Jamaica poised for NACAC glory

first_img Even though injury has eliminated Commonwealth and national champion Ronald Levy, Jamaica sends forth a strong crew of hurdlers in Toronto. Hansle Parchment, 110 metre hurdles medal winner at the Olympics, World Championships and Commonwealth Games, should handle the Americans Devon Allen and World Indoor runner-up Jarrett Eaton, while 2015 World Champion Danielle Williams is in for a catfight in the women’s 100-metre variant. Though Williams has set a personal best of 12.48 seconds this season, she may need to improve to beat world record-holder Kendra Harrison and Queen Harrison, who won the Pan-Am gold in Toronto three years ago. Harrison has run 12.36 this year. Janieve Russell, Jamaica’s Commonwealth champion, is the most consistent entrant in the 400 metre hurdles and could edge the American who succeeded her as World Junior champion in 2014, Shamier Little. World Cup triple jump queen Shanieka Ricketts faces Tori Franklin, who has a 23 centimetre margin over the Jamaican this year. Other medals could come from inform 100 metre sprinter Tyquendo Tracey, 400 metre ace Demish Gaye, CAC 400 metre hurdles runner-up Annsert Whyte and Jamaica’s teams in the 4×100 and 4×400 metre relays. In 2015, when the Canadian city of Toronto hosted the Pan-American Games, Jamaica won 3 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals in track and field. When Toronto opens its doors this week for the North American, Central American and Caribbean Championships, the returns should be even better. Armed with 2015 Pan-Am winners Fedrick Dacres and O’Dayne Richards and a strong women’s team, Jamaica could gather as many as 15 medals. Dacres has shrugged off a knee injury to continue a fine 2018 campaign in the discus. World leader at 69.67 metres, he faces the American pair of Mason Finley, who edged him out of the medals at the 2017 World Championships, and Reggie Jagers, training partner at Kent State University of Jamaica’s Commonwealth shot put winner Danielle Thomas-Dodd. Richards returns to Toronto just after leading fellow Jamaican Ashinia Miller to a shot one-two at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Colombia. Now closer to her best form, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is perhaps the 100-metre favourite, despite the presence of Commonwealth champion Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago and American Jenna Prandini. That field also includes Jonielle Smith of Jamaica and Ahye’s young compatriot Khalifa St Fort, who, like double World Junior champion Briana Williams of Jamaica, is coached by 1997 World 200m champion Ato Boldon. Smith and St Fort placed first and second at the CAC Games. Commonwealth runner-up Shericka Jackson squares off against Prandini in the 200m. Jackson has the edge on time – 22.05 to 22.18 seconds. Stephenie-Ann McPherson is the fastest in the field at 400 metres this year, but Courtney Okolo of the USA, the World Indoor champion, has a faster personal best, 49.71 to 49.92 seconds. A fine field will face the starter in the women’s 800 metres, with improving Natoya Goule of Jamaica and the fast American duo of World bronze winner Ajee Wilson and Raeven Rogers contending for the win as well. All three got quick clockings in the Monaco Diamond League race – a national-record 1 minute 56.15 for Goule, 1.56.45 for Wilson and 1.57.69 for Rogers. Kemoy Campbell has run 13 minutes 23.73 seconds in the 5000m this season and will be in the mix in Toronto. INJURYlast_img read more

