Consultation to Prepare Jamaica for Climate Change Conference

first_imgPhoto: JIS PhotographerPermanent Secretary in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Dr. Alwin Hales (right), in conversation with United Nations Resident Co-ordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme, Dr Arun Kashyap, at a consultation to prepare Jamaica for the 19th Conference of Parties, at the Alhambra Inn, in Kingston on October 31. Advertisements RelatedGreater Environmental Protection Stewardship Urged Consultation to Prepare Jamaica for Climate Change Conference EnvironmentNovember 1, 2013Written by: Latonya Linton The Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme, hosted a national consultation on Thursday, October 31, to prepare Jamaica for the 19th Conference of Parties, at the Alhambra Inn, in Kingston.The United Nations Climate Change Conferences are held annually and they serve as the formal meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to assess the progress in dealing with the issue.The nineteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) will be held from November 11-22, 2013, in Warsaw, Poland.Addressing the consultation, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Dr. Alwin Hales, said that climate change is a complex problem, which has consequences for all spheres of existence on the planet.“It either impacts on, or is impacted by global issues, including poverty, economic development, population growth, sustainable development and resource management,” Dr. Hales said.He noted that the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, in 2011, was a turning point in climate change negotiations, with governments recognising the need to draw up the blueprint for a fresh universal, legal agreement to deal with climate change beyond 2020, where all countries would play their part to the best of their ability, in order to reap success.Dr. Hales said that governments committed in Durban to a comprehensive plan that would come closer, over time, to delivering the objective of stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous interference with the climate system, and at the same time will preserve the right to sustainable development.“The challenge, then and now, is to push climate action forward as rapidly as possible, both inside and outside the climate change negotiations,” he explained.Dr. Hales argued that a looming gap remains between current national and international actions and intentions to reduce emissions as well as the actual level required to keep average global temperatures rising no more than two degrees above their pre-industrial level, above which science shows that there is a much higher risk of very serious climate impacts.“Moreover, even if the two-degree scenario is met, developing countries, especially the poorest and most vulnerable, will still need much more support to adapt to the change that is already embedded in the global climate system,” the Permanent Secretary said.Dr. Hales welcomed the consultation, noting that it will “foster the exchange of ideas that will enable us to strengthen our negotiating position and leverage the kind of actions we need from the developed countries on issues, such as Climate Financing and others, that are so crucial to developing countries and in particular Small Island Developing States (SIDS), like Jamaica.”Meanwhile, United Nations Resident Co-ordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme, Dr. Arun Kashyap, said the consultation is an opportunity to share knowledge and experience, so as to negotiate and influence the decisions on important issues, such as climate financing, adaptation mechanisms and significant emission reductions. Consultation to Prepare Jamaica for Climate Change ConferenceJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlaycenter_img Story HighlightsUnited Nations Climate Change Conferences assess the progress in dealing with the issue.Climate change is a complex problem, which has consequences for all spheres of existence on the planet.The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, in 2011, was a turning point in climate change negotiations. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedNEPA Investigating Reports of Crocodiles Being Eaten RelatedFocus on Environmental Issues Affecting Land and Ocean at Global Conferencelast_img read more

