Tweet NewsRegional Barbados government hopes to reduce electricity costs by: – May 10, 2012 10 Views no discussions Share Share Share Sharing is caring! Flag of Barbados. Photo credit: flags.netBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — The government of Barbados is hoping to reduce electricity costs in this country by as much as 22 percent over the next 20 years. This was announced by Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator Darcy Boyce, on Monday evening at the Sustainable Energy For All (SEFA) in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Conference.He told delegates, drawn from the 28 countries represented, that the local savings in electricity would amount to US$283.5 million and added that this would also lower fuel costs by an estimated US$670 million; cut CO2 emissions by 4.5 million tons; and reduce reliance on fossil fuels to about 71 percent.Boyce said that the Barbados Declaration had mandated government to provide each household with access to modern and affordable renewable energy services to eradicate poverty safeguard the environment and provide new opportunities for sustainable development and economic growth. Concerning SIDS’ importation of fossil fuels, he noted that this dependence represented “one of the greatest threats to our economic viability and survival as sovereign states”. He added: “Planning is already under way by government and the private sector on renewable energy projects that would cut our dependence on fossil fuels for base load electricity generation by about 33 percent, probably within six to eight years. “These projects are in biomass and co-generation, municipal solid waste to energy, industrial organic waste to energy, and landfill gas to energy. Further, we will also encourage pilot projects in ocean thermal energy conversion and sea water air cooling. In addition, work continues to expand our solar thermal generation and our capacity for electricity generation from solar photovoltaics as well as from wind.” Boyce pointed out that, in Barbados, work was currently under way to improve the legislative and regulatory structure for renewable energy, as well as the fiscal, pricing, funding, training and certification, standards and warranties, and physical planning permitting areas. “These all need to be made more adequately supportive of the sustainable energy drive by the economy”, he pointed out.Furthermore, in the area of energy efficiency, the minister said that studies had already been done in various sectors of the Barbados economy, especially in the hotel sector, to estimate the potential savings from more energy efficient plants equipment and operations. “Such work is continuing and is now focused on [realising] the identified potential savings, and how to put appropriate funding in place for the investment required,” he stated. Overall, he noted that it had been estimated that investments of US $20 billion, over two decades, would be required to assist SIDS to increase energy efficiency by 25 percent and to generate a minimum of 50 percent of electric power from renewable sources. In order to meet these goals, the minister said it was hoped that other development partners would be fully supportive of the initiatives put forward by Small Island Developing States. By Cathy LashleyCaribbean News Now
The St. Louis Cardinals 6th Grade Boys Basketball team defeated St. Michael’s 26-15.Cardinals Points Scored: Calvin Grote – 2 pts.; Thomas Lohmueller – 2 pts.; Conner Miles – 10 pts.; Carson Meyer – 4 pts.; Hank Ritter – 3 pts.; Evan Flaspohler – 5 pts.Rebounds: Carson Meyer – 8, Hank Ritter – 5, Evan Flaspohler – 3, Conner Miles – 3.Steals: Hank Ritter – 4, Conner Miles – 2; Josh Bischoff – 2; Evan Flaspohler – 2.The St Louis Cardinals 7th grade boys basketball team were defeated tonight by Franklin County by a score of 51-33. The Cardinals are now 1-2 on the season and will play again this Saturday in the OA Tip Off Classic.The Saint Louis 5th grade Boys Basketball team played at home versus the Saint Michael Trojans on Tuesday, November 7th.The boys had another solid game on defense and forced many turnovers, but came up short losing 23-5. Scoring for the Cardinals was Christian Mack with 2 points, Max Amberger with 2 points, and Ben Miller with 1 point.The 5th grade’s next game is Thursday, November 9th versus Laurel at home.
There’s another unnecessary distraction for Liverpool ahead of tonight’s clash away to Leicester.Striker Mario Balotelli could face action from the Football Association after posting a picture online which contained a number of stereotypes about different ethnic groups.The post, which the Italian has since deleted from his Instagram account, has been labelled racist and anti-Semitic. Balotelli has defended himself, saying his mother is Jewish.Liverpool say they’ll be talking to the player about the issue.In the nights other action Burnley host Newcastle, Manchester United meet Stoke, Swansea clash with QPR, West Brom meet West Ham and Aston Villa travel to Crystal Palace looking for a first league win since September.
IOWA CITY — Cancer deaths and new cancer cases will rise statewide in the year ahead, according to predictions in the “2019 Cancer in Iowa” report being released by the State Health Registry of Iowa.Mary Charlton, an epidemiology professor at the University of Iowa, says the increases were expected, for the most part, though it was hoped they would have further slowed. “We estimate there will be 18,100 new cancers diagnosed in Iowa this year, that’s up a few hundred from last year,” Charlton says. “We expect there will be about 6,400 cancer deaths among Iowans, which is up about a hundred from last year. About 3,000 will occur among females and 3,400 among males.”Charlton says it’s encouraging the numbers aren’t increasing dramatically, but it’s also frustrating as the top cancer killers are the easiest to avoid. “Unfortunately, lung cancer continues to be the most common cause of cancer death for both males and females, accounting for one in every four cancer deaths in Iowa,” Charlton says. “That’s just not coming down at a rate that it has in previous years and that’s unfortunate because lung cancer is largely preventable.”It’s known that tobacco use causes the vast majority of lung cancer cases, she says, along with Iowa’s radon prevalence. The most common cancers in Iowa are similar for both sexes, with one difference at the top. “The top cancers among females remain breast cancer, lung cancer and colorectal cancer, and then among males, prostate cancer, lung cancer and colorectal cancer,” Charlton says. “One cancer that is rising is melanoma. It continues to go up. It’s #5 for both females and males.”Another rising cancer in Iowa is throat cancer, especially in men. Charlton emphasizes, Iowans have the ability to lower their risk levels by working to prevent two of the worst cancer killers, colorectal and lung. “Colorectal cancer through colonoscopy and screening, and lung cancer through tobacco prevention and being aware of radon levels in people’s homes,” Charlton says. “The more we can do to chip away at those major risk factors, I think we’ll finally start to see the cancer cases coming down in Iowa.”The State Health Registry of Iowa, based at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, has been gathering cancer incidence and follow-up data for the state since 1973.Link to full report:https://shri.public-health.uiowa.edu/2019/03/05/state-health-registry-of-iowa-issues-cancer-in-iowa-2019-report-highlights-hpv-related-cancers/