EPA Gets US$2m for D. Twe Coastal Defense

first_imgMr. Urias Goll and a delegation from the EPABy Leroy M. Sonpon IIIThe Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it has acquired US$2m for the D. Twe High School Coastal Defense Project.The deputy executive director of EPA, Urias Goll, said the money was provided by the Global Environment Framework (GEF) and will be transferred through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).Making the disclosure on Tuesday, June 13, during the EPA’s budget hearing of its expenditure component, Goll said the money will be given to the statutory agency – the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, for implementation.“Hopefully in about two to three weeks, the money will be in the country and be placed into the account of the Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy,” Mr. Goll said.He also told journalists that after the budget hearing, the EPA will apply for another donor support (US$50m) from GEF for other coastal defense projects in Montserrado County.In addition to the US$2m, US$150,000 has been earmarked in the 2017/2018 Draft National Budget for the coastal defense project.Meanwhile, Mr. Goll outlined the EPA’s challenges to include inadequate budgetary appropriation, a need for more technical staff for effective scientific research, laboratory equipment, training opportunities, and vehicles to carry out monitoring and inspection in the 15 counties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Guyana needs you to build a prosperous future” – President

first_imgSt Stanislaus graduationPresident David Granger told graduates of the St Stanislaus College on Friday that as Guyana embarks on a ‘green’ development trajectory with an emerging oil-and-gas industry, the country needs their skills, expertise and knowledge, particularly in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), to develop and become one of the most prosperous countries in this hemisphere.Delivering his charge to the students, parents and teachers at the graduation ceremony held at the National Cultural Centre (NCC), President Granger said St Stanislaus College, though having a broad-based curriculum, has been building a reputation for Science.President Granger handing over a part of the President’s Prize to the school’s Best Graduating student, Ishwadat BoodramlallThe Class of 2017, he noted, can contribute much to this country’s development.“Cohorts of youth like this class can convert our country’s resources into riches, our promises into performance, and our potential into production. The Class of 2017 will inherit the biggest, most beautiful and bountiful country in the Caribbean Community – the ‘green state’ that is rich in natural resources and the habitat of some of (the) rarest flora and fauna on earth.“The ‘green state’ is one that will preserve its biodiversity, protect its environment, and promote renewable energy use. The Class of 2017 can combine its human capital with the country’s natural capital to drive the development of the ‘green state’,” the President said.In addition to the “Boats, Buses, Bicycles plus Breakfast and Books”, or Five B’s programme, President Granger has established the National Endowment for Science and Technology (NEST) with the aim of boosting the Science and Technology laboratories in schools. He said that as the country develops, there will be a greater need for specialists.St Stanislaus College has been selected as one of 13 high schools which benefitted from presidential grants of $1 million each to improve their Science and Technology laboratories under the NEST initiative. This endowment, he said, is not a fluke or gimmick, but it is commitmen aimed at ensuring that the skill sets needed to develop the country are honed and encouraged.Furthermore, in his charge to the students, the Head of State urged them to remain faithful to the College’s longstanding principles, values and standards, even as he noted that St Stanislaus College has been a provider of quality education for more than 150 years.“Tradition cannot be contrived. Tradition sustains the College’s standards – the authoritative bases that define how students behave and how that behaviour is measured,, especially standards of scholarship transmitted over the past century. Tradition embodies the College’s values – the important moral principles and qualities that shape the students’ character and promote camaraderie and esprit de corps. Tradition reflects the College’s intellectual origins. Its Polish logo of crosses and horseshoes and its Latin motto – ‘Aeterna non caduca’ – which translates, roughly as: ‘for the eternal, not the ephemeral,’ tell a tale of both the past and future,” he said.Meanwhile, headmistress of the institution, Paulette Merell, in her remarks, said she is proud of the school’s performance at the recent sitting of the CSEC and CAPE assessments. She informed that the school recorded a 92 per cent overall pass rate. Moreover, the class of 2017 attained an impressive 95 per cent pass rate in Mathematics and English.Ishwadat Boodramlall graduated as the Valedictorian with 13 subjects: 12 Grade Ones and one Grade Two. He received the President’s Prize, which includes a laptop, a plaque, a certificate, and a gift voucher worth $20,000.The ‘College’ was, on May 1, 1866, established by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) as a Catholic grammar school for boys. This Roman Catholic religious order has a long and strong tradition in education. The College’s headmasters between 1866 and 1980, save for a short period between 1869 and 1872, were all Roman Catholic priests who inculcated in students the values and standards of academic excellence.last_img read more