Percival J Patterson Still a Leader for Change

first_imgA now 84-year-old PJ Patterson, Jamaica’s sixth prime minister, and now an author, last week launched his book at the Miramar Cultural Center. The book, entitled “My Political Journey” is an account of Patterson’s life, in two parts – the pre-politics era, and thereafter. As Patterson explains, “To me, the most important part is part one. I say that because what I did as Prime Minister, is more generally known. We needed to put it in context, but it is the earlier part that speaks of the influences, the things which molded you. What is it that infected you with a sense of caring for people; what is it that set standards which would guide you and would seek to influence the sort of society you would wish to create.”Born on April 10, 1935 in Hanover, Jamaica, Patterson led Jamaica as Prime Minister for a solid, unbroken 14 years – a role he voluntarily stepped away from in 2006. The over 400-page memoir takes readers along his life and political journey. “My Political Journey recounts his performance at the national, regional and global levels and is a fascinating record of a nation’s postcolonial growth,” the book’s summary reads. “Patterson is both a product of this new Jamaica and one of its architects, and his is a compelling and intimate account of a dramatic era for the young nation… Throughout his career in the People’s National Party, he gained international respect through the pivotal roles he played in the advancement of the causes of the developing countries of the world.”During the launch, Patterson stressed that the book is not just a tale of his life experience, but rather an exploration of the social and political blossoming of an emergent, yet trailblazing, small nation. Despite having a buttoned-up political career, during the Miramar launch attendees were reminded that Patterson was also once the manager of the popular 1960s Jamaica ska band – The Skatalites. The music lover showed off his admiration of the artform as he deftly danced with guest performer, Montego Bay-based songstress, Karen Smith. Though well into senior citizenship, the ex-prime minister’s spirit is still young, energetic, and determined to make a mark in some way. Patterson spent his younger years growing up in Hanover before attending Calabar High School in Kingston. He then went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of the West Indies, and a law degree from the London School of Economics. He officially stepped into politics in 1952 when he joined the People’s National Party. One of his first feats was managing Michael Manley’s successful campaign for president of the PNP in 1969. He would go on to earn national repute as a master political organizer working to lead the election campaign that lead to the PNP winning the 1972 general elections and Manley’s ascension as prime minister succeeding Hugh Shearer, He would then go on to hold the roles of Minister of Industry and Tourism; Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; Minister of Development, Planning and Production; and Minister of Finance and Planning. By 1992 he would become the party’s leader succeeding Manley who had retired, and served as the longest-standing Prime Minister of Jamaica to date, until his retirement from politics in 2006. Hailing from humble beginnings, with his father Henry a farmer, and mother, Ina, a primary school teacher, Patterson’s career was marked by a strong conviction to radically reduce poverty in Jamaica. While in office, the country experienced a significant decline in poverty. In that vein, he is credited with having led Jamaica’s greatest period of investment in tourism, mining, ICT and energy, and ending an 18-year borrowing relationship with the International Monetary Fund, which fostered the country’s independence in creating its own economic policies. During his political tenure, Patterson played roles in CARICOM, CARIFTA, the G77, the Commonwealth Heads of Government, and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States. Through these outlets he was known to push for the advancement of developing nations, while ensuring Jamaica’s voice and presence were consistently heard.As Chairman of CARICOM, in 2004 he made international headlines when he led the organization’s decision to refuse recognition of the new government in Haiti that had removed Jean-Bertrand Aristide from office. In a bold move of defiance, Patterson arranged for Aristide to take up temporary residence in Jamaica during his lawsuit against the United States and France, in which he accused the countries of kidnapping him.Now in his calmer years, Patterson’s book marks the continuation of a life used to contribute to something much greater than himself – the development of his country. His memoir is another gesture in his quest to effect social, political and cultural change through new avenues.last_img read more

SA, make it a vuvuzela moment!

first_img18 January 2013 Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula has called on sport fans around South Africa to take to the streets with their flags and blow their vuvuzelas at noon today to welcome the teams and spectators for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon). From offices, factory floors, farms and various work stations across the country, Mbalula urged South Africans to come out any time from 12:00 to 13:00, armed with vuvuzelas, whistles, horns, flags and ululations, to show their support for Bafana Bafana – who play the tournament opening match against Cape Verde on Saturday. Bafana Bafana, joined by the Bafana class of ’96 and national rugby and cricket players, will be in Sandton, Johannesburg to mark the vuvuzela moment. “Take your valuable lunch time from your busy schedule to blow a vuvuzela in your Bafana Bafana jersey as we welcome the sons and daughters of Africa in the land of our forebears. The land of Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Charlotte Maxeke, Helen Joseph,” said Mbalula. Mbalula called on the country to unite in the same spirit of the 2010 World Cup. “Please let’s show our pride and patriotism as we did in 2010, when the football frenzy of the World Cup hit our shores. The beat is truly and indeed within our African veins as we traverse with our troops wearing our Bafana Jersey and hoisting our flag high and singing to the top of our voices.” Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

10 months agoVlasic resigned to Everton exit: They buy Barcelona players now!

first_imgVlasic resigned to Everton exit: They buy Barcelona players now!by Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton star Nikola Vlasic believes that he will be leaving the club in the summer.The 21-year-old is on loan at CSKA Moscow for the remainder of this campaign.And he does not see his long term future at Merseyside, given the ambitions of the team.”Honestly, I do not believe,” Vlasic told Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti when asked if he could come back into the team next season.”Everton paid about £90m on only three players – Richarlison, (Yerry) Mina and (Lucas) Digne – and are therefore looking for great names and players from big clubs, like Barcelona.”Despite these immense investments the team is currently in the 11th place, which means there will be new, big purchases.”When you bring three players out of Barcelona in a few days (Mina, Digne and on-loan Andre Gomes) then it’s clear that you do not have much care for those who came from the small league.”So I expect them to sell me as soon as they get their first bid.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

