thought they had the ideal opportunity to double their lead when ref Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot two minutes after the break when Grealish went down after a clash with Patrick van Aanholt.But this time Moss was not so helpful to Smith’s side, deciding replays showed Grealish had actually stood on the foot of the Palace defender.The home side continued to d most of the pressing in the second half and Grealish was unlucky to see his free-kick saved by Guaita – but on 59 minutes the second goal they so desperately needed came.Sakho missed his attempt to intercept a ball on the edge of the box, allowing Trezeguet in to poke his shot through the legs of Guaita into the back of the net.Jamie Ohara says a move from Aston Villa to Man Utd would not be right for Jack Grealish Source: Soccer – thesun.co.uk Real or Fake? Shark Attacks Helicopter Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 Animals are so funny that you can die of laughtercenter_img 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 Amazing Controlled Building Demolition You Probably Haven’t Seen Before Most awesome bullfighting festivallast_img read more

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Terry Crews and ‘Fast and Furious’ series star Ludacris tapped to star in modern adaption of ‘John Henry’

first_imgABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) — Terry Crews has been tapped to put a modern twist on the classic African-American folk tale John Henry.According to The Hollywood Reporter, Saban Films has picked up the North American rights to a contemporary adaptation of John Henry that will star Crews and rapper-actor Ludacris.In the original folk tale, Henry was a steel driver worker who was so strong that he was able to beat a steam-powered rock-drilling machine. Although he won, his victory was bittersweet: His heart gave out and he died as the competition ended.But in the film, set in modern times, Crews will play John Henry as a man who leaves his “crime-riddled life for a peaceful one in Los Angeles.” But Henry soon encounters two immigrant kids who are on the run from a gang leader and Henry must help save them.Crews’ John Henry film follows last October’s news that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was set to play the folk hero in a new Netflix film titled John Henry and the Statesman.Although official details on The Rock’s film have yet to be revealed, he teased that the film would “highlight John’s “values, strength, morals and heart, all matter today more than ever.”John Henry is set to hit theaters in the first quarter of 2020. Meanwhile, John Henry and the Statesman, directed by Jake Kasdan, does not yet have a release date.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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UEFA put Champions League final tickets on sale

first_imgUEFA have announced that 6,000 tickets are going on sale to the public for the Champions League final. The game will be played on May 30 at the Ataturk Olympic stadium in Istanbul, which has 72,000 seats.  Category 1: 600€ Sport EN The Europa League final, in Gdansk, Poland, is also on sale. The rest of the tickets will go to fans (20,000 for each club) and sponsors, federations and UEFA itself. Category 2: 450€ Upd. on 06/03/2020 at 11:02 CET The European football governing body confirmed that tickes are going on sale until March 12, giving a week for fans to apply. 05/03/2020 La UEFA pone a la venta las primeras entradas para la final de la Champions League Category 4: 70€ Category 3: 180€ There will be a draw for tickets if demand outreaches supply. The prices are the same as in 2019. IN SPORT.ESlast_img read more

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‘Heart, determination’ the cornerstone of Bombers Volleyball season

