Is Pan Caribbean Climate Action Partnership the answer to building resilience?

first_imgConsolidating the building blocks at the Regional levelCountry initiatives as potential models for regional actionHow will the Caribbean proceedThe Need for Community Engagement What will it cost CARICOM Formulating Energy Security Strategy Oct 15, 2020 (Global Frontier Advisory and Development Services (GOFAD), 20 September) In our Blog (of September 9), we provided a sketch of the building blocks for climate resilience with special reference to the Caribbean. These building blocks, it was suggested,  revolved around (a)  proposals for  implementing  the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre Strategic Plan 2011-2021, (b)  tapping  the  expertise in climate science at UWI and  other institutions of higher education and research (c) scaling up the prominence of CARICOM’s leadership in the Small Island Development States Climate agenda and (d) advocating for the delivery of global commitments such as the Paris Agreement, the UN and Multilateral agencies. Consolidating the Building Blocks at the Regional level Eddie Greene Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 7, 2020 Oct 1, 2020 CDF, IRENA Collaborate to Boost Low-Carbon Investments in… Mainstream climate change adaptation strategies into the sustainable development agendas.Assist CARICOM  states to switch to renewable and cleaner energy sources and reduce their vulnerability to the impact of a changing climate. [This is  in keeping with the CARICOM Energy Policy and  CARICOM  Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS)].Develop an implementation plan  supported by the region’s specialists, who have produced models for climate change and mitigation processes in Caribbean states and who play a major advisory role to the divisions in Ministries responsible for climate change.Explore the potential for exploiting  hydro-electric, geothermal, wind and solar energy which is important  for energy resilience. Country initiatives as potential models for regional action From among the multitude of programmes, being undertaken by CARICOM Countries, the following indicate a sample of initiatives:center_img Reflections on Climate Resilience in the Caribbean and indications for innovative Approaches(Global Frontier Advisory and Development Services (GOFAD), 13 September) The Bahamas tragedy following the devastating effects of Hurricane Dorian has brought into stark reality the unrelenting havoc that natural disasters have wreaked on the Caribbean Region in recent years.  The  Special Report on Climate Change and Land ( SRCCL) from…September 18, 2019In “Indepth”Building climate and disaster resilience major focus of CARICOM Energy MonthIt’s that time of year again, the time when we ramp up our awareness of energy matters in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and celebrate the strides we have made to transition to a clean energy pathway. CARICOM Energy Month (CEM) will be observed in November, under the Regional theme ‘Clean Energy,…October 29, 2018In “CARICOM”UN Summit on Small Island Developing States (SIDS)By Elizabeth Morgan “SIDS are a special case for sustainable development. They require concerted long-term attention and investment of the entire international community.” UN SG The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) ended its week of summits at the start of its 74th Session with one dedicated to the specific sustainable…October 4, 2019In “Jamaica”Share this on WhatsApp Reversing coral bleaching in Tobago due to global warming in an attempt to save thousands of species of fish and  hundreds of  sea creatures. This project is  coordinated by the Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) in Tobago and the US based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)With the imminent startup of “Guyana OIL” in 2020, the Oil Spill Contingency  Energy Plan  has been developed  by  the Energy Governance and Capacity Initiative (EGCI), in collaboration with the U.S. Interagency and Independent Expert Advisory Services.Policies for strengthening countries’ capacity to mitigate and adapt to climate change through policies for the management of forests. This project, “Forest and climate change in the Caribbean” is carried out by FAO in collaboration with Ministries of Forestry in  six countries (Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica , St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago) The Need