Not every Leave voter punched the air when the referendum result came through, and not all Remain voters sunk to the floor with their heads in their hands.And yet, more than two years on from that dramatic night, the loudest voices in this debate are still the two extremes. Flick through the news channels and you’ll catch snippets of Labour’s Andrew Adonis demanding Brexit be stopped (and calling for a public inquiry into how it could have happened) along with glimpses of backbench Tories and hard-Brexit advocates telling us, implausibly, that a No Deal exit would be a walk in the park. whatsapp whatsapp Fortunately – better late than never – the newly formed Brexit Delivery Group, comprising of 60 Leave and Remain Tory MPs, will now be making this case. All power to them.As Hart wrote over the weekend, “we should bank what we can now, leave the EU in March and continue to grind away at the bits that fall short of expectation. That’s what we do in business every day and what has typified our relationship with the EU for more than 40 years.” The campaign for a second referendum is up and running – cloaked in the language of democracy but with a very clear purpose: to undo what democracy delivered in 2016. On the other side of the aisle, hardcore Brexiters are fumbling and stumbling in a last-ditch effort to present an alternative plan to the Prime Minister’s Chequers proposal.Everyone else (we could call them the squeezed middle) watches as the remnants of two campaigning sides continue to shout at each other, 27 months after one side lost and the other won. Narrowly. That slim margin of victory matters.As Leaver Dan Hannan has said, and as Remainer Tory MP Simon Hart now echoes, the referendum did not settle a debate; it exposed a divide. The task of Brexit, therefore, is as much about bringing the country back together as it is about extricating the UK from the European Union.A second referendum, whatever it’s called (“People’s Vote”) would generate fresh waves of uncertainty, amplify the voices of the two extremes and shatter the notion that voting matters. It is an idea that must be put to bed. Similarly, as Hart says, Brexit is a process – not an event.It will take time. It will involve compromise. It will not satisfy everyone. But it will happen, and those mounting a last stand against it – whether publicly or in secret – should direct their efforts, time and resources to the task of engineering an exit, a transition period and a good deal for our future relationship with the EU. Sunday 16 September 2018 7:07 pm Share Christian May Two years on, and the Brexit debate is still dominated by the two extremes shouting at each other More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com
Saturday 14 December 2019 1:06 pm whatsapp Tags: Brexit ‘We are not there to defy the will of the people’: Lord Heseltine admits defeat in campaign to Remain Lord Heseltine has accepted that Britain will now leave the EU and rules out continuing to campaign for a second vote (Getty Images) However he now says his message did not reach enough voters after Johnson won an 80-seat majority. “They didn’t listen because they wanted to get out of the austerity and they saw Brexit as a route to do that,” Heseltine told Sky News. “We are not there to defy the will of the people.” “The reality is Boris Johnson has got a thumping parliamentary majority and there’s no way they will not get their legislation through in very short order – so we will leave the EU,” he said. “We urge the government to avoid a hard Brexit that will be a disaster for our country and instead work with our European partners to get the fair deal that British people deserve. Michael Searles “The poorest and most vulnerable will be further marginalised if Boris Johnson’s government crashes us out of the EU with no deal. The former Conservative deputy Prime Minister had called on voters to support the Liberal Democrats or independent candidates expelled by Johnson from the Tory party. He was also a supporter of the People’s Vote campaign for a second EU referendum. Read more: Election was taken over by Brexit says Jeremy Corbyn “I have no doubt at all my fellow peers in the House of Lords will take the same view. Read more:UK stocks and shares surge after Tory election win The group organising the People’s Vote, Open Britain, said it would rebrand in 2020 to campaign for a “fair deal for Britain”. The peer had his Tory whip withdrawn earlier this year after suggesting he would experiment with voting Lib Dem at European Parliament elections. However he is now set to abandon that campaign. “Early next year, the People’s Vote campaign will rebrand and reorganise to campaign for a fair deal for Britain.” Share “We’ve lost, we have to face up to that, we’re going to leave Europe.” The group said: “The People’s Vote will now refocus its campaign to concentrate on vital social issues that this Government must urgently prioritise in its Brexit. whatsapp “We’ve then got a period of uncertainty but, frankly, it’s pie in the sky to talk about fighting on in the present circumstances. Show Comments ▼ Lord Heseltine has said the election result is a clear sign that he and fellow Remain supporters have “lost”, admitting there was no point in “fighting on”.
