New UK-India tech hub to be opened in confidence boost for the City amid Brexit uncertainty

first_img whatsapp The project will promote cross border support for early stage tech firms between the UK and India, focusing on fintech, blockchain and AI as well as smart cities tech.UK-India venture capital fund Pontaq has funded the hub, in which it will set up its new headquarters.The hub will give Pontaq’s portfolio of companies access to funding as well as office space and aims to host 50 businesses in the next three years.Pontaq chairman Mohan Kaul said: “British businesses, and those investing in the UK from abroad, have spent the last three years under a cloud of uncertainty surrounding Brexit.“But despite the six-month delay, business just has to get on with things. Tags: Trading Archive New UK-India tech hub to be opened in confidence boost for the City amid Brexit uncertainty A new tech hub to promote business between the UK and India will be opened today in a show of confidence in the City amid ongoing Brexit negotiations.The UK India Tech Hub will be officially opened in the £1.7bn Royal Albert Dock business district in East London by investment minister Graham Stuart and High Commissioner of India Ruchi Ghanashyam. Monday 29 April 2019 12:11 am Sharecenter_img Callum Keown whatsapp He added: “With the launch of the UK India Tech Hub, we are determined to show that Britain remains open for Indian business whatever the outcome of the UK’s negotiations with the EU.”Seven tech startup businesses from India will pitch to investors before the hub’s inauguration ceremony today.The hub will form part of Royal Albert Dock business district, which is expected to contain 5m square feet of estate when completed.Speaking in the City at the end of last year, Ghanashyam said: “UK expertise in tech and fintech and strengths in innovation and India’s skilled manpower and start-up culture will help to ensure the creation of high value jobs, higher productivity and will help us to tackle shared challenges.” by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeScientific MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightScientific MirrorAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorDefinitionThe Most Famous Movie Filmed In Every U.S. StateDefinitionNational Injury BureauJury Finds Roundup Responsible For Lymphoma | Bayer To Pay $10 BillionNational Injury BureauBleacherBreaker41 Old Toys That Are Worth More Than Your HouseBleacherBreakerbonvoyaged.com40 Dated Things That Show Your Agebonvoyaged.comTaco RelishHilarious Tombstones You Can’t Help But Laugh AtTaco RelishMagellan TimesJada Pinkett Smith Opened Up About Her Son Saying The Words No Mom Wants To HearMagellan TimesEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirrorlast_img read more

Online, Sealaska shareholders condemned their corporation’s Walker-Mallott endorsement. Here’s what they said in person.