first_img“The girls wanted/needed this game to keep the 13th spot in reach and after the devastating loss the day before, they had a tough mental game ahead of them,” said Kidd.”They came out hard, played every point like it was the last, and won in two straight. (26-24, 25-23).”The Bombers faced off against GW Graham for 13th spot.LVR won the first set 25-23, but could not close the deal losing the second set 23-25.Kidd said the third set was a grinder.  “The game shifted back and forth several times, but in the end, our girls lost steam in the final points, losing 11-15.”Kidd said that although LVR had a winning season, the players have not faced off against high level teams on a regular basis, the last time being Thanksgiving weekend at the UBCO tourney in Kelowna. “Without that kind of regular level of competition, it’s hard to prepare for the mental game,” she said.”I know these girls had it in them, it showed with each and every set they played, as they got better and better every time they took the court.  If we had stronger competition in the last month, I feel they would have been better prepared.”LVR’s Bailey Stefani (#15) received a provincial Honourable Mention during the closing ceremonies; a new accolade for LVR.Kidd said the Bombers would like to say a sincere thank you to all the sponsors for their generosity in helping them get to provincials: Red Dog Carpentry, Spearhead, Kootenay Chimney, Alfab Mfg, JB Office, Big Cranium, Sitkum, Snowpack and the Nelson Police Department. The L.V. Rogers found the competition tough at the BC High School AAA  Girl’s Volleyball Championships in Vancouver, finishing 14th overall in the 16-team field.LVR lost a heartbreaking 2-1 decision to GW Graham of Chilliwack during consolation round action.”Our 14th placing does not reflect how well these girls played through out the tournament,” said Bomber coach Jennifer Kidd.”There were no ‘weaker’ teams, they were all stronger than we have seen at previous provincial championships. They played hard against top ranked teams, fighting for every point through every match, and playing to a level they never have before.”Finishing third in round robin action, LVR lost to WL Seaton of Vernon in the opening game of consolation round action, 25-13, 25-17, 25-18.The Bomber then met Alberni, against losing 21-25, 25-19, 15-13.”This was such an exciting match,” said Kidd.”We played with heart and determination. However in the tie breaking set, they were ahead 11-7 and unfortunately let Alberni creep back to win 15-13.  It was a heartbreaking loss as this made our top 10 finish, unreachable.”In the next match, Saturday morning, against Hugh McRoberts, the Bombers had another battle, but were able to come out on top.last_img read more

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Galway Tribesmen Still Unbeaten after 52-0 win over Dublin City Exiles

first_imgThe Tribesmen continued their recent fine form when they met the Dublin City Exiles last Saturday at South Park, The Claddagh. After a tough battle away in Cork the previous week, the Tribesmen significantly tightened up their defence and ran in 9 unanswered tries. The game was played in warm but blustery conditions as is customary at South Park and the Tribesmen turned up the heat as early as the 9th minute with a fine break down the right flank which resulted in a try for Eddie Weaver. Peter O’Neill converted to put the home team ahead by 6 points. The Exiles attempted to establish a foothold and applied pressure close the Tribesmen line but strong defence kept the Exiles out over repeated sets. The Tribesmen eventually regained possession and another break down the right resulted in Weaver’s 2nd try and with the conversion secured by O’Neill the Tribesmen were 12 -0 up after 15 minutes. The Exiles showed great resolve at the start of the 2nd half and a few minutes of sustained pressure near the Tribesmen line showed great promise but yet another knock on handed the ball back to the Tribesmen and a great break resulted in relative newcomer Seosamh McDonagh scoring his first try. O’Neill resumed his metronome like kicking standard to add the 2 points. Peter O’Neill added his own try just a couple of minutes later and added the conversion to put the score at 34-0 after 49 minutes. Unfortunately for the Exiles, the kick restart went straight into the arms of big Tongan centre Mata Fifita and a rampaging 60 metre run down the left wing swatting off would be tacklers gained the Tribesmen good field position 10 metres out from the Exiles lines. From the resulting play the Tribesmen hooker Ryan Guilfoyle skipped over the line to score a try and with O’Neill adding the conversion, the scores were 40-0 with 52 minutes gone. The Exiles kept plugging away and they were awarded a penalty for the Tribesmen holding down in the tackle which gave them a glimmer of hope, but yet again a knock on yielded possession. The Galwaymen needed little encouragement to seize the advantage and Aussie Nick Clark scored an opportunistic try for the 2nd week running. The Tribesmen scoring was completed by a 3rd try from Weaver and with the conversion added this put the scores at 52-0. The last 10 minutes were actually dominated by the Exiles with repeated sets near the Tribesmen line. However, the men from the West showed great tenacity to keep the Dubliners out and the game finished with an impressive 52-0 score line to the Tribesmen. The Tribesmen now move on to the next challenge still unbeaten this year, although their ranks will be depleted somewhat for the next few weeks when 6 of their squad travel to Australia to represent Ireland in the Student World Cup next month. Whilst the lads will be missed, the extended Tribesmen family wish them the best of luck in their endeavours down under.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The restart kick from the Exiles bounced in goal and went dead into touch which resulted in a goal line drop out from the Tribesmen giving the Exiles the impetus once again, however a knock on 5 metres out from the Tribesmen line meant that the Exiles had once again given up possession. The Tribesmen up made some good ground through some hard running by the forwards and Enda Stanford continued his good form following on from his brace of tries the previous week to secure a four pointer. O’Neill duly added the 2 points to increase the lead to 18-0. The Exiles continued to attempt to gain traction but were let down again by poor handling knocking the ball on 30 metres from the Tribesmen line. When the Tribesmen regathered possession they worked their way down the field once more and Aaron Byrne crashed over the line to register 4 points. With O’Neill uncharacteristically missing the conversion this put the score at 22-0 and this was how the first half finished.last_img read more

