Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield HEALTH UPDATESAnthony Rendon made the trip up to Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night, but he was not in the lineup and Maddon had no news on whether he his oblique had improved enough for him to have better chance at playing in Friday night’s season opener.Andrew Heaney, who had a stiff back over the weekend, threw a bullpen session on Tuesday and came out feeling good, according to a team spokesman. Heaney is scheduled to start against the A’s on Friday night.Julio Teheran is scheduled for his second bullpen session since reporting to camp on Wednesday. Teheran missed the first two weeks after testing positive for the coronavirus in June. It’s unclear when Teheran would be able to join the Angels’ rotation, but he said he thinks he’s only a week behind.ALSOMaddon said they are still unsure about how to structure the workouts for the reserve squad at Long Beach once the regular season starts, but they are leaning toward having three intrasquad games and three workout days a week, with one day off. They will not be able to play against the Dodgers — even though they will be nearby, at USC — because it would be unfair to teams whose alternate training site is not close enough for practice games…The Angels outrighted right-hander Jacob Rhame to the reserve squad, clearing a spot on the 40-man roster. Rhame was claimed on waivers from the New York Mets. The Angels could also clear a roster spot by moving Justin Anderson, who is having Tommy John surgery, to the 45-day injured list. The top non-roster candidates to make the Opening Day roster are relievers Jacob Barnes and Neil Ramirez. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone A night earlier, Manager Joe Maddon endorsed Middleton’s decision to kneel during the Anthem. He said Middleton had discussed his intentions with his teammates and they fully supported him.“We’ve had really outstanding exchanges with the entire group,” Maddon said. “We’ve talked about Black Lives Matter. We’ve talked about the flag, the Anthem and what this all means. I presented my opinion to the entire group and asked them to think about it. And in one of our meetings, Keynan did indicate that he wanted to do this. …Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “Martin Luther King Jr. once said, ‘An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.’“Through this, I strive to be a voice for unity.”✊🏽❤️✊🏽 pic.twitter.com/JlSDhd9XGV— La llave🗝 (@since93key) July 21, 2020 Angels reliever Keynan Middleton, who kneeled and raised his right fist during the National Anthem on Monday night, released a statement on Tuesday morning relaying the message he was trying to send.“Racism is something I have dealt with my entire life. As a black man in this country it is my obligation to want to better the future for generations to come. Over the past few months I’ve been out in the community taking part in peaceful protests and having the difficult conversations that are needed for change.“Before pioneers like Jackie Robinson, a Black man didn’t have a voice in the game of baseball. The foundation laid down and sacrifices made by Jackie and others is the reason why I have the platform I do. I will not allow that to go to waste. Kneeling for me is one way I can use my platform for change in a peaceful way.“I have the utmost respect for all the brave men and women that served this country. We must all take this fight against racial injustice seriously. Until things start to change in this country and my brothers and sisters don’t have to live in fear, I will be using my platform to implement change. “He kind of indicated he was upset he had not done it before. The only thing to read into it is the young man is very passionate about his beliefs. And that’s what he told you tonight. I have a grand daughter that is going through the same thing and I totally support her reaction.“We always have to understand the reason why people do different things. And I think his intentions are something that we already talked about. He demonstrated against what he perceived to be social injustices. It’s no disrespect to the flag or anything else.”Around the same time Middleton was kneeling before the Angels game in San Diego, several members of the Giants, including Manager Gabe Kapler, kneeled before the Anthem in Oakland.On Tuesday, New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge said he would not kneel for the Anthem, but he respected the decisions of those who did.“The beauty of America: freedom of speech,” Judge said. “We have a special platform as athletes … Whatever message we give out here is that we want to express unity, we’re all in this together & try to have those uncomfortable conversations.”The displays also drew the attention of President Donald Trump, who tweeted his displeasure early Tuesday morning.“Looking forward to live sports, but any time I witness a player kneeling during the National Anthem, a sign of great disrespect for our Country and our Flag, the game is over for me!,” Trump tweeted. 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The tropics are beginning to heat up, now that hurricane season is underway.A small but well-defined tropical disturbance is located a few hundred miles east of the southern Caribbean islands. The upper-level winds are said to not be conducive for significant development.However, disorganized disturbances of this type, technically called tropical waves, typically lead to the development of most strong hurricanes later in the storm season.It appears that this particular system will not be able to develop, but will simply become part of a surge in moisture that will affect South Florida early next week.Courtesy: National Hurricane CenterMost June tropical storms, as well as the occasional hurricane, develop in the western Caribbean or in the Gulf of Mexico, where this one is going.A dip in the jet stream is coming along that should prevent any development.That dip will tear apart the disturbance while pulling it north.The resulting moisture is forecast to come over or very near South Florida, leading to more rain in our forecast for early next week.No other tropical development is expected into next week.
