Municipal Corporation to undertake infrastructure development of city

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, December 16, 2016 – Newly installed Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew, Senator, Councillor Delroy Williams, says the Municipal Corporation will undertake a comprehensive programme of infrastructural development across the city.  He said this would facilitate significant local economic activity, while supporting the Government’s national growth agenda.  The new Mayor was giving his inaugural address during Thursday’s (December 15) installation ceremony at the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation on Church Street, downtown Kingston.Among the priority areas, Senator Williams said, are the expansion of the city’s seaport; continued renovations in downtown Kingston; and increasing the speed of development approvals.Senator Williams said pivotal to these activities is timely implementation of provisions under the Town and Country Planning Act, Local Improvement Act and Building Act.  “We are committed to the orderly and progressive development of our city,” he said.Noting the Council’s cognisance of its role in the national growth agenda, Senator Williams gave the Corporation’s undertaking to execute its tasks to this end effectively and efficiently. “We will act within the statutory powers to be a facilitator,” he said.   “Development must be in keeping with the principles of good town and country planning. The management and enforcement of planning development and building control in the city will take center stage in our administration of the Municipal Corporation,” the Mayor emphasized.Senator Williams also underscored the need to establish “better synergies and linkages” to facilitate economic growth.   “We must not be obstructive to growth and development. But this must take place in a context of order and respect for the law. We must build a vibrant economy and the Municipal Corporation will play its role (in this regard),” he added.Senator Williams said the Corporation is also committed to facilitating cruise-ship stopovers in Kingston, and assured that “we will join hands with those who have been championing the effort”. He noted that entertainment is also critical to Kingston’s social, cultural and economic landscape.Senator Williams said the industry must be facilitated, based on its potential to create small, medium and large business opportunities.   “We are committed to facilitate and not hinder, but we must operate in the context of order. We must understand that Kingston cannot be the Pearl of the Antilles without the entertainment industry; but, equally, we cannot be the pearl without order. Central to our vision is order,” he emphasized Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provocenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #MagneticMediaNews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTlast_img read more

American Bazaar Conclave 2014 Opportunities and Challenges in Information Technology in US

first_imgAmerican Bazaar Online’s first ever conclave in Bangalore (India) successfully concluded on 1 February, dispelling myths related to tight visa restrictions and limited opportunities available in US post-recession, especially in the IT sector.Ever since the late 2007 US recession, there has been some insecurity among Indians, regarding the opportunities in America. And the recent law suit on Infosys for visa fraud amounting to $34 million (₹210.38 crore) fine had escalated fears among the techies.Despite reports of US government’s protectionist measures related to implementation of additional taxes on companies outsourcing jobs to foreign countries and formation of new immigration laws (awaiting approval), there is enough encouragement for technically qualified immigrants (with US graduate degree) to avail citizenship, as well as open their start-up firms in the American shore, said experts, who presided the AB Conclave 2014.One of the eminent global speakers, Dr. Satyam Priyadarshy, founder, Reignite Strategy, Virginia vividly shed light on the future of Information Technology and the opportunities available in the USA.According to figures, cited by Dr. Priyadarshy, indigenous freelance workers in the USA amounted to a mere 17-percent of the total population. It is touted to reach 40 percent in the next decade and with 18 percent baby boomers set to retire in 2020, there is a dearth of workers in America related to cyber security, social media, application development (for smart devices) and cloud computing.Dr. Priyadarshy revealed that there is an estimated requirement of more than 350,000 IT professionals (designers, testing (quality), administration and more) in cyber security and big data (database storage management).Apart from computing-based technology, there is also a need for IT professionals in the field of medicine, said, Jason Harmon, CTO and founding partner, Get Real Health, a pioneer organization in specializing in patients engaging and custom care solutions.Another star attraction of the AB Conclave 2014 was the Murthy Law Firm founder Sheela Murthy and team. Touted as one of the world’s leading legal consultancy company, they detailed the intricacies of the US immigration Visa (H1 B and L1) procedure.AB Conclave 2014 was also presided by top technology leaders, giving insights on the skill requirements for the future technology challenges. They include SAP Labs India MD, Anirban Dey, Shameer Shariff (founder and CEO, Impelsys Inc.), Nagarjuna S (vice-president, global immigration management services, Wipro Technologies), Robinder Sachdev (founder and president, Imagindia), Manoj Sreenilayam (vice-president, Service delivery, Get Real Health) and Mohammad Yaseen (Director, Capgemini).last_img read more

