PPP will scrap coalition’s “ceremonial” GSDS – Jagdeo

first_imgDays after the Green State Development Strategy: Vision 2040 was handed over to President David Granger, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo labelled the document as ceremonial and promised to have it scrapped when the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) returns to power.According to Jagdeo, the coalition’s strategy, which was handed over to President David Granger by the United Nations Environment Programme’s Director – Latin America and the Caribbean, Leo Heileman, on Tuesday, is a flawed approach since it does not focus on Guyanese and tangible returns to them.“I made it clear that the PPP will scrap this approach. The Green State Strategy, when they launch it in September, it would just be a good photo opportunity for the President and another speech touting the ‘Green Credentials’ of our Government. But in reality, it will mean very little to people in Guyana in terms of jobs, better access to health and education or anything else,” he stated.Jagdeo, who was a recipient of a Champion of the Earth Award back in 2010 while he was still President, had pioneered the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS), which was launched under his regime in 2009. As such, the former President on Thursday did a comparison of the two strategies.“The fundamental thing that is different about our strategies is that one, the LCDS was an economic strategy that sought to move Guyana to perperity and our people to greater wealth and benefits, using a decarboniser, a cleaner energy and a green pathway. In their case, it is about an environment strategy mainly that they’re hoping to superimpose on the country and, therefore, it requires funding from our sources,” he said.Pointing to an advertisement that Government is circulating that it has delivered on training Guyanese for “Green jobs”, Jagdeo questioned how many such jobs were actually created “outside of planting some palms down” along the highway on the East Coast of Demerara.The Opposition Leader went on to outline the glaring differences with the coalition’s GSDS and his party’s LCDS. He pointed out that the LCDS was indigenously developed from over 1000 engagements and with one foreign consultant who did pro bono work on the theoretical base of the strategy. The GSDS, on the other hand, Jagdeo noted, was developed by external consultants.Further, the Opposition Leader outlined that unlike the coalition’s strategy which will be funded not only by taxpayers’ money but revenues from the impending oil and gas as well, the LCDS identified ways of using the country’s strategic assets to make money.“So from the forestry sector, through the sale of forest carbon, we had earned also $200 million. We had an agreement with Norway to sell them forest carbons up to $250 million – $200 million of that is already available to us and by now we should have been on a second such arrangement that would’ve seen another $400 million or so coming to Guyana,” he explained, while adding “So [one] was [strategic], is a generator of funds and the other is a user of funds from taxpayer sources as well as oil money. That’s [one of] the big differences between the two strategies.”Another area Jagdeo highlighted was the fact that LCDS had identified specific projects to decarbonise the energy sector. One such project, he noted, was the Amaila Falls Hydro Project, which was scrapped by the coalition. According to Jagdeo, the hydro project would have decarbonised the energy requirements by over 90 per cent – making it much easier for Guyana to become carbon-free.“This Government, although it promised in the Paris Agreement to do a 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025, has not identified a single new project that will actually deliver this. [The GSDS] is another APNU-type promise where there is just talk with no action,” he asserted.Among the other projects the former President noted that were crafted under the LCDS were Amerindian land titling, ITC development in hinterland communities and a grant scheme for small business. Many of these projects, Jagdeo said, are being carried out by the coalition, while others are yet to take off.“[We had] specific projects that would have delivered both on the mitigation side, which is to reduce our carbon emission, and on the adaptation side, preparing our country for climate change. In this case, there are no projects. It’s just declarative statements from the consultants… In a typical APNU-style, its lofty ideas… but when you come to the specifics for delivery, [such projects] are absent,” the Opposition Leader argued.The coalition’s GSDS: Vision2040 is intended to be a living example of Guyana’s commitment to the planet while ensuring the sustainable growth and economic wellbeing of its population. It will guide Guyana’s national development policies for the next 20 years.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeolast_img read more

