The Government is revisiting the idea of introducing hybrid vehicles to the local market, as it continues to put energy saving measures in place.Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, made the disclosure on Monday, June 24, as he addressed the official launch of Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel (ULSD) at the Petcom Dunrobin station, St. Andrew.Fuel retailers, marketing companies, motor vehicle dealers, motorists, and other stakeholders welcomed the introduction of the fuel.[RELATED: Gov’t to Schedule Expansion of Petrojam Refinery]Minister Paulwell noted that while the initial cost is higher than that of regular diesel, the improved mileage ULSD provides will redound to the long-term benefit of motorists.“We are encouraging Jamaicans to step up as we try to preserve our environment and make our vehicles last longer,” he stated.In his remarks, Sales and Marketing Manager, Petcom, Alphanso Chambers, said sulphur reduction in diesel is essential in ensuring the proper functioning of vehicles with advanced emission control systems, and new diesel engines.He noted that there is a reduction in harmful sulphur emissions, exhaust smoke and odour, leading to improved air quality, thereby protecting the environment.Mr. Chambers said that all necessary precautions have been taken to prevent contamination of ULSD. He informed that all marketing companies have been mandated to ensure that dedicated storage tanks, fuel lines, pumps and haulage trucks are identified to satisfactorily accommodate the transportation and retailing of the fuel.Motorists will be able to make the distinction between regular diesel and the newly introduced ULSD, as regular diesel has a red appearance, while ULSD is straw coloured.ULSD, which is being distributed by Petrojam, has a sulphur content of 15 parts per million, which is a vast improvement from the sulphur content of 5,000 parts per million, of the current diesel.The Minister also turned on the pumps at the Shell Gore Terrace on Constant Spring Road, to officially mark the arrival of the fuel at 10 service stations in the Shell network.Contact: Alphea Saunders
Torino manager Walter Mazzarri was left flabbergasted by the lack of intervention from VAR as his side lost 1-0 to Juventus on SaturdayCristiano Ronaldo’s 70th-minute penalty proved to be the difference as Torino fell to their fourth defeat this season.However, the Bulls were denied two penalty appeals after striker Andrea Belotti was pushed in the area before Simone Zaza was later shoved by Juventus’ Alex Sandro.“An unfortunate incident proved decisive,” said Mazzarri, according to Football-Italia.“Perhaps there could’ve been a penalty or two in our favour, we certainly got that impression… In other games, VAR went back to look at this sort of situation.“Belotti was jumping to head the ball, which is his specialty, and he has a good chance of scoring if he connects with it cleanly. If you are pushed when mid-air, in my view that is a clear penalty.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“People say we complain, but since the last time there was a meeting about VAR, they have generally gone to check on incidents. Belotti and Zaza appealed and asked for it to be viewed on VAR.”Although the Italian was pleased with the way his side performed against Juventus on the night.“I have to compliment my lads, because they put in a strong performance and played on a par with a tank like Juventus,” added Mazzarri.“In these cases, the incidents ultimately make the difference. We lost Salvatore Sirigu to injury early on, but Ichazo did well too. It’s a pity to have missed out on a point that we would’ve deserved.“You can take something from Juve only if they underestimate you, but they rested Giorgio Chiellini in the Champions League midweek, which shows how much they were thinking about this derby.”
Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers presented ‘Pandit V G Jog Award’ to Sitar maestro Ustad Shujaat Khan on January 31, at Rabindra Sadan. The award is a tribute to the legendary violin virtuoso Padma Vibhushan Pandit V G Jog.The evening started with the inaugural orchestration session by the young 54 violin players. The programme was followed by conferring of the award to Ustad Shujaat Khan and ended with his mesmerising performance. Speaking at the occasion, Rupak Saha, Director, Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers said, “Presenting Pandit V G Jog Award to the renowned musician like Ustad Shujaat Khan for his immense contribution to the music industry is indeed an honour. Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers is known for its orientation for music and culture. We attempt to care for our heritage and tradition and make young generation aware about the same.” Ustad Shujaat Khan, the renowned artist, who was humbled to witness the love and affection of the people of Kolkata, thanked them while accepting the honour given by Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers.