for Community Engagement  In a very informative blog, “A call to Arms” –  (September 10) ,  Winsome Leslie advised that lessons could be learned from community education programmes used in the islands of the South Pacific. She also recommends micro-financing institutions to expand a suite of products to include green loans to finance energy efficient solar projects to help the Caribbean to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. See A Call to Arms -Time to Mobilise at the Local Level for Climate Resilience How will the Caribbean Proceed It is clear from the building blocks, their consolidation in regional initiatives, the multitude of country programmes and the suggestion  for community engagement, that CARICOM Countries are fully aware of the challenges and the solutions related to climate resilience. A major  problem reflected in the deleterious consequences of climate change is illustrated most recently in the fury of Hurricanes Irma and Maria (2017) and Dorian (2019). These were mainly due to circumstances not created by the Caribbean and over which it has little control. The architecture for a Caribbean response rests in the underlying vision set out in the Strategic Plan for Climate Change in the Caribbean 2011-2021 by the 5Cs. It recommends pursuing the “three one’s” principle: one coordinating unit, one strategic plan and one monitoring and evaluation system. It is a policy that was successfully implemented by the Pan Caribbean Partnership for HIV in the Caribbean with very positive results. It requires a concerted effort for synchronizing policies, rationalising  programmes across sectors and institutions and sourcing funds.  While GOFAD has some thoughts about  the architecture for such a Pan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership, it is important to first engage the focal points for Climate Change, the CARICOM institutions – 5Cs and CDEMA and UWI. We will return to this issue of “functional cooperation and Climate action in the region.  What will this Cost? A major question, how much will functional cooperation climate action cost is beyond the scope of this blog. The Caribbean countries and institutions are aware of funding options. Indeed, they have sourced support from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF); the Canadian Climate Change Development Fund; The Commonwealth Climate Finance Hub (2016) to support climate adaptation and mitigation; the Caribbean Climate Smart Accelerator (2018) in response to making the Caribbean the first climate smart zone, and the Regional Climate Resilient Building  Facility (2019) to provide technical assistance and disaster insurance support. The Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA) issued a report (September 10). The Commission led by former UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon and including  Dr. The Hon Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, calls for global leadership on climate resilience. It finds that adaptation can lead to significant economic returns and that investing US$1.8 trillion globally from 2020 to 2030 in five climate adaptation areas could result in US$ 7.1 trillion in net benefits. It identifies the five areas: early warning systems, climate-resilient infrastructure, improved dryland agriculture, mangrove protection and investments in increasing water resource resilience. It states that these represent only a portion of total investments needed and total benefits available. The Caribbean environmental and development scientists need to come up with a cost -benefit projection for achieving climate resilience in accordance to the 5Cs strategic plan. Conclusions Filling the gaps for an effective architecture for a Pan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership and for sustainable funding in support of Climate resilience is a work in progress. Successful outcomes, however, can be achieved with political will and a commitment to unravelling the impediments to functional cooperation. This requires innovation that is transformative. In the final analysis, global solidarity is the main solution to this global problem. It is important to note that the building blocks are consolidated in response to  a mandate from CARICOM Heads of Government for the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) to: On Caribbean Statistics Day, PM Mitchell Hails Unwavering… Oct 6, 2020 You may be interested in… Greater Focus on Regional Agriculture last_img read more

Don Taylor Photographs LAHS Class Of 2020

first_imgLos Alamos photographer Don Taylor takes a photograph of the Los Alamos High School Class of 2020 gathered Wednesday morning on Sullivan Field. The is the 10th consecutive year that Taylor has donated his time and talent to provide a special photograph to the senior class for their yearbook. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comlast_img

Bestobell secures largest marine valve contract to date

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Desperate homebuyers need hungry housebuilders

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Bullying at school worries mother

first_imgA Lansdowne mother is worried about the safety of her children at Belthorn Primary School. A Lansdowne mother is worried about the safety of her two sons after one was gagged by a teacher and the other assaulted by a bully, she says, at Belthorn Primary School.Police are investigating after Bonita Africa’s 14-year-old son was allegedly assaulted by another pupil on Thursday August 22. According to Ms Africa, her son suffered a gash to the left side of his head after another boy hit him with a school bag with a pair of scissors inside it. And earlier in the year, she says, she visited the school to find her 8-year-old son – who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – sitting with his hands in the air and gagged with sticky tape by his teacher for “talking too much”. The teacher, according to Ms Africa, had threatened to gag her child with duct tape if he didn’t stop “moaning”.Ms Africa said her 8-year-old had complained of daily bullying at the school – pupils were throwing sand in his face and taking his lunch. She had complained to the principal several times, but no action had been taken. Her 8-year-old now feared going to school.The subsequent alleged attack on her 14-year-old had heightened her fears for her sons’ safety at the school, she said. “His teacher phoned to say come in he was injured but said there is nothing to worry about. I asked if it is bad. She said no. “The next thing, learners came running out of school to my house and told me my son is badly injured. “I left everything and ran to school. When I got there, he was full of blood – it was running down his face and out of his one ear. “I asked if they called the ambulance and the principal kept saying no it is nothing to worry about. “He was sitting on a bed, and I kept on for them to call an ambulance, but they didn’t. I lifted him off the bed and said, ‘Now you will take me to the doctor.’ Eventually, they took me to the doctor down the road, and I was sent to Red Cross and then to Groote Schuur Hospital.”According to Ms Africa, a local doctor had assessed her son and told her to open an assault case at the police station. The teen received five stitches on the left side of his head and returned to school last week. According to Ms Africa, when she asked the principal whether her son’s alleged assailant had been suspended and whether the school had contacted his parents, the principal told her the school was still trying to reach the boy’s parents.“I waited for three days but nothing,” Ms Africa said. “I went back to school and asked again what’s happening, and she said he is suspended.”But when Ms Africa had gone to fetch her younger son at school she had seen the alleged bully at the school gate.She had asked the principal about that but had not received a response, she said.“Last week that same boy threw the windows out at the school and only then was he suspended. I really don’t know what is happening at that school. “The principal said she will solve it, but nothing has happened. I had to keep my son out of school, and he did nothing wrong, because I fear for his safety.”Acting school principal Elzaan Wyngaard said the incident involving Ms Africa’s 8-year-old son had been dealt with by the previous principal. Ms Africa had met with the teacher and that principal and the matter had been resolved. Ms Wyngaard said there had been a delay in suspending the boy who had allegedly assaulted Ms Africa’s 14-year-old son because she had battled to contact the boy’s mother.On Thursday August 29, Ms Africa visited the Western Cape Education Department in Maitland after she had previously been to the branches in Mitchell’s Plain and Cape Town. She said she had been told that a social worker would be sent to the school and that she would be contacted but that had not happened.Lansdowne police spokesman Sergeant Nkululeko Mnyaka confirmed they were investigating. The circuit manager is also investigating, according to Western Cape Education Department spokeswoman, Millicent Merton. “The Western Cape Education Department advocates that governing bodies address the issue of bullying in the school’s code of conduct. When bullying does rear its head at schools, either the School Based Support Team or the district social worker mediates the process between victim and perpetrator. Serious cases of bullying are referred to the governing body for a formal disciplinary meeting,” she said. Ms Wyngaard said that both parents had been called in and the matter had been resolved. She said that according to pupils a fight had broken out between the two boys with Ms Africa’s son throwing the first punch. The other boy had retaliated. “If the mother still has questions, she is most welcome to make an appointment with me. I tried to solve the matter to the best of my ability, and we have anti-bullying programmes weekly at our school,” she said. However, Ms Africa said her son had told her that he had not started the fight.last_img read more

California man pleads guilty to killing son after Disneyland

first_img Published: August 1, 2017 1:27 PM EDT SHARE LOS ANGELES (AP) A California man pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing his 5-year-old son after a family trip to Disneyland, setting off a search for the boy that lasted more than two months before his body was found near a lake.Prosecutors contend Aramazd Andressian Sr., 35, killed his son, Aramazd Andressian Jr., to get back at his estranged wife. Investigators have refused to say how the boy was killed or what evidence linked the father to the boy’s death.The boy’s mother, Ana Estevez, was loudly weeping in the front row of the courtroom as she held the urn with her son’s ashes. She was surrounded by family members – all holding hands and sobbing.Andressian Sr. entered the plea to first-degree murder in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Alhambra. He previously pleaded not guilty to a murder charge and was being held on $10 million bail.Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigators have said they believe the boy was killed April 21 after a family trip to Disneyland. The next day, his father was found passed out in a park and police began searching for the boy.Andressian had taken prescription pills and was found in a car doused in gasoline in an apparent suicide attempt, sheriff’s officials have said.The boy’s body was found on June 30 near Lake Cachuma outside Santa Barbara – about 145 miles (233 kilometers) away from Anaheim, where Disneyland is located.Andressian told investigators that he drove to the lake the day his son was killed. Investigators had searched the lake several times before the boy’s remains were discovered but have not said what led them to the body. Related Articles:California police ask for help to find 5-year-old boy Author: Associated Press Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. California man pleads guilty to killing son after Disneyland last_img read more

World rail freight news round-up

first_imgThe Swedish government has proposed a SKr1·4bn capital investment in Green Cargo, following a request submitted by the national rail freight operator in March. On September 14 Green Cargo Chairman Jan Sundling said this was ‘a clear and important signal’ that the government wants increase the proportion of freight transported by rail to enable a ‘green restart’ after the pandemic. A decision from parliament is expected in December.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# The Czech Republic‘s fourth largest rail freight operator Unipetrol Doprava has ordered a further four Siemens Mobility Vectron MS locos for delivery by early 2021. UNIDO already operates three similar locos supplied in 2017-18 that are equipped to run in the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Germany and Austria.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# GB Railfreight has appointed David Golding as Asset Director with effect from September 14. He was previously Group Corporate Services Director at Go-Ahead Group.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# A Bombardier Transportation Traxx AC3 Last Mile loco leased from Railpool is now in commercial serves with Transagent Rail in Croatia and Serbia#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# FESCO Transportation Group has launched a regular weekly service carrying seafood from Russia’s Far East by rail in refrigerated containers from Vladivostok to Hunchun Nan in China’s Jilin province. Traffic is 150 TEU per month, with the current transit time of four days expected to be reduced to two days in the future. Canadian Pacific and Maersk announced an agreement on September 15 to build and operate a transloading and distribution facility in Vancouver to expand both companies’ supply chain options for customers. The facility will be an expansion of CP’s existing Vancouver intermodal terminal and will benefit from turnkey rail infrastructure. It will offer customers access to a multi-commodity transhipment site to support modal shift from road, as CP will move containers to and from nearby ocean terminals by rail.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# P&O Ferrymasters has worked with Nexxiot to launch a track-and-trace service for its container customers, who can receive real-time updates on the precise location of their goods as it is transported by rail, road and sea. The technology introduced this month is expected to cover more than half of the company’s 4 000-strong fleet of 45 ft containers by the end of the year, with the aim of completing the roll out by the end of 2021.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#center_img On September 15 Canadian Pacific officially opened a multi-commodity transloading facility in Montréal. Operated by CP with TYT Group, it offers transport and distribution services from CP’s Côte Saint-Luc yard, with space available for future expansion. Located in close proximity to the Port of Montréal, it has easy access to Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, highways 15, 20, 13, and 520.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Finnish transport agency Traficom has renewed Fenniarail’s safety certificate for a further five years to September 2025. The open access freight operator applied using the European Railway Agency’s one-stop-shop service, with Security Manager Juha Vuorinen saying ‘the application process was simple, with all documentation and communication handled through a single system’.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# BNSF Railway has named Vice-President, Transportation Matt Igoe as Executive Vice-President, Operations, with effect from January 1 2021. He succeeds Kathryn Farmer, who is to become President & CEO from the same date.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Kansas City Southern has promoted Rodrigo Flores from Vice-President Automotive to the expanded role of Vice-President Automotive & Intermodal Sales, responsible for the automotive and intermodal business units in the USA and Mexico.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# OmniTRAX has expanded its Rail-Ready Sites programme to the Georgia & Florida Railway, working with local economic development organisations to market and develop eight initial sites. ‘The area where the GFRR operates is known for its skilled workforce, low cost of living and great logistics infrastructure, with quick access to major markets and ports’, said Justin Strickland, Director, Economic Development at OmniTRAX. ‘We’re working closely with our economic development partners to attract new companies to the region that can capitalise on the assets found here.’#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