Letterkenny General Hospital staff have been asked to hand in receipts for clothing destroyed in the hospital flood – a year after the event.Many personal items were destroyed in the flood.Staff had been promised they would be compensated for damaged shoes, clothing and items they had in lockers during the flood of July 2013.The total claim is understood to be in the region of €22,000. Donegal Daily recently revealed how many of the staff had still not received their compensation after being asked to submit claims several months ago.But now we have learned that management have asked workers to supply receipts for any purchases made for new clothing from several months ago.Following out disclosure IMPACT trade union spokesman Richie Carruthers slammed the failure of the hospital to pay the refunds to staff.One worker told us that staff feel like they are being punished despite coming in and working for free at the hospital on the night of the flood. “It’s a real slap in the face. You are only talking a few euro each. The rebuild has cost up to €40million. People are angry.“Who keeps receipts for a pair of trousers or a pair of shoes which they bought a year ago?” he asked. HOSPITAL STAFF ASKED FOR RECEIPTS FOR DAMAGED CLOTHING FROM LAST YEAR’S FLOOD was last modified: August 26th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AngerclothingdonegalIMPACTLeterkenny hospitalreceiptsRichie Carruthers
SAN DIEGO — Former A’s closer Blake Treinen discussed a possible reunion with Oakland this offseason, but the right-hander ultimately elected to pitch elsewhere next year.Treinen and the Los Angeles Dodgers reportedly agreed to a one-year deal worth $10 million for the 2020 season. Jeff Passan of ESPN first reported the signing.Treinen was non-tendered by the A’s earlier this month after posting a 4.91 ERA in 57 appearances this season. The Dodgers are betting on Treinen’s ability to regain …
1 October 2004The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has released a wide-ranging study on global technology trends, which aims to find ways to address the challenges of unemployment, inequalities and economic growth in South Africa.According to the study, conducted by Access Market International and Bluepeter Management Consulting, South Africa has over the past decades developed a vast technological base, giving it the opportunity to compete effectively internationally.At the same time, there exists enormous potential to exploit and leverage selected technologies to promote business growth. Benchmarking of Technology Trends and Technology Developments – full report The study says it is essential that South Africa implement its technology strategy so that technology is applied to the maximum benefit of the country.It highlights key technologies influencing the development of several sectors, and also reviews the support mechanisms applied by various governments to improve the ability of countries to benefit from whatever technological developments may occur over the next 10 years.The findings of the study are intended to develop South Africa’s technological capacity in strategic technology areas, and to empower industry sectors to identify possible opportunities – and threats.Innovation the keySpeaking at the launch of the report, DTI director-general Alistair Ruiters said there has been a growing awareness among entrepreneurs, policy makers and scientists that innovation should be at the centre of business and policy strategies in South Africa.He said it remains the driving force behind any country’s economic development and the improvement of the competitiveness of firms.“If we want to effectively build a modern society, an appropriate route would be to follow a technology-driven approach”, Ruiters said. “This approach should be based on various science applications that would grow our technological capabilities, in both the first and second economies, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of lives of our people and improving the competitiveness of our industries.”He added that “without much knowledge and guidelines on the global technological trends, it becomes difficult to direct our innovative capabilities necessary for industrial development.”Findings by sectorThe study deals with the following key sectors:Information communication technologiesTourismCultureAgro-processingBiotechnologyChemicalsAerospaceClothing and textilesMetals and mineralsAutomotive industryInformation communication technologiesAccording to the study, the future global ICT landscape will involve very unobtrusive hardware, a seamless mobile/fixed communications infrastructure, dynamic and massively distributed device networks, and natural feeling human interfaces in a secure, ubiquitous computing environment.It argues that several emerging technologies will be crucial to the development of the ICT sector in South Africa. These are:Mobile technologies and devicesWireless network technologiesHuman language technologiesOpen source