first_img Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 7 (JIS): A collection of over 200 postcards, depicting Jamaica’s rich history, is currently on display at an exhibition being hosted by the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, D.C. The exhibition, titled: ‘Greetings from Jamaica, a Country of History in Postcards’, displays the compiled collection of Jamaican Speech Pathologist, Marva Shand McIntosh, who resides in the United States capital.It was formally opened on December 3 by Jamaica’s Ambassador to the USA, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie.The displays include the first locally produced postcard, titled ‘Jamaica 1877 Paid’, dating back to the year 1877.That initial production coincided with Jamaica’s admission to the membership of the International Postal Union (IPU), which facilitated locals with the opportunity to mail postcards overseas, unlike the previous arrangement which restricted them to intra-island postage.The exhibits also include several series capturing the January 1907 earthquake that rocked Jamaica; as well as the advent the island’s tourism industry during the early 20th century. Speaking at the exhibition’s opening, Ms. McIntosh said the displays also depict and cover several other themes topics. These include: the ingenuity of the Jamaican people; rivers and beaches; the military; grand hotels; sugar estates; art; cultural traditions; sports; churches and a synagogue; transportation; gardens and groves; markets; King Street, downtown Kingston; country life; education; health; mineral baths; memorials; and agriculture, specifically activities related to banana and sugar cane cultivation. Ms. McIntosh advised that most of the postcards being exhibited were mailed from Jamaica to Europe and North America. She said postcards were initially used in Jamaica for business purposes during the early years period they emerged, as well as friendly correspondence during World War II.She pointed out that postcards leaving the island during the war, between the 1930s and 1940s, were given special markings, which can still be seen on a number of the exhibits currently on display.Ms. McIntosh said the exhibits also include more recently produced postcards particularly those depicting the work of renowned Jamaican photographer, Ray Chen. Related Items:international postal union, jamaica, Jamaican Speech Pathologist, Marva Shand McIntosh, postcard, stephen vasciannie Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Recommended for youlast_img read more

IDB Report on Bahamas gives dire consequences as sea levels rise mitigation

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp August 30th – One Year since Hurricane Irma named Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#NASSAU, Bahamas – October 31, 2017 – The Bahamas is not doing a good job of protecting its coastal resources and to catch up with what should be happening, especially in the Family Islands may cost the nation nearly one billion dollars over the next 13 years.A new report reveals that The Bahamas has lost some 50% of its coral reefs and that Family Islands have no coastal protection, it calls on the Ministry of Works first to do more to mitigate the effects of climate change.An initial project by the #InterAmericanDevelopmentBank or IDB is at a cost of $35 million will help to fend off hurricanes in particular which are coming more fast and more furious.The Bahamas in the IDB report on the Climate-Resilient Coastal Management and Infrastructure project revealed what residents know, that the severity of the hurricanes are constantly and more regularly now threatening resorts and other coastal infrastructure, putting the country’s economic future on sandy ground.Some of what the review exposed is that a sea level rise would place 36% of coastal properties, 38% of airports, 14% of roadways and 90% of sea ports at risk.To grasp the significance of cost to The Bahamas in recent years in face offs with major hurricanes, the report exposed: that Hurricane Joaquin cost us an estimated $104.8 million in 2015 and one year later, Hurricane Matthew which hit the two largest economic centers – New Providence and Grand Bahama – racked up a bill of $438.6 million in losses and damage. Recommended for you Bahamas: Mass Funeral for Haitians drowned in Abaco waters BPL first assessment done, Abaco restoration bill to top $20 million and rebound may take months Related Items:#HurricaneIrma, #hurricanejoaquin, #hurricanematthew, #IDB, #thebahamaslast_img read more

Top 3 IPL allrounders to watch out for in 2019 surprising player

first_imgAll-rounders are a rare commodity in international cricket and perhaps the most prized possession for any side. They render the perfect balance to any team, more so in the shortest format where team balance is paramount as even a brief spell of two overs is enough to decide the course of the game. Hence, it is no surprise that IPL franchises are so keen on lapping up all-rounders in the auction and now almost every side has a player with the ability to win matches with both bat and ball. Here we take a look at three such key players who could well be the most valuable player this season.Ben Stokes Ben StokesReutersThe fiery England all-rounder has already encountered two extreme seasons in his IPL career so far. In his first season with the Rising Pune Supergiant, he emerged as the Most Valuable Player and was a key component in the side’s golden run in the tournament. However, in his next season for the Rajasthan Royals, he could not quite live up to his billing.He has the class and temperament to be the match-winner on a more consistent basis and is a man in form. A sure starter in the playing XI, the form of Stokes with both bat and ball could well decide how the Royals will fare this season. The Durham all-rounder has one century and one fifty to his name in the lucrative tournament and has picked 20 wickets at an average of 30.95.Hardik Pandya  Hardik PandyaScreengrabControversies, suspensions, and injuries — life has been very tough for Hardik Pandya this year. However, he has now regained his fitness and will be a crucial cog in the Mumbai Indians machinery this season. His form will be closely monitored with the World Cup looming large, but for the all-rounder, this season could, in many ways, be about asking the people to focus more on his game.The Baroda player has scored 666 runs at an average of 23.78 and has picked 28 wickets from 50 matches in the IPL. He is a gun fielder and can be the biggest trump card for captain Rohit Sharma this season.Sunil Narine Sunil NarineIANSNot many people talk about Sunil Narine as an all-rounder, but KKR certainly uses him as one. When he was asked to open the innings, it was deemed as a fluke, but after two seasons, Narine has shown that his presence and rapid starts at the top of the order was no flash in the pan. His presence for even three or four overs in the powerplay sets the tone perfectly for the batsmen to follow.With the ball, he continues to be the match-winner for the side. He has 112 wickets to his name and his four overs more often than not determine the outcome of the match.last_img read more