PK Subban to be featured in HBO Canada documentary

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Subban was part of a controversial trade that sent the longtime Montreal Canadiens star to Nashville in return for Shea Weber.The documentary will feature interviews with Subban, rap superstar Snoop Dogg, and former Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson, who is the hockey star’s speed and agility coach.The film will air in French on Nov. 16 on Canal D and RDS and in English on Nov. 18 on HBO Canada. Login/Register With: Facebook Canadian NHL star P.K. Subban will take to centre ice as the featured subject of a new HBO Canada documentary.“P.K. Subban Skate Past The Noise: The Off-Season” promises an up-close look at the life of the Nashville Predators defenceman and “unparalleled access to his inner circle.”The film follows the NHL all-star during the recent off-season while Subban was at home in Toronto preparing for his move to the U.S. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Average spot power price falls 22 to Rs 312unit in March

first_imgNew Delhi: Average spot power price fell 22 per cent at Rs 3.12 per unit in March at Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) compared to Rs 4.02 per unit in the same month last year due to lower demand. The total traded volume in Day Ahead Market (DAM) last month declined 15 per cent to 3,356 million units (MU) as against 3,955 MU in March 2018, according to an IEX statement. The Term-Ahead Market (TAM) traded 246.34 MU in the reported month, registering a surge of 78 per cent over 138 MU traded in March 2018. However, the traded volume in DAM in March was up 20 per cent from 2,794 MU in February 2019. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The average Market Clearing Price (MCP) at Rs 3.12 per unit registered 22 per cent decline over Rs 4.02 per unit in March 2018 and at par with Rs 3.08 per unit in February 2019,” the statement said. According to the statement, DAM experienced transmission congestion mainly towards import of power by southern states which led to volume loss of 120 MU representing 3 per cent of the total traded volume on the exchange. All India peak demand touched 169 GW on March 29, 2019, registering 5 per cent increase over highest peak demand of 160 GW registered in March 2018 (as per National Load Dispatch Centre report). Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe percentage time congestion was 35.6 per cent. ‘One Nation, One Price’ was realised only for 3 days during the month. On daily average basis, 735 participants traded in the market during the month. In fiscal 2018-19, the DAM cumulatively traded 50,063 MU as compared to 44,842 MU in 2017-18. On all India basis, the energy supplied in March 2019 registered increase of 4 per cent at 110 BU (billion units) from 106 BU in the year-ago month. The total traded volume at IEX (DAM and TAM) stood at 3,602 MU in March 2019, registering 25 per cent increase from the previous month and 12 per cent decline from the year-ago period. In the entire 2018-19, the total traded volume was 52,168 MU, which was 13 per cent more compared to 46,215 MU traded in the previous fiscal.last_img read more

Camila to star in Cinderella

first_imgLos Angeles: Singer Camila Cabello is set to star in writer-director Kay Cannons new version of Cinderella. Cabello will be involved in the music for the project, which grew out of an original idea from actor James Corden. The film will be produced by Corden and Leo Pearlman through their Fulwell73 banner, reports variety.com. The new Cinderella will be a music-oriented version of the traditional tale of the orphaned girl with an evil stepmother. Sony Pictures is putting the project on the fast track for production. The best-known Cinderella movies have been Disney’s animated drama, released in 1950, and two live-action remakes: 1997’s version starring Brandy and Whitney Houston, and the 2015 film with Lily James. Cuban native Cabello, who was part of Fifth Harmony before going solo, hit superstar status last year with her debut album “Camilla”.last_img read more

