$36.8 Million Earmarked for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Project

first_img$36.8 Million Earmarked for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Project TechnologyMarch 29, 2010 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Project has been allocated $36.8 million in the 2010/2011 Estimates of Expenditure, currently before the House of Representatives.Funded by the Government of Jamaica and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the project, which began in August 2009, aims to support the government in its effort to improve energy efficiency and provide technical assistance to prepare a potential energy efficiency loan programme.The allocation will go towards evaluation energy consumption pattern for public sector buildings, undertaking cost assessment of public sector energy consumption, and conducting cost/benefit analysis of retrofitting buildings and public sector energy demand.Other targets include developing an investment plan for energy efficiency equipment installation and the terms of reference for an energy services company to facilitate a possible energy efficiency programme.The project, which is being implemented by the Government of Jamaica, is expected to be completed by February next year.As at December 2009, a project unit was set up and condition precedent to first disbursement met; expressions of interest for consultancy services were evaluated; collections and assessment of existing public sector energy audits were completed; and negotiation for Government access to Jamaica Public Service (JPS) public sector billing date started.Meanwhile, another $20 million has been set aside for the Jamaica Energy Security and Efficiency Enhancement Project Preparation Facility.This undertaking, which is being funded by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, will last from April to August this year, has the objective of preparing the Jamaica Energy Security and Efficiency Enhancement Project. Related$36.8 Million Earmarked for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Project Advertisementscenter_img Related$36.8 Million Earmarked for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Project Related$36.8 Million Earmarked for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Projectlast_img read more

Minister Starts Dialogue with Taxi Operators to Address their Concerns

first_imgAdvertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Minister of Transport and Works, Hon Mike Henry, is to address a number of issues raised by taxi operators in Clarendon at a meeting with the Minister at Denbigh High School, on Thursday August 11. Mr. Henry called the meeting with the transport operators, after they had raised concerns about alleged harassment, including their claim that operators in the parish are being targeted by the Transport Authority. He said that he is prepared to meet all the taxi associations and operators, personally, to discuss their concerns, as long as their motivation is not political or mischief making. “I am prepared to deal with these issues, as long as I can separate the mischief from the reality, and mischief can come in many forms and threaten the development of an efficient and reliable public transportation system,” the Minister warned. Among the issues raised by the Clarendon operators, and which Mr. Henry has agreed to look into are: The question of badges worn by the drivers, and their claim of a $25,000 fine hanging over the heads of those who do not pay up by September first; The question of charges for not wearing the required uniform; The issue of the wearing of seat belts by passengers, for which drivers are being fined; The need for additional road repairs; and, children under five being counted as passengers, although they are not paying commuters. “All of these issues relating to the taxis and taxi operators associations will be dealt with, ” Mr. Henry assured, after the meeting. The Minister said his new thrust is to meet with legitimate taxi operators and their associations, to discuss their problems and have them dealt with by the respective agencies of his Ministry. “All of these issues relating to the taxis and taxi operators associations will be dealt with, as long as they are legitimate and reasonable,” Mr. Henry assured, after the meeting. RelatedMinister Starts Dialogue with Taxi Operators to Address their Concerns RelatedMinister Starts Dialogue with Taxi Operators to Address their Concerns Minister Starts Dialogue with Taxi Operators to Address their Concerns TransportAugust 12, 2011 RelatedMinister Starts Dialogue with Taxi Operators to Address their Concerns By BALFORD HENRY, JIS Reporter & Editorlast_img read more

