Energy and Utilities Department Represented at Green Aruba VII Conference

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 7, 2016 -The seventh annual Green Aruba Conference, held at the Marriott Resort & Stellar is Casino in Aruba during the week of November 15, served as an exceptional platform to showcase Aruba’s progress in sustainable energy transition, a process which began since 2004. This conference provided an ideal opportunity for countries, institutions and experts from all over the world to share valuable information, knowledge, experiences and best practices.Energy Analyst – Ms. Sparkle Prentice participated as a mentee of the Women in Renewable Energy (WIRE) network, an initiative of the Clinton Climate Initiative, connecting women energy leaders from islands worldwide, providing up-to-date information on the status of women in the energy industry and highlighting women doing world-changing work.  Ms. Prentice was one of ten women selected as a WIRE Mentee who will benefit from one-on-one mentoring, sharing goals, successes and learning opportunities to develop personal leadership styles and refine tools to progress and excel; thereby achieving professional and personal goals in a male-dominated energy industry.  At the Green Aruba Conference, as a WIRE Mentee, Ms. Prentice participated in the panel discussion, “Islands as Leaders in the Evolving Energy Portfolio: The Opportunities and Challenges.”  Ms. Prentice spoke about island governments working to create and reform policies that benefit utilities, government, industry and residents, as well as the opportunities or incentives that can be offered to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. She was joined in Aruba by her 2 WIRE Network Ambassadors, Juliet Carvalhal and First Lady of Aruba, Doina Eman Neagoy, as well as other WIRE Network Ambassadors and mentees from Jamaica, St. Lucia, Anguilla, US Virgin Islands and San Andres. Ms. Prentice also participated in the WIRE Mentor Network sessions on leadership, self-awareness, and realizing and embracing power and influence.Energy and Utilities Commissioner – Malike Cummings was a speaker on the first day of the Green Aruba Conference, presenting on the topic, “Energy Sustainability and the Regulator.” He addressed the emerging role of the regulator in promoting sustainable energy, and underscored the increasing complexity and challenges the implementation of sustainable energy brings to the role, function and duty of the regulator, especially in small Caribbean markets. The involvement of the regulator in policy development is fundamentally important in order to contribute and transfer knowledge to the process, and to ensure processes are transparent and actions predictable in order to minimize risks and transaction costs, and instill and reinforce investor confidence in renewable energy initiatives.Cummings also spoke to the many regulatory challenges, namely;  having to justifying the value of benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives, which are realizable in the long term, against relatively high costs that must be borne in the short term; the challenge of managing special  interests to minimize regulatory capture; dealing with archaic legislative and regulatory frameworks and the challenges of modernizing them; and the coordinating role of the regulator with relevant departments and agencies to minimize conflicts, duplication of efforts and delays in the successful and effective implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives. He also spoke about the pivotal role of the Regulator in the Integrated Resource Planning for the electric utility, to ensure a least cost energy mix and acquisition of assets.  Fundamental to the successful execution of the regulator’s duties is the adequate allocation of resources, especially in this increasingly complex and emerging energy sector, where roles, tasks and functions continue to accrete, Cummings elaborated. Related Items:last_img read more

11th annual Dia De La Mujer exhibit celebrates women artists

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Allie Wagner, March 13, 2018 Allie Wagner 11th annual Dia De La Mujer exhibit celebrates women artists Posted: March 13, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsInspired by the theme of #MyVoice or #MiVoz, women artists are showcasing their work at the FRONT art gallery in San Ysidro. The exhibit is their 11th annual Dia de la Mujer exhibit, and it’s designed to celebrate and embrace various perspectives of women.The pieces of art include traditional and contemporary visual media, including projections, video, installations and live performances.“We believe in the importance of expression in any form that it might take, whether it deals with political, cultural, personal, sexual or gender issues,” museum representatives said in a statement.Allie Wagner visits the FRONT to learn about the exhibit, which opened March 8. last_img read more