softwareTelemedicineGeomaticsManufacturing technologies (robotics/artificial intelligence)Grid computingRadio frequency identificationTourismThe study shows that what it calls “prominent enabling technologies” are revolutionising the tourism environment, allowing for more flexibility and accessibility. It says South Africa’s tourism industry needs to use technology to improve productivity in reaching a broad and diverse customer base.While South Africa was ranked 25th by the World Trade Organisation in a list of top tourism destinations in 2000, the study says that technologies can assist in achieving sustainability and growth in the sector.Important technologies in this respect include: ICTs, environmental technologies (which include fuel efficiency and cleaner production processes), renewable resources, and cultural heritage technologies (for training, content development and delivery).Cultural sectorThe study argues that the cultural industry is a large global industry and has a huge potential for job creation, while offering an opportunity to develop underdeveloped regions.New and original industries emerge not necessarily from the use of new technologies, but from creativity, skills or traditional materials. This makes crafts and tourism-related industries a springboard for development.The study argues that although cultural industries are an important part of South Africa’s economy, there are constraints causing a backlog.A major concern is that the sector does not have appropriate training and skills development, that urbanisation is causing a lack of transfer of traditional skills within families, that there is a lack of knowledge management, and that research and development is minimal.Other constraints include access to raw materials, finance and support services, and problems in areas relating to marketing, infrastructure and productionThe most important technologies which are an incremental part of developing the sector are enabling communication technologies, technologies which improve products, and technologies that provide marketing to the end-consumer.Agro-processingThe convergence of several key industry trends has accelerated the pace of change in the agroprocessing industry.In response to declining profits, producers are developing new products with higher margins and functions, new uses for old products and waste streams, and incorporating cutting-edge production technologies.Meanwhile, customer consumption habits are shifting and demanding new products such as organic produce and functional foods. On top of this, outside stakeholders, including government, are demanding an improvement to the environmental performance of the agriculture industry.The study identifies numerous key research and technology developments for the sector, including:Real-time detection of micro-organisms in food, using a variety of methods.Sensors for online, real-time control and monitoring of food processing.DNA/ RNA chip technologies.Techniques to inactivate micro-organisms to yield safer foods with extended shelf lives.Standardised edible food packaging films.Biologicals (eg bacteriocins) and chemical inhibitors to prevent or slow growth of pathogens in food.Technologies for food traceability.The study says among the most critical technologies for South Africa are those that enable food traceability and minimise food wastage.BiotechnologySouth Africa has a small bioeconomy, although biotechnologies are widely used in a number of industrial sectors, including food and beverages and waste water treatment.The emphasis in South Africa is still at the research and development level, the application of a new set of technologies and the application of the technology tools by defined sectors.According to the study, the most important areas for further development include:Recombinant therapeutic productsVaccinesDiagnosticsCommodity chemicals from biomassEnergy from Renewable ResourcesBiocatalystsThe study says priority technologies span the various stages of new product and service development, extending from discovery to manufacture, but with more emphasis on discovery.ChemicalsThe study finds that while specialty chemicals will be significantly influenced by nanoscience and biotechnology in the future, the changes envisaged for basic chemicals (ie petrochemicals, bulk polymers and fertilisers) are based more on evolutionary development.Disruptive innovations are difficult in the basic chemicals industry, since they have to fit in with the existing infrastructure of the industry.According to the study, the global trend towards convergence of different strands of science and technology, and knowledge transference between different materials and scientific fields, will strengthen in the future.The most important emerging technologies on the global landscape include materials technology, biotechnology and nano-technology.The study identifies key interventions considered to have a major potential benefit for the local