Contract Signed for US$2.3m Risk Reduction Project

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedContract Signed for US$2.3m Risk Reduction Project Contract Signed for US$2.3m Risk Reduction Project Finance & Public ServiceMay 7, 2010 RelatedContract Signed for US$2.3m Risk Reduction Projectcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Agreement for a US$2.3 million (J$211.3 million) grant for a community-based Landslide Risk Reduction Project in Jamaica, was signed Thursday (May 6) between the Government of Jamaica, the World Bank and the Japanese Social Development Fund (JSDF).The funds are being administered by the World Bank, through the JSDF, which was set up within the Bank to provide indirect assistance to its most vulnerable member countries.The project aims to reduce the risk of natural disasters in four vulnerable communities, and provide an evidence-based tool kit for vulnerability reduction throughout the Caribbean. It is being executed by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) and is expected to last 36 months.Speaking at the signing at his ministry, Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, noted that the project is “quite timely”, and will provide significant benefits in the area of climate change challenges, with due consideration to the impending hurricane season.Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw (left) shares a joke with Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Hiroshi Yamaguchi (centre), while Special Representative of the World Bank to Jamaica, Dr. Badrul Haque, looks on. Occasion was the signing of a grant agreement for the undertaking of a Community-based Landslide Risk Reduction Project in Jamaica, at the ministry in Kingston on Thursday (May 6).“It’s significant in the sense that it’s a pilot project, not just for disaster mitigation in vulnerable communities across this island. It is something that is going to be an indicative study to guide mitigation in the entire Caribbean region,” he pointed out.He also pointed out that Jamaica is exposed to various natural hazards, particularly floods and landslides, the damage from which has proven costly to the country.“Over the last 20 years, natural hazards have resulted in cumulative costs in excess of US$1billion and, at today’s exchange rate we are talking about cumulative costs of $89 billion. That is the extent of the damage that natural disasters have caused in Jamaica,” he said.He cautioned that the project is not going to create “magic across Jamaica”, but will help to guide the way. He also encouraged persons in disaster prone areas to elevate their level of awareness and concern, and to get involved in practicing mitigation measures that will aid in protecting their communities from natural hazards.Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw (left) greets the World Bank’s Special Representative to Jamaica, Dr. Badrul Haque (right) as he arrived at the Executive Conference Room at Ministry on Thursday (May 6), to participate in the signing of a grant agreement for a Community-based Landslide Risk Reduction Project. Looking on at centre is Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Hiroshi Yamaguchi.Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Hiroshi Yamaguchi, said Japan’s grant contribution to the project, is demonstrative of the renewed commitment of the Government and people of Japan to make it possible for the Government and ODPEM to provide substantive tools and workable strategies, that will strengthen the capacity of disaster risk reduction in disaster prone areas.World Bank’s Special Representative to Jamaica, Dr. Badrul Haque, said the Bank “stands ready” to support Jamaica in implementing the reforms Jamaicans have identified, undertake critical investments to increase resilience and capacities of the poor to move out of poverty and continue to support social protection for the most vulnerable persons.According to a brief on the project, it comprises three components, the first of which involves the development of a tool kit and short video on the Management of Slope Stability in Communities (MoSSaiC) methodology, and its application which will outline the best practices for land risk reduction and promote safer slope management in vulnerable communities. The MoSSaiC method aims to apply low-cost landslide risk reduction measures to develop sustainable strategies for slope stability management.The other component entails training on the MoSSaiC methodologies for community-based landslide risk reduction. The training will include workshops for ODPEM staff, leaders and members of the four targeted communities. There will also be a national workshop to reach a wider cross-section of the population, in order to disseminate lessons learnt and explore opportunities for project replication.The final component involves the implementation of community-based landslide risk reduction measures in the four communities. This includes assessing the communities’ vulnerability to landslides and the implementation of mitigation measures identified on the application of the MoSSaic. RelatedContract Signed for US$2.3m Risk Reduction Projectlast_img read more

