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            [post_content] => The long awaited moment for the Jamaica companies Epican and Everything Oily Labs Limited has finally come. The two production companies, in which formed a joint venture, have finally received an official licence to legally operate in the medical marijuana industry. Issued yesterday, the licenses were furnished by the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA), which was set up in 2015 under the Dangerous Drug (Amendment) Act to establish and regulate Jamaica's marijuana and hemp industry.

In a statement, CLA Chairman Hyacinth Lightbourne said: "Although it has taken some time to get to this historic occasion, we have remained committed to getting it right, to ensure that Jamaica’s stake in the global medicinal cannabis industry is never compromised and remains sustainable."

"During the process, we have endeavoured to remain in dialogue with our applicants every step of the way, and are confident they have satisfied the rigours of the regulations," she added.

According to the chairman, another three applicants were granted licences and are in the process of completing their requirements to have the licences issued. Another 57 applications are at the conditional approval stage and 209 applications are being processed by the CLA, the release also shared.

 
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First Medical Marijuana Industry Licences Issued By Cannabis Authority in Jamaica

October 20, 2017
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The long awaited moment for the Jamaica companiesEpican and Everything Oily Labs Limited has finally come. The two production companies, in which formed a joint venture, have final...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => Over the past couple of days, forecasters have been monitoring a system that still has a chance of developing into a tropical depression and then Tropical Storm Philippe even up to now. However, it is expected to fizzle out by this week if it chooses not to get stronger. The broad area of low pressure – designated Invest92L – was said to have a 40% chance of development.

On Monday morning, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami shared that the system, located about 175 miles north-northeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands at that time, was producing wind gusts to near tropical-storm status however, satellite imagery suggests that it does not have a well-defined center.

The statement shared: "Upper-level winds are forecast to remain marginally conducive for some additional development during the next day or so while the system moves generally northward. Conditions are expected to become unfavorable for further development by Wednesday when the disturbance merges with a frontal system over the western Atlantic."

As it makes its closest approach to the archipelago, bringing heavy rainfall and gusty winds, the system could potentially be passing over Bermuda. Invest92L caused heavy downpours and flooding in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands over the weekend, and showers and thunderstorms associated with it increased overnight. A flash flood watch has been posted by the National Weather Service for Puerto Rico through today.

 

“Upper-level winds are forecast to remain marginally conducive for some additional development during the next day or so while the system moves generally northward. Conditions are expected to become unfavourable for further development by Wednesday when the disturbance merges with a frontal system over the western Atlantic,” it said.
Bermuda could potentially be in the path of this system early this week. Heavy rainfall and gusty winds are possible as the system makes its closest approach to the archipelago.
Invest92L caused heavy downpours and flooding in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands over the weekend, and showers and thunderstorms associated with it increased overnight. A flash flood watch has been posted by the National Weather Service for Puerto Rico through Wednesday.

Read more: http://www.caribbean360.com/news/forecasters-keeping-eye-potential-tropical-storm-philippe#ixzz4vsJZCdK9
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Forecasters Keeping An Eye Out For A Potential Tropical Storm Philippe

October 18, 2017
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Over the past couple of days, forecasters have been monitoring a system that still has a chance of developing into a tropical depression and then Tropical Storm Philippe even up to...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => In pursuit of achieving self-sufficiency in energy, the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona is making plans to make a switch towards liquefied natural gas (LNG). Dr Paul Aiken, Deputy Dean and Director of the Mona School of Engineering in the Faculty of Science and Technology, told JIS News that thy hope to start producing electricity for itself from LNG by July 2018.

“We have to find ways to reduce our operational cost,” he said, indicating that the bill comes to over $700 million annually, with 45% of that bill noting that 45 per cent of the university’s energy is used for cooling, with the bill coming to over $700 million annually.

He said that the process of using LNG combined with heat and power plant will be their solution to reducing this damning cost. Dr. Aiken also shared that the university's move towards energy self-sufficiency will also present an opportunity for a new generation of electrical power engineers to gain some experience on the process. The LNG plant, which will be managed by Mona-Tech Engineering Services, will present internship spots for students enrolled in the Electrical Power Engineering degree programme.

“There is a lot of investment in LNG technology in Jamaica, and so they will need well-trained and knowledgeable engineers to operate the LNG plants,” he highlighted.

According to Dr. Aiken, the first cohort of electrical engineers will be students that are currently in their final year, with approximately 194 applicants who signed up for the programme this year.

“The university is graduating 75 engineers this year, which is nowhere close to the 1,000 that is required (for the industry),” Dr Aiken said.

The necessary skills for being successful in the natural gas industry include electrical, electronics and computer systems engineering. The engineering faculty director encourages persons to consider the engineering field as a viable career path.
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UWI Mona Announces Plans To Switch To Liquefied Natural Gas To Pursue Energy Independence

October 18, 2017
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In pursuit of achieving self-sufficiency in energy, the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona is making plans to make a switch towards liquefied natural gas (LNG). Dr Paul Aiken...Continue reading