4 alleged militants surrender in Ashulia

first_imgMembers of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) cordon off a suspected militant den in Ashulia. Photo: Sazid HossainRapid Action Battalion (RAB) said four alleged militants have surrendered to them during a drive of the law enforcement in an Ashulia residence at Savar on the outskirts of the capital.RAB members cordoned off the area early Sunday suspecting it to be a militant den.Sounds of gunshots were also heard in regular intervals in the morning around 11:30am.RAB members take position near a suspected militant den in Ashulia. Photo: Sazid HossainRAB media and legal wing director Mufti Mahmood Khan at noon told reporters that four suspected militants have surrendered.Earlier in the morning, the RAB official said elite force men fenced off the house around 1:00am on Sunday.RAB members take position near a suspected militant den in Ashulia. Photo: Sazid HossainThe RAB media and legal wing director further said, “The area has been evacuated. We will begin a drive shortly.”The owner of the house, Ibrahim, was also under RAB custody for interrogation, he added.last_img read more

Cargo vessel sinks near Sundarbans

first_img.A cargo vessel carrying 775 metric tonnes of coal capsized in the Pashur River in Mongla upazila near Sundarbans in Bagerhat on Saturday night, reports news agency UNB.A Jashore-bound vessel ‘MV-Bilash’ capsized in the river around 10:00pm after loading coal from mother vessel MV-Observatory at the port, said harbour master of Mongla Port, commander Oli Ullah.The incident occurred as the cargo vessel was following a wrong route and stuck in a hidden shoal, he added.On information, members of Mongla Coast Guard and the rescue vessel Shib Shah reached the spot and rescued seven staffs including sailors and crews from the capsized vessel, said Commander Oli Ullah.The authority of the vessel has already been ordered to retrieve the vessel as soon as possible, he added.Mahmudul Hasan, divisional forest officer (DFO) of Sundarbans East Zone, said the incident spot is very close to the Sundarbans.last_img read more

Trautman Aims To Make Voting Simpler Faster

first_img X Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:51 Listen Diane Trautman campaignDiane Trautman is Harris County’s Clerk elect.This week, Harris County voters chose a new official to oversee future elections. Democrat Diane Trautman defeated incumbent Republican Stan Stanart in his bid for a third term as Harris County clerk.Trautman has been a vocal opponent of Texas’ voter ID law. While a county clerk can’t change the law, she can implement it in a way that makes it easier to vote.“One of the things I’m sure she’ll be looking at is ways to speed up the check in, where there are people who don’t have traditional driver’s licenses to be scanned and bring in other pieces of identification that are perfectly legitimate,” says Bob Stein, a professor of political science at Rice University.One of Trautman’s proposals is to set up county election centers. Voters would be able to vote at any location, not only during early voting, but also on Election Day.Stein says unless Trautman can speed up the lines soon, the problem will only get worse. That’s because Texas is eliminating straight-ticket voting in 2020.last_img read more

