A member of the Jamaica Institute of Planners, Doreen Prendergast, has supported the move by Government to establish a regulatory body to deal with environmental monitoring, compliance and enforcement. Ms. Prendergast told JIS News that it is a “timely move” by Government to set up the entity. “If this entity comes into being, I would implore everyone to give their full support, so that the whole monitoring and enforcement aspect can really be given the attention that it deserves, so that the National Environment and Planning Authority (NEPA) can focus on carrying out its spatial planning role,” she said. She said over the years NEPA had been blamed for all the “ills,” while noting that the lack of resources had prevented the agency from dealing effectively with planning and enforcement issues. Ms Prendergast was speaking at a public consultation on November 6, at the St. Andrew Parish Church Hall, in Kingston, to discuss the establishment of the proposed unit, the Environmental Regulatory Authority (ERA). Tuesday’s meeting was the fourth public consultation organised by the Public Sector Modernisation Division at the Cabinet Office, Office of the Prime Minister, to hear the views of the public and major stakeholders on the ERA’s Green Paper. The Green Paper outlines a set of reforms that will remove a number of problems associated with the current arrangements for planning and the management of the environment in the country. So far, consultations have been held at the Cecil Charlton Town Hall and the Mandeville Parish Church Hall in Mandeville, Manchester and the Montego Bay Civic Centre, Sam Sharpe Square, in St. James. Director of the Environmental Health Unit, Ministry of Health, William Broughton, has also welcomed the establishment of the ERA. “I think the process should be expedited and brought into fruition in the shortest possible time,” he emphasised. Main presenter and Professor at the University of the West Indies, Anthony Clayton, said it is being proposed to upgrade NEPA into a state-of-the-art National Planning Agency and to transfer NEPA’s responsibility for environmental monitoring and enforcement to this new agency. Other key recommendations in the Green Paper include the development of a National Spatial Plan and to give NEPA the primary responsibility for developing, maintaining and updating this plan. Professor Clayton said it is being proposed in the Green Paper that the new ERA concentrate its efforts on serious offenders. “If you try to chase after everybody you dilute your efforts, and you make yourself ineffective everywhere,” he added. “By prosecuting the worst offenders you are also sending a very powerful signal to everybody in society that bad behaviour will not be tolerated,” the Professor said.
zoom The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are setting the stage to make a transition to zero emissions in their Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP).By signing a joint declaration on June 12, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia set ambitious goals unveiling zero emissions plans for the twin ports of the San Pedro Bay.Additionally, the parties affirmed that the CAAP will include new investments in clean technology, expanding at-berth emission reductions, and launching a zero emissions drayage truck pilot program in the next few years.With this move, the mayors are strengthening their pledge to make the twin ports global models for cleaner air, sustainability and innovation.“With the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach ranked as the nation’s two largest ports, it is crucial to double down on our commitment to combating climate change by achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and by committing to zero emissions goals for the Clean Air Action Plan,” Garcia said.The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will release a detailed timeline and process for CAAP within 15 days, and fully complete the update by November.Mayors Garcetti and Garcia also launched the Green Ports Collaborative, a new initiative led by the Climate Mayors. The program will bring cities and ports together to create shared environmental standards, demonstrate future demand for zero emissions equipment and trucks, work with manufacturers to produce the vehicles and technologies needed, and take other collaborative action to green ports across the country.
