More than $2M in Cash and Prizes Awarded in PCJ Schools Energy Competition

first_img Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, who toured the science exhibit, praised the students for their ingenuity in initiating solutions to the country’s pressing energy needs. A record 1,974 students, aged six to 19, from 85 primary and secondary schools participated in this year’s staging, which was held under the theme ‘Using Natural Resources to Generate Renewable Energy at Your School” and culminated with an awards ceremony at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on June 30. Story Highlights More than $2.6 million in cash and prizes were awarded to the top performers in this year’s renewal of the annual Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Schools Energy Programme Competition.A record 1,974 students, aged six to 19, from 85 primary and secondary schools participated in this year’s staging, which was held under the theme ‘Using Natural Resources to Generate Renewable Energy at Your School’ and culminated with an awards ceremony at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on June 30.Cedric Titus Comprehensive High School from Trelawny topped the 16 to 19 age group for science, with the four-member team copping the $200,000 cash prize for their innovative waste-to-energy biodigester unit.Additionally, each member of the team was awarded a trophy and day passes to the Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay.Second place went to Westwood High School, also from Trelawny, for their solar energy project, which landed them $160,000 in cash and prizes.The all-girl school was also adjudged this year’s overall top school, having won the 13 to 15 age group science competition, and placing second in 16 to 19 age category of the essay competitionAdditionally, PCJ awarded each school $500,000 to assist in funding the installation of the energy-efficient systems that were designed by the students at the institutions.The teams will also work with the PCJ’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Department, which will provide recommendations and oversight in developing the projects.Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, who toured the science exhibit, praised the students for their ingenuity in initiating solutions to the country’s pressing energy needs.“We believe that the young people are critical to creating energy literacy in the country. By raising the level of awareness and appreciation for the cost of energy, speaks volumes to the success of this programme,” he said.In his remarks, PCJ Group General Manager, Winston Watson, noted that while the entity’s mandate is to drive Jamaica’s energy programme through government ministries, departments and agencies, as well as schools and hospitals, “we figure another way to get this message across is to start with the kids”.“So, if we can get the children to learn about energy and conservation, they can, in turn, teach their parents, and we can drive that message through until the whole society is knowledgeable about energy and conservation, and, hopefully, that will get us on the right path,” he stated.The annual competition challenges students to propose scientific solutions to prevailing industry issues as well as highlight the importance of energy conservation and diversity through prose and illustrated designs.The programme exposes participating students to the energy industry through seminars with industry experts and tours at energy facilities, with the aim of promoting the importance of conservation and diversity among youth. More than $2.6 million in cash and prizes were awarded to the top performers in this year’s renewal of the annual Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Schools Energy Programme Competition.last_img read more

Parliament paused due to technical problems

first_img Related Items:HOA had to be shut down due to technical problems, hoa in poor state, house of assembly may have to be shut down for as long as three months for needed repairs Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 26, 2016 – The House of Assembly had to be shut down for about an hour on Monday as the microphones were not working; this meant another halt to country business due to the faulty system.Deputy House Speaker, Hon Josephine Connolly who is chairing the sessions in the absence of House Speaker, Hon Robert Hall explained that due to leaks at the NJS Francis Building where the House is situated, there was damage to the audio system.  It rained over the weekend in the Capital.The shabby condition of the House of Assembly is not new and a report to Magnetic Media is that the HOA will actually have to be relocated for as much as three months in order for the desperate technical upgrades to happen.last_img read more

Comcast is making an inhome health monitoring device

first_img Comcast Share your voice Comcast is working on a health tracking device. SOPA Images/Getty Images Comcast is developing an in-home health monitoring device.The company has been working on the product for over a year, according to a Tuesday CNBC report, and plans to start doing pilot tests later this year. A company representative confirmed the report and said there’s no role for the device beyond health.The device will use ambient sensors to monitor basic health metrics, and will be geared toward tracking whether someone goes to the bathroom too often or stays in bed longer than usual, according to CNBC. Comcast is also developing tools that can detect falls, according to the report.The company will reportedly offer the monitoring device to at-risk people such as seniors and people with disabilities, but there isn’t yet a set price or confirmed timing for the release. Pilots will start by the end of the year, and the device could be released commercially in 2020, the report says. The device will reportedly have a personality similar to that of Amazon’s Alexa and will make emergency calls, but it won’t be marketed as an assistant tool or carry out functions like web searches or turning off the lights. The Comcast representative emphasized that the device is built to be a sensor that detects motion, and is not a smart speaker.Comcast has reportedly been working with a handful of hospitals, including Rush in Chicago, to discuss using the device to keep patients from returning to the hospital after being discharged. Other major tech companies have also been eyeing the senior market. Nest is reportedly exploring integrating smart home devices into senior living facilities, Amazon is reportedly looking into making tech for older people and Apple added an FDA-cleared EKG feature in its Series 4 Watch that warns wearers about abnormal heart rhythms linked to atrial fibrillation.Originally published May 21, 2:37 p.m.Update, 3:07 p.m.: Adds confirmation from Comcast. Comment Sci-Tech Wellness 1 Tagslast_img read more