Nickelback rocks Canada

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Nickelback, the first Canadian band to debut No. 1 on the Billboard chart in over 30 years, received a leading six nominations Wednesday for Canada’s annual top music award. The Alberta rockers’ Juno nominations include album of the year for “All the Right Reasons” and single of the year for “Photograph.” Jazz musician Diana Krall and boyish crooner Michael Buble tied with five Juno nominations apiece; both are up for artist of the year, fan’s choice and album of the year. Krall’s seasonal effort, “Christmas Songs,” and Buble’s standards-filled “It’s Time” will compete against the Nickelback CD as well as “219 Days” by Canadian Idol winner Kalan Porter and “Under the Lights” by Idol runner-up Rex Goudie. Wednesday’s nominations bring Krall’s career Juno nominations total to 16. She’s won six. Rock icon Neil Young earned three nominations. Canada had not had a homegrown rock band debut on the Billboard chart since Bachman-Turner Overdrive did so in 1974. The band is currently on a cross-Canada sold-out tour. The Junos will be handed out in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on April 2.last_img read more

Good defense not enough for Redwoods

first_imgA familiar problem continued to plague the Corsairs at College of the Redwoods on Wednesday, as they dropped both ends of a softball doubleheader to Shasta.The Redwoods women have made a habit of playing tough teams close this spring, and as head coach Maggie White has pointed out, they may not have a great record but they have not been an easy win for most teams.That was the case once again against Shasta as the Corsairs lost a pair of close games, 2-1 and 6-4. Unfortunately, so too was a …last_img read more

Blow to Supernova Nucleogenesis Theory

first_img(Visited 311 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 There’s 100 times less of a radioactive element on the ocean floor than expected.According to commonly accepted theory, heavy elements are cooked inside stars and distributed via supernova explosions. One particular unstable isotope, Plutonium-244 with a half-life of 81 million years, should be a good tracer of supernova explosions in the earth’s vicinity. Since the earth is believed to have formed 4.5 billion years ago, any primordial Pu-244 should be long gone. New Pu-244 should have come from supernovae since earth’s birth. But there’s a problem. PhysOrg starts an article with the rumble of a paradigm shaking:Scientists plumbing the depths of the ocean have made a surprise finding that could change the way we understand supernovae, exploding stars way beyond our solar system.What happened? Dr. Anton Wallner of Australian National University and 12 colleagues went looking for Pu-244 on the ocean floor, thinking there should be some specks from supernova explosions during the past 100 million years. Earth should receive a sprinkling of this isotope because, according to theory, abundances of heavy elements should reach a steady state in interstellar dust.“We’ve analysed galactic dust from the last 25 million years that has settled on the ocean and found there is much less of the heavy elements such as plutonium and uranium than we expected.“The findings are at odds with current theories of supernovae, in which some of the materials essential for human life, such as iron, potassium and iodine are created and distributed throughout space….“We found 100 times less plutonium-244 than we expected,” Dr Wallner said.Scratching his head, Wallner wondered if theories of nucleosynthesis of heavy elements are wrong.  Maybe it takes the collision of neutron stars to form this isotope.  Where do large radioisotopes come from?The fact that these heavy elements like plutonium were present, and uranium and thorium are still present on earth suggests that such an explosive event must have happened close to the earth around the time it formed, said Dr Wallner.“Radioactive elements in our planet such as uranium and thorium provide much of the heat that drives continental movement, perhaps other planets don’t have the same heat engine inside them,” he said.His findings not only question nucleosynthesis, therefore, but add an additional constraint on habitability. Without the radiogenic heat to drive plate tectonics, it is unlikely a planet would be suitable for complex life. Wallner et al.‘s study is published in Nature Communications.We offer this astro-geo-physical tidbit to individuals who may wish to explore the implications. One possibility Wallner did not think to consider was whether the earth is younger than he assumes.last_img read more

