Share Share 17 Views no discussions LocalNews Geothermal forum exceeds government’s expectations by: – September 27, 2013 Tweet Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit along with Public Works Minister Rayburn Blackmoore and other members of the ForumPrime Minster Roosevelt Skerrit has said a two-day Geothermal Partners Forum went beyond his government’s expectations.In briefing the press at the end of the forum on Friday, Mr Skerrit explained that the original intention was to have a donor’s meeting however that changed to include a wide cross-section of partners.“National partners, regional partners, and international partners; we did not limit the invitation to those whom we believed were supporters of the geothermal project but those we know for a fact has some reservations about the geothermal project”.He added that persons from the Roseau Valley “were at the center of the discussions” as they had the opportunity to raise their concerns and receive professional responses to each of their points.“Based on what they have said themselves, we believed that it served a very useful purpose because they are now better informed on all the aspects relating to geothermal”.He is hopeful that these individuals will return to their respective constituents and share the two day experiences and information with them “so that all of us can be better appreciative of the issues relating to geothermal”.He added that there was reiteration of commitment and support by all stakeholders who were present and believes that each of the participants left energized, committed to the process, believing there is a resource worth discovering.However, it is a matter of how to go from the Forum “towards taking advantage of it”.The Prime Minister said financial pledging were not conducted during the Forum but there is a commitment by all concerned that they are prepared to play their part where they can be fitted in.It is very instructive, he said, that represented institutions at the Forum sent senior members of their organizations who are directly involved in geothermal related matters to attend.Senior members who can speak with “some degree of authority from their principles on their own organization’s role or intention of the part that it can play”.“Clearly there are issues we are going to have to address as time goes by and we have given a firm commitment to the international community, to the partners, that the issues of transparency, sharing of information will continue,” he said.A follow-up session with partners is intended to share the information that will be gathered in the next few weeks and months of the geothermal project.He added that it is clear that generation of geothermal energy will not occur within a day however there is a “set road map” being put together with the technical and financial support of partners.“I think it is a matter for us now to collate all of these very profound contributions made by the various panelists and to analyze it and to examine it and to implement them where appropriate”.Persons will be able to view all geothermal related documents on the government’s website giving them an opportunity to ask questions and inquire about things they feel were left out in the documents.This is in an effort to keep the process transparent and engaging to become a model to other countries who are interested in moving towards the exploration of the geothermal resources they may possess.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring!
Flowers growing in the Drakensberg’s Injasuthi nature reserve. (Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) The UN has declared 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB), and South Africa, with its wealth of natural treasures, is set to mark the event along with the rest of the world.The year-long celebration of the variety of life on earth is driven by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), under the slogan Biodiversity is life, Biodiversity is our life.The CBD, a global plan to tackle important issues facing biodiversity, entered into force in December 1993. The secretariat exists to facilitate meetings of the parties to the CBD and to coordinate with relevant international bodies.South Africa became a signatory to this important convention in 1993, and a party in 1995. The country has since ratified the instrument, which means that it has been approved by Parliament and is now binding.The 10th conference of the parties, known as COP 10, takes place in Nagoya, Japan, in October 2010.The IYB will be officially launched in Berlin on 11 January under the auspices of Germany’s Federal Environment Ministry.Its goals are to raise awareness of the importance of conservation and threats facing natural life, promote understanding of the economic value of biodiversity, encourage organisations and individuals to step up their conservation activities, celebrate achievements, and to forge an effective plan going forward from 2010.Global extinction crisisThe CBD has stated that global biodiversity is in the throes of the greatest extinction crisis since the demise of dinosaurs 65-million years ago.Some experts estimate that precious species are disappearing at up to 1 000 times the natural extinction rate, and worse, the CBD predicts a dramatic rise in the already-frightening rate. Current trends show that around 34 000 plant and 5 200 animal species face extinction at this moment, and that 66% of ecosystems around the world are