SEA Games: Coach expects more weightlifting medals for PH

first_imgNo need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist ‘People evacuated on their own’ Margaret Colonia clinched a silver medal in the women’s 59-kilogram event Tuesday morning. Nestor Colonia and Elreen Ando take their try later in the day in the men’s 67kg and women’s 66kg.SEA Games: PH’s Margaret Colonia scores silver in weightliftingFEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4 Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee View comments Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations “Nine stations each day on top of their regular routines. That’s why I’m confident we could take care of things.” Hidilyn Diaz delivered the first gold for the weightlifting team on Monday, winning her first SEA Games medal with ease in the 55-kg event the night before.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) National team weightlifting coach Agustin Antonio. Photo by Denison Dalupang/INQUIRERMANILA, Philippines–National weightlifting mentor Agustin Antonio expects the Philippine delegation to produce medals on Tuesday as competition continues in the Southeast Asian Games at Ninoy Aquino Stadium.“We are expecting medals,” said Antonio. “They’ve been training for the whole year and their only taking Sundays off.”ADVERTISEMENT Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Antonio’s assurance also came shortly after Elien Roze, the bet for women’s 49kg, and Dave Pacaldo for men’s 61kg, both missed the podium on Monday.“We kind of expected falling short because it’s only their first time,” Antonio said.“Still, I’m very happy that they showed they’re capable,” he added. “We’re still teaching them how to manage their jitters.”Hidilyn Diaz clinches her 1st SEA Games weightlifting goldADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas SEA Games: PH’s Margaret Colonia scores silver in weightlifting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Guyana taps into US$64M fund to tackle youth crime, violence

first_img– MoU signed with USAIDCommunities with a high rate of youth crime and violence in Guyana have been selected to benefit from the new four-year US$64 million Caribbean initiative, Youth Empowerment Services (YES) programme being implemented by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).During the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that formalised the agreement with the Guyana Government on Thursday, Finance Minister Winston Jordan revealed the names of the communities that are to benefit from the initiative. They include Corriverton, East La Penitence, Sophia, Lodge, and East Ruimveldt.USAID Mission Director for the Youth Empowerment Services (YES) programme, Christopher Cushing hands over a copy of the MoU to Finance Minister Winston Jordan during a signing ceremony on Thursday at the Finance Ministry’s boardroom“These communities were selected based on the findings of studies, which show that they have the highest representations of high-risk behaviours such as incarceration, high levels of youth involvement in crime and violence, teenage pregnancy, youth unemployment, high numbers of drop-outs and significant use of drugs, among others,” the Minister explained.Jordan said the programme would help to prepare youths for employment by Government and civil society, and help to encourage entrepreneurship among them.“As we develop and roll out these programmes, work will be done simultaneously to guarantee that the stigma associated with self-employment and entrepreneurship is replaced with the need to foster innovation and creativity within our young people,” he said.The Minister also highlighted that this new initiative would build on the achievements made by the Skills and Knowledge for Youth Employment (SKYE) project, which assisted in creating alternative opportunities for young people who were at risk of becoming involved in a life of crime.“The YES programme is expected to increase the institutional and technical capacity of Government agencies, civil society, Non-Governmental Organisations, as well as stakeholders in selected communities to reduce the risk that fuel youth crime, violence and discrimination,” he added.Jordan also commended the USAID for implementing the programme, describing it as a comprehensive tool, which would provide necessary interventions to correct the incidence of crime and violence.USAID’s Mission Director for the Eastern and Southern Caribbean, Chris Cushing also indicated that the YES programme was being financed because of the successes by the US-funded US$7.5 million SKYE programme, which provided at-risk youths with new opportunities to further their education, become gainfully employed and venture into small businesses which are now poised for long-term success.Cushing expressed optimism that the YES programme would make the youths resilient to crime and violence and also reduce the chances of them becoming perpetrators.“The project uses a community-centred and public health model for crime and violence prevention to identify, analyse and support project interventions. The project will collect data to understand where and why crime and violence is happening, and will also support juvenile justice reform.”The project will target countries in the eastern and southern Caribbean, but will be focusing especially on Guyana, St Vincent, and St Lucia, where it was found that the emerging and existing issues warranted the intervention. It consists of three components: the Community, Family, Youth Resilience Programme; the Juvenile Justice Reform Project; and Strengthening Evidence Based Decision Making.last_img read more