industry, including:The development of a new industry based on the extraction of minerals from coal ash and low-value slag.The development of a new range of performance chemicals that will improve the recovery of minerals in the mining sector.The establishment of a new technology platform that will develop technologies to decrease economies of scale for chemical plants and hence enable smaller production facilities to compete.A major initiative to build South Africa’s first generic pharmaceutical actives plant in order to meet future demand for antibiotics and/or anti-retrovirals.A highly integrated strategy to fully develop South Africa’s ability to add maximum value to its natural products and unique biodiversity.AerospaceThe study says there is little doubt that the aerospace industry can make South Africa a leader in innovation and emerging technologies.The industry is a key driver behind technological and economic growth, and is seen as an incubator for critical and pervasive technologies.Six technologies were highlighted as being important for the continuous development and growth of the sector. These are:The development of composite materials.The development of hyper aero-thermodynamics.The development of sensor usage.Health and usage monitoring systems.Noise abatement.Improved manufacturing processes.Clothing and textilesTechnological development is one of the most significant factors contributing to a shift in demand in the clothing and textiles sector, with other sectors – such as the aeronautics and automotive sectors – having created new demands on the textiles industry.For example, sensory fabrics for seating comfort, and resin-reinforced fabrics to replace metal components in light-weight vehicles, are now needed.The growing demand for “intelligent”, high-performance textiles has created new opportunities in the textiles sector. However the study finds that industries in established markets have been slow to respond to this demand.It says that South Africa has a comparative advantage in the natural fibres segment of the clothing and textile sector. Value-add technologies already in use include:Testing systems for foreign fibres in Mohair and wool.Yarn formation, and long and short staple systems.Dying and finishing technologies.According to the study, the market from plant fibres is growing globally. Hemp, flax and similar products are in abundance in South Africa. Processing of plant fibres thus becomes a critical niche market that South Africa has an opportunity to exploit.Metals and minerals The metals and minerals sector is mature worldwide, with little major innovation taking place. The current technology trends are towards incremental improvements in the various value chain processes.The purpose of innovation, especially in the heavy metals sector, is to ensure business sustainability within the commoditised market. Emphasis is placed on aspects such as the improved use of gravel as a form of ore, the improved extraction of lower grade ore by developing improved reduction and extraction techniques, and the more efficient use of energy.There is, however, more innovative work being done in the light metals sector, specifically aluminium, magnesium, titanium and the development of alloys. Downstream possibilities of these metals are large enough to warrant significant levels of research and development.According to the study, one of the major focus areas of this trend is the development of a cheaper, continuous extraction processes for magnesium and titanium.Automative sector Technology and innovation play a vital role in the automotive industry. A new car has an estimated 10 to 15 on-board computers, operating the engine, radio, brakes, transmission, steering systems and other components.The study highlights four technologies as being critically important for the continuous development and growth of South Africa’s automotive sector.The development of lightweight materials.The development of alternate fuels, eg fuel cell technology.Sensors, electronics and telematics.Improved design and manufacturing processes.SouthAfrica.info reporter
Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in New York. The Nets won 112-107. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James dressed up as Pennywise, the devilishly demented clown from the movie “It” for his annual Halloween party.The makeup made him unrecognizable. He was menacing, frightening.ADVERTISEMENT After a night of connecting in costume, the Cavs, who host Indiana on Wednesday, didn’t hide their problems during their pre-practice discussion that coach Tyronn Lue described as a “long talk.”