Monthly Archives: October 2015


UTech to unveil findings of cooking with hydrogen study

University of Technology Jamaica (UTech) File Photo   THE findings of a University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech)-led research project focusing on the sustainable production of hydrogen as a fuel for domestic cooking will form the basis of presentations and discussions at an International Hydrogen Conference and Exhibition being hosted by UTech at its Papine campus, [...]

By | 2015-10-30T16:53:43+00:00 October 30th, 2015|

Caricom environment ministers meeting in St Lucia

CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — Caribbean Community (Caricom) ministers and climate change negotiators began a two-day meeting here yesterday to fine-tune the region`s negotiating position ahead of the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP 21) to be held in Paris later next month. The November 30 to December 11 conference forms part of [...]

By | 2015-10-29T19:57:51+00:00 October 29th, 2015|

Jamaica To Benefit From UN Climate Population Project

An in-depth look at the population's resistance to climate change, in addition to an analysis on vulnerable groups in the country, are among several issues that will be integral in the new Population Dynamics and Climate Change Resilience project, to be undertaken by the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA). Daniel Schensul and Sainan Zhang, who [...]

By | 2015-10-28T14:35:34+00:00 October 28th, 2015|

Amendments to OUR Act will facilitate investment in electricity sector

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The amendments to the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) Act will facilitate increased investment in the country’s electricity sector and make the entity’s governance structure more transparent and accountable. This was the word from minister of justice, Senator Mark Golding, in his contribution to the debate on the Bill in the Senate [...]

By | 2015-10-27T20:40:43+00:00 October 27th, 2015|

Peferred Bidders Identified For 190-Megawatt Power Plant

IT APPEARS that the Electricity Sector Enterprise Team (ESET) has identified a preferred bidder for the supply of gas to a 190-megawatt plant, which the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) is to build by the fourth quarter of 2017. A member of the Portia Simpson Miller-chaired Cabinet said on Friday that the amendments being made [...]

By | 2015-10-26T16:59:12+00:00 October 26th, 2015|

$128-b climate change bill

EXTREME weather events associated with climate change have cost the country in excess of $128 billion in damage over the decade between 2002 and 2012. Minister of Land, Water, Environment and Climate Change Robert Pickersgill made the startling revelation at the launch of the Adaptation Programme and Financing Mechanism at the Four Seasons Hotel in [...]

By | 2015-10-22T22:05:49+00:00 October 22nd, 2015|

Venezuela Buys 25% Stake In Antigua Oil Company

Venezuela announced Saturday that its state-owned oil company will buy a 25 per cent stake in West Indies Oil Company and that it will establish a regional bank with the Antigua & Barbuda government to fund a new resort. The announcement came during a visit to Antigua by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who was on [...]

By | 2015-10-22T21:42:25+00:00 October 22nd, 2015|

3 reasons why oil is back above $50

So much for even cheaper gas! World oil prices have charged higher this week, breaking back above the psychological barrier of $50 a barrel for the first time since July. U.S. crude futures were trading two percent higher at $50.50 early on Friday. As recently as last month some analysts were warning of a risk [...]

By | 2015-10-10T23:38:30+00:00 October 10th, 2015|

Countdown To COP 21: Caribbean Under Threat From New Climate Regime

With the emergence of what he calls 'a new climate regime', physicist Dr Michael Taylor has painted a picture of a Jamaica and Caribbean region that supports the case for an ambitious deal at the international climate talks set for Paris in December. "The number of warm days everywhere in the Caribbean is increasing. Over [...]

By | 2015-10-09T14:18:23+00:00 October 9th, 2015|