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R135m for ‘second chance’ at matric

first_imgNational call centre The “Second Chance Project” will give learners who failed three subjects or less an opportunity to gain remedial learning through class room-based tuition. “In addition to assisting learners to pass the subjects they have failed, the project will incorporate a skills development, language improvement and study skills programme in order to prepare participants for the world of work, or higher education for those who aspire to enrol at universities or colleges.” Lungisa said the first part of the project would target 30 000 learners, who would attend classes at 58 sites that had been set up across the country. Fifty percent of these learners would come from rural areas. The agency, through funding from the private sector, will foot the bill for tuition fees. The initiative, a partnership between the NYDA, the Department of Education and the Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership and Governance, will be implemented in conjunction with the national and provincial education departments. “The project will help these learners achieve the National Senior Certificate in order to prepare them for admission to institutions of higher learning and also avoid adding to the number of unemployed young people,” Lungisa said. Launching the project in Johannesburg this week, NYDA chairperson Andile Lungisa said the class of 2008 would be used as a pilot, with the programme expected to be rolled out every year. South Africa’s National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has set aside R135-million to give learners who failed matric in 2008 a second chance at a better future. Professional teachers He said the agency and its partners had already identified professional teachers to be used for the programme. The department estimates that as many as 200 000 learners failed their matric in 2008, while thousands more dropped out of Grade 10 and Grade 11. Most of these youngsters are left unemployable due the fact that they are unskilled. 20 October 2009 Lungisa said a national call centre would also be set up to help learners with the options available to them should they fail their Grade 12. Remedial learning, tuition The NYDA, the result of a merger between the National Youth Commission and the Umsobomvu Youth Fund, and was officially inaugurated in June. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Canada is not about bricks and mortar PM tells critics of Canada

