Commercial Lifestyle Centre Proposed for Downtown Kingston

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON – A proposal has been made for the establishment of a commercial lifestyle centre for entrepreneurs and residents operating and living downtown Kingston. This recommendation has been made in a Growth Inducement Strategy, being developed through a special secretariat established in the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ). Making the disclosure during a Growth Strategy Symposium at the Jamaica Conference Centre on Tuesday March 15, where the strategy was discussed, PIOJ Consultant, Professor Donald Harris, said the recommendation presented an opportunity for the country to “attack the problem of social exclusion” that exists, particularly for residents of inner city communities, within the context of urban/regional development. Professor Harris noted that a “high concentration” of the “most intense” commercial activity in Jamaica occurs in downtown Kingston, pointing to analyses and studies, which show that up to 25 per cent of Jamaica’s gross domestic product (GDP) is generated in that area. He said that the setting up of a commercial lifestyle centre will provide an opportunity to “combine commercial enterprise with a social space that allows the people who live in that community to experience the very same facilities and opportunities and access to enjoyment that people in uptown Kingston enjoy.” “Right there, in the heart of downtown Kingston, let’s create the kind of phoenix that rises from the dust,…and be the kind of beacon that heralds the coming of a new beginning, and let’s start with that today,” Professor Harris urged.   He pointed out that the Community Renewal Programme, being piloted by the PIOJ, represented a “deliberate attempt” to effectively challenge conditions negatively impacting these persons and their communities. “There are strategies being pursued and we encourage them for developments in Montego Bay, in Negril, in Falmouth…with all of the efforts surrounding the issue of redevelopment of downtown Kingston,” Professor Harris implored. Meanwhile, Finance and Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, has welcomed developments being undertaken downtown Kingston, which form part of efforts to restore the area. Speaking at the forum, Mr. Shaw singled out telecommunications company, Digicel, whom he commended for “leading the way” through the construction of its new US$60 million headquarters, and the company’s support in the re-building of Coronation Market. He noted that other companies have also “joined the bandwagon,” in this regard, pointing to security and courier service firm, Guardsman, “is about to establish (their) headquarters in downtown Kingston.” “I spoke of that (re-development) vision in Parliament a couple years ago, of what we need to see in downtown Kingston; renewal of interest in our downtown area. (As a result) you can hardly find real estate to buy now. All of these things hold very well,” Mr. Shaw said. RelatedCommercial Lifestyle Centre Proposed for Downtown Kingston RelatedCommercial Lifestyle Centre Proposed for Downtown Kingston Commercial Lifestyle Centre Proposed for Downtown Kingston Finance & Public ServiceMarch 17, 2011 RelatedCommercial Lifestyle Centre Proposed for Downtown Kingston Advertisements By DOUGLAS McINTOSH, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Measure to require two-thirds vote to amend the constitution moves in the House

