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Dr. Chang Proposes Integrated Environmental Approach

first_imgDr. Chang Proposes Integrated Environmental Approach EnvironmentJune 23, 2010 RelatedDr. Chang Proposes Integrated Environmental Approach Advertisements RelatedDr. Chang Proposes Integrated Environmental Approachcenter_img RelatedDr. Chang Proposes Integrated Environmental Approach FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Water and Housing, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, has urged Caribbean countries to urgently adopt a more integrated approach to development, with special attention to water and natural resource management.“As the islands within the region struggle to deal with a myriad of socio-economic challenges, it is clear that we need to employ a more integrated approach to development, with special attention being paid to areas such as water and natural resources management, pollution control and energy efficiency,” Dr. Chang said.Minister of Water and Housing Dr. The Honourable Horace Chang, who is also the National Committee Chairman and Honorary President of the Caribbean Environmental Forum, addressing the opening ceremony of the Conference yesterday (June 21) at the Rose Hall Resort in Montego Bay.As the National Committee Chairman and Honorary President of the Caribbean Environmental Forum (CEF-5), Dr. Chang was addressing participants in the Fifth biennial CEF and exhibition currently underway at the Rose Hall Resort in Montego Bay, St. James.He was also direct in calling for greater collaboration among Caribbean Islands, through the sharing of information and experiences.“In light of our limited resources, there is also a need to foster greater collaboration among the islands, especially through the sharing of information and experiences,” he said.He added that the importance of regional gatherings cannot be over emphasized, encouraging delegates to apply themselves to the discussions and the other activities that are planned.Dr. Chang extended a warm welcome to over 500 participants at the conference, and expressed the hope that key environment issues and development will be discussed and experiences shared towards the cross-fertilisation of ideas.Some participants in the 5th.Caribbean Environmental Forum and Exhibition which is being held at the Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay from June 21 to June 25 under the theme, ‘Coping with Copenhagen: water,waste, energy, health’.The fifth biennial Caribbean Environmental Forum and Exhibition (CEF-5) being held in Montego Bay, June 21 to 25 has as its theme, ‘Coping with Copenhagen: Water, Waste, Energy, Health’. It recognises the policy and political issues emanating from the Copenhagen Accord, and their consequences on some of the key environmental and sustainable development challenges facing the region.last_img read more

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Hack The Beach opens 2017 contest