first_imgAlaska Native Corporations | Alaska Native Government & Policy | Juneau | Politics | Southeast | State GovernmentOnline, Sealaska shareholders condemned their corporation’s Walker-Mallott endorsement. Here’s what they said in person.October 16, 2018 by Kavitha George, KTOO Share:A Sealaska corporate logo adorns the roof of the Southeast Alaska Native corportation’s headquarters in Juneau on May 2, 2018. The logo has representations of the Eagle and Raven moieties of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Last month, Sealaska Corporation’s board of directors announced their endorsement of Bill Walker and Byron Mallott for governor and lieutenant governor. The board also donated $100,000 to Unite Alaska, a political action committee supporting the Walker-Mallott ticket.The announcement was met with emoji-laden condemnation from shareholders on social media, so I asked around in the community to see if the sentiment was shared offline.The most common response I got from shareholders in Juneau was “no comment.” But of those who did agree to talk, almost all disapproved of the decision, and for a wide range of reasons.“It’s fine in my world if they want to donate out of their own pockets, which is what I do if I so choose for a particular candidate,” an elder named Evelyn Myers told me over the phone. “But they’re using corporate funds, they’re using shareholder funds. … It just seemed excessive, to me.”“There’s quite a few shareholders that disagree with what they did and are actually not voting for Walker-Mallott,” shareholder Mabel Lee said.“I don’t think they should be joining any politicians,” shareholder John Ross told me. “They could do it verbally, financially — I don’t think they should.”While concerns differed in some of the details, many shareholders oppose the board’s decision for a few common reasons. One was the feeling that shareholders should have been consulted before the endorsement and donation were made.“If you’re part of Sealaska shareholders, it involves everybody. To have them do stuff like that, without telling the shareholders anything, it just wasn’t right,” shareholder Royal Jackson Jr. told me at a Get Out The Native Vote event last week.Another common perspective was shareholder opposition to Sealaska showing support for any political candidate. In the past, the board has endorsed other candidates, including Lisa Murkowski for Senate in 2010 and 2016, and Mallott in his 2014 bid for governor. The 2014 Mallott endorsement also came with a $50,000 donation to Mallott-One Alaska, a political action committee that supported his run.  For many, this most recent decision appeared to represent the board’s political interests, and not those of the more than 22,000 Sealaska shareholders.“Shareholders aren’t homogeneous,” shareholder Brad Fluetsch said over the phone. “We have Republicans, we have Democrats, we have Green Party, we have Libertarians. You know, just about every political party in Alaska, Sealaska has shareholders who hold that perspective. Why is the board using shareholder money to fund their political view?”Speculation about favoritism, and even nepotism, popped up in shareholder comments as well, since Mallott is a former board member and former president and CEO. His son, Anthony Mallott, is currently president and CEO.The board declined requests for an interview, but defended its decision in an email as “a way to share its perspective on broad issues facing Alaska Natives and support candidates that work to advance their goals.” In a separate emailed statement, Sealaska board chair Joe Nelson also cited Walker’s establishment of Indigenous People’s Day and signing the Alaska Tribal Child Welfare Compact last year as examples of the administration prioritizing Native issues.I did hear a few voices of support from shareholders who agree with the board that electing Walker-Mallott is in the best interest of Alaska Natives.“My support is for the previous governor, and I support them,” shareholder Deena LaRue said last week. “I guess my opinion is that I appreciate the efforts of Sealaska to keep them moving forward.”But even though the decision aligns with her political views, LaRue said shareholders should have been consulted before the endorsement and donation were made. “I think that because I am a Sealaska shareholder, I didn’t have any voice in that decision-making, and I think that kind of money, for a corporation, should have been considering the shareholders of that corporation.”Some shareholders felt the money would be better spent on scholarships or dividends.In its statement, Sealaska said it “respects all shareholder positions and political views and encourages them to add their voice by voting in the general election.” The election will be held Nov. 6. Until then, Sealaska says shareholders can get more information directly from the corporation by visiting its website or reaching out by mail.Editor’s note: Byron Mallott resigned as lieutenant governor Tuesday, effective immediately. Share this story:last_img read more

