first_imgHaving helped more than 75 tertiary students to a college education amid challenging economic times, organisers of the CB Group UWI 5K and Smart Eggs Kids K are hoping to raise $15 million for the academic and sporting development of more students through the University of West Indies’ (UWI) Scholarship Fund.UWI’s all-important run/walk will begin and end at the UWI Mona Bowl on the morning of Sunday, November 15.The 5K run will begin 7 a.m. and will be followed by the Kids K at 8 a.m., which will enter its second staging. Registration will open next week and the cost to participate is $1,000.This fourth renewal aims to target Jamaicans abroad, members of the general public, running/walking enthusiasts, as well as charitable donors and companies.The event was launched under the patronage of the honourable Douglas Orane and Donette Chin-Loy Chang, widow of G. Raymond Chang yesterday, at the UWI-Usain Bolt Track.Chang, now deceased, was a co-founder/co-patron, while wife Donette Chin-Loy Chang will serve as patron in his honour.Importance of educationDouglas Orane, event chairman/co-patron, said: “Ray would say this all the time: ‘Education is the great leveller and we need to use that in order to advance everybody in life’.”I look forward to seeing all of you here and to the support that you have given us over the years, individuals and committed corporate sponsors,” he continued.UWI Principal, Professor Archibald McDonald, lauded the event.”Many of the students who receive the CB Group UWI 5K scholarships are the first in their family to attend an institution of higher education. The opportunity afforded them as a result of this event will impact not only their lives, but generations to come,” he outlined.Since starting in 2012, the initiative has been able to raise $38 million, while last year’s proceeds enabled UWI to award 25 scholarships valued at $8,500,000, as well as to donate a Thermocycler (PCR machine or DNA amplifier) for $1,400,000 to the Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation.Matthew Lyn, chief operating officer, CB Group, noted: “The CB Group UWI 5K has grown in a short space of time into an event which not only impacts the university community but the entire country, as these scholarship recipients will one day contribute significantly to the development of Jamaica in their respective fields.”last_img read more

first_imgLandon Gomes rushed for two touchdowns, the Wildcats defense forced five turnovers and Ferndale completed a 20-8 upset victory over visiting Little 4 Conference top dog Arcata on homecoming weekend, Saturday afternoon at Coach Carlson Wildcat Field.Saturday’s win moves Ferndale (2-1, 3-4) into a three-way tie for first place in the Little 4 with Hoopa (2-1, 4-3) and Arcata (2-1, 3-4) with three conference games remaining in the season.Ferndale flexed its defensive muscle early in Saturday’s …last_img read more

first_imgATLANTA — The Giants will play their final road game of the season on Sunday, wrapping up a successful year away from Oracle Park.Yes, a club that will miss the postseason for the third straight year and is destined to post another sub-.500 record can take pride in what it accomplished on the road.In a third consecutive frustrating season, the Giants managed to secure a winning road record with a blowout victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday. Regardless of Sunday’s outcome in Atlanta, the …last_img read more