Cabinet approves establishment of Telecommunications Agency

first_imgCabinet has approved the establishment of the Guyana Telecommunications Agency and the commencement of the Telecommunication Act 2016.The Agency will be responsible for a number of essential administrative and organisational activities, which will include: staffing of the agency, finalisation of licensing procedures in preparation for liberalisation, and issuance of new licences to telecommunication entities.This was disclosed by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, at a post-Cabinet press briefing on Friday at the Ministry of the Presidency.The establishment of the Agency is the first of two phases in the implementation of the Telecommunications Act 2016. The execution of phase one commenced from October 1 and will run until December 31.It involves the formation of the Agency as a corporate body, in accordance with the Act.Minister Harmon stated that at the end of this phase, the Agency is expected to be in a position to absorb the functions of the National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU), and have the capacity to deal with the additional regulatory functions mandated by the Act.last_img read more

Internet of Things (IoT): The Number of Connected IoT Devices Expected to Grow Exponentially

first_imgMcDonald’s restaurants used to count the number of hamburgers sold.  In 1962 they hit one million.  By the mid-1970’s they were counting in the billions.  In 1976 it was 20 billion.  The signage displayed on the golden arch logo at each restaurant kept a rough tally of the count of how many hamburgers all restaurants had sold.  Eventually the count got too high and the golden arch sign changed to read simply “billions and billions”.  Basically the number got too big to keep tracking.Will the same fate eventually hit the Internet of Things (IoT)?  That we’ll lose track of how many devices we’ve connected to the internet?  In our now digitally- and data-obsessed world, probably not.  Especially since devices aren’t consumed the same way that hamburgers are.  By any count though, there are already a lot of IoT devices.Gartner estimates that by next year there will be about 6 billion internet-connected devices with 5.5 million devices added daily, eventually growing to 20.1 billion by 2020.  Cisco estimates that there are actually 10 billion IoT devices among a pool of potentially 1.5 trillion devices that could be enabled.Jim Tully, vice president and analyst at Gartner, said that “IoT services are the real driver of value in IoT, and increasing attention is being focused on new services by end-user organisations and vendors.  Aside from connected cars, consumer uses will continue to account for the greatest number of connected things, while enterprise will account for the largest spending.  Connected things for specialized use are currently the largest category, however, this is quickly changing with the increased use of generic devices. By 2020, cross-industry devices will dominate the number of connected things used in the enterprise.”last_img read more