Thursday 6 February 2020 9:07 am Nicola Sturgeon’s statement Catherine Neilan I take full responsibility for my actions. I have behaved foolishly and I am truly sorry. I apologise unreservedly to the individual involved and his family. I spoke last night with the First Minister and tendered my resignation with immediate effect. Serving in government has been a huge privilege and I am sorry to have let colleagues and supporters down. Derek Mackay (left) with first minister Nicola Sturgeon (Getty Images) Also Read: Derek Mackay: Scots finance secretary resigns amid teen messages claims Share The boy also reportedly told the minister that he was 16 years old, telling Mackay “not to try anything”. Derek Mackay (left) with first minister Nicola Sturgeon (Getty Images) Also Read: Derek Mackay: Scots finance secretary resigns amid teen messages claims Scotland’s finance secretary Derek Mackay has resigned just hours before he was due to give the budget amid claims he sent hundreds of messages to a 16-year-old boy. Derek Mackay: Scots finance secretary resigns amid teen messages claims Show Comments ▼ Reports suggest the pair exchanged 270 messages for around six months before the teenager stopped, telling the politician his mum would “worry” after Mackay asked him for dinner. In another exchange Mackay told the boy he was “cute”, the paper reported. Mackay said: “I apologise unreservedly to the individual involved and his family. I am sorry to have let colleagues and supporters down.” Derek Mackay (left) with first minister Nicola Sturgeon (Getty Images) Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoRest Wow68 Hollywood Stars Who Look Unrecognizable NowRest WowUndoPower Life By Tony Horton62 Year Old Tony Horton Was So Sick He Almost Died 4 Years Ago. How Did He Get His Body Back?Power Life By Tony HortonUndoAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Acura’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorUndoFactablePut Baking Soda Around The Base Of A Tomato Plant, Here’s WhyFactableUndoCrowdy FanCouple Who Waits 9 Years To Open Their Wedding Present Gets A Rude AwakeningCrowdy FanUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndo This morning the Holyrood politician, who had been tipped as a successor to Nicola Sturgeon, issued an apology saying he took “full responsibility” for his “foolish actions”. First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon said: “Derek has made a significant contribution to government, however he recognises that his behaviour has failed to meet the standards required.” Public finance minister Kate Forbes will present the budget instead. Derek Mackay’s statement Mackay invited the boy to dinner and to attend a rugby event, according to The Scottish Sun, which broke the story. whatsapp Derek has taken full responsibility for his actions and apologises unreservedly for them to the individual involved and to those he has let down. He has submitted his resignation as a government minister which I have accepted. Derek has made a significant contribution to government, however he recognises that his behaviour has failed to meet the standards required. The Minister for Public Finance, Kate Forbes, will present today’s Scottish government budget setting out our actions to support the economy, back our people and public services and tackle the climate crisis, and that remains my government’s focus. whatsapp Mackay would have been finalising the budget last night when the Scottish Sun contacted him for comment yesterday. The teenager told The Scottish Sun that before the unexpected social media contact, which began in August last year, he had no idea who the politician was. The 42-year-old Cabinet secretary for finance, economy and fair work contacted the boy on Facebook and Instagram.