The Reading List: February ’13

first_imgBooksUncategorizedThe Reading List: February ’13Every month compiles titles of local interest that are hitting the bookshelves. Here, arranged by genre, are some highlightsBy Kristin Yinger – February 4, 2013443ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItFiction  Percival Everett by Virgil Russell: A Novel(Graywolf Press, paperback, $15)By Percival Everett USC English professor Everett creates a new spin on a story inside a story inside a story, with multiple plotlines grounded by an aging father and his son. Check out our review in the February issue of Los Angeles magazine.Out: Feb.5    City of Angels: or, The Overcoat of Dr. Freud/ A Novel(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, hardcover, $27)By Christa Wolf and translated by Damion Searls The late Wolf, one of East Germany’s most lauded writers, penned her final, autobiographical novel about coming to Los Angeles after reading her newly released Stasi files. Check out our review in the February issue of Los Angeles magazine.Out: Feb.5    Middle Men: Stories(Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $22)By Jim Gavin The L.A. author weaves together tales of California men all stuck somewhere in the middle of their lives, not quite where they dreamed they would be but not bogged down by their realities.Out: Feb.19 Gray(MTV Books, hardcover, $24)  By Pete Wentz and James MontgomeryFall Out Boy bassist and backup singer Wentz talks about life on the road, finding himself, his ever-present past, and grappling with fame.Out: Feb.19 The Teleportation Accident(Bloomsbury USA, hardcover, $25)   By Ned Beauman        New Expressionist set designer EgonLoeser, whose idol created the Teleportation Device to move actors from one scene to another, follows a woman to Los Angeles, where he gets mixed up in intrigue, scientific inventions, and maybe even murder. Out: Feb.26Red Velvet Cupcake Murder(Kensington, hardcover, $25)By Joanne Fluke         Part of the Hannah Swensen mystery series, this story begins with Swensen’s red velvet cupcakes being served at a hotel opening and moves on to old rivalries and two murders.Out: Feb.26Biography and Memoir My Inappropriate Life: Some Material Not Suitable for Small Children, Nuns, or Mature Adults(Touchstone, hardcover, $25)By Heather McDonald The comedienne and Chelsea Lately writer follows up her debut memoir with another hilarious romp through the stories of her life. Out: Feb.5  Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws: My Infiltration of America’s Deadliest Biker Gangs(Thomas Dunne Books, hardcover, $26) By Charles Falco with Kerrie Droban       Falco spent years infiltrating some of the most violent biker gangs and was so dedicated to his task to bring them to justice that in going undercover, he also went to prison, rose to some of the highest ranks in the gangs and endured countless injuries. Out: Feb.5  The Last Outlaws: The Lives and Legends of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid(NAL Hardcover, hardcover, $27)By Thom Hatch The infamous Wild West bank and train robbers are given fresh life by Hatch’s new research, including looks into the men themselves and those they fought against. Out: Feb.5     Long Shot(Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $27) By Mike Piazza with Lonnie Wheeler        The onetime L.A. Dodgers player was considered one of the premier offensive catchers in baseball and now, in his autobiography, recounts his career his way. Out: Feb.12     Nonfiction The Esperanza Fire: Arson, Murder, and the Agony of Engine 57 (Counterpoint, hardcover, $26)     By John N. Maclean   Award-winning journalist Maclean explores the circumstances surrounding the deadly Esperanza Fire of 2006, the trial of the man who started the blaze, and the impact of losing the first wildland engine crew to flames.         Out: Feb.12  Printing a Mediterranean World: Florence, Constantinople, and the Renaissance of Geography(Harvard University Press, hardcover, $50) By Sean E. Roberts An art history professor at USC, Roberts demonstrates the moment of transition between printing and manuscript culture and the basis for modern cartography through the 1482 Italian folio Geographia.Out: Feb.26 Illustrated T-Rex Trying(Plume, hardcover, $13)By Hugh Murphy Drawn from his Tumblr blog of the same name, L.A. blogger, artist, and dental student Murphy presents 100 drawings of his T-Rex character heroically trying to do everyday things, only to fail. Out: Feb.5   TAGSL.A CultureReading List2013February 2013Previous articleAsk Chris: Dancing QueenNext article2/13 Month: Vintage Yellow Pages Ads From The (213) Years: Western ExterminatorKristin Yinger RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORThe Holiday Season Officially Starts with These L.A. Tree Lighting EventsGorgeous Hotel Pools in L.A. Where You Can Cool Off Without Booking a RoomWhy You Should be Listening to Mexican-Born, L.A.-Based Rapper Niña Diozlast_img read more

Ukip rows back on Mark Reckless immigration comments ahead of Rochester & Strood by-elecion

first_img whatsapp Ukip has sought to distance itself from comments made by its Rochester & Strood candidate Mark Reckless, after he suggested certain European migrants could be asked to leave Britain if the party came to power.  Speaking yesterday at a hustings with other Rochester & Strood by-election candidates, Reckless said a Ukip government would have to implement a short-term “transitional period” allowing “people who are currently here to have a work permit at least for a fixed period”.  The suggestion that migrants would be sent back to their country of origin sparked outrage from Rochester & Strood’s Labour candidate Naushabah Khan. “Where would you stop Mark? My family are migrants, are we going to say they need to go back as well?,” she said.  But it wasn’t only Khan who bristled at the comments – Ukip itself has issued a statement clarifying its position. A Ukip spokesman said: “We need to sort out our borders, and we cannot do so whilst we remain in the European Union. Those who are in this country lawfully, such as those from EU nations would have the right to remain. Those who are here illegally would have to apply for work permits.”  They added: “It is absolutely not our policy to round up EU migrants and put them on a boat at Dover and send them back to wherever they came from.” With just one day to go until the by-election, this is the sort of thing that most parties would be spooked by – but all the polls and bookies suggest Reckless will be a clear winner. And it’s not as if Ukip is unused to gaffes. Here are four of the most recent: Earlier this year Councillor Donna Edmunds said businesses should be allowed to refuse services to women and gay people.  Presumably a view shared by Councillor David Silvester, who blamed the storms and floods affecting the UK on gay marriage laws. He was later suspended by the party.  Godfrey Bloom – also no longer with the party – was the master of the gaffe. Not content with saying aid was being sent to “bongo bongo land” he also called a room full of women “sluts” and then hit Channel 4 News reporter Michael Crick around the head with a rolled up party brochure. Even Nigel Farage has had his own foot-in-mouth occasions, not least the gotcha moment from the BBC’s Nick Robinson when he wanted an explanation over why Farage had employed his German wife over other British candidates. whatsapp Catherine Neilan Wednesday 19 November 2014 9:06 am Ukip rows back on Mark Reckless immigration comments ahead of Rochester & Strood by-elecion center_img Show Comments ▼ Share Tags: UK immigrationlast_img read more

