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

Samsung, ARM back Thread mesh standard for connected homes

first_img Samsung boosts logic chip investment by $34B Author The Thread Group has been established to drive uptake of a wireless mesh standard for connecting devices within homes, with members including Samsung, ARM and Nest Labs, the smart meter company recently acquired for $3.2 billion by Google.Thread is an IPv6 networking protocol “built on open standards, designed for low-power 802.15.4 mesh networks”, rather than an application protocol or connectivity platform seen with other IoT approaches.This means existing application protocols and Internet of Things (IoT) platforms will run over Thread networks, a version of which is already being used in Nest products.While 802.15.4 networking technologies have their advantages, they also have “critical issues that prevent the promise of the Internet of Things from being realised”, according to the group.These include a lack of interoperability, inability to carry IPv6 communications, high power requirements and ‘hub and spoke’ models that are dependent on a single device.“Existing wireless networking approaches were introduced long before the Internet of Things gained ground. The Thread protocol takes existing technologies and combines the best parts of each to provide a better way to connect products in the home,” said Vint Cerf, VP and chief internet evangelist for Google and advisor to the Thread Group.The group touted Thread’s benefits for developers over existing wireless standards. These include reliability (due to the ‘self-healing’ properties of mesh networks), secure networks with banking-class encryption, simple connectivity and low power usage.Freescale Semiconductor, Yale Security, Silicon Labs and industrial fan maker Big Ass Fans are also involved.A consortium including Intel and Samsung was recently formed to drive the development of IoT technology, offering competition to the existing Qualcomm-led AllSeen Alliance.The Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) aims to deliver a specification, an open source implementation and a certification programme for wirelessly connecting devices regardless of form factor, operating system or service provider.The AllSeen Alliance is pushing for the AllJoyn open standard for connected devices and recently welcomed Microsoft to its ranks. Previous ArticleAmerica Movil moves forward in Europe, prepares to sell at homeNext ArticleXiaomi launches in India, as new global flagship expected Tags Tim joined Mobile World Live in August 2011 and works across all channels, with a particular focus on apps. He came to the GSMA with five years of tech journalism experience, having started his career as a reporter… More Read more Tim Ferguson Asia center_img KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 15 JUL 2014 Related Home Samsung, ARM back Thread mesh standard for connected homes Google renueva Android y muestra novedades en IA ARMIoTmesh networksNestSamsungTechnologyThreadlast_img read more

AT&T in talks to diffuse shareholder row

first_img Chris Donkin Previous ArticleMobile Mix: Scaling summits in Switzerland and SpainNext ArticleVodafone looks to the sky with flying taxi partnership AT&T opened discussions with activist investor Elliott Management on demands for the operator to make sweeping changes to its business, The Wall Street Journal reported.The newspaper’s sources stated the companies are assessing a series of requests made in a scathing letter criticising AT&T’s performance and future strategy, made public by the shareholder in September.In the letter Elliott Management slammed the operator’s acquisition strategy, including its big money purchases of content assets such as Time Warner, and demanded a range of changes it said need to be made at the operator to improve its financial and operational performance.Among these are cost cutting measures, moving away from further acquisitions, divesting non-core assets and changing the management structure at the helm of the company.In the weeks following Elliott’s public criticism of the company, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson defended its media buys but conceded some of the investor’s points would be “looked at”.The proposals have also been slammed by union Communication Workers of America, which called the move a “predatory approach” that would cost more than 30,000 jobs for short-term shareholder gain.Elliott Management’s attempts to force change at AT&T follows the company’s public row with Vivendi over control of Telecom Italia, which appears to be finally subsiding after a period of management and board changes at the operator. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back AT&T pushes cybersecurity to public sector AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 18 OCT 2019 Home AT&T in talks to diffuse shareholder row Amazon reels in MGM US chip funding tipped to top $150B Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more AT&TElliott Management Author Tags Relatedlast_img read more