However, the Prime Minister has brokered a deal with Neill to include his amendment in the bill. whatsapp “We welcome the way the parliamentary party has come together on these issue.” whatsapp Downing Street said in a statement: “Following talks, it is agreed that the parliamentary procedure suggested by some colleagues provides a clearer, more explicit democratic mandate for the use of these powers, and also provides more legal certainty. The amendment will stop a potential humiliation for Johnson in the House of Commons, after a growing number of Tory backbenchers had pledged to vote against the government in a vote on the bill next Monday. The bill contains clauses that would be activated if the UK leaves the EU’s single market and customs union on 31 December without striking a trade deal with Brussels. Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the weekly cabinet meeting at the Foreign and Commonwealth office on September 15, 2020 in London. (Photo by Jonathan Buckmaster / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN BUCKMASTER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Boris Johnson sees off potential Tory rebellion on Brexit bill Show Comments ▼ Wednesday 16 September 2020 6:34 pm Boris Johnson sees off potential Tory rebellion on Brexit bill Boris Johnson has quelled a potential Tory backbench rebellion next week by agreeing to give MPs a final say on a controversial Brexit bill that could breach the Brexit withdrawal agreement. Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the weekly cabinet meeting at the Foreign and Commonwealth office on September 15, 2020 in London. (Photo by Jonathan Buckmaster / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN BUCKMASTER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the weekly cabinet meeting at the Foreign and Commonwealth office on September 15, 2020 in London. (Photo by Jonathan Buckmaster / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN BUCKMASTER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Boris Johnson sees off potential Tory rebellion on Brexit bill The clauses would see the UK override parts of the Brexit withdrawal agreement – primarily relating to the flow of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland – and therefore break international law. “The government will table another amendment which sets clear limits on the scope and timeliness of judicial review into the exercise of these powers. This will provide people and businesses with the certainty that they need. A number of Tory MPs, including ex-chancellor Sajid Javid, had said they would vote for the amendment, with Johnson at risk of losing a House of Commons vote despite his 80-seat majority. Downing Street put out a statement today to say it would amend its Internal Market Bill, which is going through parliament this week, to ensure its most controversial elements relating to Brexit cannot be enacted without further support from the House of Commons. Share Tory backbench MP Sir Bob Neill had an amendment to the bill asking for MPs to give the bill a final tick-off later this year in the event that no trade deal was struck between the UK and EU. Stefan Boscia More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.com
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Stress tests to hit global banks BRITAIN’S biggest international banks will be put through their paces by the next Bank of England stress tests, which will be unveiled today.Standard Chartered, HSBC and Barclays are expected to be pushed hardest by the 2015 tests, which will check how well they would perform if an economic crunch was to hit emerging markets.Last year’s tests focused on a crash in UK housing markets, with a 35 per cent fall in house prices and a spike in unemployment.That fictional scenario put the strain on UK-centric banks such as Lloyds and RBS, as well as the Nationwide building society. Those banks will still be affected this time around – a crash in Asia would hit the UK economy – but the focus will firmly be on the global players.Analysts already think there is a chance new Standard Chartered boss Bill Winters will have to raise capital with a rights issue, and this could be a catalyst for such action.The stress tests are also a serious operational challenge to the banks.Last year, enormous numbers of staff were seconded and consultants hired to knock the bank’s data into shape, so it fitted the Bank of England’s requirements, and was comparable to that of other lenders.As the tests will take place every year, the industry is keen to make sure the required data are available in the correct format more easily.As a result, they are investing heavily in IT to avoid such disruption this year and in future. Express KCS whatsapp whatsapp Share Sunday 29 March 2015 11:30 pm Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com Tags: NULL