How One Houstonian Almost Lost Everything When It Was His Word Against

first_img But every legal action failed as weeks passed.In Houston, Isabel’s kids missed their dad as she tried to comfort them.“When my son woke up in the morning he was asking, ‘Dad didn’t give me a kiss… Where is Daddy because he didn’t give me kiss?” Isabel said. “Remembering those words from him, that breaks my heart.”  Elvin was transferred to detention centers in San Antonio, Wisconsin and Illinois, which isn’t uncommon. In jail, he said there was a two-day delay whenever he asked for pain reliever. He said he spent a lot of time hungry, too, but the worst pain was psychological. “I spent day and night crying,” Elvin said. Locked away in a tiny cell in an Illinois county jail, his mind was racing. At this point, several weeks had passed, and he was still facing deportation. “It’s all over,” he said he would say to himself. “What am I going to do now? They’re going to send me to my country. My kids are going to stay here. Who is going to help them?”A rare case?In some ways, Elvin’s case is unique.Julie Pasch, an attorney with the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative, said that she’s never seen anybody with his background be erroneously put in expedited removal proceedings. But, that doesn’t mean it’s not happening, she said.“What’s concerning me is that if this is happening to him, how many other people is it happening to [who] didn’t have access to an attorney, who didn’t have the chance to push back?” U.S. Department of Homeland Security data compiled by the American Immigration CouncilThe use of expedited removal has grown since it was first created in 1996.Pasch also said that she frequently sees errors in immigration documents coming from the border zone.“Finding either outright falsifications or errors — and often time it’s difficult to tell which — on documents prepared by Customs and Border Protection is extremely common,” Pasch said. She said that she’s seen a high percentage of clients with errors on their documents. For example, she often talks with clients with paperwork that says they were coming to the U.S. to work, when the client says they actually left out of fear for their lives. Asylum laws protect people with fears of returning to their home countries because of violence. Economic strife is not protected, so having incorrect documentation could impact the outcome of someone’s asylum claim. Pasch also said it’s important to consider that the border zone is a special place where immigration officials have more powers.“There is so little protection built into the system, particularly for expedited removal, which happens within 100 miles of the border. The American Civil Liberties Union has termed that the ‘constitution-free zone’ and I think this case really demonstrates that,” said Pasch. Expedited removal was rolled out in 1997 to speed up the processing of undocumented migrants found at the border. Its use has since expanded to apply to any undocumented person found within the 100-mile border zone who entered the country within 14 days. In 2017, expedited removal was used to deport over 103,000 migrants, according to Department of Homeland Security data.It looked like Elvin would be another one of the thousands deported through expedited removal.National Immigrant Justice CenterAfter being released from detention, Elvin (center) stands with National Immigrant Justice Center lawyers (left to right), Guadalupe Perez, Hannah Cartwright, Hena Mansori and Chuck Roth.One last shotIn Houston, Isabel had gone through all their savings, and she couldn’t make rent. Now midway through her pregnancy, she was rejected when she asked for work. With no income and now no savings, they had to abandon most of their furniture and belongings and quickly move away from Houston. “I know it’s something material, but it’s something that we work a lot to get,” Isabel said. “I cried when I saw all my things outside of the house.”Their only option was to move in with Isabel’s family in Tucson, Arizona.All was lost, they thought.Courtesy of ElvinElvin reunites with wife and kids at a bus station in Tucson after he is released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention.Then some lawyers from the Chicago-based National Immigrant Justice Center filed a special motion after learning about Elvin’s case. Days before his flight to Honduras, they showed a federal judge proof Elvin had been living here: his marriage certificate, tax returns, a credit card statement and other documents.The judge cancelled his deportation.“I was really really happy that I screamed,” Isabel said. Nearly two months had passed, but Elvin was released mid-February. He took a bus to Arizona to their family’s new temporary home. Isabel took her kids to the bus terminal without saying they would be reunited with her dad. “I saw the bus when it parked in the parking lot and I said, ‘Stand up to see if there’s someone familiar to you,’” she said.  Her two kids finally recognized Elvin and ran towards their dad to hug him. They may have lost their home, but they didn’t lose their family. Courtesy of ElvinElvin embraces his two kids after being in immigrant detention for two months.Isabel was expecting her third child with her husband Elvin when their lives unexpectedly started to unravel. Elvin, a welder living in Houston, went to Laredo last December to scout out a job opportunity. On his way back home, his bus stopped at a Border Patrol checkpoint. These checkpoints within the 100-mile zone of the border allow for immigration authorities to question anybody about their legal status, even though they’re not at a port of entry. Immigration officials detained Elvin, who’s undocumented and from Honduras.They took him to what’s referred to in Spanish as a hielera or “icebox”, a Customs and Border Protection holding facility.“They put you in a extremely cold room,” said Elvin in Spanish.Elvin said officers questioned him for hours. He refused to talk at first, since he didn’t have a lawyer with him. Officials came forward with paperwork and a photo of another Honduran man with his same name who had already been deported, according to Elvin. He said that wasn’t him — they were wrong. Then, border agents came to Elvin with other questions, like if he drove an Infiniti and had a pending immigration petition.Elvin said, yes, that was him. He did have an petition.“I’ve never been deported,” said Elvin. “I’ve lived in this country since 2007.” But in documents shared with Houston Public Media, Border Patrol agents wrote down that Elvin said he crossed the river into the U.S. near Laredo five days prior, on December 15, 2018. Courtesy of ElvinIsabel, two months pregnant, with her husband Elvin and their two kids.People who have crossed the border within 14 days can be ordered deported through what’s called “expedited removal.”That specific timing is crucial in the world of immigration enforcement.It’s a way to speed up the deportation of people who have recently entered by taking away their right to appeal their deportation. But Elvin hadn’t recently crossed the border, so he shouldn’t have been eligible for expedited removal, according to federal immigration rules. And Elvin had a strong case for staying legally in the United States and the right to plead his case before a judge: he has two citizen children, his wife is protected by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and his father is a U.S. citizen. As he discussed with border officers, Elvin already had a petition pending to gain legal status. Houston Public Media reached out to Customs and Border Protection for comment and they have not responded. After refusing to sign any papers, Elvin was locked away and sent to a detention center in San Antonio. Back in Houston, Isabel didn’t hear from him for five days until she finally received a call from him: her husband was in trouble. Using their family savings, Isabel spent thousands on an immigration lawyer.Battling pregnancy symptoms like dizziness and nausea, Isabel rushed around town to get papers to prove her husband had been living in Houston. “I [felt] dizzy and I still had to drive to go see the lawyer. It happened twice I had to stop in the middle of the freeway,” said Isabel. X Sharecenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /04:02last_img read more

