Young People Urged To Research Cost Effective Energy Alternatives

first_imgUniversity of Technology (UTech) President, Professor Errol Morrison, has urged  the nation’s young people to engage in research that will yield alternative cost effective energy solutions for Jamaica.This, he contends, is critical in reducing the country’s oil import bill, which he says totaled some US$2.4 billion  in 2011, representing a 56 per cent increase over the previous year, based on data for the period.Speaking at Friday’s (June 28) awards ceremony for the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica’s (PCJ) Schools Energy Programme Competition, held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in St. Andrew, Professor Morrison noted that Jamaica is one of several countries whose energy production costs are among thehighest globally.In noting Jamaica’s resource constraints, he urged the students to think of energy alternatives which can help to reduce Jamaica’s spiraling energy costs.“It is fertile young minds like yours that we want to see putting thoughts to these new potential processes. So don’t feel overwhelmed, you just (need to) get into looking at the problem and see what you can do in your own little way,” he said.Professor Morrison invited them to “think outside of the box, think differently, and assess things from a number of points of view.”“Ask the question ‘why?’, and pursue your ideas…Once you believe in it and you understand the principles, work with it,” he encouraged.The UTech President told the children that challenges, such as failure, will arise during their quest to innovate. He, however, urged them to remain undaunted as these experiences are a critical part of the process going forward.Emphasizing his point, Professor Morrison cited several renowned scholars, whom, he pointed out, encountered failure in their endeavours, but never allowed this to derail their drive for success.These persons, he informed, include scientists and innovators such as: Alexander Graham Bell, Dr. Thomas P. Lecky, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, and Alfred Nobel.He encouraged the youngsters to seek assistance and advised, where needed, in developing their  ideas. He also urged them to register their ideas in order to protect their intellectual property, and thereby reap the potential dividends that would redound to their benefit.Professor Morrison noted that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are the “core areas” of development in every country, adding that “every developed country has focused on these areas.”Citing the United States as an example, he informed that about 75 per cent of the North American nation’s approximately $4.5 billion expenditure on tertiary education annually, redounds to students pursuing and attaining undergraduate degrees  in STEM related programmes.“It is predicted that within the next 10 years, they are going to need at least one million graduates from the STEM area; so boys and girls, you are in the right field,” Professor Morrison said.In his remarks, PCJ Group Managing Director, Dr. Mario Anderson, informed that primary and high school students from 50 institutions islandwide participated in the competition, which is the entity’s flagship endeavour promoting energy education among Jamaica’s young people.Through the competition, the youngsters gained exposure to a variety of energy-related issues, including: energy efficiency, conservation and alternative energy sources, as well as the use of energy efficient products, technologies, and practices.Students submitting entries deemed outstanding, received cash awards and other prizes from the PCJ and its partners in the endeavour, which included the PetroCaribe Development Fund, Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), Petrojam, Conserve It Limited, Appliance Traders Limited (ATL), Half Moon Hotel and Resort, and SuperClubs Resort Limited.Cash prizes, totaling $1.4 million, were awarded to the top three entries in each of the competition’s categories.Devado Martin of Anchovy High School in St. James was the winner of the 11 to 15 age group poster competition, while Toni-Ann McGivans of Port Morant Primary and Junior High in St. Thomas, won in the six to 10 age group category.In the essay competition, Jhoniel Anderson of Port Morant Primary and Junior High was adjudged winner in the 11 to 15 age group; while Shawna Lee McLaughlin from St. Mary High School, St. Mary, walked away with the top prize for the 16 to 19 age group.In the competition’s science segment, Dunoon Park Technical High School, from Kingston, copped the top award in the 11 to 15 age group; while the St. Catherine-based Guy’s Hill High School emerged the winner of the 16 to 19 age group.CONTACT: CHRIS PATTERSONlast_img read more