South Africa prepares for CITES CoP17

first_img8 March 2016South Africa has signed the host country agreement for the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The conference will be held in South Africa from 24 September to 5 October 2016.Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa signed the agreement on 3 March with the secretary-general of CITES John Scanlon on the margins of an international conference on wildlife crime in The Hague, in the Netherlands. South Africa was one of the first signatories to CITES in 1975 and continues to play an active role in the enforcement of the Convention.The minister welcomes the world to South Africa for CITES CoP17:The signing coincided with the release of the official CITES CoP17 logo.The logo is an iconic image of the African white rhinoceros, according to the Department of Environmental Affairs. The rhino’s body comprises the outlines of a number of species of endangered plants and animals from the African continent, such as the pangolin, cycad, African aloe and African lion.The selection of the rhino as the dominant image reinforces South Africa’s status as home to the largest rhino populations in the world, it says. South Africa’s sterling rhino conservation track record has resulted in significant growth in rhino numbers: from approximately 50 in 1895 to approximately 18 000 today.“The choice of a rhino as the dominant image in the logo for CoP17 is also to draw attention to the challenges South Africa and other African range states face as a result of poaching,” said the minister.Frontline challengesScanlon described South Africa as a highly appropriate location for the conference, given the frontline wildlife challenges and opportunities being tackled on the continent.“Africa is home to a vast array of CITES-listed species and South Africa is globally recognised for ‘the Big Five’. CITES Parties and observers look forward to convening in South Africa for the World Wildlife Conference,” said Scanlon.At the conference, parties will collectively evaluate the progress made since 2013, and take decisions on what additional measures are needed to end illicit wildlife trafficking.They will also consider a number of proposals to bring additional species under CITES trade controls, as well as tackle issues concerning livelihoods and the review of significant trade, traceability, and the effectiveness of CITES implementation, among other things.The illicit trade in wildlife and rhino poaching will feature on the agenda of CoP17. The CITES CoP17 creates an avenue to communicate and raise awareness of the importance of species and wildlife conservation and the need to address the illegal trade in species, all the while supporting legal trade underpinned by sound sustainable utilization principles, says the department.South Africa’s biodiversityThe “magnificent logo is furthermore testament to the rich tapestry of biodiversity for which our country is known globally”, Molewa added.Isn’t this logo just too beautiful? As we look forward to the big days in Sept, the month of the Rhino. pic.twitter.com/huIC8zCYtH— Environmentza (@environmentza) March 5, 2016South Africa is the third most biodiverse country in the world after Brazil and Indonesia. Despite occupying only 2% of the world’s land surface, South Africa is home to nearly 10% of the planet’s plant species and 7% of the world’s reptile, bird and mammal species.Unpacking the logo, her department explains that the incorporation of human silhouettes emphasizes the crucial role people play in species conservation. Its colours draw inspiration from the diverse hues of the African seasons. The rhino’s heart, in the shape of the African continent, symbolises the idea that the African continent is the wellspring of life.“The [CITES] CoP17 logo released today reminds all of us of the interconnectivity between different species, and of the fragile, complex relationships between humankind and our stewardship of our natural resources. South Africa looks forward to hosting this important gathering, where we will chart the course for a new era in species conservation,” Molewa said.Source: Department of Environmental Affairslast_img read more

The Future of Cinema: Laser Projectors

first_imgLaser technology is changing the way films are projected – now in theaters, next in homes.Image from BarcoFor over six decades, xenon lamps have been the standard for use in theater and home projectors. An alternative solution using lasers may make the prevalent technology a thing of the past. The products known as Laser Illuminated Projectors (LIPs) are already available for commercial use.There are two types of LIPs, differentiated by brightness levels: High Brightness RGB LIPs deliver more than 60,000 lumens of brightness and will be used in premium and large-screen theaters, and Blue Pumped Phosphor (BPP) LIPs generate about 6,000 lumens for usage in smaller theaters. Household names such as Sony, NEC, IMAX, and Casio are producing models now.Benefits of Laser ProjectorsOne of the main benefits of lasers over traditional xenon lamps is their high spatial brightness. Lasers have the unique property of emanating light from a highly parallel, or collimated, source while having minimal spread. Think of the laser pointer you use to tease your cat: the beam is concentrated to a pretty specific, single point as opposed to, say, an incandescent bulb where the light is more spread out. The technical term for this spread is called the étendue, in case you want to impress your friends at a cocktail party! In lasers, less spread is desirable since the beam will be more focused and thereby more efficient. In the 60,000-lumen models this results in brightness that’s two to three times higher than xenon lighting.Another significant feature of lasers is their extremely long lifetimes, lasting up to 100,000 hours in RGB LIPs and diminishing very little over this time. At full power, these lasers typically lose only 20% of their energy after 30,000 hours, which is considered end-of-life at that power. BPP projectors are down 25% in 10,000 hours.Lasers promise to last for at least five years and for up to ten years without a lamp change. Over this time period you’d have to change out a xenon lamp, which only lasts around 500 hours, 60 times.To accomplish such high performance over years of use, you might’ve guessed that lasers are also very energy efficient…and you’d be right. Lasers have what is known as high-conversion efficiency. Higher efficiency means less energy is spent as heat, which means lasers require less cooling as well.Types of Laser ProjectorsLet’s come back to the two types of projectors to understand a bit more on how they work. First, we have the RGB LIP that utilizes costlier red, green and blue lasers and produces significantly more lumens. Three colors, three lasers. Easy enough.The second system is the Blue Pumped Phosphor, which utilizes only blue lasers. The cost in particular of blue lasers has come down so much in recent years that it’s beginning to dominate the technology. Red and green can be generated from a second blue laser to complete the tristimulus RGB system. To do this, the blue laser passes through a rotating phosphor disc capable of generating the colors. The overall system is less bright, but it’s also cheaper, an expected tradeoff.There are also two types of designs for the higher-end systems. The first appears exactly as we’ve thought of projectors since their inception, with the light source inside the box, shielding the lasers and providing a safe and efficient architecture. The second design is a more involved fiber-coupled system that has the advantage of being modular and can be controlled from an external, remote source.Limitations of Laser ProjectorsIt all sounds great, but are there restrictions to the technology? While there are really no optical limits to how bright lasers can go, particularly if the étendue is low, there are thermal limits that restrict brightness, at least for now.Though the contrast ratio in laser projection conforms to and even supersedes the DCI spec, with new standards still being developed, the level of high dynamic range may change and laser technology would need to catch up in the technological leapfrogging game we all know so well. The content would also need to be mastered for that contrast range, which it currently isn’t. Do it improperly and you’ll get too much speckle, the term for an undesirable interference pattern. As always, we want nominal artifacts, especially when projecting to the far distances in a cinema.Currently laser projectors are waiting for the early adopters to embrace and implement the systems in their theaters. As with most technology, more widespread use will lead to descending costs over time, and it’ll be exciting to see extensive adoption in years to come.last_img read more