Insta360s new Titan is a basketballsized eightlens VR camera

first_img Post a comment Cameras CES 2019 Share your voice The Insta360’s Titan costs $15,000. Insta360 If you’re a professional videographer looking for the best VR camera on the market, Insta360’s massive Titan could be just the thing. Sporting eight Micro Four Thirds sensors capable of taking up to 11K video resolution at 30 frames per second, the Titan is about the size of a basketball, and probably has the largest sensors of a VR camera in the market right now. Insta360 announced it Monday at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. Besides shooting video at 11K, the Titan can handle 10K resolution in 3D, or 11K 360-degree photos in both normal and 3D types. You can record 8K resolution in 60 fps and 5.3K at 120 fps. The Titan can also shoot 10-bit HDR video. Other features include Insta360’s software features, such as FlowState Stabilization, which lets you create stabilized videos without the need for gimbals. It will also have Farsight, a live monitoring system that lets you use a tablet or phone to preview the shoot. The Titan will likely ship in April, with Insta360 planning to do a pilot program with select filmmakers before that happens. It will cost a whopping $15,000, which converts to about £11,800 or AU$21,0000. Quick specs Camera: 8 Micro Four Thirds sensors Photos: 11K resolution, 3D and mono Video: 11K at 30 fps, 10K in 3D, 8K at 60 fps and 5.3K at 120 fps Price: $15,000 CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. center_img 0 All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Tags 85 Photoslast_img read more

PIC Deepika Padukone Ranveer Singh lock lips onstage picture goes viral

first_imgInstagramBollywood’s power couple Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have been flying high and how! The duo not only has given probably their career-best performance last year (Ranveer Singh as Khilji and Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini in Padmaavat) but, also have established themselves as the most sought after stars in the filmy world.Right when their films had released, the industry had predicted that this year all the awards would belong to the two of them and rightly so! As the award season has begun so has the two taking home some shining awards.At the recently held Vimal Filmfare awards, Ranveer Singh won the best actor award. Deepika Padukone handed him the trophy to which, Ranveer Singh said, “This Black Lady (award) is very special to me, but this lady (Deepika) is the most special lady to have ever happened to me, I love you, are you proud of me?” He further added, “I dedicate this award to my nani as it was my nani as favourite character. One day I called my sister and asked what nani is doing, she said that nani is on terrace doing her favourite thing that is watching Padmavaat.”Ranveer won the award for playing Alauddin Khilji in Padmaavat which went through a lot of controversies before its release. Ayushmann Khurrana won the Best Actor (Critics) award for Andhadhun. Despite a superlative performance, Deepika Padukone lost out to Alia Bhatt who won the Best Actress award for Raazi. Neena Gupta won the Best Actress award (Critics) for Badhai Ho.Alia Bhatt too proclaimed her love for Ranbir Kapoor while accepting the award. Bhatt called Ranbir her ‘special one’ and blew a kiss at him. Ranbir was left blushing with Alia’s special gesture of love.last_img read more

Jessore man kills self over conjugal dispute

first_img-A young man allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his house over conjugal dispute at Itta village in Manirampur upazila on Saturday afternoon.Family sources said Sanjit Das Babu, 30, son of Dhiren Das, a resident of Itta village, had been at a conjugal feud with his wife. Sanjit used to work at Manirampur upazila post office.Following the dispute, his wife has recently left the house and gone to her father’s house.On Saturday, as Sanjit didn’t wake up after 12:00 pm despite making repeated calls by the family members, the house inmates entered his room breaking the door only to find Sanjib hanging with the ceiling.The body was sent to hospital morgue for autopsy, said sub-inspector Ruksana of Manirampur police station, adding that an unnatural death case was filed in this connection.last_img read more

UN chief for more pressure on Myanmar

first_imgAntonio GuterresUN secretary general Antonio Guterres on Sunday said they will put more pressure on Myanmar to make them understand what they should do on the Rohingya issue, reports UNB.”We’re keeping up pressure on Myanmar…we need to put more pressure on Myanmar to make them understand what they should do on this issue,” he said.Antonio Guterres said this when he met prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her office.World Bank president Jim Yong Kim also the prime minister at the same time.PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.He said the United Nations and the World Bank will continue their support to Bangladesh over the Rohingya issue.Guterres mentioned that the international community iterated their solidarity towards Bangladesh on the issue and appreciated the government of Bangladesh for giving shelter to the Rohingyas.He noted with satisfaction that the World Bank has come forward to help Bangladesh deal with the Rohingya issue.The prime minister apprised them about the current situation of the Rohingyas and mentioned that these people started entering Bangladesh in 1977.Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has given shelter to 1.1 million Rohingyas only on humanitarian ground and various services, including healthcare, are being provided to them.She said the government is preparing an island to relocate around 100,000 Rohingyas where they will get better living condition and livelihood opportunities.The prime minister said the local people of Bangladesh are experiencing adverse impacts as over one million people have taken shelter in Bangladesh. “We’ve to look into their problem as well and we’re doing that.”Regarding the dialogue between Bangladesh and Myanmar governments to repatriate the Rohingyas, she said both countries signed agreements over the matter. “But they’re yet to take any action for its implementation,” she added.last_img read more

