first_imgA new United Nations report has warned that countries in the Asia and Pacific region are not on track to achieve any of the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) and are in some cases even going in the “wrong direction”.The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) published on Wednesday a progress report on the global targets to be achieved in 10 years’ time.Data for some 20 percent of the many targets to be reached by 2030 indicate a worse situation today than when the goals were defined in 2015, according to the report. “We are talking about global temperatures – not just in the region – which will increase [beyond] the maximum level, resulting in extreme weather,” Armida said.According to a report compiled by the World Meteorological Organization, the average temperature globally between 2015-2019 was already on track to be the hottest of any five-year period on record. The period is currently estimated to be 1.1 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times (1850-1900) and 0.2 degrees Celsius warmer than the 2011-2015 period.To overcome this, countries will have to commit to the 2015 Paris Agreement by taking measures to slow the pace of global warming, from cutting fossil fuel consumption and converting to renewable energy to protecting forests.The 2015 Paris Agreement saw countries lay out national targets to reduce their emissions in order to limit the long-term temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius, or ideally 1.5 degrees Celsius, above pre-industrial levels.Under the Paris climate accord, Indonesia has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions unconditionally by 29 percent and conditionally by 41 percent by 2030. Despite calls from the UN and climate observers for countries to upgrade their commitments, Indonesia said it would maintain its targets on account of the challenges posed by annual land and forest fires.While climate action and responsible consumption and production goals are going backward, good progress was made on economic goals, as real gross domestic product (GDP) per capita growth in the region was more than double the global average in 2017.“It is true that there is economic growth, but the source of growth and the way we grow the economy is not sustainable,” Armida said.Meanwhile, there were also goals where some progress was achieved, but not fast enough, including in addressing poverty, hunger, health, gender issues, clean water and sanitation.“All these are basic services that are improving but are not adequate. With this level of progress, we will not be able to meet the 2030 targets,” she said.SDG progress in the Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) (United Nations ESCAP/File)Topics : UNESCAP executive secretary Armida S. Alisjahbana said the top priority for the region was to reverse the negative trends, especially on environment-related goals – responsible consumption and production (Goal #12) and climate action (Goal #13).“It is not so much that consumption and production are not growing – of course they are growing, but not in a sustainable manner,” she told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.She said that progress on these goals had gone in the wrong direction, with one of the easy examples being the climate action goal.The region emitted half of the world’s total greenhouse gasses – a number that has doubled since 2000, while 35 percent of the countries continue to lose forest cover. Meanwhile, the share of renewable energy in the region has dropped to 16 percent, one of the lowest rates globally.last_img read more

first_imgThe government inaugurated on Monday a facility to produce refuse-derived fuel (RDF), a fuel made of various types of waste, in Cilacap, Central Java, as part of efforts to improve Indonesia’s waste management and speed up the country’s transition to renewable energy.The Rp 90 billion (US$6.09 million) facility, the first of its kind in Indonesia, is the result of a cooperation agreement between the Public Works and Housing Ministry, the Environment and Forestry Ministry, the Denmark Embassy, regional administrations and publicly listed building materials manufacturer PT Solusi Bangun Indonesia.The RDF facility is also a pilot project for improving Indonesia’s waste management, said Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.“We need a breakthrough in waste management to reduce cities or regencies’ dependence on final disposal sites [TPA], which has long been an issue both on the environment and social fronts,” Luhut was quoted in a statement as saying on Monday.Solusi Bangun Indonesia, which operates four cement factories across the country, including in Cilacap, is planning to produce 50 tons of RDF from 120 tons of waste every day. The firm will use the fuel as an alternative to coal to power its cement plant. Indonesia, the world’s second-largest contributor of plastic pollutants in the ocean, has been working to solve its waste problem.According to the World Bank’s Indonesia Marine Debris Hotspots Rapid Assessment, 20 percent of the country’s plastic waste ends up in rivers and coastal waters.The government is planning to reduce the country’s marine plastic debris by 70 percent between 2020 and 2025 and become free of plastic pollution by 2040.Nani Hendiarti, the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister’s deputy of environment and forestry management, said the new facility would open up business opportunities waste management for individuals and companies.“We hope this RDF facility will shift waste management from a cost burden to a business model that can create economic activity, through which the public can contribute to increase the shares of renewable energy in Indonesia,” Nani said.The alternative source of fuel could also be used to replace coal at steam-electric power plants (PLTU), the ministry said on MondayThe government also plans to partner with PT Indonesia Power, a subsidiary of state-owned electricity company PLN, to use the alternative fuel at power plants.Topics :last_img read more