first_imgHomeNewsHack The Beach opens 2017 contest Jul. 17, 2017 at 5:50 amNewsHack The Beach opens 2017 contestMatthew Hall4 years agoCity By The Seadaily presshack the beachNewssanta monica daily presssanta monica newssmdp The City By The Sea is welcoming problem solving proposals from Silicon Beach.Santa Monica has opened applications for the 2017 Hack The Beach contest designed to leverage the skills of the local tech community to improve local quality of life.The contest is in its second year and officials said this year’s event is focused on a set of challenges related to the city’s budget priorities. Anyone with a hardware of software solution is invited to participate provided their entry incorporates technology in some way, address one of the six goals and meets the judging criteria for viability, value and growth.“Hack the Beach is about harnessing the talent of innovators in our backyard to create solutions that offer a better customer service experience for residents,” said Mayor Ted Winterer. “While doing this, participants get to work directly with the City to shape a product with real world application. In our second year, we hope to continue to strengthen the bonds between local government and the tech community to bring value to citizens and anyone doing business with the City.”This year, there are six possible design challenges.Building Community — How might we use technology to encourage residents connect with each other in a very real, genuine, neighbor-to-neighbor way?A Responsive Government — What are ways to cultivate a trustworthy and participatory local government through equitable, transparent, and effective processes?Health — How might we use technology to make it easier to empower residents to access these public resources to take charge of improving their health?Place and Planet — How might we use technology to make it easier to get around town in an environmentally-friendly way?Learning — How might we use technology to champion lifelong education achievements and opportunities for continuous personal growth?Economic Opportunity — How might we use technology to support community needs through a stable, vibrant and diverse local economy?The application process is available online (www.hackthebeach.com) and applications will be taken through September 4. Once the deadline closes the judging process will select up to 10 finalists. Those applicants will receive additional mentoring and feedback to refine their ideas before the final judging in December.Behrang Abadi, Senior Information Technology Manager with the City of Santa Monica, said the contest isn’t a one-off event or a side project, but rather a significant effort to bring new ideas into government. He said large tech firms have the staff and resources to work with a city but many startups don’t know how to get their ideas heard.“What were really trying to do is engage the private sector to create meaningful solutions to things that are of importance to the city,” he said.Abadi said Hack the Beach is designed to bring the City’s needs to creative thinkers in environments that are familiar to the companies and using language that is easy to understand instead of assuming solutions will walk in the door of City Hall.“We really want to co-create solutions,” said Abadi. “We don’t want to pretend the City has all of the answers or all of the resources to solve the issues of the community.”Abadi said the outreach helps spark thinking from companies that might not otherwise realize they could work with government.“We’re bringing city hall to our tech industry, you don’t have to understand how city hall works, you don’t even have to know where it is or what the hours are,” he said.Catherine Geanuracos’ company, CityGrows, won the inaugural contest last year and her technology is actually being used to run the 2017 contest. Her company provides digital templates that allow government agencies to automate and streamline routine processes.She said participation has benefits for the companies and the city.While Geanuracos had some understanding of civic work prior to entering Hack the Beach, she said the specialized mentoring is invaluable to companies that want to do businesses with governments.“It’s hard as a startup trying to work with government. It’s hard to find a champion inside a system like that,” she said. “We were connected with people who are really primed for experimentation.”The contest also opened a window to the culture of government.“I had some government experience but getting inside knowledge of the technological and political challenges was incredibly helpful,” she said. “We learned about how much isn’t just how much better your technology is, that’s just one piece of supporting change management inside government.”She said Santa Monica is a city that is particularly welcoming to experimental ideas and she said city staff are interested in making their jobs more efficient.“What we found was there are a ton of people inside the city who were really motivated to improve things for constituents,” she said. “We know they wanted better services but to also improve the quality of life inside the city.”For more information on the 2017 contest, visit [email protected] :City By The Seadaily presshack the beachNewssanta monica daily presssanta monica newssmdpshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentDemocrtic Club MeetingWoman refuses to identify herself, resulting in arrestYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall11 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson22 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter22 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor22 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press22 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press22 hours agolast_img read more

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Liverpool defender Sakho suspended after positive drug test

first_img‘Yesterday, Friday 22nd April 2016, a formal communication was received from UEFA stating that they are investigating a possible anti-doping rule violation by Mamadou Sakho.‘The player will respond to UEFA on the matter. The player is currently not subject to any playing suspension. However, the club, in consultation with the player, has decided that while this process is followed the player will not be available for selection for matches.’Mamadou Sakho has recently impressed in the Liverpool defence and has made 34 appearances for the Anfield club this season. The France international joined Liverpool from Paris St-Germain in 2013.French publication RMC Sport have revealed that the defender has been taking a ‘fat burning’ drug in a personal capacity that has broken stringent regulations.The Reds are now investigating the incident and the 26-year-old will remain suspended for matches until club officials and UEFA are satisfied.Sakho is keen to prove that this has been an accident and is generally considered a consummate professional by the club.It is thought that the France international was unaware that the substance was banned, and is now keen to prove that he was acting in good faith.This news will be a major blow to the centre-back, who had just been hitting his best form with the Merseyside outfit.He had played a key part in the now famous 4-3 win over Borussia Dortmund, and also scored in the 4-0 thrashing of Everton this week. This will at the very least rule the defender out of Liverpool’s game with Newcastle United on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool defender Mamadou Skaho reacts in a past match/ PHOTO- AgenciesLIVERPOOL, April 23- Liverpool centre back Mamadou Sakho has been suspended after failing a drug test.The Anfield club released the following statement:last_img read more