12 Ways to Get an Industry Rock Star to Join Your Startup

first_imgAI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them Guest author Scott Gerber is the founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council.When you’re a young entrepreneur, you might be excited to start something with your peers. However, you likely also recognize that more experienced talent would help you out. If you don’t have years of industry experience, you’re probably making more than a few rookie mistakes. The right talent, especially on your senior leadership team, can help you make better decisions as you grow.So how do you convince more experienced folks to join your team, especially when your startup is relatively unproven? Twelve young entrepreneurs from YEC share the tactics they used to convince industry rock stars to sign on.Let Them Make A DifferenceIn my experience, the best more-experienced hires tend to be the executives with big-company experience who appreciate the difference they can make in a smaller environment with much faster decision-making. Someone who led a sales or product development team can make more independent decisions and have a much bigger impact in a startup environment. In a meritocracy, the standout performers will be recognized and acknowledged, creating a very positive feedback loop. —Elliot Bohm, CardCashFocus On Vision And Challenges To SolveIn the current market environment, talented senior people have a huge number of opportunities. As a startup, you will not be able to compete on compensation, and if you do attract someone because you’re the highest bidder, be ready to lose them when someone else inevitably has more money. Focus your recruiting on what problems you’re trying to solve and what your bigger vision is. We recently brought on a technical lead who’d spent the previous four years at a high-growth startup. He was passionate about our vision, but also loved the culture of our company. Make someone happy with their team and fulfilled in their projects, and you’ll have a great long-term partner. —Aaron Schwartz, Modify WatchesMake It ExcitingMany people love the idea of a startup, but personal situations do not always allow them to start something from scratch on their own. If they can plug themselves into a startup that is a bit more established and use their expertise and skill to make it better, that can be an exciting change for their career. They are no longer just a cog in a machine, and can truly make a difference. Letting them participate in the financial upside when the company is a success also makes it more compelling, and makes them feel like they are part of something. —Jay Johnson, Small Lot WineAlways Be ImprovingWe were told by a veteran in the industry that one of the most exciting parts of our organization is the sense that we are “tinkering”—innovating by looking under the hood of the model and striving for creative ways to make it better. For more experienced folks, the lure of being able to “tinker,” to try new things and break out of more firmly rooted ways of thinking, can be appealing. —Lindsay Tanne, LogicPrepHave Them Talk To Founders And Early EmployeesThe proof is in the pudding for more experienced professionals. Have them connect with your cofounders and early employees, and hear directly from them why they left their previous jobs to work with you. The people on your team can tell the story of why it’s worth it to work at your startup from a different perspective, one that’s not as invested in the outcome of recruiting as yours. Potential new hires with more experience will also appreciate this as a sign of confidence that the people already on your team are happy with their work and enjoy themselves at your startup. Make sure to connect these potential experienced new hires with people within your company who have a similar background and history to their own, so it’ll be easier for them to relate to each other. —Dave Nevogt, HubstaffMatch Their PurposeWe recently hired a VP with more than 20 years of experience who had an offer from us (a fast-growing but midsize PR firm) and an offer from a publicly traded powerhouse company. There’s no way we could have competed on stock options, perks, 401K, salary, and so forth. What it came down to for her was that we had a need that perfectly aligned with the purpose she was pursing in her career. In her former position, she was hired for one roll, but the company truly needed her to do something else (which she did). Now she’s with us, doing exactly what we said we needed, which is what she wanted all along, and she’s flourishing. —Beck Bamberger, BAM CommunicationsBring Them On As A CofounderI met my current cofounder when he reached out to me via LinkedIn. We’re both from the same city and when we met to discuss further, I was very impressed by his honesty and willingness to build something together. We needed to figure out if we were a good fit, and also how much of our own money we were willing to put up for bootstrapping our company. Because he met me with a spirit of collaboration and sharing, I was much more willing to be open about my own finances. We settled on an equal contribution of startup capital that was feasible for us both, committed to sharing equity 50-50 and haven’t looked back since. I was an experienced entrepreneur and software development consultant at that point, but I was willing to come on board because I was treated fairly, as an equal. —Jared Brown, HubstaffShow Them Your Plan For SuccessDo not just convince, but show the individual where you are going and how you are going to get there. Allow them to believe they are an integral piece of the plan. A potential employee will want to join something they feel like they are a part of, and also something that is headed in the right direction. —Jayna Cooke, EventupLet Your Product Speak For ItselfMy company, Uassist.me, has some really amazing partnerships right now. You really don’t have to do a lot of convincing if your service or product speaks for itself. For us, it’s been a matter of having a person sign up to work with one of our virtual assistants, and after working with us for a while, coming to realize they want to be part of our team and what we’re building. —Alfredo Atanacio, Uassist.meMake It Easy To Say YesEveryone has different motivations and desires. Try to determine why each candidate is interested in your company, and then focus on the important items. This could be responsibility, prestige, money or a hundred different things. If you can identify their true desires then you can make your best effort to give them an offer they can’t refuse. When we made a key C-level hire we faced this exact problem. As a small company we did not have the bank balance to compete on straight salary, but the individual placed huge value on flexibility, responsibility and a feeling of ownership. These were things we could easily accommodate while other, more cash-rich companies could not. The result has been fantastic, and we got to add some much needed “grey hair.” —Douglas Hutchings, PicasolarDevelop Experienced Executives As AdvisorsOne approach to getting the best people in the world excited about your business is to develop them as advocates, and to be less concerned initially about the specific role they could potentially play. A lower commitment advisory role is a great way for someone to get to know you and the business, see the trajectory of your business first hand and get excited about what you’re doing. —Katrina Lake, Stitch FixShowcase Your Own Background“Startup” can be a dirty word to some people in sectors like real estate and finance, so it’s important to build a strong bridge between expertise and opportunity. Let potential senior hires know how your own background and experiences shaped your outlook and led you to your current venture. —Heather Schwarz-Lopes, EarlySharesPhoto by Jonathan Kos-Read How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… How to Cultivate the Skill of Being a Creative … Related Posts center_img scott gerber How to Meet the Demands of the Socially Conscio… Tags:#hiring#recruiting#yec last_img read more