first_img RELATED ARTICLES But business opposition wasn’t enough, and Hancock said a day after the vote that his focus would now be on implementing the ordinance, not seeking a way to block it. The measure goes into effect on January 1.“Let me very clear: We’re not looking for legal challenges,” Hancock told reporters at a news conference on Wednesday, according to an account in The Post. “We’re making sure that the path to implementation of Initiative 300 is clear — and that we understand all of the possible opportunities and challenges that might be inherent in implementing the initiative.”A legal challenge from a commercial real estate development association, however, was still a possibility. Neither the city’s mayor nor the Chamber of Commerce liked the idea, but Denver voters on Tuesday approved a measure that will require developers of buildings larger than 25,000 square feet to include rooftop gardens in their plans.The Denver Green Roof Initiative, appearing on the ballot as Initiated Ordinance 300, passed by a narrow margin in early returns — a little more than 4,000 votes or 4 percentage points — but the gap appeared to be holding. Backers of the grassroots effort to get the measure before voters said it looked as though they would eke out a win.“I think we’re in the clear,” initiative founder and campaign manager Brandon Rietheimer told The Denver Post. “It’s hard to say, but it’s looking really good. I think it shows we in Denver want more leadership on sustainability. We’ve had all these goals in place but no plans of action to reach them — and this is a clear path to a more green future.”Mayor Michael Hancock said before the vote the initiative went “too far too fast,” and business groups such as the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce also objected. Opponents racked up 12-to-1 campaign finance advantage, according to recent finance reports. Few cities taking such stepsDenver’s new law appears to be modeled on an ordinance that took effect in Toronto in January 2010. It, too, establishes a formula for the amount of rooftop that must be covered by vegetation, beginning with buildings of at least 2,000 square meters (21,527 square feet) and ranging upward to 20,000 square meters (215,278 square feet). Coverage ranges from 20% to 60%, just as Denver’s new ordinance does.San Francisco says it was first city in the U.S. to require solar and vegetative roofs on most new construction when its “Better Roofs” ordinance took effect on January 1. It doesn’t go as far as the Denver or Toronto plans, requiring a maximum of 30% of roof space on most new construction projects to include solar, vegetation or a combination of both.Mike Haynes, the sales and marketing facilitator at Michigan-based LiveRoof, which sells vegetative roof systems, said by telephone that as far as he knows Toronto, San Francisco and now Denver are the only North American cities with green roof mandates. Philadelphia, Chicago, the District of Columbia and New York City are among cities that offer incentives for green roofs, he said, but they don’t require them.One concern is what the vegetation will do to roof loads. In new construction, higher loads can be engineered into the building, but older buildings of at least 25,000 square feet that are getting new roofs also would be required to meet the new rule. Haynes said the weight of vegetative roofs varies “drastically,” depending on thickness and density of soil and plants. A standard roof adds about 30 lb. per square foot, but walkable, park-like gardens can top 100 lb. per square foot, he said.That might not be a problem in Denver. Although the ordinance says existing buildings must add greenery or solar panels when they are re-roofed, it specifies only to “the maximum amount of coverage possible so that major structural alterations are not required.” Denver Will Vote on a Green Roof InitiativeVegetated RoofsQ&A Spotlight: Do Green Roofs Temper Urban Heat?U.S. Cities Are Fighting the Heat-Island Effect From Building Science Corp.: Seeing Red Over Green RoofsJunk Science and the Heat-Island Effect What the initiative will requireThe ordinance is designed to lower the urban heat island effect — elevated temperatures due to the heat absorbing materials that make up much of a city’s built environment — and also help control rain runoff. Backers said vegetative roofs are more durable in hail storms than conventional roof coverings, should last two or three times as long as a traditional roof, and result in lower operating costs for building owners.The measure affects new buildings of at least 25,000 square feet, requiring that 20% of the rooftop be covered with vegetation or solar panels. The percentage of the rooftop that must be covered rises incrementally as building size increases, reaching a high end of 60% for buildings bigger than 200,000 square feet.Existing buildings that are enlarged to cross the 25,000-square-foot threshold also are covered, as are buildings meeting size requirements when they are re-roofed. Building owners will be required to maintain the vegetation. It doesn’t apply to apartment buildings or houses of four stories or less.While backers emphasized the environmental benefits of vegetated roofs, opponents focused on costs. They said the plan will increase building and maintenance costs, result in higher rents, make it more difficult for Denver families to find housing, and waste tax dollars. “There are advantages to having green roofs, but we should not mandate it,” the Citizens for a Responsible Denver said.The Post was among those arguing against the plan, noting in an editorial “Depending on a building’s size, the added upfront cost could range into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, not to mention the ongoing maintenance to ensure vegetation thrives.”Nathan Philips Square in Toronto, which has had a green roof ordinance on the books since 2010. (Photo: LiveRoof)“The heat island effect is real, but the green roofs initiative is a clumsy and heavy-handed response to it,” the newspaper said. Toronto, acceptance by developersEarly on, interest among some city residents prompted city councilors to begin developing a green roof strategy, eventually leading to a university study on its benefits. The provincial government eventually decided to allow the city to move ahead with it as a sort of “trial run,” said Jane Welsh, project manager for environmental planning with the city.“There was a lot of discussion,” she said by phone, “so when it did come forward in its final form we had made adjustments and compromises to it. When it did come forward it was accepted. There hasn’t been pushback since.”For most buildings, the increased costs of providing a vegetated roof are relatively modest when designed into the building (the ordinance applies only to new construction). One area of compromise was for industrial buildings — low, flat buildings with proportionally large roof areas that would have been expensive to upgrade structurally to handle even a lightweight green roof. The city cut back the required area of green coverage to 10% and allowed an alternate path of compliance with an option for reflective roof coverings and guarantees of stormwater management.In its final form, the ordinance allows a “cash in lieu” provision of $200 per square meter for builders who don’t want to include a green roof. But very few developers have asked for it — roughly 40 in the 1,400 applications for new development that have been submitted since the regulations went into effect seven years ago, said city planner Shayna Stott.“By and large, developers are taking the requirements, working with them, translating them into amenity spaces on their buildings,” Stott said. “They’re really working with the requirements and integrating them to a quite a nice effect at the building level…I think it’s been quite successful. We were expecting some degree of concern and pushback when the bylaw came into effect seven years ago and it never really materialized. They just kind of ran with it.”The ordinance certainly has provided some aesthetic benefits for the city, but it’s too soon to tell whether it has done anything to mitigate the urban heat island effect, the planners said. Although a couple of hundred green roofs have been built so far, the permitting and development process is a long one and there aren’t enough vegetated roofs in place yet to gauge the city-wide impact on summer temperatures.There may be more green roof initiatives on the horizon in Ontario, Walsh said, with the recent decision by the provincial government to allow other municipalities to develop their own versions. Ottawa, for example, may be interested in adopting one.last_img read more