The first 3D image of a new attraction in Vukovar

first_imgThe only Croatian 3D Street Art artist, Filip Mrvelj, painted the first 3D painting in Vukovar.Over the course of 4 days, he painted the pedestrian bridge over the Vuka in such a way as to obtain a 3D effect that is very attractive to both domestic and foreign tourists, which was shown by the great interest of people and the media. At about 100 square meters in a length of almost 20 meters, Mrvelj made a picture of the illusion of three-dimensional space on the pedestrian bridge at the confluence of the Vuka and Danube rivers.This way of painting is called anamorphic painting, and the 3D effect is obtained by looking from one point using a lens (mobile phone, camera, camera). Due to their interactivity, they represent a tourist attraction in cities around the world. Philip’s paintings are found all over the world, and he was the first 3D artist to paint such a painting in Cyprus. So far, he has presented his works in Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Austria, Switzerland, Thailand and Qatar.This is the first 3D image in Vukovar and we sincerely hope that it will not be the last. It all starts with one small idea, action, strategy and vision, and a 3D image can be the first element of the urban development of the ugly city of Vukovar. Of course if we want to and if I have a development strategy. If a butterfly flutters its wings in Beijing, it can cause a hurricane in Florida, says the chaos theory, and this 3D image can cause positive chaos and launch a totally new direction in the development of the city of Vukovar – which is certainly more than welcome.Why couldn’t the Croatian or European Championship in the best 3D images be held in Vukovar? Maybe, in fact. This one 3D image should metaphorically be just butterfly wings, not a single great news that is forgotten the very next day.Again, it’s all up to us, we have potential and opportunities, it’s just a question of whether we want to or not. There is no room for excuses (no money, no people, no ideas, no opportunity…) everything is possible and everything is possible.If you can dream it, you can do it. Walt Disneylast_img read more

Pitching Matchups for the Indians and White Sox Four-Game Series

first_img Related TopicsAaron CivaleIndiansWhite Sox Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. After a rough weekend in which they were swept by the Rays in Tampa, the Indians return back to Progressive Field to begin a quick four-game homestand against the AL Central rival White Sox.Here’s the pitching matchups for the four games, which start on Labor Day Monday at 7:10pm.September 2 v Chicago-AL, 7:10PM (SportsTime Ohio/WTAM/WMMS/IRN)RHP Aaron Civale vs. LHP Ross DetwilerSeptember 3 v Chicago-AL, 7:10PM (SportsTime Ohio/WTAM/WMMS/IRN)RHP Mike Clevinger vs. RHP Dylan CeaseSeptember 4 v Chicago-AL, 7:10PM (SportsTime Ohio/WTAM/WMMS/IRN)RHP Shane Bieber vs. RHP Iván NovaSeptember 5 v Chicago-AL, 1:10PM (SportsTime Ohio/WTAM/IRN)RHP Zach Plesac vs. RHP Reynoldo Lópezcenter_img Matt Loedelast_img read more