Garda warning over ‘Sextortion scam email’ doing the rounds in Laois

first_img Pinterest Gardai in Laois are warning about a Sextortian scam – the practice of extorting money or sexual favours from someone by threatening to reveal evidence of their sexual activity.This scam email is actually quite common and is very threatening in nature.Crime Prevention Officer for Laois-Offaly Sergeant Graham Kavanagh advises if you should receive an email such as this either mark the email as spam/phishing (if available) or delete the email is the best course of action. By Megan Shiel – 14th January 2020 Home News Crime Garda warning over ‘Sextortion scam email’ doing the rounds in Laois NewsCrime Twitter Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory News 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin “If you are not familiar with this, I will explain. Trojan Virus gives me full access and control over a computer or other device.“This means that I can see everything on your screen, turn on the camera and microphone, but you do not know about it.“I also have access to all your contacts and all your correspondence. Why your antivirus did not detect malware?“Answer: My malware uses the driver, I update its signatures every 4 hours so that your antivirus is silent.“I made a video showing how you satisfy yourself in the left half of the screen, and in the right half you see the video that you watched.“With one click of the mouse, I can send this video to all your emails and contacts on social networks.“I can also post access to all your e-mail correspondence and messengers that you use.“If you want to prevent this, transfer the amount of $500 to my bitcoin address (if you do not know how to do this, write to Google: “Buy Bitcoin”).“After receiving the payment, I will delete the video and you will never hear me again.“I give you 50 hours (more than 2 days) to pay. I have a notice reading this letter, and the timer will work when you see this letter.“Filing a complaint somewhere does not make sense because this email cannot be tracked like my bitcoin address. I do not make any mistakes.“If I find that you have shared this message with someone else, the video will be immediately distributed.”So the safest course of action is to delete.SEE ALSO – Man arrested after Laois church vandalised in sickening attack WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp TAGSSergeant Graham Kavanagh Pinterest Garda warning over ‘Sextortion scam email’ doing the rounds in Laois Previous articleEmo turn to club stalwart ahead of 2020 seasonNext articleWEATHER WARS: Local forecaster hits out at Met Eireann ‘fake’ weather claims Megan ShielMegan is currently studying English and New Media at the University of Limerick. A Raheen native, she’s happiest when talking sport, especially soccer but just don’t mention the 2019 champions league final Facebook Facebook GAA He said: “There should be no interaction with the sender at all. The criminal has no video.“Do not ever send money to these people. If you receive a similar email and it is causing you worry then please talk to someone you trust.“The emails typically go as follows:“I am a hacker who has access to your operating system. I also have full access to your account.“I’ve been watching you for a few months now. The fact is that you were infected with malware through an adult site that you visited. GAA Twitter Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair rolelast_img read more