Wilderness Empire On Display

first_imgIn 1985, during the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Society, writer T.H. Watkins stated, “One could comfortably argue that Robert Marshall was personally responsible for the preservation of more wilderness than any individual in history.”The spotlight still shines bright on Marshall and the historic legislation he inspired. The Museum at Central School in Kalispell is featuring a new exhibit that pays homage to Marshall and the wilderness complex bearing his name. The complex encompasses three wilderness sections — the Bob Marshall, the Scapegoat and the Great Bear — that span 1.53 million acres across Northwest Montana. The Bob on its own is one of the largest and oldest wilderness sections, and the overall complex features 1,900 miles of trail.The museum officially unveiled the exhibit at its opening reception on April 9. It was previously on display in Columbia Falls and will remain in Kalispell until next spring. The centerpiece of the display is a historic trail camp featuring antique camping gear and tools that were used to build the original wilderness trails. There are also remnants from the oldest surviving phone line in the U.S. The exhibit features several historic photos of crews constructing trails in the “Bob” as early as 1922 before it became one of the first designated wildernesses in 1964. Newer photos show crews from the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation working on trail maintenance, weed eradication and historic preservation.“This exhibit goes a long way toward helping folks understand this vast wilderness that is right here in our backyard,” said Gil Jordan, the museum’s executive director. “Everyone knows about Glacier Park, but the Bob is this spectacular, untrammeled wilderness, and few people really know about it.”The Kalispell exhibit is getting a jump on upcoming events across the nation that are being organized to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.The Wilderness Institute at the University of Montana and Wilderness50 recently launched a website dedicated to next year’s milestone. The website, www.wilderness50.com, is a growing source of information on upcoming events and projects.The Flathead National Forest is hosting an informational meeting for the public on the Bob Marshall on April 13 at 10 a.m. at the Hungry Horse Ranger Station. Forest managers and staff will be on hand to discuss the complex and the results of ongoing monitoring projects. Two trail crew members,pictured circa 1923, in the section of outdoors that later became the Bob Marshall Wilderness. | Courtesy photo Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. In the winter of 1960, Wallace Stegner, dubbed the “Dean of Western Writers,” penned a letter to the federal commission that helped shape the nation’s outdoors policies. The subject of Stegner’s famous letter was the “wilderness idea,” which had grown from a grassroots aspiration of early conservationists into a nationwide movement to preserve sections of public land in their natural state.“Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed,” Stegner wrote. The frontier forests helped form the nation’s character and shape its history, he said, and they should be protected from industrialization, such as mining, and other commercial development.“Americans still have that chance, more than many peoples,” he said.Four years later, Stegner’s words became the introduction to the Wilderness Act, a watershed policy that, in its own words, would “secure for the American people of present and future generations, the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness.”Signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on Sept. 3, 1964, the legislation set aside 9.1 million acres across 13 states, the largest sections of which were in Montana, California and Wyoming.Though Stegner and others were at the forefront of championing the cause, their efforts and eventual success were derived from the spirit of Robert Marshall.Marshall is widely considered the father of the wilderness preservation movement. As a forester and activist who spent time roaming throughout Northwest Montana, Marshall called for Americans “to fight for the freedom of the wilderness.” In 1935, he founded The Wilderness Society, which became the driving force behind the 1964 legislation. Marshall was never able to witness the milestone event. He suffered an untimely death at the age of 38. Yet his influence lived on. center_img Bob Marshall, pictured, founded The Wilderness Society and inspired the creation of the Wilderness Act. | Courtesy photo Emaillast_img read more

Netflix gives green light to ‘Extraction’ sequel

first_imgNetflix/Jasin Boland(LOS ANGELES) — It’s official — Nexflix’s latest movie Extraction is getting a sequel.According to Deadline, Avengers series director Joe Russo, who wrote the first film, has inked a deal with the streaming giant to pen another installment of the action film.The movie, which was released on April 24, provided Netflix its biggest opening viewership and is on track to reach 90 million views over the next four weeks. At the moment it’s too early in the process to determine if Chris Hemsworth will reprise his role as Tyler Rake, in a thank-you to fans on Instagram, he made it known he was interested in a follow-up to the Sam Hargrove-directed flick.In the film, Hemsworth plays a troubled mercenary tasked with rescuing the son of a drug lord from the clutches of a competitor.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more