Portland protest that took down statues of former presidents declared a riot by police

first_imgStelsone/iStockBy JULIA JACOBO, ABC News(PORTLAND, Ore.) — A demonstration in Portland, Oregon, that included people breaking windows and taking down statues of former Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln has been declared a riot by police.The protests were part of a “Day of Rage” declared over the celebration of Columbus Day on Monday.A mass gathering formed Sunday night in downtown Portland, where demonstrators used chains to topple the statues, the Portland Police Department tweeted just before midnight.The statues were erected in the 1920s, and several other statues that were considered possible targets were removed, The Oregonian reported. A statue of Thomas Jefferson was pulled down by protesters in June.About 200 people were in the crowd, according to the local newspaper.A glass window for the Oregon Historical Society was smashed with a police officer standing inside, ABC Portland affiliate KATU-TV reported. Police warned that anyone taking part in the vandalism was subject to a citation or arrest. About an hour after their initial tweet, Portland police declared the protests a riot and instructed all those marching to disperse or else crowd control measures such as tear gas and impact weapons would be used.The city has been experiencing months of unrest following the May 25 death of George Floyd, who died as a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes as three other officers watched on.In July, President Donald Trump’s administration deployed federal law enforcement to Portland, sparking tension between federal and local authorities and a public feud on Twitter between Portland’s mayor and a top homeland security official.Trump, who has put “law and order” at the forefront of his campaign for re-election, tweeted, “Put these animals in jail, now” Monday morning and criticized “The Radical Left fools in Portland” for not wanting “any real help.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Oral Roberts beats IUPUI 58-56 in Summit quarterfinals

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Obi Emegano scored eight of his 14 points in the final 4 minutes and third-seeded Oral Roberts beat sixth-seeded IUPUI 58-56 in the Summit League quarterfinals Sunday night.Oral Roberts (18-13) took the lead for good at 48-46 on Emegano’s free throws with 3:42 left and made it 50-46 on Emegano’s jumper at 2:10.IUPUI (10-21) closed within one point four times in the final 53 seconds, but never took the lead. Oral Roberts went 8 for 10 from the foul line in the final minute.Aaron Young and Bobby Word added 10 points each to help Oral Roberts set up a semifinal matchup with second-seeded North Dakota State on Monday.Khufu Najee had 15 points and DavRon Williams 14 for the Jaguars. Williams’ jumper with 4:06 left was the game’s 14th and final tie at 46-all. read more

Chelsea prospect finds the net again

first_imgChelsea’s reserves were well beaten on Monday afternoon – but youngster Patrick Bamford still managed to score again.A young Blues side lost 4-1 at Cobham against Manchester United, who were three up at the interval and grabbed a fourth early in the second half.Bamford – a January signing from Nottingham Forest – maintained his impressive scoring run by firing home from the edge of the penalty area with four minutes to go.AdChoices广告It was the 18-year-old striker’s fifth goal in seven reserve-team matches.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

