Provision of Electricity Opens Opportunities for Communities –Energy Minister

first_img Addressing a National Energy Solutions Limited (NESol) ceremony to officially commission electricity service to the Park Lee and Ridge Pen communities in Mountainside, South West St. Elizabeth, on August 18, Dr. Wheatley said getting electricity to the community should also be viewed as mission accomplished, following a commitment he made to the residents early last year. “By bringing electricity here we are opening the doors and providing opportunities for the people,” the Minister said. He told the residents that following representation from Member of Parliament for South West St. Elizabeth, Hon. Floyd Green, a community access point (CAP) will soon be opened in the area. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the provision of electricity in communities which were previously without the service forms part of the Government’s push to create economic opportunities for everyone. Story Highlights Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the provision of electricity in communities which were previously without the service forms part of the Government’s push to create economic opportunities for everyone.Addressing a National Energy Solutions Limited (NESol) ceremony to officially commission electricity service to the Park Lee and Ridge Pen communities in Mountainside, South West St. Elizabeth, on August 18, Dr. Wheatley said getting electricity to the community should also be viewed as mission accomplished, following a commitment he made to the residents early last year.“By bringing electricity here we are opening the doors and providing opportunities for the people,” the Minister said.He encouraged the residents who will benefit from the electricity to remember the responsibilities which come with the service.“It is not free…it comes with responsibility, so I encourage you to be responsible and to practise energy conservation,” he said.He told the residents that following representation from Member of Parliament for South West St. Elizabeth, Hon. Floyd Green, a community access point (CAP) will soon be opened in the area.This, the Minister said, is part of the Ministry’s push to get Jamaica on the information super highway as the country works to attain its Vision 2030 developmental goals.“The community access point is to ensure that we build out a knowledge based society – a truly digital society – so that Jamaica can embrace the opportunities that are presented as the economy grows. We do not want South West St. Elizabeth to be left behind,” he said.“We want to create opportunities for young people, such as skills in animation and app development. Even in the farming communities you will be able to use technology,” the Minister added.Meanwhile, the Member of Parliament said the installation of electricity in the communities form part of efforts to restore hope for the residents.“This is part of the reason why I went into politics…to make the lives of people better. There is a lot more work to be done and we are going to ensure that we go community by community and look at the critical issues and treat with them. In this modern day Jamaica, you must have road, water and light that you can turn on. It is now a necessity,” Mr. Green said.Also addressing the ceremony was Mayor of Black River and Councillor for the Mountainside Division of the St. Elizabeth Municipal Corporation, Derrick Sangster, who said residents of the communities are really happy that the service is being made available to them.Some 150 households in the Park Lee and Ridge Pen communities will benefit from the electricity service.last_img read more

Muhammad Ali The Mission

In 2013, our old friends at Grantland released a 30-for-30 documentary on a little-remembered moment in the life of Muhammad Ali, who died on Friday at age 74. The film, made by Amani Martin and narrated by John Legend, recounts the story of Ali’s 1990 trip to Iraq before the Gulf War, during which he negotiated with Saddam Hussein for the release of American citizens taken hostage after the invasion of Kuwait. Ali risked his reputation, health and safety for the freedom of prisoners held by Hussein as “human shields” to deter U.S. military strikes. Only six weeks after Ali brought 15 hostages back home to their relieved families, Operation Desert Storm bombarded Iraq. read more

Pollachi sexual assault Actress Sindhu calls for legalising prostitution in Tamil Nadu

