New Registrar for UWI Open Campus

first_img Share Share EducationLocalNewsTertiary New Registrar for UWI Open Campus by: – September 14, 2011 37 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Karen Ford-Warner.The University of the West Indies is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs Karen Ford-Warner as Campus Registrar, UWI Open Campus, effective August 15, 2011.Mrs Ford-Warner, who recently served as Open Campus Alumni Relations Consultant, brings to this new post a rich and broad range of expertise and experience both nationally and regionally in the fields of education, law, public sector management and tourism. She holds graduate degrees from Columbia University Teachers’ College (M.A. in International Educational Development), and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (Masters in Public Administration) as well as an LLB Degree from the University of the West Indies and a Certificate of Legal Education from the Norman Manley Law School. Her undergraduate studies were pursued at Harvard University, from which she graduated with a BA (cum laude) in Sociology.For over 17 years she worked in the Tourism Sector serving in various high-level positions. She served as Executive Director of the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) in Jamaica and for six years was the Deputy Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) based at its headquarters in Barbados. During a four-year tenure as Director General of the Tourism Division in the Office of the Prime Minister (now the Ministry of Tourism) in Jamaica, she was responsible for overall policy formulation and planning for tourism development, and initiated the process leading to the development of Jamaica’s Tourism Master Plan. From 2005 to 2007, she was Head of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Technology, Jamaica.A certified Mediator, she is also an attorney-at-law and was Chief Legal Counsel for the Jamaica Commodity Trading Company between 1987 and 1993. Prior to that she was acting Publications Officer at the School of Education, UWI, Mona and a teacher of English and History at St Hugh’s High School for Girls, her alma mater.She has been involved in alumni relations for Harvard University as an interviewer and mentor for undergraduate students, and was a member for four years of the Alumni Executive Council of the Kennedy School of Government.Mrs Ford-Warner sits on various boards, including the Earl Warner Trust, a foundation dedicated to the memory of her late husband, Barbadian writer and theatre director, Earl Warner, which encourages progressive Caribbean theatre and provides scholarships for students of the performing arts in the Caribbean.She is the mother of two children, Zahra aged 20 and Djavan aged 17.Press ReleaseUWI Open Campuslast_img read more

To move forward, ‘we must acknowledge apartheid’s legacy’

first_img14 February 2014For South Africa to move forward, it is important to acknowledge that the legacy of apartheid is the cause of the structural challenges that the country is now facing, says President Jacob Zuma.Speaking at a business briefing in Cape Town on Friday, after delivering his State of the Nation address in Parliament on Thursday evening, Zuma said South Africa could not continue to deny that apartheid and colonialism were the root of the country’s problems.Citing the legacy of the 1913 Land Act and Bantu education, among other apartheid institutions, he said this was the context that had to be considered when criticising the government on its response to the country’s socio-economic challenges.“Many people ask, why do we keep talking about apartheid, as it was there and is no longer there … The triple challenge of joblessness, poverty and inequality today emanates from the day the black people of this country . woke up one day after owning land and were told, ‘You have no land’ … And that is when inequalities were born.”While a lot has been achieved over the past 20 years, the challenges remained bigger and a lot still needed to be done to overcome the triple challenge, he said.Despite this, the country was moving forward, Zuma said, reiterating his message from Thursday night’s address that South Africa “has a good story to tell”.Despite the effects of 2008-09 global financial crisis and the recession that followed, the country had created more jobs than before while expanding social grants, housing and basic services.The service delivery protests that had broken recently out in various communities around the country were in most cases caused by people seeing progress in other areas and becoming impatient for services to reach them, Zuma said.While calling on citizens to exercise their right to protest in a peaceful manner, Zuma said that all those in positions of power should give more attention to the protests to address their root causes.Zuma said the re-configuration of the administration had yielded good results – including the introduction of the Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Department to track performance on a continuous basis, and the introduction of the National Planning Commission to ensure that the government was able to do long-term planning.He added that the Cabinet’s decision to focus on five key priorities – job creation, education, health, safety and security and rural development and land reform – had ensured that the public service implemented its programmes in a more focused manner.Source: read more

Hot air experts: California politicians legislate a cap (or cork?) on cow farts

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In this season of outrageous political claims it is fitting that politicians are weighing in on cow flatulence.California Gov. Jerry Brown recently took his political agenda to new heights. (Perhaps, I should say new lows.) He signed legislation to regulate methane emissions from cows (and also from landfills).It may surprise you that California has more cows than any other state in the Union, including Wisconsin, America’s Dairyland, which ranks a solid No. 2 in dairy cattle and their emissions. However, the new California law, fueled by concerns over climate change and the Golden State’s ongoing hundred-year drought, could deflate California’s over-the-moon cow census.Of course, environmental activists love the new law. Time and again they downplay cows and promote vegetarianism. But next to the activists’ bull, dairy cows come out smelling like a rose. That’s because Mother Nature and advances in dairy productivity regulate the environmental impact of cow farts, without government intervention. Let me explain.The rumen, the first compartment of the cow’s four-compartment stomach and GI tract, naturally produces methane as it breaks down the grasses that cows convert into protein, energy and milk. Mother Nature designed the cow to consume and utilize grass, which humans and simple-stomached animals (as well as simple-minded politicians) can’t digest.In addition to grass, cows can ferment and digest an assortment of other stuff — for instance, food byproducts such as brewer’s grain from beer fermentation, orange peels, crumbled Oreos and other bakery products, and even urea, a byproduct of cracking gasoline. The list goes on and on, but you get the idea. Due to their natural design, cows put to good use the 45% of U.S. acreage that is covered by grass and is unsuitable for crop production.Cows thrive on grass, converting cellulose into high quality protein and energy. In the interest of fair play, this also applies to sheep, goats, deer and camelids such as alpacas.Substantial research has gone into improving the efficiency of cows in producing milk. In 1940, it took 24 million dairy cows to provide enough milk for America’s population of 190 million. Today, about a third of that number of cows produces a surplus of milk for 315 million citizens.Why? Because of developments such as:Ionophores, additives that increase efficiency of cattle feed and weight gainAnd advanced nutritional programs and improved health programs that increase rumen efficiency and cow health while reducing the amount of methane erupting from either end of the cow.Governor Brown, be darned! Even the EPA acknowledges that increased efficiency in animal productivity is good for the environment. Improved efficiency leads to a reduction in the amount of methane released per unit of production. Still, the dairy industry is reeling on its heels from low prices and high input costs. Most dairies have lost money the past year or so. And many have thrown in the towel, unable to survive the losses.Counting beef and dairy, there are about 70 million cattle in the U.S. Fear mongers would have us believe that these gas-emitting cows endanger the planet. But no one ever mentions the 100 million grass-eating, freely farting buffalo that wandered the range in the 19th century. Was global warming a problem then?To further lessen the impact of cows on the environment, farmers are reducing methane emissions by turning these biogases into renewable energy. You may have read my column a couple of months ago about Fair Oaks Dairy, which runs farm trucks on biogas from cow manure. The farm generates enough electricity to power the dairy operation and sells the surplus to the local electric utility. The farm also dehydrates manure for bedding, fertilizer and heat for farm buildings.Despite Governor Brown signing the bill regulating bovine emissions, here’s the bottom line: in its latest report of the nation’s annual greenhouse gas inventory, the EPA reports that the U.S. agriculture industry as a whole contributes 9% of the emissions. And animal agriculture, even with “tooting” cows, accounts for just a portion of this small percentage.last_img read more

Solar Decathlon 2011: Team China’s Y Container

first_img MORE INFORMATION Team China Web page DOE Web page for Team China GBA Resource Guide for 2011 Solar Decathlon We’ve asked Team China for information about a number of details, including square footage, insulation values, windows, airtightness, and the project’s mechanical systems, which, in addition to the PV array, include solar thermal and a cooling system. We do know, however, that the team aims to be competitive in the Decathlon’s affordability contest, with projected construction costs coming in at just under $270,000. Team China: Three Steps to Make a Y ContainerThe covered, triangular center section of the Y, where the three container pairs converge, defines what the team calls a “multifunction” area that serves both as a passageway and a nexus for social activity. The corners of the triangle are equipped with downspouts for water collected on the rooftops of the spurs and on the central-area canopy. The water flows from the downspout to collection pools that are integrated into the exterior decking. Three takes on the landscape Beyond the portability of the assembly and the relative ease with which the containers can be modified for other configurations, Y Container, by virtue of its shape, offers a 120-degree view from each spur, which enhances the interior daylighting of the house and, when combined with the project’s varied decking and landscaping strategies, makes the surrounding area seem expansive. Team China’s Solar Decathlon 2011 entry, Y Container, pushes hard on the notion that shipping containers can be as comfortable to live in as they are easy to transport from mainland China to Washington, D.C. A collaboration of students and faculty at Tongji University in Shanghai, Y Container is essentially three pairs of modified shipping containers, with the containers in each pair placed side by side and the three duets then arranged into a Y-shaped dwelling with cutouts for windows and doors. The exterior sides of the structure are layered with rigid insulation under bolt-on zinc-plated steel sheets, creating a waterproof, reflective shell that enhances the performance of the bifacial photovoltaic panels mounted on the rooftops of the spurs. The bottom spur of the Y points south and includes a living room and small balcony. The left spur of the Y (pointing northwest) serves as the kitchen area and the right spur (pointing northeast) houses the bedroom. Bamboo facing shades most of the exterior walls.last_img read more