“No Dating during College Education”

first_img Facebook Twitter [imText1]The university admission process is so difficult that you have to obtain recommendations and pass the national exam. The departments and majors are determined at the university. Classes are divided like military divisions; the university as a solidarity, departments as platoons, and majors as companies. Colleges or local universities with a small number of students usually call the entire class of the year a company, and departments and majors as platoons. After making divisions, the campus life then really begins. You have to enter the university by 8 in the morning, and for thirty minutes go though forced walking and inspection. During the inspection, military trainers inspect how a student is dressed, they check students’ haircuts, and determine whether or not they are prepared to enter the classrooms. After the inspection comes the forced walking. The divided groups walk the school’s sports field and practice marching. They do this walking exercise every Monday morning. The first class starts at 8:30 am, and a class is 90 minutes long. After three classes in the morning, lunch time begins at 1:30 pm. Those living in the dorms receive meal tickets issued by the university administration office, and walk to the cafeteria singing in class groups. Usually they sing the song, “We will win together.” Those students who commute bring lunch from home and eat in the classroom with other students. In the afternoon, there are two classes. All classes come to an end at 5:30 pm. When school is out, the student leader (or class leader) criticizes student behavior in the classrooms for ten minutes and the students go to their extracurricular activities. There is also a “student patrol” who guides and controls the students. They are upperclassmen, and mainly keep control of the love affairs between the male and female students. It is said that many students are expelled for violating this rule. This is due to Kim Il Sung’s speech on the 5th Conference of the Socialist Worker’s Youth Alliance in which he said, “When the youth marry early, they become devoted to family and lose the thought of revolution and become lazy and weak in everything they do.” After the speech it became a law that university students do not get married, let alone date. University Students Marriage Prohibited by Kim Il Sung’s TeachingsIt is impossible to control love between a man and a woman. Most of the students fall in love secretly, promise marriage in secret, act as if they do not know each other during the college years and get married as soon as they graduate, of course, by obtaining permission.Political organizations are also formed in the universities. Organizations such as the University Worker’s Party Committee, University Socialist Worker’s Youth Alliance, University Chosun Employment General Alliance, and University Democratic Women’s Alliance are all great examples. Students join a university party committee or socialist committee as extracurricular activities. University students in North Korea spend most of their extracurricular time in military training, labor involvement, and conferences, gatherings, and meetings for various kinds of political propaganda and agitation movement. Extracurricular activities for university students in North Korea are an important part of life. Under the principle of “unity of theory and practice,” students are to “volunteer” in the areas where the state needs human labor–exemplifying obligatory labor.The areas where students contribute obligatory labor are in assistance to farms, economic, and construction areas. Assistance to farms includes planting, pulling weeds, irrigation, and harvesting. Economic and construction areas include city construction, power plant construction, railroad construction, school construction, machine building, and mining. Obligatory labor must be done approximately 12 to 14 weeks annually. Anyone who complains receives harsh criticisms for “expressing anti-movement ideology.” If the person still does not participate in the labor “voluntarily” even after such criticisms, he is punished and in extreme cases is expelled from the party. Students work because they do not want to risk their own lives. They shout out propagandistic slogans because they are being watched. By Daily NK – 2005.11.22 5:00pm NewsEconomy North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) “No Dating during College Education” AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] SHAREcenter_img News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once againlast_img read more

CU-Boulder Business School Invites Media To Expanded Koelbel Building

first_img Published: Aug. 1, 2007 MEDIA ADVISORY The University of Colorado at Boulder Leeds School of Business will open its newly expanded and renovated home, the Koelbel Building, to media on Monday, Aug. 6. Reporters and photographers are invited to tour the building with Leeds School Dean Dennis A. Ahlburg at 10:30 a.m. The tour will start in the building’s Centers Board Room, located on the first floor off the main entrance on the south side of Koebel Building facing Regent Drive. Ahlburg will discuss the advantages of the new building for Leeds School students and the impact the school already has experienced in student recruitment. The Koelbel Building opens Monday for faculty and staff to move into their offices. Construction of the $38-million Leeds School expansion and renovation began in spring 2006. The building is named in honor of the Koelbel family, leaders in the Colorado real estate industry. The expansion adds 65,000 square feet to the existing 100,000-square-foot building. The renovated building includes new MBA and undergraduate classrooms, student “team rooms,” offices and an “information commons” attached to the renovated business library. Media are invited to the tour, which is not open to the public. The Koelbel Building is located on Regent Drive on the CU-Boulder campus. Visitor parking is available in the lot in front of the main entrance. A map is available at For more information contact Greg Swenson in the CU-Boulder Office of News Services at (303) 492-3113. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Ehlers Estate Hires Katrina Van Aller as California Direct to Trade…