Madrid stunned by Leganes at home, eliminated from Copa

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The elimination in the Copa quarterfinals was the latest setback for Madrid in what has been a disappointing season.It is fourth in the Spanish league, trailing leader Barcelona by 19 points with a game in hand, and its only realistic chance of a title the rest of the season will be in the Champions League, where it faces Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Bernabeu crowd loudly jeered Madrid after the loss, with Zidane among those criticized the most after fielding second-stringers despite the big gap to Barcelona in La Liga.“We clearly failed,” Zidane said. “And I’m the one responsible for it.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Alaves forward Ruben Sobrino, who scored in both matches, missed the decisive penalty by sending the ball over the crossbar at Mendizorroza Stadium.Rodrigo, Santi Mina and Jose Luis Gaya all converted from the spot for the visitors, with their only miss coming from midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia after a save by goalkeeper Antonio Sivera. Alaves’ goals in the shootout were scored by Tomas Pina and Munir El Haddadi.El Haddadi put Alaves in front with a header into the top corner after a long cross by Rodrigo Ely in the 73rd, and Santi Mina equalized in a breakaway four minutes later after a making a run from near the halfway line.Sobrino netted the winner from close range following a free kick into the area. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Leganes’ players celebrate their victory against Real Madrid at the end of the Spanish Copa del Rey quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Leganes at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. Leganes won 2-1. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)MADRID — Real Madrid followed its biggest win of the season with its most embarrassing defeat on Wednesday, and the pressure is back on for coach Zinedine Zidane and his players.After routing Deportivo La Coruna 7-1 to give fans a glimmer of hope after a series of poor results, Madrid crashed out of the Copa del Rey with a shock 2-1 loss to Leganes at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT San Miguel Beer still unscathed; Meralco defense junks KIA LATEST STORIEScenter_img Playing without Cristiano Ronaldo and other regular starters, Madrid was unable to defend its 1-0 win from the first leg, being eliminated on away goals after a 2-2 draw on aggregate.“We were not supposed to be eliminated like this after having won the first leg,” said Zidane, calling the defeat the worst moment of his coaching career with Madrid. “I’m upset. It’s a big disappointment. I know it’s a difficult night for the fans.”It’s the second consecutive year Madrid has been eliminated in the Copa quarterfinals, having lost to Celta Vigo last season.Leganes, based just south of Madrid, was playing in the last eight of the Copa for the first time in the team’s 89-year history.“The key was that we believed we could achieve this, even after the loss last week,” Leganes coach Asier Garitano said. “We played a great match and everything went well.”ADVERTISEMENT The visitors provided the bigger threat at the Bernabeu, opening the scoring with Javi Eraso’s curling shot into the top corner of the net. Eraso picked up the loose ball just outside the area after a bad exchange of passes between Madrid defenders Achraf Hakimi and Nacho Fernandez. Hakimi’s pass was too short and Fernandez couldn’t control the ball under pressure from Eraso.After being jeered at halftime, Madrid came back strongly after the break, with Karim Benzema scoring early with a close-range shot over the goalkeeper after a through ball by Lucas Vazquez. The goal ended Benzema’s six-match scoreless streak that dated back to November.However, Leganes stunned the home crowd again less than 10 minutes later, when Gabriel Pires scored with a header from a corner taken by Eraso.Benzema nearly scored an equalizer that would have allowed Madrid to advance in the 81st, but his shot from inside the area was saved by goalkeeper Nereo Champagne. The goalkeeper also stopped Sergio Ramos from scoring with a header in the 85th.Madrid, which won the Spanish Super Cup and the Club World Cup earlier this season, endured a three-match winless streak at home before trouncing Deportivo in Sunday’s league match.On Tuesday, Sevilla advanced to the semifinals after eliminating Atletico Madrid 5-2 on aggregate. Three-time defending champion Barcelona hosts city rival Espanyol on Thursday to try to overcome a 1-0 first-leg loss.WIN ON PENALTIESTwo penalty saves by goalkeeper Jaume Domenech helped Valencia defeat Alaves 3-2 in a shootout.A 2-1 win by Alaves in regulation time of the second leg evened the series at 3-3 on aggregate. Domenech then stopped shots by Alfonso Pedraza and forward Hernan Perez to send Valencia through to the last four for the second time in three seasons. 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ISL 2019-20: Odisha FC to Play First Three Home Games in Pune Instead of Bhubaneswar