first_imgWell results The well 7321/8-2 S was drilled to a measured depth of 1874 metres and a vertical depth of 1777 meters below sea level, and it was terminated in the Snadd Formation in the Upper Triassic. The well 7321/8-2 S was drilled by the Leiv Eiriksson drilling rig. Come May and Spirit also received a drilling permit for this well from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD). The secondary exploration target was data acquisition to improve understanding of potential reservoir rocks in the Lower Cretaceous (the Kolje Formation). The water depth at the site is 466 metres. The well has been permanently plugged and abandoned. Announcing the results of the well on Monday, the NPD said that the primary exploration target for the well was to prove petroleum in Middle Jurassic to Upper Triassic reservoir rocks (the Stø, Fruholmen and Snadd Formations). This is the first exploration well in production licence 719, which was awarded in the 22nd licensing round in 2013. The secondary exploration target encountered traces of petroleum in silt/fine sands in the Lower Cretaceous (the Kolje Formation). The well is classified as dry. Data acquisition has been carried out.center_img About 80 metres of the upper part of the Snadd Formation was drilled, but the only thing encountered was a water-bearing sandstone layer, 2 metres thick and with good reservoir quality. The Fruholmen Formation was about 120 metres thick, with several water-bearing sandstone layers in the upper part of the formation, totalling 30 metres, mainly with moderate to poor reservoir quality. Spirit Energy has drilled a dry well near the Johan Castberg field in the Barents Sea offshore Norway. In the primary exploration target, the well encountered the Stø Formation with a thickness of about 30 metres, with water-bearing sandstone layers of 20 metres, mainly with moderate reservoir quality. The well 7321/8-2 S was drilled about 110 kilometres north of the Johan Castberg field and about 310 kilometres north of Hammerfest. Spirit received consent from the Norwegian offshore safety body to drill the well According to the safety regulator, the activities on the well, designated 7321/8-2 S using the Leiv Eiriksson drilling rig in April 2020. The rig will now drill wildcat well 16/1-33 S in production licence 780 in the North Sea, where Spirit Energy is also the operator.last_img read more

first_imgYahoo News 4 February 2020Family First Comment: “People are using cannabis and cannabinoids for everything and anything, and we don’t have enough systematic research on whether it’s effective for these conditions. People are stopping or reducing prescription drugs to use medical cannabis. It’s a serious issue. The study also highlighted a lack of awareness of the potential risks involved in the use of the drug. For example, only 22% of respondents believed that cannabis consumption during pregnancy could be risky.”Regular smokers of cannabis have some idea of its medical properties, but a recent US study has shown that their beliefs are out of step with scientific evidence.Do cannabis users have an accurate understanding of its risks and effectiveness? A study by American researchers who questioned 500 regular smokers of the drug indicates that many of them do not.Participants, who were selected at the “Hash Bash,” a cannabis advocacy event held annually on the campus of the University of Michigan, were questioned on their use of cannabis, their knowledge of its medical properties, and the risks associated with its consumption.The majority of participants reported using marijuana on a daily basis, 85% of them for medical reasons. About 78% reported that their knowledge of cannabis stemmed from personal experience, compared with only 23% who had consulted a health care provider or dispensary specializing in medical cannabis, and 18% who had been informed by a primary care provider.Consumers lack awareness of the potential risks of cannabisAccording to the study, which was published in The American Journal of Health Promotion, a majority of respondents believed that cannabis is effective in treating symptoms of cancer (76%) depression (72%) and epilepsy (68%). However, an assessment by the American National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) has concluded that there is little evidence that cannabis or cannabinoids are effective in reducing symptoms of any of these, point out the researchers behind the study.“People are using cannabis and cannabinoids for everything and anything, and we don’t have enough systematic research on whether it’s effective for these conditions. People are stopping or reducing prescription drugs to use medical cannabis. It’s a serious issue,” warns Daniel Kruger, the main author of the study.READ MORE: read more