Barisal University students continue protests demanding VCs removal

first_imgBarisal University students stage demonstration by putting up barricades on Barishal-Patuakhali highway. Photo: Prothom AloBarisal University (BU) students have been staging demonstration by putting up barricades on Barishal-Patuakhali highway since Wednesday morning demanding the vice-chancellor’s resignation, reports UNB.The agitated students also vowed to continue their protest unit their demand is met.Meanwhile, communication of Barishal with Patuakhali, Barguna and Bhola districts remained suspended since the morning, causing immense sufferings to the commuters.Witnesses said the students took to the street around 11:00am after keeping the main entrance of the academic building locked. They also boycotted all classes and examinations.On 28 March, authorities shut down the university for an indefinite period amid student protests demanding withdrawal of the VC for his ‘offensive’ comment made while addressing a programme marking the 49th Independence Day on the campus.The following day, professor Imamul Huq apologised for his comment, saying it was misunderstood by the students.On 26 March, students started demonstrations claiming that the VC organised the Independence Day programme on the campus without inviting students. During the programme, the VC reportedly labelled them as offspring of collaborators who helped Pakistani army in Bangladesh’s liberation war in 1971.However, a meeting of the district administration, teachers and students decided to reopen the university on Sunday.last_img read more

Report Autopsy Finds HighEnergy Injury in Freddie Grays Death

first_imgWhen the van made a fifth stop to pick up a second arrestee, Sgt. Alicia White helped check on Gray. “Mr. Gray was found kneeling on the floor, facing the front of the van and slumped over to his right against the bench, and reportedly appeared lethargic with minimal responses to direct questions.”___This story has been corrected to show that Officer William Porter was involved in the fourth stop, not Sgt. Alicia White. BALTIMORE (AP) — A medical examiner found Freddie Gray suffered a “high-energy injury,” most likely caused when the Baltimore police van he was riding in suddenly slowed down, according to an autopsy report obtained by The Baltimore Sun.The report says Gray’s death could not be ruled an accident and is instead a homicide because officers didn’t follow safety procedures”through acts of omission.”Police arrested Gray, 25, on April 12 and he died a week later, prompting protests and rioting. A grand jury indicted six officers on various charges; one officer faces the most serious charge of second-degree “depraved-heart” murder. They have pleaded not guilty.A spokesman for the Maryland medical examiner and for the prosecutor’s office declined Tuesday to release the report, but State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby condemned the leak in a statement.“I want to make it very clear that the state’s attorney’s office did not release the Freddie Gray autopsy report. As I have repeatedly stated, I strongly condemn anyone with access to trial evidence who has leaked information prior to the resolution of this case,” she said.Attorneys for the officers released a joint statement saying they had not yet received the report, although Mosby is expected to turn it over to the defense by Friday. The defense attorneys said they believed only the prosecutor and the medical examiner’s office had copies.The newspaper reported it obtained a copy of the autopsy, and sources who verified it for the Sun requested anonymity because of the high-profile nature of the case.Although officers loaded Gray into the van on his abdomen, the medical examiner surmised Gray may have gotten to his feet, then been thrown into a wall when the van abruptly changed direction. Because Gray wasn’t belted in and had his wrists and ankles shackled, he was “at risk for an unsupported fall during acceleration or deceleration of the van.”Police and an attorney for the Gray family have said previously that Gray suffered a severe spine injury.At the University of Maryland Medical Center, Gray tested positive for opiates and cannabinoid, according to the autopsy.According to the report’s chronology:Gray suffered no injuries to suggest a neck hold or anything stemming from physical restraint during his arrest. Assistant Medical Examiner Carol Allan noted that in bystander video, Gray is seen bearing weight on his legs and speaking as officers load him into the van. The van made several stops. At the second stop, officers placed an identification band and leg restraints on Gray. “Reportedly, Mr. Gray was still yelling and shaking the van. He was removed from the van and placed on the ground in a kneeling position, facing the van doors, while ankle cuffs were placed, and then slid onto the floor of the van, belly down and head first, reportedly still verbally and physically active.” The most significant injury to Gray may have occurred after this stop.center_img During a fourth stop, authorities said van driver Caesar Goodson called for help and Officer William Porter got involved. “The assisting officer opened the doors and observed Mr. Gray lying belly down on the floor with his head facing the cabin compartment, and reportedly he was asking for help, saying he couldn’t breathe, couldn’t get up, and needed a medic. The officer assisted Mr. Gray to the bench and the van continued on its way.”last_img read more