first_imgCHARLOTTETOWN – Justin Trudeau pointed Thursday to an icebreaker’s voyage as a fine example of Canada 150 celebrations, but critics say he’s missed the boat in terms of a lasting, bricks-and-mortar legacy from the anniversary.The prime minister clambered onto the former coast guard ship Polar Prince to talk to scientists who are collecting information on the oceans off three Canadian coasts this summer.He also encountered aboriginal crew members from the Canada C3 expedition in a small room dedicated to reconciliation, and posed for hundreds of selfies as he toured P.E.I and New Brunswick in the run-up to the Canada Day weekend bash.Trudeau told a news conference that his government has focused on people rather than buildings in Canada 150.“I respect that people will be looking for different things to mark this milestone but I always focus on Canadians, on the stories we tell each other,” Trudeau said, as he stood near Charlottetown harbour.However, Elsa Lam, the editor of Canadian Architect magazine, said in an interview the anniversary has been short on the enduring, landmark structures that marked the 1967 Centennial.Other than an ongoing renovation to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, the architectural historian said she can’t think of many projects that may be remembered by the time the 200th birthday rolls around.“There’s a whole smattering of tiny infrastructure projects that aren’t really legacy projects,” she said in an interview.The country could have aimed to bring in a new museum for the City of Toronto, renovated the prime minister’s residence to make it a model of green architecture, or have moved more quickly to create a national indigenous cultural centre, she says.Centennial investments in 1967 funded some 860 buildings, including the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s, N.L., and the Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg.Asked about the criticisms during a news conference, Trudeau said he makes no apologies for the approach his government has made with its $500 million anniversary investment.“Our greatest strengths are not in bricks and mortar or even in the land, but in the people who share these communities who want to build a vibrant future together,” he said.“Our government makes no apologies for the investments we made in Canadians themselves.”The prime minister pointed to funds that are giving families the opportunity to celebrate at events around the country.Some of the federal funds have gone to fund “12 days of celebrations” that kicked off June 21.That was National Aboriginal Day, the first of four key events including Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27 and Canada Day on July 1.Canadian Heritage has set the bar high for their success: “In honour of Canada 150, this year’s edition will be the most spectacular in Canadian history,” promises one government press release.However, Lam says there was no long-term vision for the anniversary, an issue that extended back five years ago to the Harper government as well.“It was kind of catch-all the way the program was framed. You could submit proposals for cultural centres … but also submit for renovations to a cemetery or golf course or hiking trails. It was so broad in scope that anything could fit in.”She said much of what was chosen was “shovel-ready” projects, rather than larger structures.“This is something that should have been started a lot earlier.”Earlier Thursday, Trudeau and P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLauchlan sat outside a resort near Cardigan, where the prime minister told him he often hears from “fiercely proud” Island MPs in his caucus on a variety of issues, including the high cost of crossing the Confederation Bridge to the mainland.People gathered at the Montague Curling Club ranged from Cardigan MP Lawrence MacAulay to monks from a local Buddhist community.In the afternoon, Trudeau flew to Fredericton to meet athletes taking part in the Acadian Games.As with his visit to the Island, he spent about 40 minutes working his way through crowds of excited and screaming teenagers.Many wanted his autograph, but most were pushing close with their smartphones to get the prime minister to pose for selfies with them.“It’s really cool because he’s our prime minister and we get to meet him,” said Sophy Lemieux, a 15-year-old badminton player from Greenwood, N.S.“It’s really cool I got a picture with him,” she said.Trudeau was to end the day at a ice cream social in Grand Bay-Westfield, a suburb of Saint John.His visit to New Brunswick came a day before federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer visits the province.It will be Scheer’s first visit to New Brunswick since becoming leader.— With files from Kevin Bissett in FrederictonFollow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

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PNB fraud: Mumbai court issues NBW against Nirav Modi’s wife

first_imgMumbai: A special court here on Friday issued a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against the wife of fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, a key accused in the USD 2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case. The warrant against Ami Modi was issued by Special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) Judge M S Azmi after he took cognisance of the supplementary chargesheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against Nirav Modi (48) and other accused a few days ago. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The financial crime probe agency has alleged that Ami Modi used an international bank account to move USD 30 million, suspected to be proceeds of the scam. The funds were used to buy property located in New York’s Central Park, the ED has said. In its supplementary chargesheet, the agency has recorded additional evidences gathered in the case and attachments made. It is understood that the ED has underlined the role of Ami Modi and funds routed by her in the supplementary chargesheet. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe ED had filed the first chargesheet in this case in May last year. According to investigating agencies, Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi, in connivance with certain bank officials, allegedly cheated PNB to the tune of Rs 14,000 crore through issuance of fraudulent Letters of Undertaking (LoUs). These LoUs were allegedly issued in a fraudulent manner by a Mumbai branch of the PNB to the group of companies belonging to Nirav Modi since March 2011 till the fraud came to light in January 2018, the agencies have said. Nirav Modi, Choksi and other accused are facing charges under the PMLA Act and the Indian Penal Code in the fraud case which is being probed by multiple agencies, including the ED. According to a UK media report last week, Nirav Modi is currently living in a three-bedroom flat occupying half of a floor of the landmark Centre Point tower block in London, where rent is estimated to cost 17,000 pounds a month.last_img read more

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