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Vision 2030 on Display at UWI Research Days Feb. 6-8

first_img Vision 2030 Jamaica will be on display at the 20th staging of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Research Days (February 6 to 8), on the Mona Campus.Vision 2030 Jamaica is a strategic road map to guide the country to achieve its goals of sustainable development and prosperity by 2030. The comprehensive vision of the national development plan is to make Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.Addressing a JIS ‘Think Tank’ recently, Programme Director of Vision 2030 Jamaica National Development Plan, Elizabeth Emmanuel, said that Jamaica’s first long term national development plan is a framework in which the economic, social, environmental and governance aspects of national development are integrated.She pointed out that academia has played an important role in the development of the plan, the monitoring of Vision 2030 Jamaica and also determining the strategies for going forward to make Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.Ms. Emmanuel noted that as far back as 2005 when the plan development process began, academia and certainly the UWI were on board as part of a group of persons who were planning for what Jamaica should look like in 2030.“We have taken deliberate time and effort to really look at aligning the National Development Plan and Jamaica’s National Goals to research that is being done,” she said.As Vision 2030 Jamaica partners with UWI on Research Days 2019, which will be staged under the theme: ‘Driving Research for Social and Economic Development’, there will be 12 posters on display across the UWI’s Assembly Hall, which will not only speak to Vision 2030, but will also speak to the alignment of the National Development Plan with the Research being conducted at UWI.According to Ms. Emmanuel, the intention is to showcase linkages between Vision 2030 and the work being done at the UWI as “we advance an information driven society by 2030.”The official opening ceremony will be held on Wednesday, February 6, at which Finance and Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, will be the keynote speaker.On the same day, Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Dr. Wayne Henry, will lead a lecture/discussion on Vision 2030 and its interaction with research.The annual event gives stakeholders an opportunity to create partnerships to propel innovation in their businesses, as UWI’s research covers a number of areas, including health, biotechnology, education, energy as well as science and technology. Vision 2030 Jamaica will be on display at the 20th staging of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Research Days (February 6 to 8), on the Mona Campus. Story Highlights Addressing a JIS ‘Think Tank’ recently, Programme Director of Vision 2030 Jamaica National Development Plan, Elizabeth Emmanuel, said that Jamaica’s first long term national development plan is a framework in which the economic, social, environmental and governance aspects of national development are integrated. Vision 2030 Jamaica is a strategic road map to guide the country to achieve its goals of sustainable development and prosperity by 2030. The comprehensive vision of the national development plan is to make Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.last_img read more

Mandela Highway Reconstruction Project 97 Per Cent Complete

first_img The National Works Agency (NWA) is reporting that the Mandela Highway Realignment and Reconstruction Project is 97 per cent complete.The highway, which spans St. Andrew and St. Catherine, is a key thoroughfare that links Kingston with Jamaica’s northern, western and southern regions.Senior NWA Communications and Customer Services Officer, Ramona Lawson, told JIS News that although the roadway is open to vehicular and pedestrian traffic, corrective and tidying up works are continuing, primarily in the region of Tom Cringle Drive.“These include the construction of a roundabout for large articulated vehicles accessing locations along the roadway, as well as extending the service road east of Tom Cringle Drive to serve entities located in that area of the project. These activities will continue into the summer,” she outlined.Meanwhile, Ms. Lawson is urging persons using the highway, particularly pedestrians, to adhere to the safety guidelines.“We continue to implore pedestrians to use the overpass bridge, which is equipped with pedestrian facilities to include sidewalks, pedestrian crossings and the necessary safety signs,” she said.Ms. Lawson said the NWA has noticed, “with some trepidation”, that a number of pedestrians, including students, refuse to obey these instructions and have been attempting to cross six lanes of traffic, citing this practice as “very dangerous”.She said the agency is keen and focused on reinforcing and improving safe access to the corridor, particularly for pedestrians, while reminding motorists that the traffic signals at the crossing by the Fresh River Bridge have been decommissioned.The US$64-million Mandela Highway Realignment and Reconstruction Project involves road construction works comprising extensive soft soil treatment, construction of a 3.5-kilometre six-lane corridor with a two-lane overpass bridge, two new three-lane bridges at Fresh River, a two-lane service road adjacent to the main roadway to facilitate the development of Caymanas Estate, and upgrading of the Six Miles Interchange.The development is part of the Government’s ongoing legacy road projects being implemented by the NWA.It represents a continuation of works to improve the island’s road network in order to enhance the quality of life of citizens and stimulate economic growth and development.The project falls under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP), and is being executed by China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC). Story Highlights Senior NWA Communications and Customer Services Officer, Ramona Lawson, told JIS News that although the roadway is open to vehicular and pedestrian traffic, corrective and tidying up works are continuing, primarily in the region of Tom Cringle Drive. The National Works Agency (NWA) is reporting that the Mandela Highway Realignment and Reconstruction Project is 97 per cent complete. The highway, which spans St. Andrew and St. Catherine, is a key thoroughfare that links Kingston with Jamaica’s northern, western and southern regions.last_img read more

RIAA Eagles Greatest Hits Has Outsold Michael Jacksons Thriller

first_imgNews Email Twitter The GRAMMY-winning band’s ‘Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975′ has been certified 38x platinumJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Aug 20, 2018 – 3:30 pm The Eagles have dethroned GRAMMY-winner Michael Jackson of his best album of all-time title.The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) told the Associated Press that the GRAMMY-winning band’s Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 album is now certified 38x platinum, making it the best-selling album of all time. Michael Jackson’s Thriller is currently second on the list at 33x platinum. According to the AP, the last time sales were tallied for the Eagles’ greatest hits album was in 2006, while ales for Thriller were updated just last year. “We are grateful for our families, our management, our crew, the people at radio and, most of all, the loyal fans who have stuck with us through the ups and downs of 46 years,” Eagles founding member Don Henley said in a statement. “It’s been quite a ride.”The band has another album on the RIAA’s best-selling list – Hotel California is now the third best-selling album of all-time at 26x platinum. The album was initiated into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2008.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Facebook RIAA: Eagles Have Best-Selling Album Of All Time riaa-eagles-greatest-hits-has-outsold-michael-jacksons-thriller RIAA: Eagles’ Greatest Hits Has Outsold Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ last_img read more