“Off the court we’ve got great chemistry, great bond,” Lue said. “On the court we just gotta be better. Like, talking, communicating, enjoying the game together. Having fun. Right now guys are not having fun.”There isn’t much to smile about.Following losses to Orlando, Brooklyn, New Orleans and New York in the past 10 days, the Cavs are ranked near the bottom of the NBA in defense and are giving up nearly 14 3-pointers per game. They’re coming off losses by a combined 41 points in their past two games, prompting Lue to say that James, who missed much of the preseason with an ankle injury, and others need to get in better shape.READ: Pelicans too much for LeBron’s Cavaliers ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. 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It was a chance to clear the air and perhaps reset a season for a team that hasn’t come close to playing up to its potential.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Amid skid, Cavaliers dress up for Halloween; LeBron is Pennywise “The slow start that we’ve had prompted us to just all get on the same page and kind of figure out what we need to do,” center Kevin Love said. “I feel like we can get in better shape, that’s going to help us on the defensive end. Communication, energy and just getting the new guys adjusted. So time will tell how it’s going to play out, but we have a lot of really good positive energy from today, so, it was a great practice.” “I think it was good for us,” Love said. “I think it definitely lightened the mood and it was definitely a get-to-know-you moment with a lot of guys. We all get along, have fun, but I think in some odd way it will definitely help us.”At this point, it can’t hurt the Cavs. LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cleveland’s transition defense has been brutal, and Lue said some of that may be due to conditioning. He pushed the Cavs hard at both ends during Tuesday’s workout and noticed a change.“Watching us today, damn,” Lue said. “It’s a big difference. I’m screaming play with pace, and move the ball, move bodies, we got to get in better shape to do that.”James sprained his left ankle during Cleveland’s second practice in training camp and only played in one exhibition. Although he hasn’t shown any major decline in his game, the 32-year-old is not having the impact Lue needs James to have on the defensive end.It’s hard to ask him for more, but Lue has no choice.“Missing the whole training camp and getting hurt the second day of practice really set him back as far as being able to fly around and push the pace offensively and defensively fly around,” Lue said. “He’s trying to work himself back in shape, but the games are coming so fast and it’s hard to really do that. The best way to do that is by him playing more minutes and getting in game shape and we just got to go from there.”Lue knew this would take time. With Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Jeff Green and Jae Crowder among the new players on Cleveland’s roster this season, there were bound to be growing pains. Lue just didn’t expect them to hurt this much.However, Lue has confidence the group is beginning to gel.“They’ve been in winning situations,” he said. “We’re just trying to figure it out. Today’s start of film and practice, I think guys are getting a clear understanding of what they need to do.”As the Cavs work out the kinks, they were able to relax at James’ party, which has become a social media must-see-event.Love shaved off his beard and endured a long makeup session to dress up as WWE wrestler Sting. Kyle Korver was the Johnny Depp version of Willy Wonka, and Wade and his wife, Gabrielle Union, went as pop lip-synching sensations Milli Vanilli. Ball, Lakers romp past Pistons Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ
Berbatov says Man Utd need shot of passion for Arsenal clashby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov says they need a shot of passion for Monday’s clash with Arsenal.United will welcome the north Londoners to the Theatre of Dreams on the back of two disappointing results, a 2-0 defeat to West Ham and an unconvincing penalty shootout victory over League One side Rochdale.”United’s game against Arsenal will be their biggest test in the league so far,” Berbatov told Betfair.“United will have some advantage of playing at Old Trafford, but when there results haven’t been going for you, you know the fans will be a little impatient, you can think too much about it, make mistakes and it becomes a difficult situation.“Sometimes when I have watched them I have noticed that United are have been too soft against the opposition, they need to be tough in their challenges, show them who’s in charge and let them know that this is f*****g Old Trafford.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Man City coach Simon Davies under pressure at Anderlechtby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSimon Davies is under pressure at Anderlecht.The former Manchester City youth coach is Vincent Kompany’s No2 at the Belgian giants.But after a dismal start to the season, HLN says Anderlecht chiefs are seeking to add greater expertise to the bench.The move has the support of Kompany – with Davies the most likely to make way.Craig Bellamy is also under the spotlight, with the Welshman currently reserves coach.