Obesity can impair memory

first_imgObesity can break down our protective blood brain barrier resulting in problems with learning and memory, a study has found. Chronic activation of the receptor Adora2a on the endothelial cells that line this important barrier in our brain can let factors from the blood enter the brain and affect the function of our neurons, scientists said. The team from Augusta University in the US have shown that when they block Adora2a in a model of diet-induced obesity, this important barrier function is maintained. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”We know that obesity and insulin resistance break down the blood brain barrier in humans and animal models, but exactly how has remained a mystery,” said Alexis M Stranahan, neuroscientist at Augusta University and corresponding author of the study published in The Journal of Neuroscience. In the brain, adenosine is a neurotransmitter that helps us sleep and helps regulate our blood pressure; in the body it’s also a component of the cell fuel adenosine triphosphate, or ATP. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardAdenosine also activates receptors Adora1a and Adora2a on endothelial cells, which normally supports healthy relationships between brain activity and blood flow. Problems arise with chronic activation, particularly in the brain, which is what happens with obesity, Stranahan said in a statement. People who have obesity and diabetes have higher rates of cognitive impairment as they age and most of the related structural changes are in the hippocampus, a centre of learning and memory. Fat is a source of inflammation and there is evidence that reducing chronic inflammation in the brain helps prevent obesity-related memory loss. For the study, young mice fed a high-fat diet got fat within two weeks, and by 16 weeks they had increases in fasting glucose and insulin concentrations, all signs that diabetes is in their future. In the minute vasculature of the hippocampus, the researchers saw that obesity first increased permeability of the blood brain barrier to tiny molecules like fluorophore sodium fluorescein, or NaFl. Diet-induced insulin resistance heightened that permeability so that a larger molecule, Evans Blue, which has a high affinity for serum albumin, the most abundant protein in blood, also could get through. When they looked with electron microscopy, they saw a changed landscape. Resulting diabetes promoted shrinkage of the usually tight junctions between endothelial cells and actual holes in those cells. When they gave a drug to temporarily block Adora2a, it also blocked problems with barrier permeability. Whether that could work in humans and long term as a way to avoid cognitive decline in obese humans, remains to be seen, Stranahan said.last_img read more

Centuryold mystery of Voynich code solved

first_imgLondon: Scientists say they have decoded the Voynich manuscript, a mysterious medieval code whose purpose and meaning has eluded scholars for over a century. The Voynich manuscript is an illustrated codex hand-written in an unknown writing system. The vellum on which it is written has been carbon-dated to the early 15th century. By cracking the Voynich code, the researchers at the University of Bristol in the UK succeeded where countless cryptographers, linguistics scholars and computer programmes have failed. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportIt took Research Associate Gerard Cheshire two weeks, using a combination of lateral thinking and ingenuity, to identify the language and writing system of the famously inscrutable document. It is named after Wilfrid Voynich, a Polish-Samogitian book dealer who purchased it in 1912. In the journal Romance Studies, Cheshire describes how he successfully deciphered the manuscript’s codex and, at the same time, revealed the only known example of proto-Romance language. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”I experienced a series of ‘eureka’ moments whilst deciphering the code, followed by a sense of disbelief and excitement when I realised the magnitude of the achievement, both in terms of its linguistic importance and the revelations about the origin and content of the manuscript,” Cheshire said. He said “what it reveals is even more amazing than the myths and fantasies it has generated.” For example, the manuscript was compiled by Dominican nuns as a source of reference for Maria of Castile, Queen of Aragon — an autonomous community in Spain, said Cheshire. “It is also no exaggeration to say this work represents one of the most important developments to date in Romance linguistics. The manuscript is written in proto-Romance — ancestral to today’s Romance languages including Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, Romanian, Catalan and Galician. “The language used was ubiquitous in the Mediterranean during the Medieval period, but it was seldom written in official or important documents because Latin was the language of royalty, church and government. “As a result, proto-Romance was lost from the record, until now,” Cheshire said. The text uses an extinct language. Its alphabet is a combination of unfamiliar and more familiar symbols.last_img read more

