Jamaica to Host ECPA Energy Summit in 2019

first_img Extending appreciation to President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet and the Minister of Energy, Hon. Andres Rebelledo and his team, in partnership with the OAS, for guiding ECPA over the past two years, she noted that Chile has handed Jamaica the baton with a running start. She expressed confidence that Jamaica will also provide strong leadership. Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), Her Excellency Audrey Marks, made the announcement as she addressed the opening plenary of the 3rd Ministerial Meeting of ECPA, at Viña del Mar, just outside Santiago, Chile, on September 7. Jamaica is to host the 5th Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), scheduled to be held in 2019. Story Highlights Jamaica is to host the 5th Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), scheduled to be held in 2019.Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), Her Excellency Audrey Marks, made the announcement as she addressed the opening plenary of the 3rd Ministerial Meeting of ECPA, at Viña del Mar, just outside Santiago, Chile, on September 7.The Ambassador spoke of the continued commitment of the Government towards energy diversification and access, and reduced cost to the population.She said Jamaica looks forward to the next two years of leading the work of the ECPA in partnership with the team at the Development Secretariat of the OAS.“The region is rich in natural resources and we will seek to optimize this potential through various activities that will make the Americas a leader in the new energy paradigm,” the Ambassador said.Extending appreciation to President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet and the Minister of Energy, Hon. Andres Rebelledo and his team, in partnership with the OAS, for guiding ECPA over the past two years, she noted that Chile has handed Jamaica the baton with a running start. She expressed confidence that Jamaica will also provide strong leadership.“I am very heartened by the expressions of support from the partners of this initiative at the United States Department of Energy and Department of State as well as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and World Bank delegations,” the Ambassador said.Also addressing the meeting were President Bachelet and the Secretary General of the OAS, Ambassador Luis Almagro.President Bachelet highlighted the necessity of energy access and her country’s commitment towards more sustainable energy, and supporting the guiding principles and Action Plan of the ECPA.During the opening ceremony, representatives from several countries made presentations in support of the seven pillars of the ECPA.The seven pillars include: promoting renewable energy; improving energy efficiency; making more efficient use of fossil fuels; creating energy infrastructure; reducing energy poverty; promoting regional energy integration; and developing energy research and innovation.Its Mission is to promote regional energy cooperation through different strategies and actions to achieve a cleaner, safer, efficient, modern and fair energy deployment, while the Vision is one of shared leadership in the implementation of energy initiatives and the exchange of experiences within the countries of the Americas, in support of energy development objectives.The ECPA is supported by a Technical Coordination Unit led by the Department of Sustainable Development of the OAS.last_img read more

Ryan Gosling and Denis Villeneuve make waves ahead of Oscar nominations

first_img“He’s very inspiring and he’s a gentleman, to boot,” Gosling said in an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival. “We haven’t had a lot of Canadian directors who have been able to do that and I can only think that he must be really popular with actors and that he’s really a congenial presence on set — because that gets around,” said Brian D. Johnson, a journalist and outgoing TFCA president. The in-demand duo, who are working together on the upcoming sci-fi film noir “Blade Runner 2049,” has already racked up a long list of honours on the awards circuit. Film critics say Villeneuve’s willingness to tackle genre pictures is one of the keys to his success. Villeneuve’s aliens-have-landed thriller “Arrival” is up for nine British Academy Film Awards and got two Golden Globe nominations. The Directors Guild of America also nominated Villeneuve for its outstanding directorial achievement award. When this year’s Oscar nominations are announced on Tuesday there’s a good chance some Canadians will be prominently in the mix, most notably Quebec director Denis Villeneuve and London, Ont.-born actor Ryan Gosling. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “He’s the biggest star in the world.” Villeneuve, whose other films also include “Enemy” and “Prisoners,” has also benefited from a strong support system in Quebec, said Johnson. Twitter Advertisement But their profiles have really skyrocketed lately, with their current projects landing them major features in high-profile publications that have declared the indie darlings as bona fide Hollywood A-listers. “I was happy to see Ryan Gosling win that (Golden Globe). He’s oh so charming,” said Toronto filmmaker Matt Johnson, whose fake documentary “Operation Avalanche” was up for a TFCA Award and is nominated for six Canadian Screen Awards. “He’s very Canadian. Our (‘Blade Runner’) crew is very Canadian. It’s kind of funny, just everyone apologizing to each other all the time for no reason.” “They’re so supportive of first filmmakers, they’re so supportive of young talent and they’re so good at continually funding people before they break out as opposed to, I think, the more senescence system we have in English Canada where we’re funding the people who have long since broken out and not those that are up-and-coming. “You don’t just get judged by your work, you get judged by your process.”center_img Also in contention for a nomination is Xavier Dolan, whose film “It’s Only the End of the World” is one of nine movies still in the running for a best foreign-language Oscar nod.By: Victoria Ahearn Advertisement “Denis Villeneuve is one of the best directors that are working right now and I’ve just been in awe of all of his movies, starting with ‘Polytechnique’ and ‘Incendies,’” he said in an interview at the TFCA Awards. Meanwhile, Gosling won a Golden Globe for his role as a jazz musician in the dreamy musical “La La Land,” which took home seven awards in total. He’s also up for BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild awards for best leading actor. Oscar-nominated Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan praises Villeneuve’s ambition. “He’s working at such a high level of craft and being able to work with these amazing performers and create this very distinct visual language.” Facebook Gosling has equal praise for Villeneuve. Advertisement “(Villeneuve’s success), to me, is a perfect example of how a really, really strongly funded, local film movement can have massive global effects, and by that I’m talking about the French-Canadian branch of Telefilm,” he said. “That’s how you get a Denis Villeneuve, that’s how you get a Jean-Marc Vallee — is by funding hundreds of young filmmakers who eventually are going to find their feet and then make these huge splashes that you’re seeing now.” Login/Register With: “Ryan Gosling, when you look at his body of work, he’s an artist that makes no compromise,” Villeneuve said during an interview at the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards earlier this month. Villeneuve and Gosling are both well established in their careers: Gosling’s honours include an Oscar nomination in 2007 for “Half Nelson,” and Villeneuve got a BAFTA nomination in 2012 for the mystery-drama “Incendies” and a Palme d’Or nomination at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015 for “Sicario.”last_img read more