New Jersey eyes cutting horse tracks in on internet gambling

first_imgTRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey lawmakers want to give the state’s horse racing tracks a piece of the action on internet gambling.The state Assembly is due to vote Thursday on a bill that would authorize tracks to offer internet gambling on their premises if they reach a partnership agreement with an Atlantic City casino or an online affiliate of a casino.Democratic Assemblyman Ralph Caputo says it’s a way to help the struggling racing industry with new revenue.“It would bring more traffic into the racetracks, and they need it desperately,” said Caputo, a former casino executive.Gamblers with internet betting accounts can already place bets from anywhere within New Jersey’s borders, and don’t need to go to a track to do so.“The casinos should realize that absolutely nothing will happen unless they agree to allow it through an agreement with a track,” said Dennis Drazin, chairman and CEO of the Monmouth Park racetrack in Oceanport. “Nobody is forcing anything on them. This is really a win-win for the racing industry and the casino industry.”Supporters envision track patrons placing online casino bets between races. The track would be compensated by the casino for drumming up new online business; the exact amount each track would get from a casino would have to be negotiated individually.Drazin said tracks would set aside an area for customers to place casino bets over the internet. The tracks would be specifically exempted from state law banning so-called “internet cafes” that offer real-money gambling.The Casino Association of New Jersey did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the bill.Internet gambling has been a bright spot in New Jersey’s gambling market. On pace to win $250 million online this year, New Jersey has the largest market of the three states that currently offer internet gambling (Pennsylvania recently approved it but has not started offering it yet).Delaware allows internet gambling through casinos based at racetracks.The state Senate has not yet scheduled a vote on the measure, which is being considered in a committee.___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAClast_img read more

US China put brakes on their trade dispute with ceasefire

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The United States and China reached a 90-day ceasefire in a trade dispute that has rattled financial markets and threatened world economic growth. The breakthrough came after a dinner meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires.Trump agreed to hold off on plans to raise tariffs Jan. 1 on $200 billion in Chinese goods. The Chinese agreed to buy a “not yet agreed upon, but very substantial amount of agricultural, energy, industrial” and other products from the United States to reduce America’s huge trade deficit with China, the White House said.The truce, reached after a dinner of more than two hours Saturday, buys time for the two countries to work out their differences in a dispute over Beijing’s aggressive drive to supplant U.S. technological dominance.“It’s an incredible deal,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One. “What I’ll be doing is holding back on tariffs. China will be opening up, China will be getting rid of tariffs. China will be buying massive amounts of products from us.”In a long-sought concession to the U.S., China agreed to label fentanyl, the deadly synthetic opioid responsible for tens of thousands of American drug deaths annually, as a controlled substance. And Beijing agreed to reconsider a takeover by U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm that it had previously blocked.The White House announcement framed a victory for Trump and his unflinching negotiating tactics, securing a commitment from China to engage in talks on key U.S. economic priorities, with little obvious concession by the U.S. Notably, however, the White House appears to be reversing course on its previous threats to tie trade discussions to security concerns, like China’s attempted territorial expansion in the South China Sea.“It’s great the two sides took advantage of this opportunity to call a truce,” said Andy Rothman, investment strategist at Matthews Asia. “The two sides appear to have had a major change of heart to move away from confrontation toward engagement. This changes the tone and direction of the bilateral conversation.”The Trump-Xi meeting was the marquee event of Trump’s whirlwind two-day trip to Argentina for the G-20 summit after the president cancelled a sit-down with Russian President Vladimir Putin over mounting tensions between Russia and Ukraine. Trump also cancelled a Saturday news conference, citing respect for the Bush family following the death of former President George H.W. Bush.Trump said Bush’s death put a “damper” on what he described as a “very important meeting” with Xi.The United States and China are locked in a dispute over their trade imbalance and Beijing’s tech policies. Washington accuses China of deploying predatory tactics in its tech drive, including stealing trade secrets and forcing American firms to hand over technology in exchange for access to the Chinese market.Trump has imposed import taxes on $250 billion in Chinese products — 25 per cent on $50 billion worth and 10 per cent on the other $200 billion. Trump had planned to raise the tariffs on the $200 billion to 25 per cent if he couldn’t get a deal with Xi.China has already slapped tariffs on $110 billion in U.S. goods.Under the agreement reached in Buenos Aires, the two countries have 90 days to resolve their differences over Beijing’s tech policies. If they can’t, the higher U.S. tariffs will go into effect on the $200 billion in Chinese imports.U.S. officials insist that the American economy is more resilient to the tumult than China’s, but they remain anxious of the economic effects of a prolonged showdown — as Trump has made economic growth the benchmark by which he wants his administration judged.A full-blown resolution was not expected to be reached in Buenos Aires; the issues that divide them are just too difficult.Growing concerns that the trade war will increasingly hurt corporate earnings and the U.S. economy are a key reason why U.S. stock prices have been sinking this fall.Joining other forecasters, economists at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development last week downgraded their outlook for global economic growth next year to 3.5 per cent from a previous 3.7 per cent. In doing so, they cited the trade conflict as well as political uncertainty.The U.S. and China also made progress on the regulation of fentanyl, which is 50 times more powerful than heroin. U.S. officials for years have been pressing the Chinese government to take a tougher stance against fentanyl, and most U.S. supply of the drug is manufactured in China.White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says China’s decision to label the drug as a controlled substance means that “people selling Fentanyl to the United States will be subject to China’s maximum penalty under the law.”The White House also said that China’s government is “open to approving” the purchase of Dutch semiconductor manufacturer NXP by American chipmaker Qualcomm.China nixed the proposed takeover earlier this year, citing antitrust concerns, after U.S. and European regulators approved the deal.China’s decision earlier this year came amid a period of heightening tensions between the U.S. and China over trade and intellectual property issues.Qualcomm announced it was dropping plans to proceed with the deal after it failed to receive Chinese government approval. It is unclear whether the transaction could be revived even with China’s acquiescence.In other developments, Trump announced aboard Air Force One on his return to Washington from Buenos Aires that his next meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un would likely happen in January or February. He said there were three sites under consideration, but he declined to name them.Trump also said he would shortly be providing formal notice to Congress that he will terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement, giving lawmakers six months to approve the replacement he signed Friday. He said lawmakers can choose between the replacement, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or nothing.___Wiseman reported from Washington.Paul Wiseman, Zeke Miller And Catherine Lucey, The Associated Presslast_img read more

3 killed as auto-rickshaw hits divider in New Friends Colony

first_imgNew Delhi: Three persons died after an auto-rickshaw in which they were travelling lost control and hit a divider in South-East Delhi’s New Friends Colony on Friday.According to police, on receipt of information regarding the accident at about 1.15 am, the investigating officer (IO) reached the spot which was Mathura road cut opposite CRRI gate, where a TSR was found lying in an accidental condition. “The injured were reportedly taken by PCR van to an unknown hospital,” said police. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPolice further added that later information was received from Apollo hospital. Wherein it came to notice that in the accident three persons have expired and the fourth one is injured. “Injured identified as Amar Singh (25), met IO and his statement was recorded, who told that they all use to do the work of catering and all were returning to their room at Nehru Nagar from Jaitpur after completing work in a function,” police said. Police further revealed that the TSR driver was driving at a very fast speed and in a negligent manner. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsWhen they reached near the spot the TSR driver took out a cloth and started cleaning the front glass while driving and due to this he lost control and hit the divider and toppled down. “They all got injured. The driver initially ran away from the spot but was later apprehended,” added police. The deceased were identified as Ashok (18), Devraj (23) and Ram Singh (40). All were residing at Nehru Nagar, Lajpat Nagar. The driver identified as Vijender has been apprehended. A case under section 279/337/ 304A IPC has been registered at NFC police station. In another case, an ITI student was crushed to death after a bus ran over him in Hazrat Nizamuddin area. Police identified the deceased as Honey who along with his friend was going to have food. “While crossing the road, he was hit by a motorcycle. He did not get the time to get up as he was under the tyre of bus,” police said.last_img read more

