Transport Ministry Moves to Enhance Road Safety

first_imgRelatedTransport Ministry Moves to Enhance Road Safety Advertisements RelatedTransport Ministry Moves to Enhance Road Safety Transport Ministry Moves to Enhance Road Safety UncategorizedDecember 12, 2008center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail With road fatalities for the year hovering close to the 300 mark, Transport and Works Minister, Michael Henry, has said that the Ministry is moving to implement measures aimed at enhancing safety on the island’s thoroughfares.Some of these measures include installing signs and proper road markings, and improving driving instruction and training.Speaking at the launch of the Jamaica Automobile Association’s (JAA) ‘Make Cars Green’ initiative at the JAA’s Swallowfield offices in Kingston on Wednesday (Dec. 10), Mr. Henry lamented the number of fatalities on Jamaica’s roads, noting that they are taking a toll on the nation’s resources.“The accidents ratio. is a great drain on the health service. It is a great impact on the lives of everyone. it is something that we can prevent. (By) being careful, planning carefully, looking at how driver’s licences are issued, looking at the value of life, that (is how) we (can) begin to address (the challenge),” he stated.He informed that the necessary equipment will be sourced to place the requisite markings on the roads, which will serve to better guide all users. He said new reflectors will be installed along the toll roads, while the signs along the thoroughfares will also be improved.“You will now see that there are signs on the bridges of the toll roads. These signs (however) are not large enough, by my feeling, so we will add to that. Additionally, we want the signs to have a specific meaning. The blue signs give you the direction, the brown signs should give you heritage sites, and the green signs should give you locations. I am hoping that we can implement (a) programme of driving by symbols… because in international countries, where people don’t speak the same language, you drive by symbols,” Mr. Henry outlined.In the meantime, the Minister appealed for motorists and other users of the roads, to exercise caution during the Christmas season.“I am making this appeal…for us to drive carefully…(and) cautiously. Speeding is a major (cause of) accidents. You are responsible for the car once you get behind the wheel. Therefore, by extension, you are responsible for (the) lives (of the persons) you are driving,” Mr. Henry implored.A project of the International Automobile Federation’s (FIA), the ‘Make Cars Green’ initiative aims to reduce the impact of cars of the environment, by encouraging ecologically sound motoring. In keeping with the initiative, motorists are encouraged to adopt a number of energy saving measures including purchasing energy saving vehicles, checking tyre pressures frequently, reducing load, saving on air conditioning, and keeping speed constant.The JAA hopes that the introduction of the project locally will help to raise the level of environmental awareness, and enhance road safety in Jamaica. RelatedTransport Ministry Moves to Enhance Road Safetylast_img read more

Science Plan to guide ACT’s environmental science

first_imgScience Plan to guide ACT’s environmental science Australian GreensThe ACT Government has today launched its Science Plan, which provides a five-year framework for scientific development, research and management into the Territory’s environment.The Science Plan will help guide the Government’s work across a full range of scientific areas in the Canberra region, including biosecurity, nature conservation, forest and rural land management, environmental protection, bushfire management, heritage and water.Minister for the Environment Rebecca Vassarotti said the Plan will help shape a future in which environment is conserved and enhanced for generations to come.“We are fortunate to live in Canberra, a place with so much ecological diversity and natural beauty,” Minister Vassarotti said. “We know that the wellbeing of our environment plays an important role in supporting our community’s health and wellbeing.“The environmental challenges we face are rapidly expanding: a growing population, urban expansion and intensification, water extraction, spread of invasive plants and animals, ecological fragmentation, bushfire and climate are all reducing the capacity of our ecosystem to deliver ecosystem services.“To solve these challenges, we need to listen to scientists and adopt an evidence-based approach. We need to protect our ecosystems and make sure they remain healthy and thriving. Healthy ecosystems not only lead to cleaner air and water, they provide habitats for our native flora and fauna, and more green spaces for the community.“The ACT Government is committed to creating a strong, evidence-based approach to research and decision making so we can so we can meet these challenges head on.”ACT Conservator for Flora and Fauna Ian Walker said the Science Plan lays the framework for conserving environment in a coordinated and collaborative way.“This plan is also a vision to empower citizen scientists, Universities, Ngunnawal Traditional Custodians, and other interested parties to join the ACT Government and undertake collaborative research to inform future decisions and care for Canberra’s environment,” Mr Walker said.The ACT Government will continue to collaborate with Australian National University, CSIRO and University of Canberra, along with many other knowledge providers including Ngunnawal Traditional Custodians. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Act, ACT Government, AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian Greens, Australian National University, bushfire, Canberra, community, CSIRO, environment, flora and fauna, Government, Minister, research, Scientists, university, University of Canberralast_img read more