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 31, 2017 – Nassau – Fundamental subjects of Math and English were drilled into the 100-plus children enrolled in the Nassau Village Urban Renewal Summer Camp but, equally important, the children were exposed to topics like bullying, hygiene, inappropriate touch, gang violence and conflict resolution through pep talks during the three-week program.“I’ve seen their mannerisms change over the course of the 3 weeks,” said Latisha Rolle, one of 13 facilitators at the camp.“Camp normally gives families temporary relief from chaotic situations at home. Children act according to their culture at home. When they go home, even though Mummy may be loud, we help them to understand there is a way to deal with that. We teach them to deal with conflict. As a child, you have an obligation to honor your father and mother and that is one of the scriptures we teach them.“Every day they also say a pledge and 2 Bible scriptures… “Honor thy father and mother… and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.“They know these things by heart,” she said.Arnette Lunn, a camp facilitator who is also studying to become a Mediator, imparted some of her skills to the children. She explained that it is one thing to recite the pledge, but it’s another thing to know what it means. “We explain what the pledge means; respect for peers, elders, teachers, the community and anyone you may encounter. We also recite the Golden Rule every day … Do unto others as you would have them do to you. Treat people how you want to be treated.”The campers, ages 5-15, who are residents of Nassau Village, Pinewood and the surrounding area, also engaged in basketball and volleyball games for 20 minutes each day along with interpretive dance and sign language classes.Ms. Lunn emphasized that the children were “happy” to be at the camp and were making new friends in a school setting but in a “controlled” environment.The Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development is hosting the “free” camp which is being held at Sadie Curtis Primary School. Each day the children receive breakfast and lunch, fruits and drinks.The camp will officially closed with a special ceremony at Loyola Hall, Gladstone Road, at the end of July.Press Release: BISStory by: Kathryn Campbell Photo Captions: Header Photo: Camp facilitator Latisha Rolle assists campers with preparations for the closing exhibition.Insert photo: Arnette Lunn, Urban Renewal Camp facilitator, views a Junkanoo piece to be displayed at the camp’s closing exhibition.(BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Car hits, kills contractor in Emerald Hills KUSI Newsroom, September 17, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A contractor was struck and killed by a car Monday on an Emerald Hills-area road while he was in the area surveying property, authorities said.The 73-year-old pedestrian was crossing the street in the 5300 block of Geneva Avenue when the eastbound vehicle hit him shortly before 7:30 a.m., according to San Diego police.The car then veered to the right and crashed into a parked vehicle, Sgt. Tim Underwood said.The victim died at the scene. His name was withheld pending family notification.The 25-year-old motorist was cooperating with police, SDPD public- affairs Officer Billy Hernandez said. It was not immediately clear who was at fault for the accident. Posted: September 17, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter
Download the full report here. [PDF, register] A recent report on the paid search market from SearchIgnite, a performance marketing technology and services firm, says paid search spending was way up in fourth quarter 2010 when compared to 2009. Marketers increased their spend by 35.5 percent in Q4, says the report, and 18.5 percent for the year.In 2009, half of the year dragged by in the negative single digits, rising slightly in Q3 to flatten out through Q4. In the last three months of 2010, spending ramped up significantly, providing apparent momentum for the first part of 2011. Spending was up 25.4 percent in October 2010, 35.3 percent in November and 44.8 percent in December-which mirrors the holiday push.Results of all that spending were up as well. Clicks in fourth quarter 2010 were up about 20 percent, impressions rose 2 percent and click-throughs jumped almost 18 percent. Meanwhile, Google maintained its dominance in the paid search market, according to the report, increasing its market share from third quarter to fourth quarter by 3 percent, topping out at 82.6 percent by the end of 2010. Bing, on the other hand, only managed 17.4 percent market share in Q4.
