UWI Launches Centre for Reparation Research

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 13, 2017 – Kingston – The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, officially launched a Centre for Reparation Research on October 10 at the campus.   It is geared towards supporting the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) reparatory justice movement, building awareness and conducting research that will advance the claim to Europeans for reparation for native genocide, African enslavement, deceptive indenture, colonialism and its legacies.   Establishment of the Centre is a mandate of the 34th meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government held in July 2013.The idea for the Centre emerged out of the need to support the CARICOM/Global Reparatory Justice Movement and to collaborate with other Caribbean universities to establish the facility as a vehicle for research and public advocacy.   Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, and Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, expressed their support for the Centre.Miss Grange, under whose portfolio responsibility for the reparation agenda falls, congratulated the University on launching this initiative.   She said the launch of the Centre is fulfilling an obligation to “our ancestors and the people of the Caribbean”.“It is about rekindling old fires and igniting new ones as we take on the struggle to right the wrongs of the past, to return prosperity where there was oppression and destitution, to restore dignity and integrity where others brought shame and devaluation,” the Minister argued.“We [Government] established the National Council on Reparation in 2007, after a very rigorous debate in Parliament, based on a motion put forward by Mike Henry.   It was done during the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic trade in Africans, so we put in place then a series of activities aimed at public consultation, investigation of various formats for reparation, and, most significantly, the initiation of a dialogue among ourselves on the way forward,” she added.The Minister said much has been achieved since then, and she is seeing signs that “we are not keeping this movement at the levels of just talk or even of our generation, but that we are keen to ensure that it moves on to the next generation”.Minister Henry, who represented Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, said he is pleased to witness the Centre being opened, as the topic of reparation is one about which he is very passionate.“The issue of reparation for slavery and native genocide is a core and centre of my being.   The public knows of many [of my] presentations to Parliament,” he said.“I was pleased when CARICOM Heads in 2013, at the 34th meeting, placed reparation on the regional agenda.   Reparation is an issue I have embraced over the years, and I have recorded in my book, ‘Many Rivers to Cross’, all the presentations that I’ve made in Parliament over the years,” the Minister added.   Mr. Henry said he is looking forward to seeing positive results from the launch of the Centre.“We welcome the action by the region’s stellar institution, the University of the West Indies, in establishing this important centre, which will have some very serious mandates.   The Centre must now deepen the analysis of the social and economic issues… we grapple with in the Caribbean and provide the relevant arguments that trace them back to slavery and colonial oppression. We look forward to the work of the Centre, because the broader number of people need to know,” he emphasised.Vice-Chancellor, UWI and Chair, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Reparation Commission, Professor Hilary Beckles, said it is fitting for the launch to take place on October 10, as two days following the event, the world would recognise the 525th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Caribbean. Related Items:last_img read more

Advanced Microgrid at MCAS Miramar to Enhance Energy Security Improve Load Management

first_imgThe advanced microgrid to be built at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar is still two years away from completion, but officials already are excited about the project’s potential to demonstrate the value of microgrids.The project, awarded to Black & Veatch and Schneider Electric last week, will allow operations at the San Diego-area installation to continue uninterrupted if the utility power grid is compromised or damaged.But the project is about more than simply providing backup power to enhance energy security; it can also help the installation manage fluctuations in demand and benefit the larger electric grid.Mick Wasco, the base’s installation energy manager, says he is excited about collaborating with the California Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Independent System Operator, reported Microgrid Knowledge. “My proposition to these organizations is that the government is spending money on energy security to make its own grid redundant and secure. There is no reason why we can’t multipurpose those assets to support the grid and make the grid more distributed,” Wasco said.The project design will be scalable to potentially power the entire installation as well as manage electricity during peak usage. The microgrid will incorporate distributed assets already on base, including 1.6 megawatts of solar photovoltaic energy and 3.2 megawatts from landfill methane gas. Schneider and Black & Veatch will add two diesel and two natural gas generators, totaling 7 megawatts.In addition to providing backup power, the generators will provide support services to the central grid and help the installation reduce its utility demand charges, manage load and participate in demand response programs. The generators also will help provide a guaranteed level of renewable energy, according to the story.“For us that’s a huge economic opportunity,” said Wasco, who said that spikes in demand created by the intermittency of landfill gas cost the installation up to $300,000 per year in demand charges. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Sunny Deol joins BJP likely to contest Lok Sabha elections from Gurdaspur

