Defending champion, Holland Primary School in St. Elizabeth has copped the 2019 Schools Environment Programme (SEP) research competition.The school, with its research topic ‘Marine/Coastal Ecosystems’, with a focus on wetlands and their importance to the natural environment, was announced the winner during the SEP Research Day and Awards Ceremony, held on Wednesday (June 12), at The Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston.The institution was among the 15 top-performing schools for the 2018/2019 academic year that participated in the annual event, which included exhibitions displaying the environmental research conducted by the teams from each institution.The displays were judged by environmental, education and conservation practitioners, as well as representatives from SEP’s corporate sponsors.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, who addressed the ceremony, commended the students and staff from the participating schools for the ingenuity and hard work put into mounting the displays.Mr. Vaz pledged the continued support of the Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA) in the implementation of the programme, which, he said, promotes an awareness of proper environmental management in the future generation.“In this group, I see budding researchers, ecologists, scientists, academics, geologists and climate change specialists. We are going to need the help of this group in the near future as the world grapples with environmental degradation and climate change. Based on what I have seen here today and in interacting with the youngsters, they are absolutely astute in relation to environmental management,” he said.The Minister called for more private-sector support to ensure continued implementation of the programme.Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), Suzanne Stanley, said among the activities under the SEP were student workshops hosted by JET in Kingston and St. Ann throughout the month of May.The workshops highlighted the impact of improper disposal of waste on the environment and the Government’s recently implemented plastic ban.Fifty-four students and 27 teachers from 28 schools participated in the student workshops, held under the theme ‘Life with Plastic – Not so Fantastic’.Ms. Stanley, who has been an SEP judge for several years, said “by far, this was one of the most outstanding years in research that I have seen. You really did very well. We recognise all the hard work that goes into your projects”.“These young Jamaicans are tomorrow’s leaders and we really have to adequately prepare them for the future they will inherit. That requires commitment in providing the tools they need to tackle global challenges. Environmental education is an important part of creating the change we all want to see in Jamaica,” she added.In addition to Holland Primary, the overall winner in the competition, awards were presented to schools that placed first, second and third in the ‘Best Research Display’ category.First place was awarded to Mar-Jam Preparatory, St. Ann. Pisgah Primary, St. Elizabeth, was awarded second place and Vista Prep in St. Ann, third.Several schools won prizes in various categories, including ‘Campus Based’, ‘Greening Your School’, ‘Solid Waste Management’ and ‘Environmental Club’.Sectional prizes were awarded for the ‘Most Knowledgeable Students’, ‘Most Creative Display’, ‘Solid Waste Research’ and ‘Best Spokesperson’.Winners received plaques as well as printers, laptops, smart TVs, stationery, and book vouchers valued at $5,000 from Sangster’s Book Stores.The SEP promotes environmental awareness and action in students and encourages the development of environmentally friendly schools and communities.It is the flagship environmental education initiative organised by JET.In the 2018/19 academic year, SEP was delivered in 32 preparatory and primary schools across the island. The school, with its research topic ‘Marine/Coastal Ecosystems’, with a focus on wetlands and their importance to the natural environment, was announced the winner during the SEP Research Day and Awards Ceremony, held on Wednesday (June 12), at The Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston. Story Highlights The institution was among the 15 top-performing schools for the 2018/2019 academic year that participated in the annual event, which included exhibitions displaying the environmental research conducted by the teams from each institution. Defending champion, Holland Primary School in St. Elizabeth has copped the 2019 Schools Environment Programme (SEP) research competition.
“We believe one of the suicide bombers studied in the UK and later Australia before coming back to settle in Sri Lanka,” he said. Wijewardena also maintained that, based on Sri Lankan intelligence services, the Easter Sunday attacks were motivated by the New Zealand mosque attacks in March. (Colombo Gazette) Wijewardena said that investigations revealed the group involved in the bombings had earlier been involved in damaging Buddhist statues in Kegalle this year. The Easter Sunday suicide bombers were from well-to-do families and were well educated, State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardena said today.Speaking at a media conference today, Wijewardena said that some of the suicide bombers had been educated overseas. He said that prior to the Easter Sunday attacks the group had been later operating from two safe houses, one in Negombo and one in Panadura.The State Minister said that the attacks had been planned from these safe houses. <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>
UK companies CMS Cepcor Ltd, based in Coalville, Leicestershire and Requip Supplies Ltd, based in Newark, Nottinghamshire have agreed a new strategic supply partnership to better serve the growing global aftermarket demand for premium quality jaw, cone and impact crusher spare parts along with replacement screen and asphalt plant spares.Requip has for many years been accepted as the leading UK supplier of impact crusher spare parts, whereas, CMS Cepcor is a leading and largest supplier of cone and jaw crusher spares and service. “Combined our joint experience and product range provides crusher operators with a genuine alternative for most popular crusher brands and models.”As part of the supply partnership CMS Cepcor will manage and distribute the entire Requip stock inventory from its global headquarters based in Coalville, utilising our modern warehousing and distribution networks. Requip will continue to focus on product support and development of its impact crusher ranges.“With a combined sales turnover approaching £30 million and stock inventory of over £10 million the alliance strengthens the position of both CMS Cepcor and Requip as the genuine alternatives to the OEM.”
According to reports in The Hindu Business Line, Tractors India Pvt Ltd (TIPL) — which owns the dealership for Caterpillar earthmoving equipment in North, East and North-Eastern India, Bhutan and Nepal — is to set up an underground mining machine manufacturing plant at Asansol in West Bengal. This comes after state-owned BEML Ltd said it is looking to get into the manufacturing of underground mining equipment, using the now closed mining machinery facility of Mining and Allied Machinery Corporation (MAMC) in Durgapur for manufacture of the equipment.The proposed facility, coming up at an estimated cost of INR120 crore, is likely to go on stream between July and September 2018. The INR1,600-crore TIPL — once a subsidiary of Kolkata-based TIL — was acquired by Goodearth Minetech Pvt Ltd of Delhi for a net consideration of INR350 crore in 2016.According to Sunil Kumar Chaturvedi, Chairman and Managing Director, TIPL, the company will tie up with Caterpillar for using its technology for making this “expensive and sophisticated” equipment. “These would be specialised mining equipment covering segments where Caterpillar has exited the market,” he told The Hindu Business Line on the sidelines of Infocom 2017. While Chaturvedi did not specify the type of machines, he claimed there was a good market for these in Eastern India, Russia, Australia and Africa.“Caterpillar is more into a volume game with the US market dictating its product portfolio. But, it still owns the technology for these equipment that have demand elsewhere,” he added. TIPL is already in talks for sourcing spares and other parts of these equipment from countries in Europe, the US and India.