first_imgClement Carty Jr.Clement Carty Jr. is the back to back winner of the Digicel text to win cricket trivia for the months of March and April.He could be considered to be one of the most knowledgeable cricket fans in Dominica.In March Carty walked away with a Sony surround sound home theatre system, a cricket bat signed by the West Indies players and a season ticket to the cricket match; West Indies vs. Australia from April 23rd to 27th at the Windsor Park as the grand prize winner of the cricket text to win promotion for that month.In the final week of the April “text to win” unscramble word game; Carty also won himself a grand prize of a Blackberry 9790 plus one month of free data coverage.“After all my years of topping up and playing unscramble word game I finally reap the reward winning myself two great prizes from Digicel”, Carty said.He also thanked Digicel “in a big way for their prizes and service”. Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweetcenter_img 1113 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Clement Carty Jr. wins big with Digicel by: – April 24, 2012last_img read more

first_imgBatesville Community School Corporation has been awarded nearly $100,000 from the state Department of Education, to expand its digital learning capability.BCSC joins South Ripley Community Schools as two of only twenty school districts in the state to receive the grant.Prior to receiving the grant, the school decided to continue implementing technology devices for more students in the corporation. Currently, BHS and BMS students have Macbook laptops, at the beginning of next year students in grades K-5 will receive iPads.School corporations that received the grant can request up to $100,000. According to Jackie Huber, director of IT curriculum for BCSC, the corporation requested $99,825.00.Approximately half of the funding will go toward updating technology in existing classrooms at four of the corporation’s buildings. The grant money will allow the school to provide professional development to teachers and also establish a digital curriculum for each age group.“We’re honored to be able to be a recipient of the grant from the Department of Education,” said Huber. “It definitely helps support our initiatives that we have been working on for the last several years, specifically 1:1, and for the last 20 years at Batesville.Batesville had to make an in-person pitch to a committee as part of the grant process. Huber was accompanied by BHS Principal Andy Allen, BPS Principal Heather Haunert and Director of Student Learning Melissa Burton.last_img read more

first_img Loading… “It was a positive performance against a Roma side in great shape. I want people to look at the fixture list for FC Internazionale, because our calendar is insane and made to cause us problems. We are always playing late at night, the teams we face always have an extra day of rest compared to us. These are facts. “It’s an anomaly, so if you are honest, look at what happened in the last round. Evidently Inter weren’t present when the fixture list was drawn up, because our calendar is crazy, whereas some teams get five days of rest. We play late at night in an away fixture and basically end up getting home at 4 am. “Everyone has to make compromises, but it’s always Inter that ends up getting the short straw. Always. It’s funny, that. If someone has to get a slap, it’s always Inter. “Having said that, I do not want to create controversy or seek excuses. Our lads are playing every three days, play late at night and get home at 4 am, they secure second place and close to within five points of Juventus…” read also:Inter boss Conte expecting more from ‘shy’ Eriksen There was also controversy on the equaliser, because Aleksandar Kolarov challenged Lautaro Martinez from behind to start the move, but the referee stood by his decision that it wasn’t a foul after the on-field review. “It’s not a dubious situation. It was a very clear situation. The Roma player does not get the ball, he gets Lautaro’s ankle. I have the utmost respect for referees, they too are going through a strange and anomalous situation, so I don’t think they deserve that kind of criticism. They too can make mistakes, the referee tonight made a mistake, it happens. “Of course, if you go into the break at 1-1 with the knowledge it was an unjust situation, it is going to make you angry.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Antonio Conte has said that the VAR situation was ‘not dubious, but very clear,’ although the Inter coach reserved most of his rage for the fixture list after a 2-2 draw with Roma. A point might not be enough for their Scudetto ambitions, but it does mathematically qualify Inter for the Champions League. Stefan de Vrij’s header on a corner had put the Nerazzurri in front, only for Leonardo Spinazzola and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to turn it around, but Spinazzola’s moment of madness then gifted Romelu Lukaku the equalising penalty for 2-2. “We are talking about a team that in my view is doing some very good things. Aside from second place, if you look at the goals scored and conceded, we are in the Champions League with four rounds to spare and 14 points clear of fifth place,” Conte told Sky Sport Italia. “Let’s not forget Inter started with the same objectives for the season as Roma and Napoli. Serie A has become very competitive indeed and everyone is set up to have great campaigns. Only four go into the Champions League. “If people say Inter are below par, then what do you say about the other teams who didn’t finish in the top four?” Conte then went on an impassioned rant about the fixture list, claiming that rather than be favoured by playing late and therefore not in the searing heat, this was a disadvantage. “We need to get accustomed to dealing with the pressure of these big games and that is something Inter lost over the last few years. We have to work at it, improve the mentality, but I can have no complaints today.center_img Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowArchaeologists Still Have No Explanation For These Discoveries9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The Worldlast_img read more