approaching ruin. Now is the time to act.The IYB also coincides with the 2010 Biodiversity Target, an international conservation agreement to significantly reduce the global biodiversity drain due to often-irresponsible human activity. The target was first adopted by the EU in June 1991 and later confirmed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in 2002.Announcing the IYB, executive secretary of the CBD, Ahmed Djoghlaf, said not one country had met the terms of the target, which were to achieve, by 2010, “a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss at the global, regional and national level as a contribution to poverty alleviation and to the benefit of all life on earth”.The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Countdown 2010 branch has brought together around 1 000 participants – representing governments, civil society and corporations – to work towards achieving the 2010 biodiversity target.Celebrating our biodiversityAlthough South Africa covers just 2% of the world’s surface area, it is home to nearly 10% of all the world’s plants, which amounts to 24 000 species. About 7% of the world’s vertebrates and 5.5% of all known insects also call the country home, making it a biodiversity treasure trove.Within its borders lie three internationally renowned biodiversity hotspots. These are the magnificent Cape Floral Kingdom, the Succulent Karoo – which flows into Namibia, and the Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany region. Maputaland-Pondoland is shared with Mozambique and Swaziland.South Africa is also famed for its marine biodiversity. About 11 000 species – some 15% of the global total – dwell in South African waters, with 3 496 species, or over 25%, endemic to the country. South Africa is the fifth richest country in Africa and 24th in the world in terms of the number of mammal, birds, amphibians and reptiles that are native to her soil.The South African government is well aware of the immense value of the country’s biodiversity, and between 2003 and 2005 developed and implemented a National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan. This document, overseen by the national Department of Environmental Affairs, identified nine areas for conservation priority and also laid out steps to conserve freshwater, estuarine and marine ecosystems.The country’s Biodiversity Act was signed into law in 2004 by then-president Thabo Mbeki, providing biodiversity protection at the highest level. Among others, the act calls for full environmental impact assessments before the development of any genetically modified organisms, and also permits communities to benefit from any profits gained through exploitation of natural materials, such as medicinal plants, that involve their indigenous knowledge.Raising awarenessIn addition to the numerous environment-aware celebrations in South Africa each year, the country is hosting the Biodiversity Expo 2010, a gathering which will explore the work currently being done in that field, and establish what more needs to be done.South Africans are encouraged to attend, if possible, and to broaden their knowledge of biodiversity, perhaps even becoming involved on a volunteer or career basis.The expo takes place from 25-28 March 2010 at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Newlands, Cape Town. This well-known research institute and tourist drawcard is part of the South African National Biodiversity Institute.South Africa will mark the following environment-related events in 2010:• World Wetlands Day (2 February);• National Water Week (15-19 March);• World Water Day (22 March);• Earth Hour (27 March);• Earth Day (22 April);• International Day for Biodiversity (22 May);• World Environment Week (31 May-14 June);• World Environment Day (5 June);• Arbour Week (1-7 September);• International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer (16 September);• Marine Week (11-15 October);• National Bird Week (22-26 November).Football stars support biodiversityThe UN Environmental Programme has teamed up with sportswear manufacturer Puma in an IYB campaign to support Africa’s vulnerable plants and animals, and raise awareness of the year-long event among football fans.Play for Life sees 12 Puma-sponsored African teams adopting a unique continental football strip known as the Africa Unity Kit, as their official third kit. They are Ghana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Algeria, Angola, Egypt, Mozambique, Togo, Tunisia, Senegal, Morocco and Namibia.The 12 teams will also wear the Fifa-approved strip during friendly games in the build-up to the 2010 Fifa World Cup, which kicks off on 11 June in Johannesburg.The Africa Unity Kit debuts at the 2010 African Cup of Nations football tournament in Angola between 10 and 31 January. All profits from worldwide sales of the replica kit will support biodiversity programmes in Africa. Besides the kit, other items such as Unity t-shirts and lacelets – collectable shoe laces featuring patterns from leading American artist Kehinde Wiley – are available.“In 2010, Africa will be at the centre of the footballing world. The Play for Life campaign and the release of the Africa Unity Kit is a powerful statement for Puma,” said the company’s CEO Jochen Zeitz.“Puma is creating a unique kit embracing the diversity of African teams while valuing the unity of players and supporters towards a common goal – raising both awareness and funds through the sale of our Unity products,” he said.