Future Kalispell Rail Trail Attracting More Businesses

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email Although the railroad tracks still remain intact, the future Kalispell Trail is seeing more businesses and developments alongside the recreation destination, which will run through the heart of the city.Currently undergoing renovations, 4th and ZURI, located on Fourth Avenue West North, will add to its mercantile store and transform into a multiuse building called ECHOS, which will include boutiques, Airbnb’s and more.When Amy Ek purchased the store in 2018, it held mostly antiques with décor products. But after she noticed a decline in antique sales, Ek chose to shift to a more business-minded building.Ek models 4th and ZURI after a market where she hosts about 50 vendors in the store to create a mercantile mall. The vendors manage their own shop within the store.She has a similar store in Battle Ground, Washington called Rusty Glamour, where there are more designers and handmade items, which she hopes to add more to 4th and ZURI.“I love the local designed items,” Ek said. “There’s so much inspiration and creativity. Customers love that stuff.”While the mercantile encompassed most of the building, Ek has consolidated it to one level and she’s shrinking the store to about one-third to make room for additional businesses.Ek’s clothing line, ZURI, which the entire building was partially named after and currently resides in the store, will expand. She formed the line in 2017 in Portland, Oregon with her niece and she moved it to Kalispell once she bought the facility on Fourth Avenue. She describes the apparel as minimal, luxury clothing for women and children.“We want people to feel comfortable in their clothes,” Ek said.In addition to the store, Ek will add a ZURI sewing center upstairs where she will order fabric from different companies and sew the items right above the store.By having a sewing center in the same building, Ek says it cuts out the transportation of the inventory.“As things sell out, you can go upstairs and grab more,” she said.Upstairs, Ek is also in the process of building four Airbnb’s which will sleep four to six people in each with a common area and a deck outside. Ek says it’s ideal for families who want to rent the whole upstairs or for individuals.Ek is also building about 10 upstairs offices designed for remote workers who wouldn’t otherwise have an office space to work in.The last known portion of the building at this point will be a coffee shop, which will be finished in spring of 2021 with a green area outside, overlooking the Rail Trail.Ek is looking forward to the Kalispell Rail Trail, and she’s hoping to connect with other businesses and the people on the trail.“I want to make sure we connect with the community and connect with the tourists,” she said.4th and ZURI will temporarily close for construction from Jan. 1 to March 1 to complete phase 1, which includes the upstairs Airbnb’s and the office spaces.Phase 2 will begin in January 2021 for the renovation and modernization of the 4th and ZURI store, addition of two boutiques and the coffee shop and relocation of entrances to the south side to overlook the trail. Phase 3 will include final completion of the parking lot and landscaping.For more information, find 4th and ZURI on [email protected]last_img read more