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10 months agoEx-Real Madrid defender Campo: Give Solari time

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ex-Real Madrid defender Campo: Give Solari timeby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid defender Ivan Campo says coach Santiago Solari deserves time to prove himself.Solari has a three-year contract at Real, but is already under pressure with the shadow of Jose Mourinho looming.”I see him doing well,” Campo told Radio MARCA.”He has gone from training kids in the youth team to training the first team.”Physically, the team is recovering what it had before.”There’s a need to leave Solari to get on with the job.”They didn’t leave Julen Lopetegui to work.” last_img read more

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Gary Sinise Honored By Shelter Partnership

first_imgLast week, Los Angeles-based non-profit organization Shelter Partnership honored actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise for his dedication to our nation’s active duty defenders, veterans and first responders, their families, and those in need; and his crusade of support, service and gratitude to all those who protect our freedom and serve our country.Gary Sinise at Shelter Partnership EventCredit/Copyright: Patrick McMullan PhotographyTaking place at The Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, Shelter Partnership’s Annual Dinner also featured Fritz Coleman, NBC4 Southern California Weathercaster, as the Master of Ceremonies for the 21st consecutive year. The dinner featured a special performance by the New Directions Veterans Choir, an award-winning “a cappella” group comprised of formerly homeless veterans, and men and women who have served in the U.S. Military.Gary Sinise with Jonathan Flora and Deborah FloraCredit/Copyright: Patrick McMullan Photography“Gary inspires us with his continued commitment to support our veterans and those in active duty, and we are delighted to honor him and his work at our Annual Dinner,” said Ruth Schwartz, executive director and co-founder, Shelter Partnership. “Gary’s home building projects can be seen almost as a parallel collaboration with our Shelter Partnership programs, as we both share the mission to advocate for housing for homeless veterans.”Gary Sinise with actor Kathy Baker, and Shelter Partnership Executive Director, Ruth SchwartzCredit/Copyright: Patrick McMullan PhotographyThrough Building for America’s Bravest partnership, the Gary Sinise Foundation is building custom Smart Homes for severely wounded veterans. Additionally, the Foundation has created programs such as the Gary Sinise Foundation Relief & Resiliency Outreach program to provide complete support to military and first-responder families recovering from trauma and loss in times of urgent need, Invincible Spirit Festivals, day-long celebrations designed to boost the morale and spirits of the patients, their families and the medical staff at military hospitals across the country and Serving Heroes, a program that provides hearty, classic American meals to our defenders across the country. Since forming the Lt. Dan Band in 2004, Gary Sinise and his band perform close to 50 shows a year for military bases, charities and fundraisers supporting wounded warriors, Gold Star families, and veterans and troops around the world.“I commend Shelter Partnership’s tireless work advocating for not only veterans, but for the thousands of individuals and families who find themselves homeless each year,” said Gary Sinise, actor and humanitarian. “I am grateful to be honored by Shelter Partnership for my advocacy for veterans, and I hope that this event helps raise more awareness and motivates people in our community to help.”last_img read more

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Trumps new economic aide Loves trade with Canada calls Trudeau crazy lefty

