This picture shows a normal flexed hand. The tendons that move the fingers and are associated with carpal tunnel syndrome are visible just below the wrist.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
Story Highlights President Xi cited Jamaica’s Vision 2030 Development Plan and China’s own 2020 plan The Prime Minister described her meetings with several of China’s top business leaders as “very productive” Jamaica and China enjoy an excellent political foundation for co-operation Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has described her meetings with several of China’s top business leaders as “very productive” as she continues to promote the investment opportunities available on the island.Mrs. Simpson Miller made the observation while having discussions with President of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Xi Jinping and later, Chairman of the National People’s Congress (NPC), Zhang Deijang, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on August 22.Both leaders extended a warm welcome to the Jamaican delegation and commended the country for its long standing support of the One China policy as well as its growing economic and trade co-operation.President Xi noted that last year Jamaica became China’s top trading partner in the Caribbean, and bilateral trade has nearly tripled since 2009 when he last visited the country. “This shows that all our hard work has paid off. It also proves that our bilateral business co-operation has room for further co-development,” President Xi said.He also pointed out that Jamaica and China enjoy an excellent political foundation for co-operation, especially with the country’s support of the One China policy. “China appreciates such commitment,” he said.President Xi cited Jamaica’s Vision 2030 Development Plan and China’s own 2020 plan, noting that they present big opportunities for deepening strategic co-operation in the future.In the meantime, Chairman Zhang said that the country attaches great significance to the Jamaican leader’s visit at this time.During her stay in Beijing, the Prime Minster and her team has held back-to-back meetings with the top bosses of the China Development Bank, China Communications Construction Company, China Gezhouba Group Company and Complant.She will also address a private sector business forum organized by the China Council for the Promotion of Trade and Investment (CCPIT), an organization similar to Jamaica’s JAMPRO, on August 23, as well as meet with the head of Sinohydro, a state owned hydropower engineering and construction company.The Prime Minister is also scheduled to tour the Huawei Technologies, a Chinese multi-national networking and telecommunications equipment and service company.
Story Highlights He said the goals of the EMEP are consistent with the Vision 2030 plan as outlined in relation to National Goals, which speak to ‘Energy Security and Efficiency’ and ‘Sustainable Management and Use of Environmental and Natural Resources’, and include solar and wind energy. An initiative of the Government, the EMEP has been designed to promote and facilitate energy efficiency, security and conservation engagements within the public and private sectors, and reduce the dependence on imported fossil fuels. The Government has signed a loan agreement for US$15 million with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), to assist with the cost of rolling out the Energy Management and Efficiency Programme (EMEP).The contract was signed at the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service in downtown Kingston on November 10 by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw; and General Manager, Country Department, Caribbean Group, IDB, Therese Turner-Jones.An initiative of the Government, the EMEP has been designed to promote and facilitate energy efficiency, security and conservation engagements within the public and private sectors, and reduce the dependence on imported fossil fuels.It is being initiated as the ideal programme that will strengthen efforts being made by the Government to diversify the energy mix in creating a modern, efficient and environmentally sustainable energy sector.Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Shaw said the EMEP is estimated to cost the Government approximately US$30 million and will be financed by both the IDB and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).“Additional resources of approximately US$10 million in grant funding will also be provided by the European Union Caribbean Investment Facility (EUCIF). The second co-financing loan agreement for US$15 million from Japan is scheduled to be signed on November 23, and the grant financing agreement of US$10 million between the Government and the European Union is expected to be signed shortly thereafter,” the Minister said.Mr. Shaw said the EMEP is important for the nation to reduce its dependency on imported fossil fuels.“Jamaica has experienced significant challenges with the high costs associated with the provision of energy solutions to the largest users within the Jamaican economy, including the ministries, departments and agencies of the Government. The Energy Management and Efficiency Programme is the ideal project that will strengthen the efforts being made by the Government to diversify its energy mix to create a modern, efficient and environmentally sustainable energy sector, as well as reduce the dependence on imported fossil fuel,” he pointed out.Statistics have shown that an estimated annual average of 20.4 million barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) were imported during the 2010-2015 period for use in the electricity, manufacturing and transportation sectors, with an average import value of US$1.9 billion.“The objective of the EMEP is to bolster the Government of Jamaica’s efforts in the areas of energy efficiency and energy conservation through the design and implementation of measures targeting key government facilities, as well as fuel conservation in road transportation to reduce the demand for fuel imports,” the Minister explained.He said the goals of the EMEP are consistent with the Vision 2030 plan as outlined in relation to National Goals, which speak to ‘Energy Security and Efficiency’ and ‘Sustainable Management and Use of Environmental and Natural Resources’, and include solar and wind energy.The EMEP will comprise three components. Component one consists of retrofitting the Health, Education and Public Agency (HEPA) government facilities. This component will target energy efficiency and conservation measures in 73 HEPA government facilities, comprehensive retrofits in 23 government facilities and light emitting diode (LED) lighting retrofits in 50 facilities.Component two involves the implementation of an Urban Traffic Management System (UTMS). This component will finance the purchase and installation of equipment to complete the UTMS in Kingston, which includes a central control platform for traffic monitoring, upgraded traffic controllers, closed-circuit television cameras and training of National Works Agency (NWA) staff.Component three focuses on support for electricity planning. This component will provide the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology (MSET) with additional expertise and system capacity, and, in particular, training, contracting of technical experts in energy efficiency, and demand side management and technical studies to support the implementation of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP),Meanwhile, Mrs. Turner-Jones said her organisation is pleased to be partnering with the country to fund EMEP.“Today is a great moment because it not just focuses on energy efficiency in bringing $7 million worth of savings to your budget every year. We see this as one really small component in terms of what the bigger energy plan and policy for the country will deliver over time. A large portion of Jamaica’s import bill goes to importing fuels, so, right now, that’s heavily weighted on heavy fossil fuels. Jamaica really is the country that is setting the pace for reforms,” she said. The Government has signed a loan agreement for US$15 million with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), to assist with the cost of rolling out the Energy Management and Efficiency Programme (EMEP).
September 28, 2018This Past weekend Arcosanti had the unique pleasure of hosting, Stiltasana, organized by Carpetbag Brigade and taught by company members Helen Goodrum, Alicia Gerstein and Levana Prud’Homme. Stiltasana is an event during which participants get to evolve their skills and meet the wider stilting community. There were times during everyone trained and worked hard, and there was much needed relaxation as well.Those who were present were performers, stilters, dancers, yogis, and just plenty of people with a deep curiosity to explore the capacity of their body.Classes were provided for all levels of stilters – beginners, intermediate and advanced. And the participants learned a mix of acrobatics, butoh and contact improvisation through still point exercises, partner walks, inversions & oppositions and graceful ground movement all on stilts.Everyone learned an amazing variety of skills, which are sure to be incorporated into their own performances. If you’re interested in attending one of the Carpetbag Brigade’s workshops and/or demonstrations, feel free to check out their website. This is just one of many exciting things happening at Arcosanti. Make sure to check back in for another scoop, and stay tuned!(Photos by Sue Kirsch and text by Jesse Fernandez)