Attackers kill 26 in northwest Burundi ahead of vote

first_imgBurundi is due to hold a referendum on May 17 to decide whether to amend the constitution to extend presidential terms to seven years from five. Image courtesy: HADA Burundi is due to hold a referendum on May 17 to decide whether to amend the constitution to extend presidential terms to seven years from five. Image courtesy: HADAAt least 26 people were killed and seven others wounded in an attack in Burundi’s north western province of Cibitoke late on Friday, less than a week before a constitutional referendum, a local administrator and residents said.Burundi is due to hold a referendum on May 17 to decide whether to amend the constitution to extend presidential terms to seven years from five.Human rights groups say they do not think the vote will take place in a free and fair climate, while there has been sporadic incidents of violence and abductions.Emmanuel Bigirimana, the head of Buganda district, said the incident happened in a village called Ruhagarika at around 10 p.m. on Friday.“They arrived at the village […] armed with rifles, some with machetes, and started shooting. Some died instantly and others were rushed to the hospital,” he told Reuters by phone.“The attackers were around 20 and nearly all of them were in military uniforms.”Burundi was plunged into crisis in April 2015 when President Pierre Nkurunziza said he planned to run for a third term, which the opposition said was unconstitutional and violated a peace deal that had ended the country’s civil war in 2005.Nkurunziza was re-elected, but some of his opponents took up arms against him. Rights groups say an estimated 400,000 people have sought refuge from the violence in neighboring countries.Government officials and members of the opposition have been among those killed in tit-for-tat violence by rival sides.The proposed constitutional changes would limit the president to two consecutive terms but would not take into account previous terms, potentially extending Nkurunziza’s rule to 2034.Three residents at the village who did not wish to be named said it was likely the attack was to warn against anyone voting in favor of constitutional changes.But Bigirimana downplayed that, saying the attackers were not politically motivated, given they targeted three homesteads and killing only women and children.“A whole family of six people has also been slain. The attack was not politically motivated but was rather a settlement of a score,” he said.last_img read more

Cooler cows have healthier calves

first_imgEnvironmental influences affecting cows during pregnancy have been shown to induce lifelong physical and metabolic changes in the offspring. To learn more about the effects of heat stress on calves conceived during the summer, Pablo Pinedo, from Colorado State University, and Albert De Vries, from University of Florida, examined data from more than 150 herds of dairy cattle in Florida, where cows experience hot summers and mild winters.advertisementadvertisementPrevious studies have shown many different effects related to environmental or dietary stressors during pregnancy on the resulting offspring, both as calves and as adult cows, and summer heat is a significant environmental stressor in many areas of the U.S. The researchers assessed seasonal effects on pregnancy by examining more than 667,000 records from Holstein cows calving in Florida between 2000 and 2012.Using environmental data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the researchers estimated the resulting heat stress on each of the 152 herds by comparing milk yield during summer and winter months to identify which herds were most likely to suffer from heat stress during the summer.The researchers found that milk production was greater for cows born to a mother that conceived in the winter compared with cows born to a mother that conceived in the summer, with greater milkfat and protein yield. The odds of survival to a second calving were 1.15 to 1.21 times greater for cows arising from a wintertime conception compared with a summertime conception.“Our results showed that cows that arose from a pregnancy conceived in winter had, on average, better survival, better reproduction and greater milk production than cows arising from a summertime pregnancy,” lead author Pinedo said. “These effects were more pronounced among first-parity cows compared with older cows.”Although previous studies reported the effects of heat stress during late pregnancy, results from this study suggest that heat stress at the time of conception may permanently program the genetics of the adult animal by affecting epigenetic processes within the early embryo. For some of the analyzed variables, the differences were moderate, and the variation among individuals and operations is highly dependent on management practices. advertisement“This report adds to a growing body of literature that supports careful management of the mother at all stages of the pregnancy to ensure the highest level of productivity in the offspring,” commented Matt Lucy, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Dairy Science. The researchers anticipate further research into the potential mechanisms associated with the reported effects.  —From Journal of Dairy Science news release Calves born to cows experiencing heat stress during early pregnancy experience related effects that continue throughout their lives, according to a new study from the Journal of Dairy Science. last_img read more

Red Cross has critical need for blood, platelet donors

first_imgWith severe winter weather impacting donations, the American Red Cross has a shortage of blood and blood product supplies.In particular, the nonprofit has a critical need for O Negative, B Negative and platelet donors. Donors must be:in good general health and feeling wellat least 17, or 16 with parental consentweigh at least 110 pounds (additional weight requirements apply for donors 18 and younger and all high school aged donors)You can donate at the Farmington Hills Blood Donation Center, 31150 Haggerty Rd. on Saturday, Jan. 13, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Learn more, register, and find out about upcoming drives at Reported by admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more