first_imgFacebook Advertisement(July 11, 2019; Saint Helena, Calif.)—Ehlers Estate, a 42-acre contiguous organically farmed estate vineyard in Napa Valley’s Saint Helena AVA, announced today that Katrina Van Aller has been hired as California direct to trade manager.Katrina comes to Ehlers with over 20 years of experience in luxury wine and spirits sales for California-based wineries. She joins Ehlers from Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars, where she was regional sales manager from 2011 through 2019. During her tenure there, she achieved territory growth by 35% in accounts sold, and hosted numerous brand building events such as winemaker dinners, charity fundraisers, and private country club member tastings. Before that, she served as district sales manager for Treasury Wine Estates where she represented more than 23 brands. From 1999-2005, she was an account sales manager with Robert Mondavi Winery.Born and raised in the metro-D.C. area, Katrina first discovered wine through her love of food, and her eventual work in restaurants while studying at Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland.“I am thrilled to help Ehlers grow its presence in California. Ehlers has always resonated with me—from the elegant wines to the amazing story of the Leducqs’ journey to St. Helena. I’m truly honored to be a part of the winery team and to work with winemaker and GM Laura Diaz Muñoz,” says Katrina.In her free time, Katrina enjoys traveling, playing golf, spending time with her significant other, Russell, and enjoying their two rescue dogs Bella (Golden Retriever) and Haley (Border Collie Mix).About Ehlers EstateJust off Highway 29 in Saint Helena, in the midst of the prestige, showmanship and glitz that define many of the surrounding wineries, lies Ehlers Estate: a picturesque organically farmed 42-acre vineyard with a stone barn winery dating back to 1886, and a small, devoted winemaking and hospitality staff. At Ehlers Estate, a quiet presence and dedicated team speak loudly of its founding principles: a passion for wine, dedication to quality, and a commitment to a legacy.The winery is owned by the Leducq Foundation, a trust established by Jean and Sylviane Leducq in 1996. The Leducqs’ love for all things food and wine brought them to the Napa Valley where they modeled the property after a traditional Bordeaux chateau. All of the wines are 100% estate-grown and produced. The vineyards, which are planted to Bordeaux varietals, are all certified organic by the CCOF.In July of 2018 Laura Díaz Muñoz joined Ehlers Estate as winemaker and director of operations. Originally from Madrid, Spain, her old-world roots align with the Leducq vision to create a timeless and classic estate, while also maintaining the highest standards of excellence in winemaking through continuous exploration and refinement of vineyard and cellar practices.Advertisement Pinterest ReddIt TAGSEhlers EstateKatrina Van Allerpeople Twitter Share Linkedin Email Home Industry News Releases Ehlers Estate Hires Katrina Van Aller as California Direct to Trade ManagerIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessEhlers Estate Hires Katrina Van Aller as California Direct to Trade ManagerBy Press Release – July 11, 2019 375 0 Previous articleRabo Agrifinance Establishes Collegiate Wine Scholarship Fund Established in Partnership with Sonoma State UniversityNext articleOpici Wines’ Market St. Spirits Expands World-Renowned Meletti Range with Distinctive, New Fernet! Press Releaselast_img read more