Girl commits suicide after being rebuked

first_imgKolkata: In a tragic incident, a Class VIII student from Canning in South 24-Parganas committed suicide by consuming poison after she was rebuked by her family members.The victim girl has been identified as Masuda Khatun, a student of a local school. Locals told police the victim might have been rebuked by her parents for she had failed in an examination. It was also learnt that after being rebuked by her family members, the victim locked herself inside her room and consumed poison. She was a resident of Taldi village of Canning. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe incident occurred on Tuesday night. Despite knocking on her door repeatedly on Wednesday morning, the family members did not yield a response. They later broke open the door and found her lying on the bed. She was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital where the doctors declared her brought dead. The incident sparked tension among villagers of the locality. Police later reached the spot and started a probe to ascertain the exact reason behind her committing suicide. Police also came to know that the victim used to be busy on her mobile most of the time when at home. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedPolice are investigating if there is any other angle into the incident. They are investigating if she had committed suicide after being jilted in a love affair or there was any foul play behind her death.The investigating officers are also probing to know if anybody had instigated her to commit suicide. The body has been sent for autopsy. The police are also interrogating the family members of the victim in this connection.last_img read more

Say Hello to the Little Robot That Wants to Deliver Your Groceries

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free 2 min read March 25, 2016center_img If you saw a robot on the street, what would you do? That’s the question that robotics startup Starship Technologies is aiming to answer.The business was launched by Skype co-founders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis last fall, with the intent to change the face of delivery. Their driverless robot — which is still in need of a name — is a compact and boxy black, white and green number with three wheels on each side. Built with GPS technology and nine cameras, it is CO2 emission-free, can hold up to 25 pounds and has a speed of 4 miles per hour, according to Starship.Related: Meet Connie, the Robot Concierge at a Virginia HiltonThe company has tested out the endearing robot in cities around the world, from Boston to San Francisco to London. The idea is to be able to provide local delivery for groceries and other packages for just $1.Recently, in Washington, D.C., Councilwoman Mary Cheh drafted a bill to legalize the use self-driving delivery robots in the district, and used the Starship Technologies bot to bring the legislation to the office of the council secretary.Related: The World Is Embracing Robots But America Keeps Them at Arms LengthFor a look at how the Starship Technologies robot works, check out the video below. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more