first_imgBhubaneswar: Debutants Odisha FC will be playing their first three home games of the Indian Super League in Pune owing to construction work at the city’s Kalinga Stadium.The franchise will play the matches against ATK, Bengaluru FC and Hyderabad FC on November 24, December 4 and 11 respectively at Pune’s Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex. Kalinga Stadium, which is owned by the Odisha Sports and Youth Services Department, is not ready as its upgradation work got delayed due to persistent showers in the state capital.As the venue is going to host the 2020 FIFA U-17 women’s World Cup, the state government is trying to ensure that the turf is in proper condition as per the FIFA guidelines. The stadium is expected to be ready before December 16.All other six games will go ahead as per schedule and informing about the same, Odisha FC owner Rohan Sharma said, “Unfortunately, things are beyond our control so we have to consider an alternative venue for the first three home games. We look forward to having Kalinga Stadium full when we have our eventual first home game. Bhubaneswarfootballindian footballindian super league First Published: November 9, 2019, 8:29 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Neymar Loses Brazil Captaincy To Dani Alves For Copa America

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian star Neymar lost his national team’s captaincy for the Copa America to veteran Dani Alves, in another move suggesting the striker will be under heavy pressure to deliver the title of the South American tournament on home soil.Brazil’s football confederation, CBF, said in a statement on Monday that 36-year-old defender Alves, a close friend of Neymar’s who plays with him at Paris Saint-Germain, will start wearing the armband in the friendly against Qatar on June 5 in Brasilia.The Copa America will be played between June 14 and July 7, and Brazil’s first match will be against Bolivia in Sao Paulo on opening day.CBF also said Brazil coach Tite informed Neymar of his decision on Saturday, the day the Paris Saint-Germain striker arrived at the national team’s training ground outside Rio de Janeiro. The soccer body also said Alves will only join the group on Tuesday, but was informed on Sunday of his new status.Daniel Alves será o capitão da #SeleçãoBrasileira na Copa América. Boa sorte, craque! ⚽?? #JogaBolaSaiba mais em https://t.co/8JGEihDKZXFoto: @lucasFigfoto / CBF pic.twitter.com/WVGf96pYDa— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) May 27, 2019Tite, Neymar and Dani Alves have not talked about the decision yet.The 27-year-old Neymar was his national team’s captain since the elimination in the World Cup quarterfinals against Belgium in 2018. Brazil’s coach said then he wanted to give more responsibilities to the striker, who is under criticism from Brazil fans since his unconvincing performances in Russia.Tite’s decision comes after Neymar’s altercation with a fan at the French Cup final on April 27. The striker apologized for the altercation after PSG lost on penalties to Rennes, but that was not enough to keep the armband. Brazil’s coach has been under pressure since to take away the captaincy from Neymar.New captain Alves won Copa America in 2007, and scored a goal in the 3-0 victory against Argentina in the final. He has the highest number of caps on Brazil with 138.The right-back was expected to be Brazil’s captain during the World Cup in Russia, but he suffered a left knee injury that didn’t allow him to play.Brazil’s preparations for Copa America were halted on Monday, with players resuming training Tuesday afternoon.Brazil is in Group A with Bolivia, Venezuela and Peru.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rep Miller hails landmark reforms to Michigans nofault system

