first_imgTake full control of the development of renewable energy (RE) in the Region. Include the general populace in the dialogue and processes that will lead to the further development of the sector. Make RE projects bankable.Delegates at the forum on MondayThose were some of the key takeaways from the first full day of discussions of the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF) VI now underway at the Belize Ocean Club in Placencia, Belize. The Forum is being held under the theme ‘Clean Energy, Good Governance and Regulations.CSEF formally opened on Sunday and discussions began in earnest on Monday morning. Former Prime Minister of Aruba, Michiel Eman, set the tone with his emphasis on the pursuit of clean energy as part of an obligation to protect the “resources we have been blessed with”, as well as a journey that had profound meaning for the quality of life of citizens of the Caribbean.Sharing information and opportunities, Eman said, gave the journey a “deeper” meaning to society. It would engender a sense of commitment and shared responsibilities. He pointed out that the future was based on renewables and the Region had to find new financial opportunities towards fruition.He called on Forum participants to think not only of lowering energy prices, but about how those savings could benefit society and create the environment for prosperity for everyone.Take controlMember of the high-level panel, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries of Trinidad and Tobago, Nicole Olivierre, drove home the point that the Region had to take full control of its renewable sources of energy. She called for the “sharing and pooling” of resources to growing the renewable energy capacity of the Region and stressed that the Region had to take full control of its own energy supplies. Countries had to find a way to finance the exploitation of their own energy sources, she added.Panel discussions and presentations during the day tackled subjects such as geopolitics, climate change and energy governance; the role of the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) in envisioning the acceleration of a clean energy marketing development in the Caribbean Community (Caricom); reducing the implementation deficit; island-appropriate clean energy development, making the Caribbean climate-smart and the clean energy transition in Caricom.On Tuesday, Belize will share its experiences with energy transition. Focus during the day will also continue to be placed on energy governance as well as regulation.Two concurrent technical workshops will be held on Wednesday. They will address utility business models and innovation in rate-making and implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) in the energy and transport sectors.The CSEF VI is being co-hosted by the Caricom Secretariat and the Government of Belize, in partnership with the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) and the Organisation of Caribbean Utility Regulators (OOCUR). Key sponsorship and technical support for the staging of the CSEF VI will be provided by the Technical Assistance Programme for Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean, which is being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ); the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency; the Organisation of American States; the Public Utilities Commission; Belize Electricity Limited; and the Caricom Development Fund.last_img read more

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. — Markus Golden was not the most talked about defensive player at Missouri over the last few seasons. That’s not to say he was not productive.Last season, as a senior, he tallied 8.5 QB sacks. The year before he earned 6.5. Yet while he was producing on the field, it was his more heralded teammates, like Michael Sam, Kony Ealy and Shane Ray, who seemed to get most of the headlines. But when asked if he felt overshadowed in school and underrated now, Golden said not at all. That’s where Golden, and his much-ballyhooed motor, come into play. In fact, his dedication is generally pointed to first with regards to what makes him an effective player. Not his speed, which he used to run a 4.74 40-yard dash at his pro day. Not his vertical jump, which was 28.5 inches, nor his bench press, which saw him handle 17 reps of 225 pounds. And they certainly don’t point to his 6-foot-2, 260-pound frame with 31 1/8-inch arms.No, it’s something that can’t really be measured that is most often pointed to when talking about what he brings to the table. That could be upsetting to an athlete, but Golden, a captain last year with the Tigers, doesn’t sweat it.“I’d be wrong to even let that frustrate me or motivate me,” he said. “It doesn’t matter. When you put on those pads, it doesn’t matter how tall you are, it doesn’t matter how long your arms are. All that matters is you’re going to go out there and make plays. You’re going to make plays for your team to win the game. You’re going to get takeaways, going to get the offense back the ball to win the game.”It’s that simple. “I wouldn’t say that,” he said. “I wouldn’t even say I was overshadowed. If you look at my stats, compared to them guys, my stats are right there with them guys. Maybe they were talking to the media more than me a little bit, but you come down to Missouri, I get just as much love as they get.“I’m just making plays, and I know what I can do on the field. Shane, Michael, Kony, we’ve got a lot of great defensive players that come from Mizzou, and we’re going to keep the tradition going.”Fair enough.Last week, after selecting Golden with their second-round pick, 58th overall, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said often times they would turn on Missouri film to watch Ray, only to be impressed by Golden.“‘Who the hell is 33 — he must be an underclassman,’” Arians said they would ask. “And all of a sudden, no, this guy’s a senior and he’s a balls-to-the-wall player. I just love the way he plays.”He certainly fills a position of need for his new team. Last season, Arizona’s defense generated just 35 QB sacks, the team’s lowest total since 2010. Their defense was still effective enough to help the Cardinals win 11 games, but you still could not help but wonder how good it could be with a better pass rush. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   NFL history is littered with players who did not quite fit the mold for their position, but succeeded anyway. Games are not won at the combine, after all, so whether or not a player has strong measurables doesn’t really matter much. A former running back who went the JuCo route before winding up at Missouri, he is used to proving people wrong.“My whole career has been built off people doubting me, like, I’ve been getting doubted in this game since little league, since I first started playing football, so it isn’t anything new to me,” he said. “I’ve always been in this position and I’m just ready to play.“I can’t worry about that, I just want to come here and do whatever I’ve got to do to make the team better because the Arizona Cardinals put a lot into drafting me and I’m just blessed, and I’m just ready to pay them back. And I’m going to make sure I do that.” – / 47 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more