SchefterAdam Schefter recently had a sit-down interview with Greg Hardy. The interview (in parts and in full) has been shown across ESPN’s platforms today.You can view some of the interview here. In the interview, Hardy, who is currently unsigned after playing for the Dallas Cowboys in 2015, says he has never hit a woman. Hardy was referencing the 2014 incident with his former girlfriend in which he allegedly hit her multiple times, causing what appeared to be significant injuries. The former Carolina Panther was charged and convicted, but the case was thrown out in 2015 after Hardy appealed. “I’ve never put my hand on any woman,” Hardy says.Schefter appeared on The Dan Patrick Show this morning to discuss the interview. A transcript of some of what Schefter said: Schefter: What he meant by that was he feels like he should not have put himself in that situation around that woman at that time of night around alcohol, and that was his mistake he should never have done that. But in his mind he swears he never put a finger on this woman. And people can believe what they want.Patrick: Do you believe it?Schefter: Doesn’t matter what I believe Dan, right?—–Schefter: I went in with the idea that this guy is a monster. I came out of there with a very different feeling. I came out of there feeling this is a guy who has managed to say the wrong things at the wrong time.Schefter is now getting crushed for what he’s said about Hardy and for interviewing him. One of his colleagues, Michelle Beadle, even criticized him on-air on ESPN for giving the NFL defensive lineman a platform. For the love of f&[email protected] Dude doesn’t admit to wrongdoing. Dude has changed? I give the hell up.— Michelle Beadle (@MichelleDBeadle) April 5, 2016Beadle isn’t alone, either.Posting illegally obtained medical records didnt activate the integrity gene of Schefter. So a softball Q&A with a womanizer wouldn’t either— Marshall (@M_W_19) April 5, 2016Greg Hardy interview…WTF? https://t.co/JYFcmhDVkl— Melissa Jacobs (@thefootballgirl) April 5, 2016Hardy’s comments were bad. But the fact that ESPN and Schefter gave him a platform for redemption is even worse: https://t.co/9NLFgULiuj— Lindsay Gibbs (@linzsports) April 5, 2016If ESPN decided on its own to send Schefter to interview Hardy instead of Rachel Nichols or Jeremy Schapp or Bob Ley, well, that’s a problem— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) April 5, 2016Of course Adam Schefter bought into Greg Hardy’s bullshit: https://t.co/4vre5nvXAV— Deadspin (@Deadspin) April 5, 2016Schefter discussed the interview in-depth on The Dan Patrick Show today, but he’s likely going to have to further defend his position in the coming days.
Some $6 million is to be spent to support the sub-regional office for the Latin America and Caribbean Energy Organisation in Jamaica (OLADE). The sum is allocated in the Estimates of Expenditure, which is before the House of Representatives. The project, ‘Establishment of OLADE’s Caribbean Sub-regional Office in Jamaica’, is being implemented by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (STEM). OLADE is providing approximately $5 million in funds. As outlined in the Estimates, as at February 2013, the office had been established and operationalised and is fully furnished. In addition, a sub-regional co-ordinator has been engaged to manage the office. The budgeted sum for this fiscal year is to provide technical assistance to strengthen STEM’s policy implementation, monitoring and evaluation capacity; develop an interface between the National Energy Information System (SEIN) and STEM’s Energy Database Management and Information System (EDMIS), which is Jamaica’s component of the Regional Energy Information System; and build capacity to enable STEM to carry out tasks aligned to the National Energy policy 2009 to 2030. The project’s original duration is from January 2012 to March 2014. By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporter