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Vaz hails Jamaica’s global recognition for climate action

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BY BALFORD HENRY
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balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, July 20, 2019

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MINISTER without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Daryl Vaz says that the efforts of the Climate Change Division (CCD) in seeking to reduce carbon emissions, while incorporating climate risk and resiliency plans, has won Jamaica international recognition.

He noted that Prime Minister Andrew Holness has been given the mandate to co-lead the climate finance and carbon-pricing track for the next United Nations Climate Summit, scheduled for New York City in September with the president of France and the emir of Qatar.

Vaz informed the House of Representatives on Tuesday, as he made his contribution to the current sectoral debate, that the UN Climate Summit represented “the ultimate global platform for climate action, and 2019 has been deemed the critical year in advancing the mobilisation of urgent climate financing for vulnerable countries like Jamaica”.

“Through this mandate for the climate summit, our prime minister has been given a responsibility that only Jamaica, a developing country striving for deep transformation in key sectors like energy and transport and fiscal discipline, could possibly be able to manage successfully,” he noted.

Vaz said that, as a result, Jamaica’s leadership is actively participating, at an international level, in advancing political advocacy towards the mobilisation of climate financing, as well as strengthening the commitments of international partners and multilaterals in securing more investment from both the public and private sectors towards low carbon emissions, and starting the transformation towards a greener domestic financial sector to ensure climate resilient development.

He said that a US$1.3-million project proposal has been submitted and approved by the Global Environment Facility for supporting a Capacity-Building Initiative for Transparency, under the Paris Agreement.

The CCD has also completed a transportation Green House Gas Reduction Plan, which highlights the potential for interventions in the transport sector to reduce emissions from light-duty and public passenger vehicles, and enable the development of a pilot project for the introduction of electric vehicles.

 

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3-y-o boy dies after being struck by car

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Police say they are investigating the death of a three-year-old boy after he was hit by a car in the community of Greenvale on the outskirts of the parish capital yesterday.

The victim has been identified as Oshay Morris.

Reports are that at about 3:30 pm, the child ran on to the roadway and was hit. The police were summoned and he was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. 

The police’s Corporate Communications Unit said the driver of the motor vehicle is in custody.

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

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MIAMI, Florida (AP) — A newly formed tropical depression is expected to reach the Caribbean as a tropical storm within the next several days.

The US National Hurricane Center in Miami says that the storm is moving west and could reach hurricane strength Wednesday.

At 11:00 am EDT, the storm’s centre was located at about 805 miles (1,295 kilometres) east-southeast of Barbados and was moving west at 12 mph (19 kph). Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 35 mph (56 kph).

Dennis Feltgen of the hurricane centre said that it’s too early to tell exactly what path the storm will take. Residents of the central and northern Lesser Antilles should monitor the storm’s progress.

No watches or warnings have been issued.

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Saturday, August 24, 2019:This year, your determination marks most of your endeavours. As a result, they will be successful. In general, others respond to you in a positive manner. Confusion hits when dating or in a relationship. If single, you often find yourself on a different mental plane than your date. Misunderstandings seem to erupt and disrupt budding relationships. If attached, you will learn to confirm what you hear more often. Lose your snap judgements. You find GEMINI unusually disruptive at times!

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Your words carry an implied message of “Let’s do what we planned”. Many of you will be getting together for a fun softball game or pitching in to help a friend with an afternoon party. Tonight: Make the most of the moment. Let your gregarious personality call the shots.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The earthy side of your personality emerges and becomes extraordinarily practical and realistic. If you’re establishing boundaries in a relationship or friendship, vague limits will not cut it. Tonight: Checking out a new restaurant.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You wake up knowing today is your day to go for a special wish you’ve kept on the back burner. When a dear friend or loved one appears to be all smiles, you ask for suggestions. Remember that Rome was not built in a day. Tonight: Off enjoying being entertained.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Others might chalk up your lack of enthusiasm to moodiness. Actually, you might be feeling negative about a certain project and would prefer to let it go for now. Just smile and make other plans. Tonight: Not to be found.

LEO (July 23-Aug 22): Zero in on what you want. Few can resist the charm of a Leo, especially today. You exude a naturalness that proves most appealing, nearly as if you were a child. A loved one or dear friend could be confused about a situation that involves you both. Tonight: Confirm all meeting times and places.

VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 22): In some way, you serve as the host or hostess of a gathering —even if you have not planned on it. Your naturally efficient, polite and clear style seems to reach people with ease. Tonight: In the limelight.

LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22): Reach out for someone at a distance who often pushes you to cross the line when you are waffling on some issue. You sometimes get into spats when dealing with matters like this. Listen rather than react. Tonight: Let your mind wander.

SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21): One-on-one relating draws a strong reaction from you and the other party. You notice how much hot energy lies between you. This energy will come out in some form. At times, this energy will emerge as fighting. Tonight: What you think is a solution might not be one.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21): Once more, others seek you out before you can even pick up the phone to dial. Relax and work with this intense energy coming toward you. Key people sense you coming. Tonight: Go out rather than entertain at home.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19): While others seem to be running around, you might opt for a leisurely day at the beach or head with friends to cheer for a favourite team. Seek relaxation and some distance from what could be an aggravating situation. Tonight: Play it easy.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18): Even you cannot hold yourself back sometimes when it comes to having fun or indulging in a romp with a loved one. You might want to invite a friend who is down to join you at some point in the day. Tonight: Just be you.

PISCES (Feb 19-March 20): Tension mounts no matter what you do. If you accept the tension today, you will feel it waning nearly immediately. An older person shares a tidbit that makes you laugh and relax. Tonight: Invite others for a potluck dinner.

(c) 2019 by King Features Syndicate Inc.

 

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