Fantasy Football 2017: The best dream team names

first_imgComing up with the best, funniest or most imaginative name for your team has become a well loved tradition among football fans all over the world.The official Fantasy Premier League is the biggest dream team league in the world and had over four million people registered by the 3pm kick offs on Saturday.That number is still expected to grow significantly over the next couple of weeks as the usual late-comers jump upon the band wagon. We have took the time to trawl through every one of this year’s four million entries (not really) to bring you the best names competing this year. It is that time of year again when we all dust down the old sheepskin coat and tactics board and start studying fixture lists and form books.As the English Premier League returns this weekend it can only mean one thing – a brand new Fantasy Football season in which even the most novice of fans can dream of title winning glory. The dream might only last a couple of weeks until you find yourself sitting in the relegation zone with an injury list as long as your arm but we can all enjoy these first few weeks of innocent optimism. Whether you are in a league with friends, work colleagues or just one of the many millions to take part in the official competitions there is one part we all look forward to. Among the top contenders we have a few Scottish based entries including Hutton dressed as Lahm, because if you cannot have the best right back from the last decade in your team why not dress the former Scotland international in a Germany number 13 shirt?Right back: Hutton Dressed As Lahm. SNS GroupA phrase made famous by Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges also gets infused with the European Champions to become Real Madridye Aye?Some managers have clearly been binge-watching too much TV if the team names of One Flew Over Lukaku’s Nest, Pique Blinders and Game of Throw-Ins are anything to go by.There is also something for music fans with names including Arsene Wengaboys, Le Saux Solid Crew and AC a Little Silhouette of a Man.And of course the classics have made a comeback with Baines on Toast, Murder on Zidane’s Floor and Bayer Neverlosing. We have compiled a list of some of the best names to feature in the opening day of the season.Hutton Dressed as LahmReal Madridye aye?Real NosobadBayern BruMince n TottiFC CopenbadlyThe Walking NedsForfar PatheticFC Twente MayfairUnathletico GlasgowKevin Bridges: Real Madridye Aye? © SLTNGame of Throw-InsOne Flew Over Lukaku’s NestPique BlindersCahills have eyesBacuna Andmata (what a wonderful phrase)Wanyamas in PyjamasHave I Got Cruz For YouMy Little BonyThe Neville Wears PradaStar striker: One Flew Over Lukaku’s Nest. SNS GroupArsene WengaboysMurder on Zidane’s FloorAC a Little Silhouette of a Man Shakhtar the HeartLe Saux Solid CrewBilly Ocean’s 11The Balotelli TubbiesWe’re going to Ibiza: Arsene Wengaboys.Baines on ToastPathetico MadridExpected ToulouseBayer NeverlosingWho Eat All DepaysBorussia TeethShow Me De ManeTikka Mo Salahlast_img read more

Empowerment paddling in Knysna

first_img17 August 2005The Paddle Cruiser, South Africa’s only paddle-driven ship – and the Western Cape coastal town of Knysna’s newest tourist attraction – is proving a model for black economic empowerment.“We knew from the start that the vessel would have to be managed by a crew of highly skilled and dedicated people,” says William Smith, director of the Featherbed Company, which owns and operates the Paddle Cruiser.“But the problem was that South Africa had never had a vessel like this one – so we had to train new people from scratch.“We recruited and began training the boat’s managers – the men who would become its skippers – while it was still under construction,” says Smith. “Because we’re good corporate citizens, we made sure the successful candidates came from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.”Neither Floyd Herwels nor Stanley van Rooyen had had any maritime experience when they started with the Featherbed Company, but both have taken to life afloat with gusto.“I applied for the job because I wanted a change from the admin work I was doing for an insurance company,” says Van Rooyen. “And I took it on because it was a challenge.“Our training took nearly two years and earned me a Class 6 port operations license – a qualification recognised around the world.”Van Rooyen and Herwels are now equipped to take responsibility for the safety and smooth operation of the vessel and for the comfort of its passengers. This they do at least twice a day, almost every day of the year.The Paddle Cruiser experienceBuilt over a period of 18 months by Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing and launched in Cape Town in October 2003, the Paddle Cruiser was delivered to Knysna by sea.The boat is 22.7 metres long, 7.5 metres wide in the beam and has a draft of 1.4 metres. Her propellers are powered by twin Caterpillar 3056 turbodiesel engines. Electrical energy for the paddles – the boat can make four knots on its paddles alone – is supplied by two 70kVA generators.“The Paddle Cruiser has become a must-do attraction in Knysna,” says Featherbed marketing manager Debbie Stanley, “and a popular fine dining experience.“A team of top chefs prepare Mediterranean style meals: a limited Tapas menu at lunch time and an extensive hot and cold Tapas buffet at dinner. The boat is becoming increasingly popular for functions, product launches and – a trend we didn’t expect – as an unusual conference venue.”In addition to the Paddle Cruiser, the Featherbed Company operates the John Benn and Three Legs cruise boats – as well as catamaran sailing – on the Knysna lagoon, and offers visits to the Featherbed Nature Reserve at the river reporterlast_img read more

