Climate change pilot projects launched in Jamaica

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Related Items:#magneticmedianews, climate change, jamaica Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, September 13, 2017 – Kingston – Three pilot projects set to test climate smart technologies and techniques in the parishes of Clarendon and St Ann will officially come on stream at a major launch event in Clarendon on Wednesday. The project will target communities in upper Clarendon impacted by drought and poor water supply, select schools as well as rural farming communities in St Ann.The projects funded by the government of Japan under the Japan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership are implemented by the United Nations Development Programme in Jamaica in partnership with the ministry of industry, commerce, agriculture and fisheries through the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and the Jamaica 4-H Clubs; the Climate Change Division in the ministry of economic growth and job creation; the Clarendon Parish Development Committee Benevolent Society (CPDCBS), and other local stakeholdersDaryl Vaz, minister without portfolio in the ministry of economic growth and job creation with responsibility for the land, environment, climate change and investment is set to address the launch event.The Japan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership with a regional allocation of US$15 million was launched last year in Kingston and Bridgetown. The pilot projects mark a new and important milestone in regional implementation and are expected to enhance local capacity to adapt to and lessen the impacts of climate change, especially in target communities.Climate change continues to be a major concern to small island developing states (SIDS) like Jamaica. Climate change causes rising temperatures, changes in the seasons including growing seasons for crops, heavier rainfall and stronger and more intense storms, with flooding; more severe droughts and heat waves; rising sea levels impacting coastal communities and infrastructure.last_img read more

Installation Officials Would Need to Consider Resiliency Efforts in Master Plans under

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR In addition to adding an authority for DOD to award grants to states and communities for infrastructure projects needed to support neighboring installations, the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee included several other provisions of interest to defense communities in its mark of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill. One section would require officials to consider energy and climate resiliency efforts as part of installation master plans. The change is intended to ensure installations can sustain mission-critical operations. The provision defines energy and climate resiliency  as “anticipation, preparation for and adaptation to utility disruptions and changing environmental conditions and the ability to withstand, respond to and recover rapidly from utility disruptions while ensuring the sustainment of mission-critical operations.” … The subcommittee also included language to provide the military services increased flexibility and funding for construction projects needed to enhance force protection and safety at installations. The panel approved its section of the annual defense policy bill on Thursday.Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greerlast_img read more

Area 51 raid event to see them aliens removed by Facebook

first_img Sci-Tech Internet Over 2 million people signed up for the Facebook event. David Becker/Getty Images In July a tongue-in-cheek Facebook event was created to coordinate a raid on Area 51, the classified military base in Lincoln County, Nevada. It became an online sensation. Over 2 million Facebook users signed up, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert gave it a spot on their respective talk shows, and the US Air Force strongly advised citizens against raiding the facility. But now, the Facebook event page has been taken down.It appears as though Facebook took the page down on Aug. 3 for violating community standards. Mathew Roberts, the event creator, posted a screenshot on his personal Facebook page of the notice Facebook had sent him saying it had taken down the event because it “went against” Facebook’s “Community Standards.””I never got any reason behind the event being removed,” Roberts told CNET. “I created a sister event which amassed about 15,000 people before being taken down for no reason.”After starting the Facebook event as a joke, Roberts is now planning an actual Area 51 festival in Nevada to take place Sept. 20, the day the facetious raid was to go down. He says he created another Facebook event, this time for the real festival that would take place somewhere that’s not a highly-classified military base, but this too was taken down by the social network. “I think it’s pretty reckless of Facebook, especially because I’m trying to direct people away from storming the base,” Roberts said. “And now I’ve lost my entire audience.” Roberts expects around 20,000 people to attend the festival. Facebook has been contacted for comment.The now-deleted Facebook event came with a brief description: “We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry,” it read. “If we Naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Let’s see them aliens.””Naruto run” refers to the main character in the eponymous Naruto anime.The Facebook event created the Area 51 meme, which became a fixture on Twitter and Reddit throughout July. You can see some of our favourites below. Area 51 is a highly classified zone around 150 miles from Las Vegas, Nevada, a detachment of the famed Edwards Air Force Base. No one really knows what the base is used for, but it’s speculated to be a location for aircraft development, and as such Area 51 has become synonymous with alien conspiracies. The most popular involve alien spaceships or aliens themselves, all allegedly kept within the classified zone.The location reportedly received its name when, in 1951, the remains of the alleged Roswell UFO (said to have crashed in 1947) were brought to the base. In 2013, the CIA issued a 355-page declassified report detailing the birth of Area 51 and the U-2 spy planes developed and tested there.Originally published Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m. PT. Update, 9:38 p.m.: Adds comment from event creator Mathew Roberts. Facebook Comments 7 #Area51 let’s see them aliens pic.twitter.com/0zmL8dFdoy— Ash (@taintdchinadoll) July 12, 2019 Share your voice The greatest alien encounter movies, ranked 41 Photos My motivation to study Vs. My motivation to get into Area 51 pic.twitter.com/lF7TbFb5RU— College Student (@FactsOfSchool) July 13, 2019 Tags screen-shot-2019-07-12-at-3-46-10-pmEnlarge Image Reddit/AnonEnigmalast_img read more

Dengue claims life of yet another student

first_imgDengue claims another life in ShariatpurA college student has died of dengue fever in Gosairhat, Shariatpur on Sunday.The deceased, Dadon Laskar, 25, from Machhuakhali of Idilpur union in Dadon upazila of the district worked as a hotel manager in Dhaka. He was a student of Gosairhat Government Shamsur Rahman University College.According to his family, Dadon got fever on 15 August while in Dhaka and later he went to his village on 22 August. After getting admitted to the local upazila health complex he was diagnosed with the mosquito-borne fever.Dadon was referred to Shariatpur Sadar Hospital as his condition deteriorated, said Ibrahim Khalil, upazila health complex resident physician. He died on the way to the hospital around 8:30pm.“We’re poor. My son had a job as a hotel manager,” said the grieving father Jamal Hossain Laskar, “We didn’t realise that he may die just from fever.” Laskar came to Shariatpur from Dhaka when he was already affected by dengue, Shariatpur civil surgeon Khalilur Rahman said adding, 381 people were affected by dengue in the district. He claimed that things have improved with the number of patients decreasing.With the latest death, the number of dead from dengue rose to four in the district.Earlier, Barsha Akther, 28, a school teacher from Jajira, Italy immigrant Hafsa Lipy from Bhedorganj and Suraiya Akhter from Damuda also died of the fever.last_img read more