Hong Kong, SA companies in oilseed JV

first_imgManaged by Noble Resources South Africa, the multi-million rand state-of-the-art plant will be the facility with the largest crushing capacity in the country. “The two shareholders, Noble Resources and Altius, both see this investment as an asset to complement their existing businesses and simultaneously providing something value added and unique to both customers and suppliers alike,” the companies said in a statement this week. Government support Altius is a black economic empowerment (BEE) investment holding company centered on commodity businesses, but is also involved in the technology and financial sectors, using its successes to improve social conditions for disadvantaged Cape Town communities. The Noble Group, which has its primary listing on the Singapore Stock Exchange, manages a global supply chain of agricultural and energy produces, metals and minerals, and operates from over 120 offices in 40 countries. 22 July 2011 Hong Kong-based commodities trader Noble Group and South African empowerment company Altius Investment Holdings have jointly invested in the construction of a new oilseed processing plant in Mpumalanga province. “The factory itself will employ and train approximately 150 personnel to operate and manage the facility, with indirect job opportunities to the region and ancillary businesses that could be in excess of 4 000,” the statement read. The project has been fast-tracked with the support of the national, provincial and local government in terms of securing land and obtaining service-related approvals key to the project. It will process soya beans and sunflower seeds to produce edible oil and feedstock, with the raw materials primarily sourced from the local and surrounding areas, providing a much-needed market for farmers. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