UK Charts: Metal Gear Survive debuts at No.6

first_imgUK Charts: Metal Gear Survive debuts at No.6£25 spin-off game fails to have a big impact on the chartsChristopher DringHead of Games B2BMonday 26th February 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleGfKMetal Gear Survive headlines a very quiet week for UK games retail, although struggles to make a meaningful impact on the charts.The Konami spin-off reached No.6. The last Metal Gear spin-off title, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance in February 2013, debuted at No.2 and sold 85% more units in its first week.Metal Gear Survive is primarily an online multiplayer game and digital download sales have increased significantly since 2013. As a result, it’s likely the game will have performed much better than the physical GfK charts are suggesting.PS4 accounted for 68% of Metal Gear Survive’s sales, with the remainder coming on Xbox One. The title had a budget price point of around £25, so in terms of revenue, it only reached No.11 in the charts. Otherwise, it’s a pretty quiet week for games once again. Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet is the only other new game at No.37. FIFA 18 retains the No.1 spot for a second week in a row. And promotional activity around the first 2 Uncharted games (the PS4 versions) sees both games return to the charts (Uncharted 2 up 575% and Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune up 622%). Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Last week’s new titles have taken a sizeable tumble. Kingdom Come: Deliverance dropped from No.2 to No.12 with a 80% sales fall. While Bayonetta 2 for Switch dropped from No.5 to No.19 after a 71% sales plunge.Alongside FIFA, the usual duo of GTA V and Call of Duty: WWII make up the remainder of the Top Three (although Call of Duty does rise up 5 places thanks to a 3% rise in weekly sales).Here is the UKIE/GfK Top Ten for the week ending February 24th:Last WeekThis WeekTitle11FIFA 1832Grand Theft Auto V63Call of Duty: WWII44Monster Hunter World65EA Sports UFC 3New Entry6Metal Gear Survive77Shadow of the Colossus98Mario Kart 8 Deluxe129Super Mario Odyssey1010Assassin’s Creed OriginsCelebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesResident Evil: Village is the third biggest PS5 launch so far | UK Boxed ChartsBut physical sales down over previous Resident Evil gamesBy Christopher Dring 2 days agoNier Replicant ver.1.22474487139 is No.1 in the UK | UK Boxed ChartsIt’s very quiet out thereBy Christopher Dring 16 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Countrywide to close branches as sales halve.

first_imgHarry Hill, chairman said that completed sales in the first half of November were running at about half the rate seen in the summer.’There is still a reasonable number of people wanting to buy a house but the net situation is being affected by a high cancellation rate,’ he said. Cancellations were greater than in the last “mini-slowdown” in late 2004 and 2005, he added.’Mr Average is just seeing this maelstrom of news going around his head, most of which isn’t very good,” he said. “Even if he goes to buy a house, he goes to the pub and half his mates say he must be mental. So he rings up and changes his mind.’Countrywide employs more than 10,000 people and owns brands such as John D Wood, Bairstow Eve, Abbotts, Gascoigne Pees and the Bradford & Bingley estate agencies.last_img read more

Courts: the US should be a warning

first_img John Lockett, Burnley Unfortunately, I did not read John Hyde’s web article ‘What’s so bad about privatising our courts?’ until the comments had closed. However, as a former law student and now a researcher in criminology, I have the following thoughts to offer. Given the general, headlong rush to privatisation and the treatment of big business – especially banks – by government, the accountability spoken of is likely to be conspicuously lacking. The Whitehall culture of rewarding (or covering up) failure is likely to continue. Criminal and civil justice is, and should remain, the sole responsibility of the state and not the vested interests we would likely see with privatisation. The American system has demonstrated this many times. The US criminal justice system is inherently racist and amounts to little more than human trafficking, with prisons being built simply in anticipation of the effect of proposed legislation and the needs of the businesses run by prisons/corporations. Prisoners are frequently transferred to prisons hundreds of miles from their home states, where they receive minimal or ineffective medical care, and are often subject to a brutality worthy of a banana republic. Continuing on this course in the UK could result in criminal defendants being serviced by a court system owned and maintained by the same company that both transports the defendants to prison and governs whether they receive parole or an effective probation oversight – even the same company that writes any pre-sentencing report. The potential for injustice and corruption is obvious, when one considers the recent jailing of two US judges for taking bribes from a corrections company to jail juveniles. What incentive would such a company have to grant parole or recommend probation, when it would earn more from continuing to detain a prisoner? What incentive would such a company have to write a pre-sentencing report which recommends a non-custodial sentence when it would earn more from continuing to detain a prisoner? In respect of civil litigants – if anyone can afford to be one – we could see cases where a litigant is taking action against the very company, or an associate of the company, running the courts.last_img read more

Cardiff Blues Confirm Morgan Signing

first_imgThe fly half joined Bristol Rugby in 2014, scooping Championship Player of the Year in his first season with the Club.Morgan remains committed to Bristol until the conclusion of the campaign.last_img