[Update] Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) Voucher for Technical Assistance (VTA) Programme at the BSJ.

The BSJ will offer training and business support services to MSME through the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) Voucher for Technical Assistance (VTA) Programme. This grant assistance provides funding of J$200,000 (reduced from J$300,000) For more: dbjvoucher.com



ISO 50001:2018 – Energy Management Systems

What is this standard about?

ISO 50001 helps organizations use energy more efficiently and integrate better energy management into business strategy.  It does this by outlining how to implement and maintain an energy management system (EnMS) that continually improves the organization’s energy performance and saves money.

Who is this standard for?

It’s for use by any organization, regardless of its type, size, complexity, geographical location, organizational culture or the products and services it provides. Specifically, the standard will be used by:

  • Any organization wanting to improve energy management to reduce costs and carbon emissions
  • Any organization wishing to implement an energy management system
  • Those who want to develop a deeper understanding of internationally recognized best practice for energy management
  • Users of ISO 14001 who would like to develop their energy management systems

Why should you use this standard?

Implementing an EnMS provides a systematic approach necessary to continually improve energy performance. Once in place, an EnMS enables an organization to set and achieve objectives and energy targets, take action to improve its energy performance and benefit from efficiency and costs savings as a result.

It will help organizations to reduce energy costs, grow more sustainably, become more resilient and comply with legislation.The standard:

  • Applies to activities affecting energy performance that are managed and controlled by the organization
  • Applies irrespective of the quantity, use, or types of energy consumed
  • Requires demonstration of continual energy performance improvement but does not define levels of energy performance improvement to be achieved
  • Can be used independently, or be aligned or integrated with other management systems

What’s changed since the last update?

This revision incorporates ISO’s new high-level structure (HLS) of terms, definitions and headings, thus bringing the 2018 standard into line with the other key management systems standards. It makes this version compatible and easier to integrate with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, which are now also in the ‘HLS’ format.

Other key changes and benefits include:

  • A stronger emphasis on the responsibility of leadership
  • Clarification of key concepts related to energy performance
  • Improved sections on data collection and normalization
  • Additional minor revisions reflecting seven years of using the standard in the real world

ISO 50001 Guide

This free guide is aimed at decision-makers and senior managers.  It outlines key aspects of the energy management standard and how it can benefit your organization and help transform how you manage energy. Get free download.


For more information contact the International Organization for Standardization.  If you are in Jamaica you may visit the Bureau of Standards Jamaica.  If you are in England, please contact the British Standards Institute.

Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) Voucher for Technical Assistance (VTA) Programme at the BSJ.


The BSJ will offer training and business support services to MSME through the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) Voucher for Technical Assistance (VTA) Programme.

This grant assistance provides funding of up to J$300,000 for accessing services to improve business operations and promote trade.

For information on if you qualify or how to apply, visit: http://dbjvoucher.com/

UglyEmail reveals when senders secretly track your email activity, personal info

by Ian Paul

Advertising companies aren’t just tracking your web browsing habits—some marketers secretly monitor your email usage to discover a startling amount of information about you, too.

While senders are limited to only tracking specific messages they’ve sent to you, doing so can reveal whether you’ve opened the email or clicked any links in the message. It can also expose your general location and what kind of device you’re using.

If you’re curious about which messages are monitoring you and which one’s aren’t, a new extension for Chrome called UglyEmail can help. This extension—by developer Sonny Tulyaganov—monitors your inbox to find messages using pixel tracking. This is a common marketing technique where companies insert a transparent (and therefore invisible to you) one-pixel image into a message.

The pixel image has code in it designed to send back information about you to the company. As soon as you open a message with a pixel tracker in it, the image pings the marketer’s servers and the information flow begins. Pixel tracking shows up in all kinds of messages, including newsletters you subscribe to.

Thanks to UglyEmail you can find out when a message has a tracker and decide not to open that email.

UglyEmail helps you watch the watchers.

Using UglyEmail is simple. Just install the extension from the Chrome Web Store and it should start working. In my tests, it didn’t show up until after I’d restarted Chrome, opened a Gmail tab, and then refreshed that same tab.

When it’s working, you’ll see an eye icon next to the name of the message’s sender, as pictured in the image above. This allows you to see at a glance which messages are tracking you.

UglyEmail isn’t perfect, however. For starters, it only alerts you to messages with pixel trackers from three companies: Yesware, Bananatag, and Streak. The extension is also a little finicky. If you switch from the Primary tab to the Social tab in your inbox, for example, the UglyEmail icons you saw in the Primary tab will disappear. UglyEmail doesn’t work with Google Inbox, either.

UglyEmail also needs permission to “read” your email to be of any use, which is oh, oh so ironic. The good news is Tulyaganov told Wired that any personal data stays on your device and doesn’t get stored or transmitted by the extension.

Any performance issues and limitations should improve as development continues on UglyEmail. For now the extension is only for Gmail and only works on Chrome, but a Firefox version is in the works.


Ian is an independent writer based in Tel Aviv, Israel. His current focus is on all things tech including mobile devices, desktop and laptop computers, software, social networks, Web apps, tech-related legislation and corporate tech news.