State Rep Ken Gordon Provides Updates On Legalizing Sports Betting Opioid Crisis

first_imgBEDFORD, MA — State Representative Ken Gordon, who represents Precinct 3 in Wilmington, along with all of Burlington and Bedford, recently published his latest email newsletter, Catching Up With Ken: Rep Reports From Beacon Hill, in which he discussed his work on legalizing sports betting, the opioid crisis, Paid Family & Medical Leave, and more. You can read the newsletter HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedState Rep. Ken Gordon Provides Updates On State Budget; New Shuttle Bus Service; Hanscom Air Force Base & MoreIn “Government”State Rep. Ken Gordon To Hold Office Hours At As Good As It Gets On September 7In “Government”State Rep. Ken Gordon Announces He’s Running For Re-ElectionIn “Government”last_img read more

Analysis Dont Count Your Democratic Chickens until Theyre Elected

first_imgRick Mach via The Texas TribuneSan Antonio voters could provide an insurance seat in the Texas Senate for Republicans, who are at some risk of losing an incumbent or two in the 2018 elections.The GOP has a 20-11 advantage in the state Senate, if you count the chair left empty by the disgraced Carlos Uresti as a Democratic one. They’ll have a majority no matter what; they hope to have at least 19 votes — the number needed to bring legislation up for debate when the other party isn’t cooperating. Uresti resigned this year after he was convicted on multiple counts of fraud and money-laundering by a federal jury in San Antonio.Eight candidates vied for his seat Tuesday in a special election that is headed for a runoff this year. And getting a Republican candidate into that runoff — in a seat conventionally considered a Democratic one — could buy Republicans some room in a year when other seats are at risk.It would be an upset, to be sure, but the numbers aren’t as forbidding as you might expect.Democrats will be down a seat, temporarily, at the beginning of the regular legislative session in January. Because of state Sen. Sylvia Garcia’s decision not to officially resign until early that month, there’s a possibility her spot won’t be filled until after the start of the session. If a November election decides it (Gov. Greg Abbott hasn’t set a date for the special election), that Houston-based district would have a senator when the Legislature convenes on Jan. 8, 2019; if it’s later, or if a runoff is needed, it won’t.That will be a footnote in this drama: The real danger is to the Republican supermajority now in place.Democrats are hoping to overtake one or more of three state senators who are arguably in districts that Democratic candidates could win: Konni Burton of Colleyville, Don Huffines of Dallas and Joan Huffman of Houston.Burton’s Senate District 10 is the closest thing to a swing district on the current Senate map. Burton won it four years ago with 52.8 percent of the vote in a year when the average statewide Republican was getting 54 percent, according to state election data. Burton’s results were similar to Greg Abbott’s in that district, which had previously been held by Democrat Wendy Davis — Abbott’s 2014 opponent. Two years later, Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton there by 0.6 percentage points; the average statewide Republican that year got just 50.9 percent of the vote in SD-10. This year, Burton faces Democrat Beverly Powell in the general election.Huffines is up for re-election in a year in which his twin brother, Phillip, lost a bruising, negative and expensive primary race against Angela Paxton for a neighboring Senate seat in Dallas and Collin counties. That’s strike one. Strike two is that Dallas has steadily become bluer in each election cycle and is the epicenter of Democratic efforts to add seats to their Texas House delegation; half a dozen seats now held by Republicans are on the minority party’s target list. SD-16 leans more toward the GOP than Burton’s district, however, Trump lost to Clinton by more than 4 percentage points there. Huffines will face Democrat Nathan Johnson in November.Huffman is a bit lower on the alert list. Republican statewide candidates got 61.9 percent of the vote in Senate District 17 in 2014 and 53.6 percent in 2016. Trump won by 0.9 percentage points. Abbott won in 2014 by 21 percentage points. Her Democratic opponent is Rita Lucito; Lauren LaCount is the Libertarian Party nominee.The Republicans have fewer opportunities, or did, until Uresti resigned.Only three Democratic Senate incumbents are on the ballot in 2018, and all three — Kirk Watson of Austin, Royce West of Dallas and John Whitmire of Houston — are in safe Democratic districts.Garcia’s seat will be open, but it would take a miracle to get a Republican candidate into office from her district.The Uresti slot, however, opens a possibility if the GOP is lucky this year. The special election was held Tuesday, resulting in a runoff that will probably take place sometime in mid-to-late October.This has been Democratic territory for ages, but take a look at the numbers. Clinton beat Trump easily — by almost 12 percentage points. But Abbott beat Davis by a nose (0.1 percentage points) in 2014. Statewide Democratic candidates, on average, got 48.2 percent of the vote in 2014 and 51 percent of the vote in 2016.That — along with the rock-throwing and back-stabbing among the Democrats in the special election — is why Texas officeholders from Abbott to U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick all jumped in to endorse Pete Flores, a Republican running in that eight-candidate pack. Flores ran against Uresti in 2016 and lost badly, with just 40.4 percent of the votes.Still there’s no risk to the Republican hotshots in supporting him. Special elections, with their small turnouts, sometimes produce unexpected results. And with the Republican supermajority in the Senate in play, the upside for Republicans in the next legislative session could be huge. Sharelast_img read more