Ohio State baseball rallies to take series from Rutgers

Junior left-hander Tanner Tully fires a pitch during a game against Rutgers on April 15 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorLast time the Ohio State baseball team matched up against a Big Ten opponent, it did not end well, as the Buckeyes were swept in three games against Maryland.In desperate need of a series win to keep their Big Ten hopes alive, OSU (23-12-1, 4-5-0) managed to storm back and grab the series win after dropping the opener to Rutgers (16-19, 3-6).Game 1Friday’s game started off looking like it would be a back-and-forth battle all night long, but seven runs in the first three innings by Rutgers proved to be too mighty of an obstacle for OSU to overcome.The contest certainly did not start off right for OSU junior left-handed pitcher Tanner Tully, as he surrendered a walk and two hits to load the bases before Rutgers freshman center fielder Jawuan Harris lined a single to center field that scored three runs early.OSU responded quickly, however, as it matched Rutgers’ three-run first inning with a three-spot of its own. After junior center fielder Troy Montgomery lined out to start the bottom half of the first, four straight hits by the heart of the Buckeyes’ order brought the game back to square one.The see-saw battle really ceased at that point, as Rutgers knocked another three runs off of Tully as the Scarlet Knights began the top of the second with three straight hits to plate a run. Following a sacrifice bunt, Rutgers redshirt senior first baseman Chris Suseck drilled a double to right field that drove in two more runs. Rutgers would add one more run in the third inning to expand its lead to 7-3.The Buckeyes would not be held off the scoreboard for much longer, however, as Montgomery would later hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to bring the game back within three. Montgomery’s blast turned out to be the last run scored by either side, however, as Rutgers senior left-handed starting pitcher Howie Brey would finish off a complete game, allowing only four runs. In spite of the loss, OSU coach Greg Beals said he saw a lot of promise with the way his team played.“We hit a lot of balls hard tonight,” Beals said. “I don’t mind how we played today. We just didn’t get a quality start from Tully. For him to give up seven runs in the first three innings is absolutely uncharacteristic; it just wasn’t his good self tonight.”Game 2A day after only managing four runs against the opposing starter, the Buckeyes’ bats came out in full force and ran away with the game.The first runs of the game came from the Buckeyes in the bottom of the second inning off a bunt from sophomore right fielder Tre’ Gantt that scored senior first baseman Troy Kuhn from third. After a double steal on the basepaths, junior catcher Jalen Washington drove a single into left to make it a 2-0 OSU lead.Rutgers would come back and tie the game in the top of the third inning, however, as junior left fielder Mike Carter singled to left field to plate a pair of runs. Neither of those runs were charged to OSU senior starting pitcher John Havird, as he would have been out of inning if not for an error on shortstop Craig Nennig that likely would have ended the inning.From this point on, it was all Buckeyes. OSU senior third baseman Nick Sergakis drilled a two-run home run in the bottom of the third to make give the Buckeyes a 4-2 lead. The fourth inning saw OSU bring 10 batters to the plate en route to scoring four runs on the strength of five hits. The Buckeyes later went on to add a run in the fifth and another in the sixth to make it 10-2.Following up a start against Maryland in which he went eight innings and gave up no hits, Havird continued his dominant ways, hurling seven innings of two run baseball (with no earned runs) and only three hits and one walk allowed.Over his last five outings, the lefty has thrown 33 innings with an impressive 1.36 ERA. During those starts, Havird has racked up more strikeouts (20) than hits allowed (19). For Havird, part of this dominant stretch has been the resurgence of his changeup, which has been one of his go-to outpitches.“My past couple outings, my changeup has really gotten back to what it used to be,” Havird said. “I struggled with it for the first couple games, I was really just going with the fastball, slider, two-seam away and movement and occasional changeup, but it wasn’t really working too well. But now it’s getting back to what I know it is.”On Zach Farmer Memorial Day, Havird said he did feel some extra incentive to go out there and pitch well for the memory of his teammate and the Farmer family. Farmer died in early August at the age of 21 after a battle with leukemia. Havird said it was important to go out there and get a win in his memory.“I know he was an unreal person, unreal athlete,” Havird said. “I really felt like I had to go do something for him and throw as good as I can.”Game 3Unlike the first two games of the series which saw a combined 25 runs scored, the rubber match of the series would be exactly as its title suggests: a pitchers’ duel.Rutgers was the first to draw blood in this one as its sophomore third baseman Milo Freeman hit a solo home run in the third inning to put the Scarlet Knights ahead 1-0.An inning later, OSU tied things up with an RBI groundout by Sergakis that drove in redshirt junior Jacob Bosiokovic from third.Both teams were then held off the scoreboard until Montgomery led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a triple. It did not take long for the junior to get off the basepaths, as Bosiokovic lined a single into right field to drive in the run and put the Buckeyes ahead 2-1.That one-run lead would be all the home team needed, as redshirt sophomore right-hander Adam Niemeyer cruised through the game. In his first start in two weeks after he was sidelined with a hamstring injury, Niemeyer threw six solid innings of one-run, three-hit baseball with seven strikeouts and only one walk allowed. Part of what helped Niemeyer in his outing Sunday was the stellar defense behind him that committed no errors on the day and came up with some clutch plays in clutch situations.“I’m a pitcher who throws a lot of strikes, I try to work ahead of hitters,” Niemeyer said. “Not really pick too much, just try to attack them, and it’s easy to do that when you’ve got a solid defense behind you. It’s easy to throw strikes, trust the defense and let those guys make the plays.”Coming upOSU’s next contest is set to come on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium against Cincinnati. Freshman right-hander Ryan Feltner is slated to take the mound for the Buckeyes as they look to build off the series victory. read more