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… chris cameron A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… As we profiled in our Never Mind the Valley series last month, New York is increasing its stronghold on the east coast startup scene. The city’s rich media and international business ecosystems make it the perfect launch pad for startups looking to leverage these markets. One other reason the city has seen successful growth of entrepreneurship is the holding company Betaworks, which shows no signs of slowing after raising $20 million from Intel, AOL, RRE Ventures and several others.It is a little harder to place a label on Betaworks compared to other similar entities that some would call incubators. The important thing to know is that Betaworks considers itself a holding company and will not only invest in companies but will hold and operate some of them as well. Having previously raised $8 million in 2008, the company has put their money to good use; Betaworks’ history includes helping start companies like Bit.ly and Chartbeat, while investing in other real-time Web apps like Tweetdeck, and helping in the sale of others like Summize, which was acquired by Twitter in 2008.Needless to say, the company seems to know which horses to bet on, which is likely the reason why several corporations and investors teamed up to refresh their capital. Along with Intel, AOL and RRE, investors Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Softbank and The New York Times Company all contributed to help Betaworks keep moving forward.The real-time Web is a trend we’ve been following very closely at ReadWriteWeb as evidenced by last fall’s Real-Time Web Summit. For startups in this space, especially those on the east coast, Betaworks is a great resource and potential investor. The new funds will not only go toward helping bolster their already impressive list of companies, but also to bringing fresh new companies on board. As with the recent $750 million raised by Battery Ventures, the large collaborative investment in Betaworks is another solid indicator of returning venture capital dollars after a lackluster 2009. Tags:#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes isn’t willing to roll the dice as he virtually ruled Troy Rosario out for the February window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.“He’s cleared to practice, but he’s really not cleared to play,” Reyes said on Tuesday. “He’s cleared to do some light workouts, shooting drills, but not really full contact. We’re not keeping our hopes up high for him to be able to join the team.”ADVERTISEMENT The 26-year-old Rosario attended practice on Tuesday at Meralco Gym, his first on court appearance after suffering a bad fall in TNT’s game against Phoenix on Wednesday, but could only watch his teammates during the scrimmage.His potential absence is an additional blow to the Gilas frontline, which already lost Raymond Almazan and Calvin Abueva after Reyes dropped them from consideration for the February window last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThough the situation was tough, Rosario understood the precaution and accepted his fate given his health status.“The team knows my situation so I’m just practicing, doing shooting. I still can’t participate in scrimmages because anytime that I feel dizzy, it might be dangerous,” he said. “The neurologists advised that I could only do light practices for three days before we can assess my situation.” BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Abueva hopes to get second chance at Gilas, vows to redeem self ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais LATEST STORIES MOST READ Rosario did promise to make his presence felt by showing up to every Gilas practice, an evidence of his unwavering dedication to the program.“I’ll attend our practices everyday. [TNT] has a game tomorrow, but I’ll still go here first before I go to the game,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim
The return of Samuel Umtiti marks a huge boost for Barcelona ahead of their crucial Champions League clash against Lyon. For the defender the match also has a special meaning as he faces the team that sent him on the way to stardom. Umtiti was born in the capital of Cameroon, Yaounde, but moved to France at the age of two, with his family settling in Lyon. He grew up kicking the ball around at school and before too long was already starring for neighbourhood club Menival. Roland Rimet-Mignon was tasked with teaching Umtiti and the rest of Menival’s hopefuls, whom the defender joined at just five. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I met him when he was very young,” the coach recalled to Goal. “He came to us early because his school was opposite the club and since he already had a passion for football, he joined up with Menival.”Umtiti began, like most talented youngsters, as a forward, but was convinced by Menival to drop back down the field, a fateful decision that culminated in him finally settling into the centre of defence once he joined Lyon. Even at the tender age of eight, his ability was clear to all observers. “There was a point in which when I saw Samuel play, I told myself ‘this kid can’t stay here, he is already better than everyone,” Menival academy chief Regis Molouba stated. Despite his age, Molouba did not hesitate: “I made my move so that OL would not lose sight of Umtiti.” Luckily for the club, they listened.To begin with, however, Lyon struggled to recruit the young Umtiti. “They did not have access to Samuel’s guardians,” Molouba explained. “I went to see Samuel’s mother to tell her that her son was good, that Lyon were interested in him and that this was an opportunity they could not let go.” Annie Ngo Um did not oppose her son’s signing, and Molouba came to be Umtiti’s personal trainer as he prepared to take the step up. “I developed a personal program for him and we would work every Sunday from nine in the morning until midday because he did not have to go to school.“We would run through the streets of Lyon and we kept that up for a long time, even after signing for Lyon we would work during his school holidays with intensive sessions to prepare for the season ahead.”Umtiti passed his Lyon trial at the first attempt, and 10 years later – after moving back to defence – was ready to make his debut for the first team. In his first match Lyon took down local rivals St. Etienne in a cup tie, prompting then-coach Claude Puel to sing the 18-year-old promise’s praises: “He has adapted amazingly to a game of such importance.”Just four years on from that auspicious debut Umtiti was Barcelona-bound, moving to Camp Nou in a €25 million (£21.3m /28$m) switch ahead of the 2016-17 season. This year’s injury woes notwithstanding, he quickly became one of the first names on the Barca teamsheet and played a key part in them capturing the 2017-18 Liga title among other trophies.The centre-back boasts for good measure a World Cup winner’s medal, having headed home the semi-final goal that put France into the final in Russia as they overcame Belgium. Now, having completed 90 minutes against Sevilla for the first time since November in February and repeating the feat at the weekend for the victory over Rayo, he is looking for Champions League glory. His first club and boyhood mentors, of course, now stand in the way. Umtiti has come a long way since he first walked into OL as a boy, but he knows better than anyone how important Lyon have been in creating one of the finest defenders currently active in world football.