Manchester City sign German winger Leroy Sane from Schalke

first_imgManchester City has made its most expensive signing of the offseason, bringing in Germany winger Leroy Sane from Schalke on a five-year contract for a reported $49 million.City announced the arrival of the 20-year-old Sane on Tuesday without disclosing a fee.City coach Pep Guardiola has also signed Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and Spain forward Nolito since taking over in June.Sane, who can play anywhere across the front line, says Guardiola “convinced me to come here and that I can continue to progress. I know I will learn a lot under him.”Guardiola described Sane as “a special talent and an exciting player.”Schalke signed Ghanaian left back Baba Rahman on a season-long loan from Chelsea.last_img

8 reasons every freelancer needs a dog

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.I was watching Riddick for the 100th time on HBO last weekend, and it got me thinking…”My freelancing existence makes me kinda like Vin Diesel’s crafty character. I’m a creative warrior. A strategic hero. Hear me roar!”And…”Damn it, I need a dingo!”Ok, not really. But it does help a lot of freelancers –most especially, the workaholic ones cooped up in their home offices– to have dogs.Yeah, yeah, that iguana in your fish tank gives you so much character, but nothing says support system quite like man’s best friend.How so, you ask?1. A DOG KEEPS YOU ON SCHEDULEWhen you’ve got flexibility, it’s so difficult to discipline yourself into getting work started at the proper time.Snuggling in that lovely bed without thinking of a timesheet is glorious!But… it’s just your luck that your dog doesn’t come with a snooze button.So after a series of noisy yaps, sloppy licks, and unrelenting blanket-pulling, you’re up and raring to go. Real professional-like.Throw that alarm clock away, why don’t you?Join the Union (it’s free!)Become a member2. A DOG IS A MOOD SETTERDogs have that contagious joy-joy attitude.When they’re perky (and they almost always are), you find yourself getting perky.Yes, that huge mug of coffee in your hands help with the perk meter.But all those positive vibes running through your system on a Monday morning, that’s all dog-induced.3. A DOG IS AN ICE BREAKERSpeaking of contagious joy-joy, have you ever had a Skype meeting with your dog popping its adorable head into the frame making your client go “Aww… what a cutie!”?No? Give it a try. It lightens up the mood fast.Taking your dog to your casual coffee shop business meetings has the same positive effect.4. A DOG RESPECTS YOUR PRIVACYWith acute sensitivity, a dog can also tell when you’re in the zone and would want some serious me time.He won’t bug you about that squeaky garage door you need to fix or last night’s dishes you need to wash.Instead, he’ll get out of your way, go out into the yard, and chase birds until it’s feeding time.5. A DOG NEVER JUDGES WHEN YOU BOTCH UPHad a hard day out? Your dog won’t mouth off about how you’ve just jeopardised your whole career with your bad judgment.On the contrary, he will happily woof your welcome and tackle-hug you to the ground –giddily implying that you’re still awesome and that everything will be okay.Instant ego booster! Your dog is an in-house pep rally you cannot do without.6. A DOG CELEBRATES YOUR WINSOf course, when you’ve done great, your dog is also there for that well-meaning hug and that tub of Haagen Dazs you have saved up in your freezer.Extreme enthusiasm guaranteed!7. A DOG GIVES YOU THAT MUCH-NEEDED BREAKIf you’ve been sitting in front of your laptop far too long, your dog will let you know, too.He will slobber it up on your lap with a ball or his leash between his teeth, telling you in not so many words that you need to stretch those legs and experience the beauty of fresh, clean air at the park.And this time, he’s not taking no for an answer.** 8. A DOG BURNS THE MIDNIGHT OIL WITH YOU**And when it’s time to go back to the grind, your dog will stay curled up at your feet way beyond bedtime.Telling you with his calm breathing that he won’t leave you despite your irrational masochistic ways.I know what you’re thinking. You can get the same kind of companionship from a quality human being, right?True. But in a barren wasteland that is your home office with nothing but dunes of deadlines outlining the horizon, a dog is what you need.You need that raw, unshakeable, crazy-primal loyalty.To quote Riddick, “Gotta find that animal side again.”A dog, Freelancer. Fetch one.Karen is RaketChick at raketchick.blogspot.com, a Freelancing Survival Champion who’s also an independent Advertising/Web/Magazine Writer, a Strategic Creative Consultant, and a Fiction Author specializing in erotica. Uhm, yeah.last_img read more