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump’s new top economic adviser’s views on trade will likely thrill Justin Trudeau — so long as he’s willing to overlook some of his other views: specifically, those involving the prime minister himself.A former Wall Street analyst and current cable-TV personality, Larry Kudlow was named Wednesday as the new director of the White House National Economic Council.He’s a blunt-talking booster of trade with Canada, giving the northern neighbour a high-profile new advocate at a sensitive moment in Canada-U.S. relations. His mince-no-words, take-no-prisoners punditry indicates that he holds Canada-loving, NAFTA-supporting, tariff-opposing views.His view of the prime minister? That’s another story.”Unfortunately we’re going after a major NAFTA ally. Perhaps America’s greatest ally. Namely, Canada,” Kudlow said on CNBC, discussing possible tariffs two weeks ago.”Even with this left-wing crazy guy Trudeau … they’re still our pals. Why are we going after them?”Trump had said he wanted someone whose views would clash with his own nationalist impulses and that’s precisely what he’s getting: in his commentary, Kudlow has been scathingly critical of protectionist moves like steel tariffs.Key debates over NAFTA are likely to unfold over the coming weeks as the White House makes a long-shot effort to try wrapping up a deal by spring, and getting it ratified by the end of the year.Kudlow’s Twitter feed is filled with pro-trade tweets. In one recent radio appearance Kudlow began by criticizing the president’s steel and aluminum tariffs, then pivoted into a prediction of economic disaster should Trump cancel NAFTA.“My greatest fear … is not the steel thing but that we will walk away from NAFTA — which I think would be a calamitously bad decision,” Kudlow told “The John Batchelor Show” a few days ago.“It would turn business against the president … and would, frankly, blow up the whole stock market.”Kudlow replaces the like-minded Gary Cohn as head of the council; like his predecessor, he is likely to clash with the more protectionist wing of the White House, embodied by trade adviser Peter Navarro, and the president himself.Previews of the battles ahead came in that radio interview.Kudlow called U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer the “master” of trade-penalty laws — laws Kudlow said make no sense. He also pointed out that the person leading the steel-tariff file for Trump, Wilbur Ross, owned steel companies.He said the U.S. has all the steel it needs, and shouldn’t be punishing its entire economy by setting tariffs to protect a tiny fraction of businesses.”These (steel producers) want protection, they’re not competitive, they’re bloated companies,” Kudlow.Ross has argued that the tariffs are legitimate under national-security law. A 1962 U.S. trade law allows emergency measures under a broad definition of national security, which could be interpreted to mean the country’s economic interest.Kudlow ridiculed that too.”Are you going to tell me that if we went into a real war — like, a major war — and we needed more steel, that Canada wouldn’t give us steel? Are you seriously telling me that?” Kudlow said.”I mean, that’s how silly this is.”Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Kudlow was offered the job, and accepted. It was actually Kudlow who announced it first in media interviews. Kudlow said he was discussing the job by phone with Trump, and, it just so happened, the president was watching TV and saw Kudlow’s face pictured.Kudlow told the Politico site the president said: ”You’re looking handsome, Larry.”Friends and colleagues say Kudlow, 70, possesses two critical attributes prized by the president: He is a straight-talking debater and is resolutely loyal.In 1987, Kudlow moved to Wall Street and, though he never completed a master’s program in economics and policy at Princeton University, served as chief economist at Bear Stearns. He left that position in the early 1990s to treat an addiction to alcohol and drugs, after which Kudlow worked at Laffer’s research and consulting firm.Kudlow soon settled comfortably into the world of political and economic punditry, working at the conservative National Review magazine and ultimately becoming a host of CNBC shows beginning in 2001. He has remained a contributor to CNBC and a colleague and friend for many at the network.He has his critics.The book ”Superforecasting,” which analyzes the attributes of what makes someone good at predicting upcoming events, uses Kudlow’s wild misses in the leadup to the 2008 financial crisis as a cautionary example of what not to do.One of the book’s core arguments is to fight back against your own biases when making a prediction, to seek contrasting views, and to factor everything in. Instead, it said, Kudlow’s unflappable ideological faith in earlier tax cuts convinced him there would be no big recession.”As the months passed, the economy weakened and worries grew, but Kudlow did not budge. There is no recession and there will be no recession, he insisted,” says the book, by Canadian Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner.”Through the spring and into summer, the economy worsened but Kudlow denied it. ‘We are in a mental recession, not an actual recession,’ he wrote, a theme he kept repeating until Sept. 15, when Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, Wall Street was thrown into chaos, the global financial system froze, and people the world over felt like passengers in a plunging jet, eyes wide, fingers digging into armrests.”— With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Dawson Creek RCMP offer tips after increase in residential break and enters