National Biotech Reporter Damian covers biotech, is a co-writer of The Readout newsletter, and a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. Senior Writer, Biotech Adam is STAT’s national biotech columnist, reporting on the intersection of biotech and Wall Street. He’s also a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. By Damian Garde , Rebecca Robbins, and Adam Feuerstein Nov. 29, 2018 Reprints The Readout LOUDLISTEN: Your guide to the #CRISPRbabies controversy Interested in sponsoring a future episode of “The Readout LOUD”? Email us at [email protected] Tags podcast @damiangarde [email protected] Damian Garde What does it mean to edit a person? Has science run afoul of basic ethics? And what’s the time difference to Hong Kong?We discuss all that and more on the latest episode of “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. This week, we’re devoting the entire episode to the biggest story in science: the news that a researcher in China edited human embryos that resulted in a pair of CRISPR’d children. First, we break down the fast-moving news and the emergence of He Jiankui, the scientist responsible, as a fascinating character in his own right. Then, STAT’s Sharon Begley, who had a front-row seat to the revelation at a meeting in Hong Kong, joins us to discuss science’s reaction to the news, its implications, and the future of genome editing.For more on what we cover, here’s the initial news; here’s more on He; here’s how the scientist explained himself; and here’s the latest on China’s reaction.advertisement @adamfeuerstein [email protected] About the Authors Reprints Adam Feuerstein We’ll be back next Thursday evening — and every Thursday evening — so be sure to sign up on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts.And if you have any feedback for us — topics to cover, guests to invite, vocal tics to cease — you can email [email protected]
This is in direct contrast to traditional data science methods, which require aggregating increasingly large amounts and types of data into a central location.It is likely that you are already using and benefiting from federated learning without realizing it. Google created federated learning to improve autocorrect on mobile phones. Your phone can correct what you type seemingly instantaneously because the analytics are performed on your phone itself. This has multiple benefits: It keeps the text you type private, the autocorrect algorithm is improved, and predictions are made almost instantly because they don’t need to be beamed to the cloud and back. Apple recently implemented a similar scheme for natural language processing with Siri.advertisement What if we could learn from massive collections of data while avoiding the privacy and other risks typically associated with sharing such information?The Mayo Clinic has taken a step toward making that possible with its announcement that the first venture of the Mayo Clinic Platform will use federated learning as a foundational technology of if its privacy model.Federated learning lets a network of participants collaboratively train algorithms on data while keeping each stakeholder’s data within its home location. Instead of sending data to a single, central repository where algorithms are trained, federated learning sends algorithms to the data. The updated algorithms are then shared with the participants.advertisement Adobe Google, Mayo Clinic strike sweeping partnership on patient data Robert C. Miller, Jr. Similarly, King’s College London announced in December 2019 the formation of a federated learning network that will work on data from three U.K. universities and four of London’s teaching hospitals. This network will focus on developing research, clinical, and operational improvements across many clinical pathways by leveraging patient data encompassing one-third of London’s population, far larger than the reach of any individual organization.Health care has struggled to find the correct balance between privacy and the desire to innovate. Inherent in this trade-off, and baked into the frameworks and policies governing health care and research, is the assumption that we need to share data to gain its benefits. Technologies like federated learning disprove this premise and challenge us to radically rethink the way we approach data creation, use, disclosure, and analysis. It promises to unlock the benefits of collaboration without unleashing its compromises.Marielle S. Gross, M.D., is an OB-GYN and postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. Robert C. Miller, Jr., is a senior consultant for ConsenSysHealth and manages Blockchain and Healthcare, a newsletter on emerging technology and health care. Related: @GYNOBioethicist About the Authors Reprints Please enter a valid email address. [email protected] Leave this field empty if you’re human: The new Mayo venture, the Clinical Data Analytics Platform, will let many different parties — from universities to private corporations and governments — work together to accelerate the development of knowledge and pharmaceuticals by leveraging this privacy-preserving technology. Applications and algorithms will be run on Mayo’s data in an environment that the clinic controls. The underlying data never leave. Only the insights gleamed from this sensitive information are shared externally. In this way, the Clinical Data Analytics Platform will allow external parties to learn from Mayo Clinic data without Mayo ceding control of its data or sharing it.Data aggregation has generated unprecedented insights and created value far larger than the sum of individual data sources on their own. At the same time, stockpiling data in a central location exposes that data to newfound privacy risks by creating virtual treasure chests of data, more enticing to hackers than the individual data sources.Current methods for leveraging data analytics require data to be shared with a central location, like a startup with a novel algorithm. This forces data generators to give away most of the control they held by being the sole possessors of that data. Loss of control is one of the disincentives keeping many health care companies and organizations from sharing their data, and it is precisely the problem that federated learning was created to solve.Federated learning moved quickly from mobile phones to the lab. Several of the world’s largest drug makers, who are usually fierce competitors, are collaborating in the MELLODDY (MachinE Learning Ledger Orchestration for Drug DiscoverY) project to advance drug discovery. By leveraging federated learning, these companies are able to learn from data of an unprecedented scale: It includes more than 1 billion relevant data points, hundreds of terabytes of image data, and 10 million small molecules. Marielle S. Gross By Marielle S. Gross and Robert C. Miller, Jr. Feb. 13, 2020 Reprints Newsletters Sign up for STAT Health Tech Your weekly guide to how tech is transforming health care and life sciences. 