The Clean Power Plan: What’s Water Got To Do With It?

first_imgThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new Clean Power Plan has been heralded as a major step toward a low-carbon economy in the United States. By reducing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, the new policy is designed to promote the development of renewable energy sources nationwide.However, the plan’s impact on water resources has been largely overlooked, even though power plants are significant water users across the U.S., accounting for 45 percent of total water withdrawals. The Union of Concerned Scientists reports that, on average, producing the electricity you use in your home results in more freshwater withdrawals than all of your daily water-related tasks, like sprinkling lawns and washing dishes. Where that electricity comes from makes a big difference in how much water is involved, though. Thirsty energy sources like coal can take 20,000 gallons per megawatt hour to 50,000 gallons per megawatt hour, while wind power requires almost no water at all. These high water stress levels mean that U.S. states need to be careful about where they develop natural gas resources. Fracturing in a water-stressed area will only add to existing competition for water by domestic, industrial and agricultural users. Still, there are ways to lessen the stress. Operators can use non-freshwater sources or recycle wastewater to decrease freshwater use. Alternatively, states can invest in renewable energy like wind and solar photovoltaic power, which require almost no water at all.The Clean Power Plan is a major step to bring the U.S. closer to a future powered completely by low-emissions energy sources. But as states begin to plan how to meet the new emissions targets, they should keep water in mind. Aqueduct’s water stress projections allow state policymakers to consider current and future water issues before deciding how to reach their emissions goals. With proper implementation, the Clean Power Plan can protect our water as well as our climate for decades to come. So what impact will the Clean Power Plan have on this water-scarce future? It’s hard to know. How states decide to meet their individual emissions targets will affect the nation’s energy mix. Improved energy efficiency would lead power plants to use less water, while adding carbon capture and sequestration technology to coal plants would make them even thirstier than they are now.Natural gas will probably hold its place in the future U.S. energy mix as a lower-emissions fossil fuel alternative to coal. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) listed the shift of generation from existing coal plants to existing natural gas plants as one compliance option to reduce emissions. The plan itself predicts that natural gas will be the nation’s largest electricity source in 2030.U.S. natural gas production has risen dramatically over the past decade, largely as a result of hydraulic fracturing, or fracturing. Much of the debate revolves around water issues: fracturing a single well requires between 1.8 million and 6 million gallons of water, while drilling a conventional natural gas well takes only 50,000 to 660,000 gallons. Critics also voice concerns over which contains high quantities of salt, sand and harmful chemicals.When it comes to water and fracturing, it’s all about location and time. Although fracturing accounts for only one-thousandth of total U.S. water withdrawal, wells are often clustered in a small area. In fact, almost a third of water use in some U.S. counties stems from fracturing. Additionally, wells only require large volumes of water for a few days at the beginning of the fracturing process, so new well development can make a significant impact on water availability in an area. Aqueduct’s water stress projections can lend additional insight into the issue: by 2030, nearly 63 percent of areas in the U.S. where natural gas could be fracked will be arid or suffer from high or extremely high water stress.center_img Water stress will likely become a more important factor in future energy decisions. By the time the Clean Power Plan is fully implemented in 2030, over half of the contiguous U.S. is likely to be arid or suffer from high or extremely high water stress. Since companies, farms and homes in these areas will already use most of the available water, there will probably be intense competition for any additional withdrawals. Reports of a megadrought coming to the central and southwestern U.S. highlight that region’s vulnerability to growing water scarcity.last_img read more