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:17Loaded: 0%0:03Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:15?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Bollywood actor Sunny Deol joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday, April 23, in the presence of Union ministers Piyush Goyal and Nirmala Sitharaman.The 62-year-old actor had met BJP president Amit Shah last week sparking rumours that the ruling party will have a new member. However, he had refuted the rumours saying that he met Amit Shah to take a photo. Sunny Deol joins BJP; likely to contest Lok Sabha elections from Gurdaspur According to ABP Live, BJP’s district president in Pune Yogesh Gogawale said that the two had met but there was no reason to talk about the 62-year-old actor joining the party. He said, “It was a scheduled meeting. I don’t know what conversation took place between them.”He added, “Amit Shah came to Baramati as per the scheduled programme. When he was at the airport, Sunny Deol was also there. He met Amit Shah for five minutes.”Sunny deol @ BJP office. pic.twitter.com/buAG6u5Zas— Vinesh Kataria (@VineshKataria) April 23, 2019Deol is the latest in a series of big names to join the party. Acclaimed hairdresser Jawed Habib also became a part of the party on Tuesday. Deol is expected to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Gurdaspur in Punjab.Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir also made headlines earlier this month when it was announced that he will join BJP. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley inducted him into the party. On April 22, Monday, BJP had announced that the cricketer-turned-politician will contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from East Delhi. Closelast_img read more

Working group formed to repatriate Rohingyas

first_img.Bangladesh and Myanmar on Tuesday formed a joint working group to start repatriation of Rohingyas, the Myanmar nationals who fled persecution in their homeland and have taken refuge in Bangladesh.The 30-strong joint working group – 15 from each side – was formed in a meeting between the foreign secretaries of the two countries at the state guest house, Padma, in Dhaka, said UNB, quoting foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali.He said the next step of repatriation process will “start soon” and expressed satisfaction over the progress.The two sides signed the terms of reference (TOR) that will allow the working group to undertake all necessary measures to start safe and voluntary return, resettlement and reintegration process of displaced Myanmar residents as envisaged in the “Arrangement on return of displaced persons from Rakhine state.”Foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque will lead the Bangladesh side in the group.A delegation, led by Myanmar’s permanent secretary Myint Thu arrived in Dhaka on Monday evening to attend the meeting.Following a negotiation held on Tuesday, foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque and his counterpart permanent secretary of the ministry of foreign affairs of Myanmar Myint Thu signed the TOR on behalf of the respective governments.A nine member Myanmar delegation led by its permanent secretary discussed with Bangladesh delegation and finalised the TOR.Representatives from relevant ministries and agencies of both countries participated in the meeting.Earlier, a bilateral document on return of Rohingyas was signed by foreign minister Mahmood Ali and union minister Kyaw Tint Swe at the state counsellor’s office on 23 November in Nay Pyi Taw.According to the TOR, the JWG will develop physical arrangement for return, which would include mechanism of verification, time schedule, transport and logistics arrangements, reception procedures, communication etc. to commence the repatriation process within the stipulated time frame mentioned in the “Arrangement”.The JWG will assess the process and report to the respective governments quarterly. The JWG shall involve assistance of the UNHCR and other mandated UN agencies and interested international partners in various stages of repatriation.The JWG will ensure commencement of repatriation within two months of the signing of the “Arrangement”.A delegation, led by Myanmar’s Permanent Secretary Myint Thu arrived here on Monday evening to attend the meeting.The meeting started at 8:45 am at State guesthouse Meghna and ended at around 12:10 pm. Representatives from relevant ministries, including Home and Disaster Management, attended the meeting.The joint working group was supposed to be in place within three weeks of signing the ‘Arrangement’ on return of Rohingyas.Experts, however, said the process to repatriate Rohingyas living in Bangladesh is destined to face ‘serious challenges’ as these displaced Muslims are unwilling to return to their home immediately in absence of any future safeguard for them.A number of Rohingyas who arrived in Bangladesh since 25 August claimed that they are living comfortably in Bangladesh without any fear and willing to stay here.The United Nations has laid emphasis on the safe repatriation of Rohingyas from Bangladesh to their homeland without any force.“People should go back, people or refugees should go back to their homes when they feel it’s safe and nobody should be forced to move,” said Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for the UN secretary-general.“I’m not surprised that most of the Rohingya refugees are unwilling to return immediately; presumably the relative security they enjoy in Bangladesh is one factor in their decision while the absence of any future safeguard against persecution is another,” Prof Ali Riaz, an international analyst, told UNB.He said the inflow of Rohingyas has not completely stopped, which is also an indication that the situation in Myanmar has not changed significantly.“The issues at the heart of the present crisis, such as the question of citizenship and equal treatment, have not been discussed, let alone resolved,” added professor Riaz of the politics and government department of Illinois State University, USA.An estimated 655,000 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State since 25 August, raising the total Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar to 867,000, said the UN migration agency on Sunday.It said the new arrivals are living in spontaneous settlements increasing the need for humanitarian assistance, including shelter, food, clean water, and sanitation.last_img read more

Police obstruct campaign complains BNP

first_imgBNP vice-chairman Selima Rahman talks with reporters at `Nirbachan Bhaban` in Dhaka on Sunday. Photo: UNBBNP on Sunday alleged that police were obstructing the party’s candidates from carrying out electioneering across the country defying election commission’s directives, reports UNB.”Police are hindering our election campaign. They’re not following the election commission’s directives,” BNP vice-chairman Selima Rahman told reporters after lodging a written complaint with the EC against ‘police’ attacks on their candidates and activists, and their arrest.The BNP leader handed over the complaint to EC secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed at the latter’s office in the city’s Nirbachan Bhaban.Selima Rahman said no BNP candidate can conduct electioneering in Dhaka.”Police act like our rivals. They don’t allow us to carry out our campaign. The government wants to arrange a 2014-like lopsided election,” Selima alleged.In the written complaint, BNP alleged that the ruling party men and police were carrying out attacks on the candidates and activists of Jatiya Oikya Front, BNP-led 20-party alliance and BNP while wholesale arrest continued.Attack by the ruling party men and police, arrest and filing of cases against them have been on the rise since the official campaign began, it claimed.The party also cited the attacks on its candidates including Mahbub Uddin Khokon in Noakhali and Mirza Abbas in Dhaka.Meanwhile, Khokon’s son Shakib Mahbub on Sunday demanded the election commission withdraw officer-in-charge of Sonaimuri police station in Noakhali Abdul Majid immediately for ‘attacking’ the BNP candidate and 40 other party leaders and activists on Saturday.Shakib placed the demand in a letter submitted to chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda.last_img