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Jamaica must safeguard water and food resources – Tufton AgricultureMay 27, 2011 RelatedJamaica must safeguard water and food resources – Tufton RelatedJamaica must safeguard water and food resources – Tufton RelatedJamaica must safeguard water and food resources – Tufton Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, says Jamaica must move quickly to implement policies to safeguard the nation’s food security, and preserve water resources and the environment. Speaking at the official launch of Green Expo 2011 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston on Tuesday (May 24), Dr. Tufton said that global challenges, relating to the availability of food and water, could have serious implications for Jamaica and other countries, if they are not effectively addressed now. “The United Nations reports, for example, that by 2050, the world’s population will be 40 per cent more than it is now, moving from 6.5 billion to nine plus billion people. That has…significant implications for the issue of sustainability and the capacity of the world to support mankind over this period of time. “It has implications for critical infrastructure, it has implications for food security, it has implications for health-related issues, it has implications for water and the availability of water. Oftentimes, we do not look at policy and how we pursue policy and strategy in that sort of strategic light, and I think that it’s going to be important for us to do that,” the Minister stated. He argued that local stakeholders will have to determine how best to effectively utilise available resources, including technology, to attain optimal results and mitigate against critical losses that will overtime, have implications for the environment and sustainable development. He said that for its part, the Ministry has spent a lot of time looking at food production systems to minimise losses, with several approaches being pursued to improve farming techniques and post-harvest management uses, while facilitating greater information flow between farmers, middle men, and consumers. “We need to shorten the commodity chain, the value chain, between the farmer and the consumer, hence our farmers markets. It brings the farmer directly to the consumer, it brings the produce fresh to the consumer, it brings the produce at a cheaper price, and it encourages the consumer to consume more. It is a good thing, both from the environmental perspective as well as from the sustainability perspective,” the Minister argued. Turning to water, Dr. Tufton pointed to the need to incorporate technology into the effective management of this resource and to ensure availability for domestic use, as well as for farming and industrial purposes. He noted that the world population uses about 54 per cent of available fresh water resources, with average individual consumption of between two and four litres per day, while in the farming sector, it is calculated that between 2,000 to 5,000 litres are used to produce food to feed one person per day. “We are going to have to be radical and we’re going to have to look at new ways, some very pragmatic simple technology, some, more advanced (to safeguard water supplies),” the Minister said, citing rain water harvesting as one option. “We should (look at having) a tank…on each development; we can adjust the capacity, whether it’s on the ground or on the roof but we must now get into the habit of preserving our water resources because it is so critical,” he underscored. Dr. Tufton said the Ministry has been pursuing expansion of the drip irrigation methodology, noting that traditional forms of irrigation, such as utilising overhead sprinklers to “do this massive flooding of the fields”, has proven obsolete. “Drip irrigation is a highly efficient way, both in terms of providing water nutrients, but also other forms of nutrients. One of the things we have been doing in the Ministry… is promoting to our farmers, the use of the drip irrigation rain harvesting systems, to minimise the losses from inefficient use of our water resources,” he informed. The Green Expo, an environmental exposition organised by the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT), seeks to raise public awareness of the environmental issues locally, regionally, and globally; promote the use of environmentally friendly products and services; and foster a more environmentally conscious nation through education. This year’s event will be held from June 10 to 12 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel and National Golf Academy, New Kingston. The overarching theme is: ‘Balancing Development with Environmental Protection”, with the sub-theme being: ‘Water Conservation, Alternative Energy Sources, Recycling and Waste Management and Energy Conservation’. By DOUGLAS McINTOSH, JIS Reporter