first_img Both Mbappe and Neymar have contracts in Paris until 2022 and the club’s priority is to extend both deals before they focus on incoming transfers. Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with a switch to Paris Saint-Germain this summer but ESPN sources claim the French champions prefer to extend Kylian Mbappe and Neymar’s contracts rather than finally sign a player they have coveted for years.Advertisement Loading… It was claimed in France this week that Ronaldo’s stance had changed and that he was finally ready to move to Paris this summer but sources have told ESPN that is not the case.Ronaldo, 35, has two years remaining on his Juventus contract and his main concern is winning a third Serie A title in a row with the club.He also desperately wants to win the Champions League with Juventus, with the chance to make history by joining Clarence Seedorf as the only players to win the competition for three different clubs firmly on his mind.Read Also: Beware of another collapse, Guardiola warns Man City starsRonaldo would have been a perfect marquee signing for PSG, and at times under QSI’s control they firmly believed they would be able to sign him.However, after missing out in 2012, the club instead signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as well as landing Neymar from Barcelona for a world record €220 million in 2017.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img The Juventus forward could have joined PSG numerous times since the club were taken over by Qatar Sports Investments in 2011 and there was strong interest on both sides after Real Madrid won La Decima, the club’s 10th European Cup, in 2014.QSI’s big dream upon taking control in Paris nine years ago was to attract Ronaldo to the French capital and they’ve tried many times, with big offers on the table. Jorge Mendes, Ronaldo’s long-time agent, has been involved in discussions but Real Madrid’s all-time leading scorer has yet to say yes to a move. Promoted Content6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Iconic Roles That Got Rejected By World Famous Actors11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The Worldlast_img read more

first_imgAt Port Mourant: Essequibo fell short of their victory target by just 23 runs chasing 248 despite Kemo Paul’s 115. Shivnarine Chanderpaul contributed 39 while Anthony Adams chipped in with 34. Bowling for Upper Corentyne Eon Hooper and Shawn Perreira had 3 wickets apiece while Clinton Pestano and Keon Sinclair had 2 wickets each.At Lusignan: Georgetown resuming on their overnight score of 74 for 3, reached 264 all out. Captain Christopher Barnwell made an unbeaten 133, Dexter Solomon supported with 32.Bowling for West Demerara, Romario Sheperd took 4 for 62 , Richie Looknauth 2 for 62 and Kheshram Seyhodan 3 for 59Set 78 for victory, West Demerara reached the target within the mandatory 15 over. Tagenarine Chanderpaul made 43, and Akshaya Persaud made 20 not out. Gajanan Suknanan claimed 2 wickets.At Albion: East Coast Demerara were eventually bowled out for 125 after resuming at their overnight score of 97/7 leaving Lower Corentyne with a target of 210 for a come from behind victory. Royston Crandon and Kassim Khan both finished with 3/20 while Sharaz Ramsarran took 2/21.Surujnarine Kandasammy’s 71 then led the successful run chase for the home side as they finished on 210/6 to complete victory after conceding what was thought to be a significant first innings lead.He was well supported by Gajanand Singh who made 41. Royston Crandon and Devon Clements completed the chase to finish on 29 and 13 respectively. Bowling for East Coast Demerara, leg-spinner Steven Sankar took 4/50.At Enterprise: East Bank Demerara were eventually dismissed for 314 as Boodan Baksh finished on 23 not out. Bowling for West Berbice, Keyron Fraser returned with the ball to complete a good all round performance in the match by claiming 4/52. Kevon Jawahir was the other main wicket taker with figures of 3/70.West Berbice in their second turn at the crease were bowled out for 180. Leon Andrews, Andrew Dutchin and Raffael Estraido were the only batsman to score more than 20.East Bank Demerara had 12 without loss when the match ended in a draw.last_img read more

first_imgThere were no Caribbean-born singers and no reggae category but two Caribbean-roots singers did manage to win at the 2018 Billboard Awards this past weekend. Bruno Mars, whose roots extend to the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico through his father, won five awards for Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Male Artist, Top R&B Album, Top R&B Song and Top R&B Tour.And rapper Cardi B, whose roots extend to Trinidad through her mother, beat out Trinidad-born rapper Nicki Minaj to claim the coveted title of Top Rap Female Artist. Bajan star Rihanna, who was nominated for both Top R&B Song and Top R&B Female Artist, failed to win.Meanwhile, even though a reggae category was MIA from the awards, Ed Sheeran managed to win Top Radio Song for his reggae infused single, ‘Shape Of You.’last_img read more