first_imgAngadi Theru Sindhu.PR HandoutActress Sindhu of Angadi Theru fame has made a controversial statement after she urged for “legalising” prostitution in Tamil Nadu in wake of the Pollachi sexual assault of several women.In a video doing rounds on the internet, Sindhu has vented her anguish on the culprits and wants them to be brutally killed for their acts. “These inhumane dogs should be hanged. I can use filthy language against them, but I don’t want to damage my own reputation,” she said.”Do they deserve to live? If it had happened abroad, the culprits, by now, would have been cut into pieces. Why such severe punishment is not being brought in India to safeguard our girls,” she adds.Sindhu further demanded that prostitution should be legalised in Tamil Nadu. “Like in Hyderabad and Mumbai, it has been legalised. And very rarely we hear about rape incidents in those places. If prostitution is legalised, our girls can be considered safe to some extent, from such sexual predators,” the actress adds.However, prostitution is not legal in India under the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act, 1956.The Pollachi sex assault-cum-blackmail issue of over 60 women has come as shock to Tamil Nadu. Four persons – Senthil, Babu, Mani alias Manivannan and Vasanthakumar – have been arrested following a complaint filed by one of the victim’s family members.The FIR has been filed under sections 354A (sexual harassment), 354B (assault or use of criminal force against woman with intent to disrobe), and 392 (robbery) of the IPC; section 66E of the IT Act (violation of privacy); and section 4 of the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Sexual Harassment of Women Act (sexual harassment). Now, the case has been handed over to the CBI.Coming back to Sindhu, she also puts some amount of blame on the girls for such incidents. “Don’t their parents aware of their responsibilities and know when to get their girls married? Why do they fall prey to such men? This incident should be a lesson to all of them,” Sindhu claims.last_img read more

64 Bangladeshis stuck off Tunisian coast agree to return home

first_imgWith a record of almost 1,100 people drowning, suffocating or dying of hypothermia on overcrowded boats so far this year, the North Africa to Italy crossing is considered the deadliest sea passage in the world. Photo: ReutersSeventy-five migrants rescued in the Mediterranean and stranded for two weeks off Tunisia will be allowed to disembark after accepting that they will be returned home, the Red Crescent said.Representatives of the International Organization for Migration are preparing to meet the migrants, to find out what they want to do, before the IOM finances their potential return.But “it is their choice to return (home) or not”, said Lorena Lando, the head of the IOM in Tunisia.Egyptian tugboat Maridive 601 rescued the migrants off the southern Tunisian coast in late May after they embarked from Libya, a key launchpad for sub-Saharan Africans making dangerous bids to reach Europe by sea.The vessel has been anchored since 31 May off the southern port of Zarzis, where authorities have refused to allow the vessel to dock despite an appeal by the boat’s captain.After a visit by officials from Bangladesh’s embassy, the migrants agreed to return home, according to Mongi Slim, a Red Crescent official.Red Crescent representatives are preparing to welcome to port 64 Bangladeshis, nine Egyptians, a Moroccan, a Sudanese citizen, who left Zuwara in Libya in late May.The migrants—which include at least 32 children and unaccompanied minors—are to be transferred to a reception centre in Sfax.The migrants would return home from Thursday, Slim added.Last August, another commercial ship, the Sarost 5, was stranded for more than two weeks at sea with 40 migrants that it had rescued.Worried about creating a precedent, Tunisian authorities said they accepted the migrants as an exception and for “humanitarian” reasons.On 10 May, 16 migrants—most from Bangladesh—were saved by Tunisian fishermen, after their boat sank, killing around 60 others. Two of those rescued decided to return home.Humanitarian boats and those of the European Union’s “Operation Sophia” anti-piracy force had scooped up most stranded migrants in recent years.But rescue operations dropped in 2019, due to a reduction in Sophia’s operational zone and steps taken against rescue NGOs by European states seeking to limit migration.last_img read more

Musical robots perform duets w Video

first_img New robot skier takes to the slopes (w/ Video) Waseda Flutist Robot This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — A flute playing robot unveiled by Waseda University last year has been joined by a robot saxophonist in a Classical music duet. The aim of the project was to design robots that could respond to each other’s visual and aural cues. Explore furthercenter_img Early in 2008 other research teams, with Honda and Toyota, unveiled a robot conductor, and a trumpet player. Professor Takanishi’s ultimate goal is to create an entire robot orchestra, and the duet playing robots take him one step closer.More information: • Takanishi Lab page• Waseda Flutist Robot page© 2009 PhysOrg.com Citation: Musical robots perform duets (w/ Video) (2009, November 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-11-musical-robots-duets-video.html The researchers, Atsuo Takanishi and colleagues from Waseda University in Japan, want eventually to develop a robot capable of playing multiple instruments and interacting with human musicians in jazz-style improvisations. The flutist robot was unveiled in mid 2008 after Professor Takanishi, of Waseda’s engineering department had spend many years perfecting it. The saxophone player took much less time to develop but is much less android in appearance than the flute-playing robot. Professor Takanishi said the saxophone player was easier to develop because it is easier to get a sound from a reed instrument than it is from a flute.last_img read more