R.I.P to an Awesome Sports Logo

first_imgDC in Da House w/o a Doubt Link to post 1 Sports Logos 2 Sports Logo News Sports Logos Share on other sites 0 159 Sign in to follow this   Share this post 5,159 Posted May 8, 2013 Sodboy13 Link to post 3 Recommended Posts Page 1 of 3   4,356 Awesome Sports Logos Favourite Logos:Johnny Canuck, Hartford Whalers, Lady Liberty, Stinger, Pre-Edge London Knights, Philadelphia Eagles, Florida Gators Board Man + Young Trece 3,583 Location:The DMV Banned DC in Da House w/o a Doubt 369 AstroVilla Location:Eugene, OR pianoknight 7,674 posts 10 Share this post Share on other sites Jt0323 0 R.I.P to an Awesome Sports Logo 423 By Awesome Sports Logos, May 8, 2013 in Sports Logo News Awesome Sports Logos Share this post Share on other sites Still think it looks oddIt definitely does and the reason it happens is one of the first things an aviation photographer has to learn. Have no idea whether you or anyone else cares but here goes. When shooting a moving object you usually want the fastest possible shutter speed for the light conditions. But if it’s too fast it will freeze everything, including the props.You have to use a slower shutter speed when taking pics of a prop plane. Here’s one with the proper balance: fast enough for a clear pic but slow enough to show prop blur:As for the OP, it is a pretty cool logo but would have been better with the props blurred. 0 7,674 posts dbadefense1990 DC in Da House w/o a Doubt nash61 DC in Da House w/o a Doubt R.I.P to an Awesome Sports Logo 5,159 This topic is now closed to further replies. Posted May 8, 2013 423 2 Share on other sites 3,583 82 posts Share this post Link to post Share on other sites Sodboy13 10 Location:The DMV Share this post 0 Members Share on other sites I just realized the logo is an M and a B. Oh my god. 3,643 posts Posted May 8, 2013 0 3 Share this post Sodboy13 Share on other sites Members 4 Members Forums Home I’m dead, inside and out; I’m still dead 1,535 Lights Out, have you tivoed every episode of VH1’s “I Love The 90’s”? I have hope it will return in the future as an expansion team or ECHL team. It already clawed its way back from the dead once before. Favourite Logos:All NBA Playoffs and Finals logos, late 1980s-early 2000s. 369 1,535 Awesome Sports Logos Link to post Sign in to follow this   I think it looks kind of odd that the propellers aren’t moving, yet the plane is flying. Share on other sites Lights Out nicktharipper SportsLogos.Net 68 0 215 posts Posted May 8, 2013 68 Posted May 8, 2013 Share this post Link to post 1 Share this post Posted May 8, 2013 Still think it looks odd 1,535 King of Consistency Phoenix is a bangwagon town 612 posts Posted May 8, 2013 369 0 28-9, Sweet 16? Yeah, I’ll take that. Go To Topic Listing All Activity nash61 0 Share this post 1 1 Someday… BlueSky I’m dead, inside and out; I’m still dead Members 2 Posted May 8, 2013 3,583 7,014 posts Posted May 8, 2013 Link to post Share on other sites dbadefense1990 Favourite Logos:Barcelona DragonsHartford WhalersUS Soccer RattlesnakeJoliet Slammers “J-Bird”NBA All-Star New Orleans Crawfish 112 SJAnfield Favourite Logos:Barcelona DragonsHartford WhalersUS Soccer RattlesnakeJoliet Slammers “J-Bird”NBA All-Star New Orleans Crawfish Share on other sites AstroVilla Followers 1 Members Posted May 8, 2013 Link to post 5,159 Link to post thespleenenator Share this post Members 145 76 posts I just realized the logo is an M and a B. Oh my god. Share this post 6,236 posts 71 Next Members Posted May 8, 2013 I just realized the logo is an M and a B. Oh my god. Link to post 593 1 159 Link to post pianoknight Posted May 8, 2013 Share this post Members 68 Location:Between the metropolises of Rye and Moss Hill, Texas Location:Ontario Favourite Logos:Hartford WhalersOttawa Senators =O= Chicago BlackhawksMontreal ExposLake Elsinore Storm Share on other sites 593 16,001 Link to post Share on other sites Members Iowa Wild Members You guys have it all wrong.THIS is the best Brewer’s logo:How many shots of Jim Bean whiskey did it take to come up with this? Share this post 112 Lights Out 145 Share this post Favourite Logos:*Devil Rays alternate cap logo, 1998*Red Sox cap logo*Chargers primary logo*Lake Elsinore Storm cap logo Posted May 8, 2013 Share on other sites Location:College 0 Share on other sites Share this post 0 Share on other sites