Sony With Oppo bowing out of the race in 2018, Sony is one of the only manufacturers still catering to the high end when it comes to 4K Blu-ray players. With the new X800M2, announced at CES, it also fixes something the company left out of the original X800: Dolby Vision. While the cheaper X700 offered it (and hence earned our recommendation instead) the expected Dolby Vision update skips the X800 and comes to the new M2 instead. Dolby Vision is one of several competing standards of High Dynamic Range (HDR) video, which aims to increase picture quality through increased colors and contrast in 4K movies. The new X800M2 supports 4K Ultra HD playback, HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) in addition to 4K upscaling. Like the original, the player supports Hi-Res Audio and DSD as well as SACD/DVD-A. The Sony will also include 4K streaming services such as Netflix and YouTube, though it’s unclear if it also supports HDR . Unlike the X1000, the X800M2 comes with digital outputs only. The X800M2 will be available in mid-May for $300.Originally published on Jan 7 2019 8:15 PMUpdate, April 18: Added pricing and availability CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 85 Photos Blu-ray Players CES 2019 All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Share your voice Tags Comments 2 4K TVs Sony
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said it is not considerable to Bangladesh what India and China are saying about the Rohingya issue.”Their [India and China] diplomats saw the woes of the Rohingyas and they’re very much sympathetic to them. We saw that,” she said.The prime minister was responding to a question during a press conference at the Bangladesh Permanent Mission at the UN in New York.She also mentioned that India and China came forward with humanitarian assistance and they are sending relief materials to Bangladesh for the Rohingya refugees. “They’re extending all sorts of cooperation.”Hasina said all the diplomats, stationed in Dhaka, went to the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar to see for themselves the sufferings of the refugees. “They talked to them (Rohingyas)… they’re all sympathetic to the Rohingya refugees,” she said.The prime minister said after giving shelter to some 800,000 Myanmar nationals in Bangladesh, the country is facing a complex crisis about their food, accommodation, emergency relief and their repatriation.Talking about her meeting with UN gecretary general Antonio Guterres, Hasina said he highly appreciated Bangladesh for standing in their bad time by the Rohingya refugees fleeing persecution by Myanmar security forces in Rakhine State. “He (UN secretary general) also said he will do everything possible from his side to resolve the problem permanently,” she added.Hasina said as the government is providing food to Bangladesh’s 16 crore people, it will not be a big deal for the country to feed another 800,000 Rohingya refugees. “If needed, we’ll eat one time a day and share our food with them (Rohingyas) during other time,” she said.
Share What the criminal case against Arkema could mean for other companiesEarlier this month, a Harris County grand jury indicted chemical manufacturer Arkema for the release of toxic chemicals after its plant flooded during Harvey. Harris County prosecutors allege Arkema “recklessly” released those toxic chemicals into the air as fires burned within the facility, allegedly making Crosby residents and first-responders sick.The facility took on six feet of floodwater during the storm, resulting in the failure of the plant’s power generators and causing explosions of those toxic chemicals. Additional sentence for woman convicted of illegal votingA North Texas woman convicted of illegal voting has been sentenced to 10 months in federal prison for violating her parole from a fraud case by casting a ballot.Crystal Mason was sentenced in March to five years in state prison for voting illegally in the 2016 presidential election. When she voted, Mason was on parole from a previous federal fraud charge. State law prohibits voting by a person still serving a sentence for a crime.This week, Mason was convicted in federal court because voting was a violation of her parole. Colorado fracking battle of interest to Texas companiesIn Colorado, voters will soon decide whether to significantly limit oil and gas drilling near homes and businesses, a brewing battle with ramifications for Texas companies and, possibly, the state’s own economy. Naturally, Texas companies have a stake in the outcome. Former Enron CEO released from prisonPat Sullivan/APFormer Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling is escorted from the federal courthouse Friday, June 21, 2013, in Houston after being re-sentenced for his role in the energy giants’ collapse. Skilling was resentenced to 14 years as part of a court-ordered reduction and a separate agreement with prosecutors. The decision brought a protracted legal conclusion to one of the most notorious U.S. financial scandals. Skilling has been in prison since 2006, when he was sentenced to more than 24 years by U.S. District Judge Sim Lake. But an appeals court vacated his prison term in 2009, ruling that a sentencing guideline was improperly applied. That meant a reduction of as much as nine years. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)Former Enron executive Jeffrey Skilling has been released from prison. Skilling has been sent to a halfway house in Texas, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.Skilling was Enron’s CEO and was convicted of multiple counts of fraud and insider trading in connection with the collapse of the Houston-based energy giant. Labor Day weekend has become one of the deadliestAccording to figures from the Texas Department of Transportation that go back to 2013, about 40 people on average are killed in crashes around the state over the Labor Day weekend. Authorities say drunk driving is a big problem, but speed and distraction are also factors. Local School Districts Top List of Clients for Alternative Special Ed SchoolsLast school year, more than three dozen school districts in Greater Houston contracted with the Harris County Department of Education for special ed services, from Galveston to Magnolia.The biggest client was the Alief Independent School District. It spent over $1 million on seats at one of the county agency’s alternative schools. That’s according to public records obtained by News 88.7.
Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read For the first time, mobile devices outnumber people. This milestone underscores one crucial fact for entrepreneurs: as the number of mobile devices rises, so do their importance.Eighty-five percent of consumers believe their mobile devices are essential to daily life. Clearly, the mobile interface is crucial for consumers, and the savvy businesses that hope to connect with them increasingly choose to do so via smartphones and tablets. A mobile strategy can help companies of all sizes reach more customers and help maintain a strong industry advantage.Related: Do You Need an App for That? Take This Quiz to Find Out.But creating a mobile strategy involves more than building an app. A great strategy ensures that your in-person, mobile and traditional online experiences communicate a cohesive message that motivates customers to interact with your business. Here are seven ways to maximize your mobile efforts:1. Align your strategies.You might be tempted to jump on this month’s trend, but if that fad doesn’t align with your growth strategy, it’s worthless. My company, for instance, has developed a mobile strategy to meet our goal to better connect with customers.Also keep in mind that the average paid app only brings in $500 a month in revenue to a developer. That amount is a waste of time for most businesses, so ensure your app is anything but average to make your mobile strategy worthwhile.2. Design great experiences.Focus on delivering a customer experience that enables users to interact with your brand in new and exciting ways. The majority of users expect their apps to load within two seconds, and 85 percent of users prefer an app to a mobile website. You’ve probably experienced the frustrations of viewing a mobile website with a distorted layout and difficult navigation. So develop your app with the goal of alleviating these frustrations.3. Use application programming interfaces.APIs allow two systems to communicate with each other, which helps you avoid building features from scratch. Up to 75 percent of Twitter’s traffic is a result of its API, meaning much of its user growth stems from third-party apps. Think about how you can leverage the existing user network of other apps to grow your user base.Related: 3 Ways to Grab an Early Piece of the $500 Billion Opportunity in Mobile Marketing4. Make your strategy scalable.The smartphone market is forecasted to grow by more than 10 percent every year for the next four or five years, and the number of mobile app downloads is projected to double in the next three years. Given these rates, your mobile strategy must be flexible, so allow and plan for rapid growth.5. Foster a streamlined experience.Align your mobile experience with your webpage experience so users can switch between devices. Only 16 percent of users will try a buggy app more than twice, so the transition should be smooth. Spotify, for example, has a seamless mobile and desktop component. If users are listening to a song during their commute, they can pick up where they left off when they sit down at their desktop.6. Build a strong team.A bare-bones app can cost $10,000 to develop, and developing a graphics-intensive app can cost millions. Having a solid team of developers is critical to building successful apps. An in-house development team is a start. It’ll give you the technical chops to execute your plan, and you won’t have to go back and forth with an outside contractor to get a feature implemented.7. Secure your customers’ data.If you handle client data, information security is crucial. Implement data encryption, and address customer privacy when you consult with cloud vendors. With an increase in bring-your-own-device practices, the array of devices and platforms makes you vulnerable, so do everything you can to secure confidential data and give your customers the peace of mind they deserve.Flipboard is an example of a brand that’s effectively implemented a mobile strategy. The digital magazine is completely mobile. In many ways, it transformed magazine reading into an enjoyable experience for smartphone and tablet users. Its features even allow users to create their own magazines, enabling individuals with similar interests to unite.A mobile strategy that’s tailored to your startup’s goals and connected to your customers’ needs can help you connect with your target audience on a deeper level. A strong mobile strategy can also accelerate your company’s growth on a promising trajectory. Related: 5 Ways Mobile Web Games Can Amp Up Your Marketing March 10, 2015 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free