How Success Happens 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Listen Now October 23, 2018 It’s no secret that growth in the entrepreneur ecosystem means growth in the local and national economy. Sure, Silicon Valley may be perceived as the epicenter of innovation, but more and more cities and states are investing in entrepreneurship to not only build the next new technology and medical innovation, they are also investing in the present and future of their residents. In fact, creating capital, markets and talent more accessible and eliminating excessive regulations that impair innovation may may increase GDP by nearly 7% in the next decade through job creation, revenue and large scale transactions.A few months ago, I spoke at the Startup Maine event in Portland. I hadn’t been to Portland in nearly 25 years. To say the city has changed is an understatement. The truth is I don’t remember much about my Portland visit years ago beyond that the people were extremely welcoming. The small city itself wasn’t that memorable. Fast forward to this summer and I found a renewed city I won’t long forget. The city has blossomed with a great food scene, a lively nightlife and a growing entrepreneur ecosystem without losing its Maine essence. “As Maine’s economic capital, Portland’s economy has evolved over the years, shifting from fishing, manufacturing and agriculture towards a more service-based economy. One common thread that has remained a constant to the ethos of Maine’s ‘brand’ is a high degree of craftsmanship, integrity, and ingenuity,” says Betsy Peters, Entrepreneur and Founder of 230Trees in Portland. Still, the city found itself in the familiar position of falling victim to an institutionalized imbalance of power.Related: It’s Not About Disruption — Industry Transformation Is About New MarketsAnother sexual harassment scandal in the newsEarlier this year a few key pillars of the ecosystem were accused of and admitted to sexual harassment allegations, including Jess Knox, the public face of Maine Startup & Create Week (MSCW) and Venture Hall, he was recognized as instrumental in leading several women in the community. The fallout, of course, hit the community hard. According to Peters, and her peers Raffi Der Simonian, Der Simonian LLC and Adam Nyhan, Opticliff Law, Venture Hall was on the verge of accepting a $425,000 grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to bring new healthcare businesses to connect with Maine-based enterprises including Maine Health and Unum.Perhaps due to the large population of transplants from places like Massachusetts, California and New York mixed with the practical Yankee ingenuity and locally-raised Mainers, this crisis was by no means the end of the story. Peters, Der Simonian and Nyhan quickly regrouped with their community to create an ecosystem worthy of growth and opportunity for all. “For the many volunteers who have been working on MSWC for several years, there was more of a short pause than an existential crisis,” says Peters.Related: Which Is a Better City for Startups, San Francisco or New York City?A familiar problem, a very different responseRather than stopping at the short-term approach of firing the accused executives without any real change to the system that made this behavior possible in the first place or becoming paralyzed by fear or anger, Portland’s business and local community leaders, including some of the accusers, came together to understand how one person could yield so much power over a program that serves and is owned by the community in which it resides. “Our failure was around the amount of power Jess was given versus the lack of governance around him,” says Peters.Immediately following the crisis, MSCW was rebranded to Startup Maine under new leadership. MaineCanDo was formed by member of the ecosystem and victims’ rights advocates to define and create a systematic community response that includes online practical tools and a pledge of accountability that has been signed by over 350 organizations and individuals including DC politicians, banks, business executives, VCs and public companies.What is so refreshing about the response by the Portland community can be seen in how they uniquely define success beyond the hard numbers traditionally used to determine the health and viability of an ecosystem. Of course Portland faces the same challenges many other cities face when it comes to attracting supernova startups and founders, like a limited talent pool from a small population, a lack of big-name logos and a condensed pool of resources and investors. In true Maine ingenuity, Peters and her fellow ecosystem leaders see the real opportunity lays in redefining what an entrepreneur looks like. “We need to encourage clusters and high-growth businesses, but we also need to enlarge the tent to encourage all types of new businesses to create a scene that is authentically Maine,” says Peters.Underpinning their uniquely Maine approach to entrepreneurship as an economic booster, Portland uses the Maine Development Foundation Measures of Growth report in replacement of the traditional annual report which focuses primarily on dollars and cents. First installed in 1993, the Measures of Growth Report analyzes key metrics in three categories: economy, community and environment. The convergence of these categories defines the one value that Maine is known for: quality of life.Related: What Every Disrupter Needs to Know About TransformationValuable take-aways from the convergenceRather than focus on saving a broken system, Der Simonian and Nyhan worked together with several local leaders to understand how their ecosystem enabled the challenges it faced and what needed to be disrupted so that history does not have a chance to repeat itself. Their reflection was undeniably by the people and for the people — just like the state in which they reside:Talk openly about the hard, uncomfortable topics that create toxicity. Don’t be afraid to call out bad behavior or speak up on behalf of those who may not feel confident to be a solo voice in the crowd.Do not give all the power to the few. From contracts to project leadership to relationships with people of power, it truly takes a large village to cultivate a thriving ecosystem. Make sure power and influence are intentionally shared.Live by Peter Drucker’s wise advice: Culture eats strategy for breakfast. Rather than dealing with harassment as a separate issue, prevent harassment in how business is done, not in addition. Embedded is the exception of inclusion in every aspect of HR and people relations — without exception and with full visibility, and personal and shared accountability.Create a true governance model whereby every executive and person of influence is held to a high standard of ethics. Ensure that financial oversight provides the highest levels of transparency and personal accountability, starting with the board.View inclusion as a strategy, not as an afterthought. Intentionally embed inclusion goals that implement consistent equitable practices which reward talent regardless of population segment. 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