Political Roundup Go Back Tweets And Muellers Testimony Delayed

first_img 00:00 /13:49 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: From President Trump’s inflammatory “Go Back” tweets, to a delay in Robert Mueller’s testimony, we discuss the latest news in our weekly political roundup. In the audio above, Craig Cohen goes through those and other stories with Elizabeth Simas and Jeronimo Cortina from the University of Houston. X Sharelast_img

Laurence Fishburne to CoHost Memorial Day Concert in DC

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Actors Laurence Fishburne and Joe Mantegna will co-host this year’s Memorial Day concert in Washington.Laurence Fishburne attends the “Black-ish” FYC event at the Television Academy on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)The 28th annual concert from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol will be broadcast nationwide on PBS. The company that produces the concert announced the lineup on Thursday.Performers include classical singer Renee Fleming, singer and actress Vanessa Williams, country singer Scotty McCreery and singer John Ondrasik of the band Five for Fighting. Irish tenor Ronan Tynan is also scheduled to perform.The concert will also include a 75th anniversary tribute to the Doolittle Raid, a bombing mission over Tokyo during World War II. Actor Gary Sinise will present that portion of the program, which will include a tribute to 101-year-old Lt. Col. Dick Cole, the sole surviving member of the Doolittle Raiders.last_img read more

Study suggests reducing energy demand in the future may be centered on

first_imgCredit: Wikipedia. More information: Global typology of urban energy use and potentials for an urbanization mitigation wedge, Felix Creutzig, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1315545112AbstractThe aggregate potential for urban mitigation of global climate change is insufficiently understood. Our analysis, using a dataset of 274 cities representing all city sizes and regions worldwide, demonstrates that economic activity, transport costs, geographic factors, and urban form explain 37% of urban direct energy use and 88% of urban transport energy use. If current trends in urban expansion continue, urban energy use will increase more than threefold, from 240 EJ in 2005 to 730 EJ in 2050. Our model shows that urban planning and transport policies can limit the future increase in urban energy use to 540 EJ in 2050 and contribute to mitigating climate change. However, effective policies for reducing urban greenhouse gas emissions differ with city type. The results show that, for affluent and mature cities, higher gasoline prices combined with compact urban form can result in savings in both residential and transport energy use. In contrast, for developing-country cities with emerging or nascent infrastructures, compact urban form, and transport planning can encourage higher population densities and subsequently avoid lock-in of high carbon emission patterns for travel. The results underscore a significant potential urbanization wedge for reducing energy use in rapidly urbanizing Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Climate change now a mainstream part of city planning, global survey finds Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2015 Phys.org Explore furthercenter_img Citation: Study suggests reducing energy demand in the future may be centered on developing cities (2015, January 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-01-energy-demand-future-centered-cities.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Scientists around the world are very seriously concerned about the amount of carbon we humans are pumping into the atmosphere, leading to global warming and likely other as yet to be discovered problems. Some are also conducting research to look into ways to at least reduce our overall carbon footprint, if not eliminate it altogether. In this new effort, the researchers began by trying to figure out where the biggest contributors will be. They found that it will, quite naturally, be centered around urban areas—cities need more energy than small towns or other rural areas. But what impact will which cities have over the next fifty years or so?To answer that question, the researchers analyzed data for 274 cities around the world, then sorted them into eight groups based on size, climate, and other factors. In so doing, they found that the best chance of reducing energy use in the future appears to lie with cities that are still small and growing. Larger cities, the group found, are too entrenched to offer much hope of reducing energy use, thus if cities that are still relatively small can be caused to grow in ways that are different from older cities with their huge energy demands, it might be possible to alter forecasts of a tripling of energy use by cities by 2050. They note that most such cities are in developing countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.Still growing cities represent an opportunity, the researchers claim, because the infrastructure is still not in place. Better planning could prevent urban sprawl, for example, eliminating the need for workers to travel long distances to get to their jobs. The team acknowledges that while the idea is sound, it is not clear if a mechanism exists that could cause such planning to come about in parts of the world where cities often grow as demand dictates rather than as a result of forethought. (Phys.org)—A small team of researchers with members from institutions in the U.S. and Germany has found that the greatest opportunity for reducing predicted energy demands over the next half-century lies with cities that are still in the development stage. In their paper published in Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their study, what they found, and offer suggestions as to how new kinds of city planning could lead to reductions in the predicted amount of carbon released into the atmosphere in the future.last_img read more