Posted May 8, 2013 12,229 posts 5,159 All Activity 11,800 posts 12,787 posts AstroVilla Share on other sites 0 You guys have it all wrong.THIS is the best Brewer’s logo: Link to post Favourite Logos:North Stars N-star, Houston Oilers oil derrick, Lubbock Cotton Kings grinning Eli, 1965 Astros 10 aci Posted May 8, 2013 71 17 SJAnfield Location:Georgia Members Location:detroit 17 Posted May 8, 2013 The original WHA Aeros started this Texas boy’s love affair with hockey in the 70’s. Always liked the rebooted Aeros bomber logo too. It’s not perfect. But in the landscape of minor league logos, it was high art.I may forgive Les Alexander’s role in their departure if he brings NHL hockey to H-Town. Not holding my breath though. Posted May 8, 2013 Sodboy13 Link to post Share this post oldschoolvikings To me, the Aeros logo always looked more like some strange submarine than an airplane. Not sure why, just did. I knew what it was supposed to be; it just never actually came across as a plane. Link to post Page 1 of 3   Members Location:Effington The Giant Pacific Octopus Next Members Followers 1 8 Share this post I’m going to miss the Houston Aeros Logo.I love the plane coming out of the puck and the Aerospace industry has amazing history in Houston. Gordie Howe was a Houston Aeros player in the old World Hockey Association. After the news about the Aeros moving to Iowa I wrote a blog about the Aeros history and my frustration with another cool logo giving way to what parent clubs call, “expanding the brand”. I just think they are taking away the great art of sports logos. The Iowa Wild? Would love to get your thoughts. Just with some quick research, I learned that Des Moines where the Wild will play their games is named after the Des Moines river which means “River of Monks”. Why not the Iowa or Des Moines Monks? If you have any other Iowa names, let me know. I just hate that more and more of these minor league cool names are going away. Hopefully when a new arena in Houston is built which is being talked about, Houston will get another hockey team and call it the Aeros. -Gavin Link to post Share on other sites Members oldschoolvikings I think it looks kind of odd that the propellers aren’t moving, yet the plane is flying. Share this post I just realized that that big blue thing is the letter “M”. You know the 13th thingy from the Alphabet? Oh my God! Location:Effington “I see you’re drinking 1%” 16,001 BlueSky Share on other sites Share this post 4 3,583 dbadefense1990 Posted May 8, 2013 Posted May 8, 2013 Members Phoenix is a bangwagon town dbadefense1990 5,159 Unfortunately, the Aeros only ceased to be because Rockets owner Les Alexander no longer wanted a hockey team as a tenant. Unless he has a change of heart, the Rockets have a change of owner, or someone builds a viable alternative venue with a rink, pro hockey in Houston is dead for the forseeable future. 2,975 Link to post Sports Logo News 369 Favourite Logos:Okay I’m biased, any logo on www.awesomesportslogos.com. From real sports, I’m a fan of so many logos. If they have a creative name and logo, count me in! Members Link to post Share on other sites Prev 1,359 posts Share on other sites 369 3 Favourite Logos:All NBA Playoffs and Finals logos, late 1980s-early 2000s. 145 15,125 posts aci That set is easy the best the Brewers have had. I realize that’s a minority opinion, although I have no idea why.As for the Aeros logo, I think it’s pretty awful, but I realize that that also is a minority opinion for some reason. Jt0323 Link to post The Giant Pacific Octopus Houston Aeros 593 Forums Home Members 2,975 159 2,975 5,747 posts Link to post 4 3,583 STL FANATIC 16,001 Sports 1 19,560 posts Location:Houston, TX 0 6,236 posts Regarding the BiG: I know that when I was a kid, I didn’t recognize it as both an “mb” and a ball-in-glove. When I realized it was both, it was quite the epiphany.Regarding the Wisconsin barleyball: If the Brewers had used that on the sleeve of their 1997-99 jerseys instead of the Motre Bame diamond, they would have achieved Total Victory. 26,359 posts 369 4,356 Members 852 posts Location:Pacific Ocean Sports Share this post Posted May 8, 2013 Members 71 Prev 5,159 0 19,560 posts STL FANATIC Link to post 4,356 thespleenenator 112 17 SportsLogos.Net 3,583 nicktharipper 423 R.I.P to an Awesome Sports Logolast_img read more