R100m AfDB boost for clean energy

first_imgGrowth-phase businesses “The Evolution One Fund will be the bank’s first investment in a fund with a specific focus on clean energy and technology investments,” the bank said in a statement last week. “The investment therefore supports an innovative vehicle that will boost economic activity in this emerging field, and contribute to the development of sustainable private sector enterprises.” The African Development Bank has approved a R100-million investment in the Evolution One Fund, the first specialised private equity fund focused on the acceleration and deployment of clean energy and sustainable technologies across southern Africa. Other areas include water quality and management, waste management, agribusiness and forestry, natural products, organics and natural health, and environmental real estate. South Africa will account for 60-75% of the fund’s overall investments, while up to 25-40% will be earmarked for other Southern African Development Community countries. The 10-year private equity fund, managed by Cape Town-based Inspired Evolution Investment Management, will make equity and equity-related investments in sustainable projects and companies with the aim of not only achieving carbon reductions, but also ensuring the sound environmental, social and economic performance of these investments. SAinfo reporter The fund will seek to invest predominantly in growth-phase businesses, particularly in eight high-growth sectors, namely clean energy/energy efficiency (up to 50% of its investments), efficient and clean manufacturing processes and technologies, air quality and emissions control. 3 June 2009 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Chitika: Bing Overtakes Yahoo Search

first_imgTags:#search#Statistics#web mike melanson Advertising network Chitika has released some surprising search engine statistics today, putting Microsoft Bing ahead of long-time runner-up Yahoo in the number two spot behind (still dominant) Google.While other services, like StatCounter have the two engines neck in neck, Chitika’s latest stats put Bing ahead of Yahoo by 4.5%. Search Engine Land’s Danny Sullivan took a look at Chitika’s numbers, noting that most every other U.S. rating service still shows Yahoo as ahead of Bing and that something must be going on. According to Chitika’s numbers, Bing has been ahead of Yahoo for several months now, while every other service shows that Yahoo leads Bing, if not narrowly, then by several percentage points.While other rating services rate traffic according to the number of searches performed on a given search engine, Chitika measures traffic according to hits that reach members of its advertising network. Sullivan concludes that the disparity must come in how traffic reaches Chitika and likely not in how much the individual engines are actually used, noting that “less of that traffic is ‘escaping’ out of Yahoo and to third-party web sites such as those in Chitika’s network.”If that’s true, then it might really mean something in the search engine battle. What does it mean to have more searches but not have that traffic escape your own network? Even if all these other ratings services find Bing as taking a smaller piece of the search engine pie, is their piece more valuable because it gets around more? 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more

Cabinet Approves Funding for Labour Day Activities

first_imgCabinet has approved $4 million to fund Labour Day activities, which will be observed on Thursday, May 23, under the theme: ‘Lend a Hand…Build Our Land’.Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, made the announcement on Wednesday, May 15, at the weekly Jamaica House press briefing.Projects will focus on children’s homes, day care centres, and basic schools. The national project is the St. Mary Infirmary, in Port Maria.Meanwhile, Cabinet approved a contract of $84.1 million to Modern Investigation and Security Company Limited to provide security services at the Bellevue Hospital in Kingston for three years.Minister Falconer noted that in approving the contract, Cabinet had raised concerns about the treatment of workers by companies that provide security services, and therefore mandated that measures be implemented to ensure that companies are compliant with the relevant regulations, before being awarded government contracts.Cabinet also approved a contract of $46.6 million to Industrial Gases Limited to supply medical gases to the Western Regional Health Authority for 12 months.The facilities which will benefit are Noel Holmes, Falmouth, Savanna-la- Mar, and Cornwall Regional Hospitals.Senator Falconer said based on Cabinet instructions to the Ministry of Health, a Task Force has been established to prepare a framework document for the supply of medical gases to the public sector.Contact: Alphea Saunderslast_img read more