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek RCMP are offering up tips to prevent residential break and enters after RCMP have seen an increase.According to the RCMP homes located in Dawson Creek and rural areas have been targeted with varying degrees of damage.All of the recently reported break and enters have occurred during daylight hours, and all of the residences have been insecure by either an unlocked door or window. At this time there is not enough evidence to approve any charges against any person(s).The Dawson Creek RCMP would like to remind residents to secure their homes before leaving for the day.The following are some best practices to help minimize your chance of becoming the next victim:Secure (lock) all entrances/exits into your residence before leaving your propertyUse quality deadbolts on all exterior doorsInvest in a monitored alarm and/or video surveillance system.Secure (lock) all windowsIn the event of a break in:If you return to your residence and notice that a break-in has occurred, do not enter the building.Call the police immediatelyDo not touch anything or clean up until after the police have arrived and inspected the area for evidence.If you have video surveillance systems, make sure everyone knows how to use it and burn the footage to a disk or USB. This alleviates the confusion and time delay that may occur to help with identifying possible suspects.Residential break and enters can have a large impact on homeowners and their families due to the amount of stress that may come with having your home broken into, (ie: replacing stolen items, fixing broken windows or doors, etc).Property owners can help reduce their risk of becoming a victim by improving the physical security of their own homes.last_img read more

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Mayawati says Modi unfit to hold office

first_imgLucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) President Mayawati on Wednesday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modis tenure had been full of violence and hence he was ‘unfit for the office he holds. Mayawati termed Modi’s legacy as Chief Minister of Gujarat a “stain on the BJP and country”. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi was indeed the Chief Minister of Gujarat for a longer time than I was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh but his legacy is a blot on the BJP and the country while in my regime Uttar Pradesh was free of riots and anarchy,” she said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Mayawati further said that her government was ‘fit’ when it came to matters of public interest while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been ‘unfit’. “Modi’s term as a Prime Minister as well as Chief Minister was full of violence. He is unfit to hold the public office,” she said. She also scoffed at the Prime Minister for calling BSP – ‘Behenji ki Sampatti Party’. “Whatever the national President of BSP has, it has been given by well-wishers and the society, and nothing is hidden from the government,” she said and added that the incumbent government sweeps all its bad deeds under the carpet. Stepping up her attack, she accused the BJP of having the most corrupt members. “BJP has a disease of calling other parties corrupt. The nation knows that the most corrupt people belong to their party.”last_img read more

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Amy Schumer Chooses Not to be Complicit Opts Out

Amy Schumer arrives at the world premiere of “I Feel Pretty” at the Westwood Village Theater in Los Angeles.  (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)Don’t look for Amy Schumer in any Super Bowl LIII commercials this time around. She’s sitting this one out as she stands with Colin Kaepernick and his take-a-knee protest against racism and police brutality.The comedian and “I Feel Pretty” actress explained her stance at length Friday on Instagram, challenging white NFL players to kneel as well. Addressing them directly, she wrote: “Otherwise how are you not complicit?”Of her plan to steer clear of Super Bowl ads, she said: “I personally told my reps I wouldn’t do a Super Bowl commercial this year. I know it must sound like a privilege ass sacrifice but it’s all I got.”Diddy, Jessica Seinfeld and Christie Brinkley offered her support among more than 8,000 comments left on her post. It was not immediately clear whether she had been approached to appear in an ad during the big game.In 2016, Schumer appeared with Seth Rogen in a political-themed campaign for Bud Light, “Raise One to Right Now,” during Super Bowl 50.“Hitting the nfl with the advertisers is the only way to hurt them,” Schumer wrote of her ban. “I know opposing the nfl is like opposing the nra. Very tough …” read more