4 Keys To Success For RIM’s BlackBerry 10

first_imgIf Research In Motion is going to set the world on fire, the match needs to be lit on Wednesday. BlackBerry 10, RIM’s much-anticipated next-generation mobile operating system, is set to be unveiled at several launch events around the world on January 30, 2013, including the featured keynote at Pier 36 in New York City. The big question, not likely to be answered at the launch event, unfortunately, is whether or not BlackBerry 10 will be RIM’s saving grace.Yes, we will finally see the full features of BlackBerry 10. We (the assembled Technorati) will give our immediate reactions and decide whether or not either of the two new devices presented is worth your hard earned money and attention. These opinions will go a long way in creating the short-term consumer and business opinion of the viability of BlackBerry 10.But RIM’s ultimate success (or lack thereof) with BlackBerry 10 rests not on the initial opinions of overwrought tech journalist. There are four key factors that will determine whether RIM has a chance to rebuild its company and market share:1. Reacquiring The Enterprise BaseRIM made its money off the enterprise, starting in the C-suite and working its way to regular employees. Only later did it it fully address the consumer market. Every foundation needs have a bedrock to build upon and for RIM, that still has to be the enterprise and government. As such, RIM has seeded BlackBerry 10 to 120 select enterprise and government customers – including 64 of the Fortune 500 companies – with its Technical Preview Program for Enterprise. RIM also refreshed the BlackBerry Enterprise Server and has “Workplace Apps” ready for BB 10. Its BlackBerry Balance feature will be able to cordon off personal data and workplace data from each other on the device. BlackBerry 10 (and BES 10) also have received FIPS 140-2 security certification ahead of launch.2. Robust App EcosystemLike it or not, apps sell smartphones. RIM has been working very hard through the last year to create a dynamic app ecosystem. It had a BlackBerry Jam World Tour designed to drum up developer interest and has incentivized developers by offering $10,000 in guaranteed revenue if an app can make at least $1,000. “One key driver for this is the ability to build up an ecosystem of compelling applications available for download (something they were not able to do with the Playbook launch),” said Scott Snyder, president and co-founder of app-maker Mobiquity. “Because RIM architected the BB 10 operating system to be open, there are APIs and Java-based toolsets that will make porting Android apps to BB 10 fairly easy, which could be a major help given they are unlikely to ever match the 500,000+ apps in Google Play.”On Monday, RIM announced that its app store, BlackBerry World, will have an “extensive catalogue of songs, latest movies and TV shows” upon launch of BlackBerry 10. RIM has said that 70,000 apps will be available to BB 10 when it is released. The key here is not app quantity, though, it’s app quality. When people buy new smartphones, they download their go-to apps for music, video, social networking, productivity, etc. RIM needs to make sure that popular, highly desired apps like Spotify, a good Facebook app (preferably built by Facebook, not RIM), Twitter, Netflix, Hulu Plus and the like are readily available at launch. Otherwise, users may find the BlackBerry 10 experience lacking no matter how good the operating system itself may be. Companies like ooVoo and BitTorrent have announced apps that will be available for BlackBerry 10. That is a good start, but RIM needs to make sure that most of the heavy hitters get involved. 3. Effective DistributionA litany of quality smartphones have died on the market because they were exclusively available via one carrier or another. The HTC One X and Nokia Lumia 900/920 are the poster children of the dangers of limited distribution. RIM needs to take a page out of the Samsung playbook and make BlackBerry 10 devices on every carrier it possibly can. So far the company has shown every indication that it will do just that. RIM has been testing BB 10 with hundreds of worldwide carriers since the fall of 2012 and does not have exclusivity agreements with any of them. The ability for RIM to have multiple smartphones on multiple carriers at multiple price points is key to creating product momentum in both the United States and globally. 4. Quality Experience, Hardware, Industrial DesignThe BlackBerry 10 devices cannot look and feel like bricks, the way the Nokia Lumia 920 does. Nor can they be hard to use or have software lags. They need to feel good in your hand (the way a One X or iPhone 5 do). This is Smartphone Manufacturing 101 and RIM cannot afford to fail the course.  Can Research In Motion pull it all off? RIM is still theoretically run by smart people, and so far indications are that it just might be able to make everything work.  Does that mean BlackBerry 10 will ultimately succeed? There are no guarantees even if RIM reaches all the milestones on this roadmap. As Nokia, Motorola, HTC and other manufacturers have already learned, the smartphone market is a hard industry in which to succeed. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology dan rowinski Related Posts center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#BlackBerry#Research In Motion last_img read more

BJP leaders to tour U.P. villages before Lok Sabha poll

first_imgBJP leaders in Uttar Pradesh, including Ministers and legislators, will tour villages and spend a night there in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha election. In keeping with a decision of the party, they will hear villagers’ problems and spread the word about the “good work” done by the Central and State governments in recent times.“Party leaders will not just tour villages but will also stay there at night so as to build the momentum as the 2019 Lok Sabha election is inching close. We are just a few months away from the next election, and it is necessary for us to connect to the vast rural people, hear them out and tell them about the schemes of the Centre,” said a State leader of the BJP.Support baseThe party has had a strong presence in urban areas of the State and has grown in rural areas only since 2014. Party leaders from the large agrarian State believe a rural outreach is essential to perform well in Uttar Pradesh that sends 80 members to the Lok Sabha. The last Assembly election proved that the party’s appeal was intact, despite the jolt from demonetisation. Retaining the rural support is crucial for the party to return to power in 2019. The CSDS-Lokniti Mood of the Nation Survey 2018 suggested that the disenchantment with the Narendra Modi government was the highest among farmers.The BJP is also planning to organise village ‘chaupal’ and bring on board the beneficiaries of the government schemes so that they can create a positive image for the party.last_img read more