Bhopal boat mishap claims 12 lives leaders fight over aid

first_imgBhopal: Twelve people drowned as two boats, interlinked with ropes, capsized during the Ganapati idol immersion at the Khatlapura Ghat of the lower lake, here at 4.30 a.m. Of the 23 people on-board, seven swam to safety and three persons were missing, said Irshad Wali, Bhopal (City) Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police. The mishap occurred near the newly renovated state police headquarters that also houses the State Disaster Rescue Force (SDRF). Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Eleven victims have been identified as Parvez Khan (15), Rohit Maurya (30), Karan (16), Harsh(20), Sunny Thackeray (22), Rahul Verma (30), Vicky (28), Vishal (22), Arjun Sharma(18), Rahul Mishra (20) and Karan (26). According to eyewitnesses, one boat began to tilt dangerously while the idol was being pushed into the lake and people jumped on the other boat causing the disaster. A short video of the tragedy shows it took just about 40 seconds for the lives to be lost. No one was wearing life jacket. The boatmen too jumped to safety instead of saving others. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Those victims were residents of 100 quarters of Piplani, BHEL township. The SDRF teams, divers and police teams are searching for the missing through heavy rain. Chief Minister Kamal Nath ordered a magisterial inquiry, which was notified by Bhopal district collector Tarun Pithode. The authorities have registered an FIR against two boatmen — Akash Batham and Changu Batham — on a report filed by Nirmal Kumar Das. The Chief Minister also announced Rs 11 lakh aid to the victims’ kin. In an earlier announcement, the Chief Minister had announced Rs 4 lakh for the families of each deceased. On the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) demand for a higher aid, Kamal Nath said he could not go by the BJP’s assessment. The municipal corporation of Bhopal has also announced an assistance of Rs 2 lakh each for the victims’ families. Former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said the negligence must not go unpunished. He said the assistance of Rs 4 lakh was a paltry amount and should be raised immediately to Rs 25 lakh and a job be offered to one family member of the victims, and wondered why the people were not equipped with life-jackets. Bhopal BJP MP Sadhvi Pragya backed Chouhan’s demand for raising the amount to Rs 25 lakh. On March 21, 2016, when Chouhan was the Chief Minister he had ordered a financial aid of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of five victims of a boat tragedy in the same lake. He had also asked officials to frame guidelines to prevent recurrence of such accidents. The guidelines were neither announced nor followed. In that case, 10 youths had reportedly gone to the lake for a party when their boat capsized. While five of them swam to safety, others were drowned. The lessons of the tragedy have been lost both on revellers and administration. The major lapse on the part of administration and organisers of the procession was that a 21-foot idol was not supposed to be immersed at the Khatlapura ghat where the tragedy occurred. The administration had not provided for a motor boat or searchlight, to be pressed into service during an emergency. They had also not deputed divers or set up a disaster management booth at the spot. Of the victims was 15-year-old Parvez Khan, a non-Hindu, who had regularly been installing an idol and participating in the festivities for some time. Parvez lost his father Saeed Khan when he was 12.last_img read more

Hugh Hefners Playboy mansion a surreal experience for Canadian who stayed six

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Julie McLeod of Oakville looks back fondly about her time at the Playboy mansion in the 1980s in the wake of Hugh Hefner’s death. (FACEBOOK) Advertisement Advertisement “There are a lot of people that will presume I must have been a playmate and it must have been wild. That was contrary to my experience.”READ MORE Twitter Since news broke that Hugh Hefner, founder and editor of Playboy magazine, died Wednesday night at the age of 91 fans called him a “cultural icon,” and “media titan,” while critics hesitated to mourn a man they said embodied “male entitlement.”Oakville resident Julie McLeod remembers him another way: as a kind, gracious host.Hefner was well-known as a radical hedonist who played a major role in bringing sex into the mainstream of American media — a legacy that’s brought him both praise and derision. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook McLeod, a former model and actress, was living in a hotel in Los Angeles in 1984 when her friend and fellow model Carrie Leigh — then Hefner’s girlfriend — invited her to stay at his famed home instead.“I was a young woman so I was apprehensive,” McLeod told the Star on Thursday, nodding to the controversy surrounding Hefner that he made his living largely off women’s sexuality.last_img read more