first_imgAll the accused in the Navruna Chakravorty case were granted bail on Monday by a special court after the CBI failed to submit a charge sheet against them. Twelve-year-old Navruna was abducted from Muzaffarpur in September 2012, apparently by members of the land mafia in connivance with local politicians and police officials eyeing her father’s prime property in the town. The CBI arrested eight persons, including local politician Shah Alam Shabbu, on April 28 this year. They were granted bail when the agency failed to submit the charge sheet within the stipulated 90 dayslast_img read more

first_imgMinister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, has asked the Bureau of Standards Jamaica to work with the relevant agencies to formulate a comprehensive set of standards for key food items. This, Mr. Clarke says, arises from concerns about the quality of foods Jamaicans are consuming.“The level of sodium in some of our imported foods is frightening. The sugar content of some of the snacks – particularly imported ones – that our students consume in our schools, is equally alarming,” the Minister said, as he made his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 8. “We have a responsibility to safeguard our nation’s health and by the same token keep out unsavoury imports and provide opportunities for increased production of wholesome local foods and snacks,” Mr. Clarke added.Meanwhile, he pointed out that the Government has made considerable strides in overhauling the country’s food health and safety infrastructure, in order to safeguard public health. Among these measures is Cabinet’s approval of the Food Safety and Implementation Plan.“Within the framework of this plan, we will rationalise the institutional arrangements and the legislative framework for food safety management, as this responsibility is now dispersed across several Ministries. In this regard, the Veterinary Services Division and the Plant Quarantine Division of this Ministry will be appropriately strengthened,” he explained.The Ministry is also undertaking an aggressive programme to have all its labs accredited. Meanwhile, $50 million has been spent on equipping veterinary laboratories. Members of staff have also undergone extensive training, both locally and abroad, while critical manuals have been prepared.As it relates to facilitating exports, the Ministry is currently upgrading the Agricultural Marketing Corporation (AMC) complex to meet United States Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA) standards. To this end, last year two export complexes were improved at a cost of $16 million.“These initiatives have supported the increase in exports,” the Minister said. “Under the US$15 million IDB Agricultural Competitiveness Project, significant resources have been committed to food safety, and we are actively pursuing an initiative to partner with a private entity to establish a modern multi-species abattoir in Westmoreland from the resources of this project.” he informed.Contact: Alphea Saunderslast_img read more

first_imgBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has been elected one of the three vice-chairmen of Asia Pacific Democrat Union (APDU) as the organisation gave the Bangladesh Nationalist Party its full membership.At a meeting of the APDU Council held in Colombo on Friday, Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was elected chairman of the union while New Zealand National Party president Peter Goodfellow as deputy chairman, Mirza Fakhrul told news agency UNB.Two other elected vice-chairmen of the organisation are Tenzin Khangsar (Canada) and Hassan Latheef (Maldives).Teena McQueen (Australia) was elected APDU treasurer while Bruce Edwards (Australia) executive secretary.Fakhrul said the APDU member states elected the seven-member office-bearers through direct vote.On behalf of the BNP, its international affairs secretary Humayun Kabir joined the meeting.“BNP applied for being a member of APDU nearly a year back as we were its associate member. The meeting of the APDU Council upgraded BNP’s status from associate to full membership,” Fakhrul said.From Bangladesh, he said, only the BNP was made the member of APDU, an international association of member parties close to the International Democratic Union.last_img read more