Glycolaldehyde and ethylene glycol detected around Sagittarius B2

first_img Astronomers detect methanol maser emission towards nearby galaxy 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. © 2017 Phys.org Sagittarius B2 is a giant molecular cloud of gas and dust with a mass of approximately three million solar masses spanning across 150 light years. It is located some 390 light years from the center of the Milky Way and about 25,000 light years away from the Earth. Its enormous size makes it one of the largest molecular clouds in our galaxy.Sagittarius B2 contains various kinds of complex molecules, including alcohols like ethanol and methanol. Previous studies revealed that this cloud exhibits a weak concentration of emission of glycolaldehyde (CH2OHCHO) and ethylene glycol (HOCH2CH2OH). However, the exact extent of this emission remained unclear. Thus, a team of researchers led by Juan Li of the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, recently conducted new observations of Sagittarius B2 that independently detected the emission of these two molecules, and provided more detailed information about this process.The astronomers observed Sagittarius B2 with TMRT in March and November 2016. For these observations, they employed the telescope’s digital backend system (DIBAS) with a total bandwidth of 1.2 GHz, and a velocity resolution of 2.0 km/s at a frequency of 13.5 GHz. The team detected widespread glycolaldehyde and ethylene glycol emission, also determining the spatial distribution of these molecules.”We report the detection of widespread CH2OHCHO and HOCH2CH2OH emission in galactic center giant molecular cloud Sagittarius B2 using the Shanghai Tianma 65m Radio Telescope,” the researchers wrote in the paper.Glycolaldehyde is a sugar-related molecule that can react with propenal to form ribose—a central constituent of RNA. Ethylene glycol is a dialcohol, a molecule chemically related to ethanol. New observations made by Chinese scientists show that the spatial distribution of these two prebiotic molecules around Sagittarius B2 extends over 117 light years. Notably, this extension is about 700 times greater than usually observed in clouds located in the Milky Way’s spiral arms.Furthermore, the study revealed that the abundance of glycolaldehyde and ethylene glycol decreases from the cold outer region to the central region of the cloud associated with star formation activity. According to the authors, this suggests that most of the emission is not associated with star formation and that the two studied molecules are likely to form through a low temperature process.In concluding remarks, the researchers emphasize the necessity of additional observations of other molecules in order to determine whether some other process are also engaged in the formation of complex organic molecules in the center of the Milky Way. “Future observations of methyl formate are expected to investigate whether energetic processes also play a role in producing complex organic molecules in the Galactic center,” the astronomers concluded. Explore further More information: Widespread Presence of Glycolaldehyde and Ethylene Glycol Around Sagittarius B2, arXiv:1709.10247 [astro-ph.GA] arxiv.org/abs/1709.10247AbstractWe report the detection of widespread CH2OHCHO and HOCH2CH2OH emission in Galactic center giant molecular cloud Sagittarius B2 using the Shanghai Tianma 65m Radio Telescope. Our observations show for the first time that the spatial distribution of these two important prebiotic molecules extends over 15 arc-minutes, corresponding to a linear size of approximately 36 pc. These two molecules are not just distributed in or near the hot cores. The abundance of these two molecules seems to decrease from the cold outer region to the central region associated with star-formation activity. Results present here suggest that these two molecules are likely to form through a low temperature process. Recent theoretical and experimental studies demonstrated that prebiotic molecules can be efficiently formed in icy grain mantles through several pathways. However, these complex ice features cannot be directly observed, and most constraints on the ice compositions come from millimeter observations of desorbed ice chemistry products. These results, combined with laboratory studies, strongly support the existence of abundant prebiotic molecules in ices. Color-composite image of the Galactic center and Sagittarius B2 as seen by the ATLASGAL survey. Sagittarius B2 is the bright orange-red region to the middle left of the image, which is centered on the Galactic centre. Credit: ESO/APEX & MSX/IPAC/NASA (Phys.org)—Using the Shanghai Tianma 65m Radio Telescope (TMRT) a team of Chinese astronomers has detected a widespread presence of glycolaldehyde and ethylene glycol around the giant molecular cloud Sagittarius B2. The finding, presented Sept. 29 in a paper published on arXiv.org, could be important for studies of prebiotic molecules in the interstellar medium. Citation: Glycolaldehyde and ethylene glycol detected around Sagittarius B2 (2017, October 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-10-glycolaldehyde-ethylene-glycol-sagittarius-b2.htmllast_img read more

CESC deploys 200 mobile vans to tackle power disruptions

first_imgKolkata: Power utility CESC said on Friday that it has deployed 200 mobile vans around the city to tackle any likely disruption caused by cyclonic storm ‘Fani’, which is headed to Bengal from neighbouring Odisha.A CESC spokesman said the mobile vans are fitted with dedicated radio communication sets and are capable of promptly springing into action in the event of power supply failure. Focus will also be on electricity supply to drainage pumping stations, to reduce waterlogging in and around the city, he said. “Teams comprising engineers, workmen and contractors are on standby to respond to consumer requirements across 567 sq km of licensed area,” he added. Company representatives will be present at the Kolkata Police control room and Kolkata Municipal Corporation control rooms, the spokesperson said.last_img read more