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

Music streaming company Spotify raises 1 billion in convertible debt

first_imgSpotify has raised $1 billion in convertible debt from private equity firm TPG Capital and hedge fund Dragoneer Investment Group, a spokeswoman for the music streaming service said.The Wall Street Journal first reported the deal on Tuesday.The deal is expected to close at the end of this week, Spotify spokeswoman Marni Greenberg confirmed to Reuters. Terms were no disclosed.Spotify is facing increasing competition from companies including Apple Inc’s Apple Music, Pandora Media Inc and newer rivals such as Europe’s SoundCloud Ltd and U.S. music producer and rapper Jay Z’s Tidal.TPG’s growth arm, which specialises in growth equity and middle-market buyout opportunities, and special situations arm are investing in Spotify.Earlier on Tuesday, SoundCloud launched a music streaming service in the United States starting at $9.99 per month.last_img read more

Tools to Keep Remote Employees Motivated and Productive

first_img For some people, the idea of working from home can be an appealing, flexible option to commuting into an office every day. According to information from Stanford University, about 10 percent of U.S. employees now regularly work from home.But being at home and disconnected from your team at work can be a recipe for failure. Working remotely can make some people lose their focus and motivation. And for business owners, it can be difficult to track an employee’s progress and accomplishments when the person is working outside the office.Here are three types of options you might want to consider to help keep your team motivated and productive when working remotely:Stay focused: Freckle and Harvest Freckle is best suited for smaller businesses and includes unique features like unlimited projects, simple, yet effective invoice and expense tracking, and it runs in your browser with no install necessary. This time-tracking tool is priced at $39 for up to five users, $79 for up to 15 users and $159 for up to 30 users.Harvest is a time-tracking tool most often utilized by larger businesses, but can be handy for businesses with a small team as well. The tool offers detailed timesheets, robust invoicing features and mobile-friendly expense reporting to help business owners track multiple aspects of their company’s day-to-day operations. This option for helping your business stay focused starts at $12 a month for up to three users.Related: 3 Web Tools for Managing Employees Who Work From HomeCollaborate efficiently: Conference Calling and Oovoo Conference Calling is a tool for regular conference calls with your team members. The tool is effective for small businesses due to its ease of use with features like reservationless conference calls, its recording capabilities that easily save an MP3 of your meeting and an easy-to-use web manager to help give the moderator of the call insight on who’s on the call and who’s talking. The service is available in three pricing plans for small businesses, starting at $19 for unlimited conference calls for up to 15 callers a month.Oovoo is another video conferencing and collaboration tool that offers a free version for up to 12 minutes of 12-way video chat, available on desktop, mobile, tablet, web and Facebook. The premium version is $29.99 a year or $2.99 a month, with no ads and offers video storage of up to 1,000 minutes.Oovoo allows for a video recording of your meeting, desktop sharing, text chat, the ability to watch YouTube videos together, send up to 25 MB of files and high-definition video streaming.Keep organized: WORK[etc] and BasecampWORK[etc] is a web-based tool that helps organizations of all sizes stay organized, especially smaller companies with remote teams. It combines the functionality of a customer relationship management (CRM) system, project management, billing, sales, support and collaboration in an all-in-one cloud platform across all devices. It is a total business management system that helps organize your sales team, projects, operations, finance team, support team, management and business owners as one unit. WORK[etc] starts at $195 a month for three users with $39 per month for each additional user with 10,000 contacts and 15 GB of storage.Basecamp is a popular project management tool that can help your team stay organized across their various tasks and clients. It’s a scaleable tool for an organization since it is both simple to use due to its intuitive, user-friendly design, as well as fast to load and build onto a project. Discussions, documents, milestones, scheduling, tasks, questions and more all live alongside your projects, making it easy to understand what’s going on from a high level since your efforts are centralized. Basecamp starts at $20 a month to manage up to 10 projects at once for businesses of all sizes.Related: How to Maintain Security When Employees Work Remotely 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals October 4, 2013 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

Road reopens following accident on street

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA Staffordshire Moorlands road was closed following an accident this morning. New Street in Biddulph Moor was shut – with police and paramedics called to the scene earlier today. Inrix, the traffic data company, reports the road was closed from Hot Lane (Biddulph Moor) to Park Lane (Biddulph). Staffordshire Police have now confirmed the road has reopened  and is now fully passable. Police said they were at the scene at 9.30am today (Sunday February 17), with the accident understood to have taken place shortly before. The road had reopened by just after 11am. Read MoreNine people ordered to leave city centre in police crackdown on knife crime   Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us  @SOTLive or message us on  our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at  StokeonTrentLive .last_img read more

Major campaign launched to reopen this StokeonTrent railway station FIFTYTHREE years after

first_imgPolice search for missing woman Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Stoke-on-Trent South MP Jack Brereton has launched a petition calling for Meir Railway station to be reopened “Meir would be an ideal location for another station between Longton and Blythe Bridge. And it’s becoming more important to improve rail links as our roads become more congested, and as bus services are cut. “I don’t have a figure for how much reopening Meir Station would cost yet, but that is something I’m working with the city council on. There is already a footbridge over the line and over the A50, so really it’s just the shelters and platforms that need to be put in place. Read MoreRevealed: £5.6m Stoke Station transformation (and here’s how the money will be spent)   “I think there is a fairness issue as well. Stations across the country have been reopened since Beeching, but we haven’t seen any in North Staffordshire.” Driver named following fatal collision Nowadays there is little sign that Meir Station ever existed Mr Brereton’s petition to Parliament requests the House of Commons ‘urges the Department for Transport to take such action as is necessary to reopen the railway station at Meir’. Meir South councillor Faisal Hussain is backing the campaign. He said: “This would be good for people in my ward and all of Meir. It would make it easier to go to work or go shopping in places like Longton, but it would also help people get into Meir from elsewhere, if they need to visit the health centre for example. “I think most people in Meir will support this campaign.” Read MoreYour reaction to major shakeup of GP services – which could see patients treated at practices miles away   Proposals to make more of the Crewe-Derby line locally, including plans for a new park-and-ride facility at Meir Park, were included in Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s original bid to the £840 million Transforming Cities fund last year. But it appears that the bid will now focus on an integrated transport hub at Stoke Station. Improvements to services on the Crewe-Derby line were announced earlier this year. These will include new services to Nottingham, more evening and weekend services and longer trains. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLivecenter_img Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailAn MP has launched a campaign to reopen a railway station – more than 50 years after it was served by its final train. Stoke-on-Trent South MP Jack Brereton says re-establishing Meir Station would help improve local transports links in Stoke-on-Trent. He believes allowing commuters and others to travel to and from Meir by train will help ease congestion on the city’s roads. Meir Station, off George Avenue, was closed down in 1966 as part of the infamous Beeching cuts, and today there is little evidence it existed at all. Read MoreBus will take mourners to this popular grandad’s funeral after his 45 years in public transport (…but his name is set to live on)   Mr Brereton is now calling on residents to sign a petition calling for the station’s reinstatement, in order to demonstrate to the Government the public’s strength of feeling on the issue. He said: “I think it’s essential for our area we make it easier for people to get about, especially in terms of accessing employment opportunities and boosting the local economy. Punter found hiding in bushes Read MoreReal life Shakespeare in love actors are reunited at Stafford Castle – and you can join them   Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play.  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram.last_img read more