Ohio State womens lacrosse set to open Big Ten play against rival

Senior defender Taylor Donahue (left) streaks up the field during a game against Niagra on March 1 in Columbus. OSU won, 15-2.Credit: Leah Alexander / Lantern photographerAfter women’s rowing was added to the Big Ten in 1999, it took 14 years for another women’s sport to officially join the conference. That changed in June 2013 as the Big Ten announced that women’s lacrosse would be joining the conference as the 28th official sport.Almost two years later, Michigan, Penn State, Rutgers, Maryland, Northwestern and Ohio State are set to open the first Big Ten women’s lacrosse season this weekend.After playing in the American Lacrosse Conference throughout her career, OSU senior attackman Jackie Cifarelli said she is honored to be playing in the Big Ten.“It’s awesome. Being a Buckeye, just knowing you’re in the Big Ten, going against some of the best schools in the country, it’s exciting,” Cifarelli said. “Having the Big Ten logo on our jerseys now, it’s an honor.”Fittingly, the No. 14 Buckeyes (8-2, 0-0) are set to take on Big Ten rival, the Michigan Wolverines (5-4, 0-0), in their first game competing in the conference. Last year, the Buckeyes played the Wolverines for the first time in the program’s history and won, 18-3. But despite that blowout victory, coach Alexis Venechanos said she won’t overlook Michigan this year.“They are a more improved team and they play a physical brand of lacrosse, so we are excited to match that and use that to our advantage,” Venechanos said. “I think you just kind of throw away the records and throw away all the numbers when you play such a rivalry game.”The Buckeyes had high expectations entering the season after appearing in the NCAA tournament last year for first time since 2003. OSU started its 2015 season 8-2, but suffered losses to No. 15 Stanford and No. 19 Notre Dame. OSU has yet to showcase its true potential, Venechanos said. “We talked about playing a fearless brand of lacrosse. We haven’t played our best lacrosse yet, but we’ve had a great week of practice. And if we just continue to be aggressive and be fearless, we can be successful,” she said. The Buckeyes have the some key individual pieces in place, but Cifarelli said success comes from the whole team working together to play the full game. “Our team is so dynamic, so just being able to play the full 60 minutes, just finishing every game and finishing every goal,” Cifarelli said. “We are so fast, our midfielders are always working so hard down the field, but I think now just practicing and knowing when to slow it down, we can limit our turnovers and win the games.”Venechanos said the Buckeyes’ first Big Ten game presents an opportunity to improve after losing to Notre Dame on Saturday.“Every time we step on to the field we want to be better. We are excited to always leave a mark. Our program has continued to get better and we are excited for these opportunities,” she said.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Wolverines on Friday at 5 p.m. and Hofstra on Sunday at noon. read more

Womens Gymnastics No 25 Ohio State falls to third in NCAA regionals

The Ohio State women’s gymnastics team huddles up at the close of the 2018 NCAA Regional gymnastics competition Saturday, April 7 at St. John Arena. Credit: Megan Russell | Senior Lantern ReporterAlthough not the favorite, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team had the advantage of competing in its own gym for a chance of securing one of two berths in the NCAA championships.The No. 25 Buckeyes needed to close a gap of .250 with Arkansas in the final rotation. In the end, their season ended short by .225.“I’m going to be disappointed for a solid night when it’s that close,” head coach Meredith Paulicivic said. “To know that what I told them all year, that they’re good enough, that they could be in the mix, was true, and it was certainly a lot of fun being in the mix. It was so exciting for the girls, and so good for the returners to have a good experience like that, coming back for next year. But of course, we’re all a little disappointed because it was just that close.”The Buckeyes, however, will be represented at the championships on April 20-21 with junior Jamie Stone qualifying as an individual event specialist after sharing the podium on floor exercise and vault. “It didn’t really hit me until we were going into awards, and I was like ‘Wait, maybe this could be it, maybe not,’” Stone said. “When I landed [on vault] I was very excited to stick. We have a saying ‘stick city, baby’ and they said that before I went, so when I did it, I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, that really worked.’ So it was exciting.” Ohio State ended its season with a 49.150 team score on the vault. Arkansas scored 49.175 on uneven bars to send the Buckeyes packing. No. 3 UCLA (197.650) and No. 10 Arkansas (196.775) finished first and second, respectively, to qualify for the NCAA championship competition that will be held in St. Louis, Missouri. Ohio State’s 196.500 fell just shy of qualifying for the championship, finishing ahead of No. 15 Boise State (196.225) and ahead of Pittsburgh (195.125) and Kent State (194.900). The Buckeyes’ best event came in their third event on floor exercise where they earned a 49.300 mark, second behind UCLA (49.375). On floor exercise, junior Jamie Stone tied for second place with a 9.900 tally with Arkansas’ Sarah Shaffer, Kent State’s Abigail Fletcher, UCLA’s Felicia Hano and Gracie Kramer and Western Michigan’s individual event specialist Rachael Underwood. Stone earned her second 9.900 score of the night and a career-high mark on on vault, tying for first place with UCLA’s Anna Glenn and Pauline Tratz and Arkansas’ Braie Speed. Ohio State began the night on uneven bars with a 49.200 total. Sophomore Olivia Aepli led the team with a 9.875 finish to tie for fourth place.The Buckeyes finished with a 48.850 score on balance beam, the team’s second event of the night. Senior Alexis Mattern posted a team-high 9.825 score for the Buckeyes. Arkansas posted a 49.175 on beam.Heading into the final rotation trailing by a slight margin, Ohio State knew it had to be sharp to secure the national bid.“We were trying to put a little heat on Arkansas. That’s a more technical event [on bars], so we felt good thinking, ‘Gosh, if we just nail these landings,’” Paulicivic said. “We knew we were going to need a little help from them making little mistakes, and they didn’t, so kudos to them.”  The effort wasn’t enough, ending the Buckeyes’ season. “We were 100 percent prepared, that this was going to be a fight, and that we were going to have to leave everything out here, one last time, and see where it got us,” Mattern said. “It was really fun, a lot of hype, a lot of anticipation. We were really anxious to come in here, just because we knew we were ready. And for the first time, we hit 24/24 [routines] with no regrets and walked away with our heads held high.” read more