first_img09May Rep. Miller hails landmark reforms to Michigan’s no-fault system Legislator: Choice, protections part of dedicated efforts to save drivers moneyState Rep. Aaron Miller, of Sturgis, today cast a historic vote to bring lower car insurance prices to residents and families in Southwest Michigan, joining House legislators in approving a plan to reform Michigan’s broken no-fault system.The plan guarantees lower rates for all drivers in Michigan, reducing what currently is the highest average car insurance premium in the nation. The average premium is also twice as high as in neighboring states such as Indiana. The bill offers personal injury coverage options, fights fraud and abuse, and addresses medical costs.“Finally,” Miller emphatically said after the vote. “Finally, after literally decades of gridlock, we’re going to be giving people some real rate relief and putting people’s hard-earned money back in their pockets. The out-of-control status quo has hit border communities the hardest. Workforce talent is crossing state lines more than ever to escape crushing premiums. I can’t stress enough how much our state and local economies will benefit when hard-working Michigan residents don’t have to choose any more between buying car insurance and putting food on the table. This is a true game-changer and I really think it’s just the start of driving down costs for drivers. Today is a happy day.”Michigan’s costs are high largely because it’s the only state mandating unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance. The House plan allows those currently using the coverage to keep it, and those who want it in the future to continue buying it – while providing more affordable options.The plan:• Guarantees lower rates on the personal injury protection portion of policies. It would result in a 10-percent reduction within the PIP portion of bills for those buying unlimited coverage, a 30-percent drop for drivers choosing $500,000 in coverage, a 60-percent reduction for those purchasing $250,000 in coverage, and an 80-percent drop at the $50,000 coverage level.• Allows seniors with retiree health coverage such as Medicare, and those with health insurance policies that cover car accident-related injuries, to opt out of PIP coverage;• Establishes fee schedules to end the practice of charging far more to treat car accident victims than other patients;• Cracks down on fraud and abuse by creating a fraud task force;• Provides more financial oversight of and transparency within the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association;• Sets reasonable limits on compensation for attendant care contracts; and• Helps the state ensure insurance companies charge fair rates, while addressing attorney fee settlements and significantly reducing litigation.The sweeping legislation now advances to the Senate for consideration. Categories: Miller News,Newslast_img read more

The BBC Trust and the S4C Authority the governing

first_imgThe BBC Trust and the S4C Authority, the governing bodies of the BBC and Welsh-language public broadcasters S4C respectively, have launched a public consultation on the agreement that sets out the terms by which S4C will be financed via the BBC licence fee from next year.Interested parties have until October 23 to make their views know. The BBC was forced to accept responsibility for funding the Welsh broadcaster as part of its controversial licence fee with the government in 2010. Last year the pair struck a deal designed to balance S4C’s editorial independence with accountability to the BBC for funding.The BBC and S4C have agreed funding levels for the Welsh broadcaster up to 2017, with £76.3 million (€97.4 million) to be provided by the BBC Trust for 2013-14 and an additional £6.7 million provided by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.last_img read more

A New WhatsApp Scam Tricks Users into Paying Subscription Fee

first_imgAdvertisement Last month, TheNextWeb Website reported, a scam that was tricking WhatsApp users into downloading the app in their favorite color. When clicked, it installs adware on your smartphone instead. Like many other fake URLs, this one also consists of letters from the Cyrillic alphabet. So it can be easily differentiated if one is extra careful.In other news today, the messaging platform is said to have been hit by another scam, this time around tricking users into paying charges by saying their WhatsApp subscription has expired.According to reports by the Independent Website, People are being targeted by a message that reads your subscription has expired, and to verify your account and purchase a lifetime subscription for just 0.99 Pounds (Roughly 4,578 UGX) simply tap on this link. – Advertisement – By encouraging people to click on the suspicious link, scammers are tricking people into providing their payment details. However, people who have received the WhatsApp message have been encouraged to delete it immediately.Notably, WhatsApp, of course, is free for download and use, and has been for some time, though the service used to charge a nominal amount as annual subscription fee when it had initially launched.IANS has also encouraged those that might have clicked on the link, to safeguard themselves by running an antivirus software on their device to ensure they aren’t being infected with malware.And one other option is to block the sender.last_img read more