Ministry Receives Final Draft of Housing Policy

first_imgRelatedMinistry Receives Final Draft of Housing Policy Ministry Receives Final Draft of Housing Policy EnvironmentJuly 13, 2010 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Water and Housing has received the final draft of a housing policy document from a group of experts, who were hired to formulate the document, last year.Minister of Water and Housing, Hon. Dr. Horace (right), having a light discussion with Chairman of the Construction Industry Council (CIC), Gentle Wallace, at the Council’s 50th anniversary banquet, held on July 10 at the Morgan’s Harbor Hotel, in Port Royal. Minister Chang was the guest speaker at the event.This was announced by Minister of Water and Housing, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, who was speaking at the 50th anniversary dinner and awards ceremony of the Construction Industry Council (CIC) of Jamaica, at the Morgan’s Harbour Hotel, in Port Royal, on July 10.“We are finally on the verge of putting in place a National Housing Policy, to bring order and cohesiveness to the sector. The Ministry is in possession of the final draft of the document, which will be considered by the Cabinet shortly and then tabled in Parliament,” Dr. Chang said.The Minister pointed out that the policy has embraced a number of new and innovative approaches to construction, while reiterating that the construction sector will play a key role in the implementation of the housing policy.Dr. Chang said that the policy embraces, among other things, the application of technological innovations to all aspects of the building industry; an expansion of the facilities within existing tertiary institutions to accelerate the skills training and capacity building of construction workers to enhance their productivity; and the use of low energy-consuming construction techniques and materials in all segments of the construction industry.He added that the housing policy also addresses appropriate construction practices to mitigate the adverse effects of potential hazardous events and encourage the use of cheaper alternative building materials.At the same time, the Housing Minister reminded his audience that the government was committed to working with players in the private sector, as it moves to serve the housing and construction needs of the population.“I believe that we stand to benefit significantly from collaboration with private sector entities such as the CIC,” he told the members.He singled out the work being done by one agency of the Ministry and the superiority of block and steel construction over other forms.“The Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) is exploring the efficient use of block and steel technology. Although building systems have been widely used in Jamaica for more than 35 years, block and steel is still the preferred choice for the general population. While in the traditional approach, it is no match for system building, it provides the greatest stimulus to our construction industry and is the most effective way to boost sales of construction material,” Dr. Chang said.And, while systems building is often thought to be a cheaper alternative, the Minister said there have been recent instances in which block and steel contractors are tendering on a competitive level and in some cases giving a better price.“In fact, for projects with less than 150 units, the efficient use of block and steel construction should prove effective and competitive when compared with system building as currently priced by our contractors,” he said.“The HAJ is now delivering a 270 sq. ft. studio unit on 3000 square feet of land with full infrastructure constructed from six-inch reinforced concrete blocks and a timber frame, aluminum sheet covered roof at Luana, in St. Elizabeth, for $2.5 million. The project has 49 units and will be completed in September 2010,” Dr. Chang said.He said the HAJ is also now in the process of constructing 100 similarly finished units with a reinforced concrete roof at Portmore Villas in Portmore, for a selling price of $3 million. He noted that both projects have been sold out and that construction is way ahead of the schedule dates given for completion.The housing policy was crafted by a group of experts from the University of the West Indies and the University of Technology, following the signing of a $21.6 million contract with the Ministry of Water and Housing to formulate a National Housing Policy and Implementation plan, on June 17, 2008. Advertisementscenter_img RelatedMinistry Receives Final Draft of Housing Policy RelatedMinistry Receives Final Draft of Housing Policylast_img read more

Wanted fugitive found in Santa Monica

first_imgHomeNewsCrimeWanted fugitive found in Santa Monica Nov. 14, 2016 at 9:15 amCrimeWanted fugitive found in Santa Monicaeditor5 years agoCrime WatchSanta Monica Crimesanta monica crime watchSanta Monica Police Department On November 3, at about 1:56 p.m.Officers conducted a traffic stop in 300 block of Santa Monica Blvd for an equipment violation. A computer check of the driver revealed the subject was a wanted fugitive from Arkansas and had an outstanding felony warrant from Beverly Hills Police Department. The subject was placed under arrest. A search of the subject’s vehicle revealed numerous identifications and items under another’s name. The subject was transported to SMPD Jail for booking.Miesha Lashone Graham, 40, homeless, was arrested for possession of identification with an intent to defraud and an out of state felony warrant. No bail was set.Tags :Crime WatchSanta Monica Crimesanta monica crime watchSanta Monica Police Departmentshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentDowntown development taking center stage at Planning CommissionHistory Has Its Eyes On Trump NowYou Might Also LikeCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author3 days agoCrimeFeaturedKnife-wielding woman arrested during L.A. Councilman’s speechGuest Author4 days agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author7 days agoCrimeFeaturedHomeless man loses an eye to BB gun assaultGuest Author1 week agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author1 week agoCrimeFeaturedNewsDUI & Possession of a Rifle ArrestsGuest Author1 week agolast_img read more