Eyeing White House Cory Booker Introduces Himself to Iowa

first_imgBy The Associated PressCory Booker is not being subtle.The Iowa caucuses are well over a year away, but the New Jersey senator is working overtime to make an impression in Iowa and in other states that will be crucial to winning the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., is working overtime to make an impression in Iowa and in other states crucial to the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Booker has secured the keynote speaker role at the marquee fall Democratic Party fundraising banquet in Des Moines on Oct. 6. He’ll also headline a Democratic fundraiser later in October in South Carolina, which holds the first primary in the South and is a key test of support among Black voters.Adding to the intrigue surrounding Booker is his budding relationship with Des Moines lawyer Jerry Crawford, a party powerbroker helping the senator make connections in Iowa. After Crawford attended a dinner with Booker in the Washington area last spring, he arranged meetings in Newark for him with influential Iowa Democrats, including state House Minority Leader Mark Smith.The moves are a notable break from the approach of other well-known Democrats considering 2020 campaigns. While many potentially top-tier prospects have fostered relationships in Iowa, Booker is the only one — for now — to be in the state ahead of the November midterm elections. The strategy is risky but gives Booker the opportunity to introduce himself to Iowa voters before other high-wattage candidates show up later this year or in early 2019. That, according to some Iowa political operators, could prove helpful.“I’m aware of Sen. Booker,” said Nathan Thompson, a Democratic chairman in Winneshiek County. “He definitely seems like he has presidential ambitions. But I’m not real familiar with him, beyond being the former mayor of Newark.”A spokesman for Booker, Jeff Giertz, insists the senator has not decided to run for president and is focused purely on the midterms.Booker has campaigned for Democrats in 20 states “with one purpose in mind: to support great Democratic candidates who will be a check and balance to President Trump,” Giertz said.Still, Booker is working to build his profile with a recent appearance on “The Tonight Show” and a sprawling profile in New York magazine last week in which he said it would be “irresponsible” for him not to consider a presidential bid.But nothing has put Booker on the political map quite like his actions during Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. He made public some documents the panel had kept secret, risking potential expulsion from the Senate.“This is about the closest I’ll probably ever have in my life to an ‘I am Spartacus moment,’” he said.If Kavanaugh returns to the Judiciary Committee this week to address a woman’s allegation that he sexually assaulted her in the 1980s when they were teenagers, one of two sexual-misconduct allegations Kavanaugh is denying as they roil his court nomination, Booker will almost certainly have another starring role. While such performances cause some observers in Washington to view Booker as overly theatrical, he’s so far used it to create a buzz in Iowa, said former state Democratic Chairwoman Sue Dvorsky.“It’s a good event for Booker to make his move,” Dvorsky said.Dvorsky recalled the winning impression Booker left when he spoke to Iowa’s delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, before the 2012 election.“He had them eating out of his hand,” she recalled.But commanding a ballroom of influential state party leaders is different from grasping the concerns at a cafe table in rural Iowa, where Barack Obama connected during his winning 2008 Iowa caucus campaign. That leaves some Democratic strategists uncertain about Booker’s prospects.“Soaring oratory that can inspire is a very different skill set from the natural ability to connect with voters of all political stripes,” said Jim Messina, Obama’s 2012 campaign manager.As a young, Black senator with a background in urban politics and known for his oratory, Booker inevitably draws comparisons to Obama, whose win in the 2008 Iowa caucuses propelled him to the Democratic nomination that year. But Iowa political strategists say it’s premature to expect a repeat of Obama’s explosive rise, ignited by his speech to the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston as a little-known Illinois senator.“It would be hard to top the moment Barack Obama seized at the 2004 convention,” said John Norris, a veteran Democratic Iowa caucus operative who advised Obama’s 2008 campaign.Sandy Cronbaugh of rural eastern Iowa, who supported Obama in 2008, recalled him “listening to what we were saying about problems with rural health care.”“I haven’t read up on Cory Booker yet,” Cronbaugh said. “I would need to know more about him.”last_img read more