Frank Lampard I cant wait to take on Mourinho

first_imgFrank Lampard is relishing the prospect of going head-to-head with his former coach Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford on Tuesday night Carabao Cup game between Derby County and Manchester UnitedLampard, who was appointed in his first managerial role at Derby this summer, will take his side out to Manchester to face off against the struggling United.The Red Devils dropped more points in the Premier League last weekend following a 1-1 home draw against Wolves.But Lampard is taking nothing for granted against the man who has had a huge influence on his career.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I remember being 25 when he walked into the building at Chelsea and it gave an up-lift to my career. Football has these crazy pathways,” he said in a pre-match press conference.“You will find Jose Mourinho players being managers all over the place because he has been so successful in his career.”“They’re expected to win, quite rightly so with the squad they’ve amassed there,” he said. “It’s a challenge for us and we want to go there and do as well as we can.”Lampard played under Mourinho at Chelsea in two separate spells and together they won back-to-back Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

Arnautovic set for early return from injury

first_imgWest Ham forward Marko Arnautovic could be back in training next week, ahead of schedule.The Austrian forward suffered a hamstring injury against Cardiff on December 4 and was expected to be sidelined until well into the new year.But boss Manuel Pellegrini revealed a piece of cheerful news to Hammers fans that Arnautovic is ahead of schedule, meaning he could even be involved in the squad against Southampton on December 27 and Burnley three days later.West Ham fans’ Christmas wishes may come true with Marko Arnautovic nearing a first team return.’Arnie’ will have to unwrap his car first though 🎁 pic.twitter.com/jeNOqz00I1 #WHUFCdeclan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…— Sporting Index (@sportingindex) December 20, 2018“We will need to see his last examination, but I think that next week he will start working with the team,” said Pellegrini according to Belfast Telegraph.“Those names may be one of 25 names that have been said recently, and it is always the same answer, I do not talk about rumours, I am happy with the squad,” he said.“I know that we need to replace players that probably will not play much more this season like (Andriy) Yarmolenko, (Carlos) Sanchez, (Manuel) Lanzini, so we are calm, we will decide not now what we are going to do but we will decide.”last_img read more

43 Earthquake Shook Southcentral This Morning

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A minor earthquake shook Southcentral Alaska Wednesday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The 4.3 quake — initially reported as a 4.2, but upgraded by the Alaska Earthquake Center — struck at 8:44 a.m., 57 kilometers east-southeast of Whittier at a depth of 31 kilometers. Initial reports from the USGS’s indicated the quake was felt in Seward, Girdwood and Anchorage.last_img

1 Person Killed 4 Injured After Plane Crash At Tutka Bay Across

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Updated 2:53pmThe Alaska State Trooper have released the name of the victim killed in Friday morning’s plane crash in Tutka Bay. According to Petty Officer Norcross, the plane was carrying 7 passengers, 3 Adults and 4 children. The crew of the good samaritan motor vessel Augustine retrieved all passengers from the plane. One passenger was reported as needing immediate medical support. The good samaritan vessel meet EMS in the Homer Harbor. Petty Officer Amanda Norcross of the U.S. Coast Guard 17th District: “We initially got a report around 10:19am, that a aircraft was conducting a departure in the middle of the bay and aborted the takeoff.” Original PostOne person was killed and four injured in a plane crash Friday morning in Tutka Bay, across Kachemak Bay from Homer according to authorities. All 7 occupants of the plane were transported to the Homer Harbor and injured victims were ground transported by Homer Volunteer Fire Department, Anchor Point Emergency Services, and Kachemak Emergency Services to South Peninsula Hospital.last_img read more