first_img Mar 30, 2021 By Jim Ash Senior Editor Top Stories A measure to raise the 60% threshold for voter approval of constitutional amendments to a two-thirds majority is now moving in the House.Critics are blasting lawmakers this session for what they say is a cumulative assault on direct democracy.The House Public Integrity and Elections Committee voted 11-6 on March 29 to approve HJR 61 by Rep. Rick Roth, R-Palm Beach Gardens. A companion, SJR 1238 by Sen. Ana Maria Rodriguez, R-Doral, has one more committee stop before reaching the Senate floor.“I think we all agree that we are living in difficult times, our freedom of speech and our private property rights have been challenged and are under assault,” Roth said. “I brought forth this amendment in the past, but now is the time to stand up and defend our Constitution.”Both measures would require a “66 and two-thirds percent” — or two thirds — majority “except that the repeal of an amendment or revision need only be approved by the same percentage of elector votes as was required at the time of passage of such amendment or revision.”If it passes the Legislature this session, the measure will appear on the 2022 general election ballot, and require only a 60% majority to succeed. It would take effect the following year.The measure is opposed by a host of advocacy groups, including the Southern Poverty Law Center Action Fund, NAACP, and Sierra Club.Jonathon Webber, executive director of Florida Conservation Voters, reminded the committee that Alexander Hamilton called supermajority mandates a “poison” for democracy.“It will make it harder for Florida citizens to exercise their constitutional rights,” Webber said.Rep. Geraldine Thompson, D-Orlando, said many popular citizen’s initiatives would have failed under a two-thirds majority mandate, including the “Fair Districts” amendment that bans gerrymandering.Floridians turn to the initiative process when lawmakers ignore their concerns, Thompson said.“Do you think they [citizens] have a right to offer constitutional amendments?” Thompson asked.AFL-CIO lobbyist Richard Templin said his organization has tracked 150 legislative proposals to limit the initiative process since voters first approved a minimum wage increase in 2004.He warned that many proposals sponsored by Republican lawmakers, including “Save Our Homes,” the property tax rollback, and others that granted tax relief to veterans and their survivors, would also have failed under a two-thirds majority mandate.“The things that you have put in the Constitution would not be there with this high bar, so please consider your vote very carefully,” he said.Supporters countered that Florida, with five methods for amending the Constitution, has the most direct democracy of any state.That leaves the Constitution too vulnerable to special interests, Roth said.“It will also limit lobbyists’ power to change the Constitution, and we should remember, they will never limit themselves,” he said.Rep. Cord Byrd, R-Jacksonville Beach and an attorney, said the Constitution is designed to protect individual freedoms, not be used as a tool for setting policy.Roth’s measure doesn’t discriminate, Byrd said.“Whatever side of the aisle you’re on, whatever policy proposal or HJR that you are in support of…nobody gains an advantage, and everybody would be held to the same standard,” he said.Democrats point out that lawmakers are on the verge this year of passing several measures that would limit access to the Constitution and concentrate power in the Republican-controlled Legislature. Lawmakers are on the verge of putting another measure on the ballot that would ask voters to abolish the Constitution Revision Commission.If that were to win voter approval, only four avenues for amending the Constitution would remain, all of which require voter approval — legislative ballot proposals, the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission, citizen’s initiatives, and a constitutional convention.After approving Roth’s measure, the committee voted 11-5 to approve HB 699 by Rep. Bobby Payne, R-Palatka. The measure would place a $3,000 limit on contributions to political committees that sponsor constitutional amendments.The limit would lift after the secretary of state certifies a measure to go before voters statewide and certifies a ballot number for a proposed amendment.Critics say it would cripple citizen initiatives. Currently, political committees backing proposed amendments have no contribution limits.Payne said it’s merely another way to protect the Constitution from special interests.“It really comes down to what is influence, as opposed to information,” Payne said. “It’s our duty…to make sure we are protecting our most sacred document.”The measure has been jokingly called the “anti-John Morgan bill,” a reference to the wealthy Orlando attorney who has bankrolled committees backing a minimum wage hike and medical marijuana.“It really comes down to what is influence, as opposed to information,” Payne said. “It’s our duty…to make sure we are protecting our most sacred document.”The Public Integrity and Ethics Committee approved an earlier version of HB 699, when it addressed only the disposition of surplus campaign funds. But in an unusual move, House leaders referred it back to the committee after Payne added the language regarding contribution limits for political committees.There is no identical companion, but Sen. Ray Rodrigues, R-Ft. Myers, has announced his intention to align his SB 1890 with Payne’s proposal. SB 1890 currently sets a $1,000 cap on contributions to committees backing proposed amendments. The bill has yet to be heard.Ida Eskamani, a legislative affairs specialist for Florida Rising, spoke against both measures.“Ultimately, we feel that Floridians have a right to participate in direct democracy, and that right is fundamental and non-negotiable,” she said. “This is the death of direct democracy through legislative design.” Measure to require two-thirds vote to amend the constitution moves in the Houselast_img read more

Texas wind farm undergoes upgrade

first_img CPV says it has developed 400+ MW of renewable capacity on former coal mines Twitter No posts to display 5.6.2013 Twitter Facebook S&C designed and built a complete system using mechanically switched capacitors in three substations at the project site. The company is also designing and installing the control system on the east substation. The project is expected to be completed by June 2013. Previous articleEdison may retire both San Onofre nuclear unitsNext articleRosatom reportedly seeking partnership with EDF chloecox Linkedin The upgrade will help Sweetwater to meet new renewable energy interconnection standards enacted by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). ERCOT revised its grid code last year by modifying the reactive power capability requirements, requiring Sweetwater Wind to provide a lagging power factor capability of 0.95 or less and a leading power factor capability of 0.95 or less at the point of connection. Texas wind farm undergoes upgrade Southern Power acquiring 118-MW Oklahoma wind project developed by Vestas’ NA unit TAGSERCOT Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By chloecox – S&C Electric Co. was awarded a $2.6 million contract by Sweetwater Wind to upgrade a portion of the 585 MW wind farm in Sweetwater, Texas. Renewable project management firm Bradley acquired by Bureau Veritas RenewablesNew ProjectsO&MRetrofits & UpgradesWind Read more contracts and projects news Facebooklast_img read more

7 ways to create a solution-oriented work environment

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Not every problem in an organization makes it all the way to the CEO’s ears. That’s why it is important as a leader to set the expectation that all employees are problem solvers. If someone sees an issue and has an idea to fix it, they should feel comfortable sharing it. Letting problems fester can create negative undercurrents among employees and potentially impact the customer experience.Leadership guru and award-winning author David Dye identifies two reasons why employees don’t offer up solutions more often: no one asked directly, and employees don’t think anything happens afterward.To address these sentiments, Dye offers seven ways leaders can respond to employees’ suggestions and encourage more solutions:Say “thank you.” Acknowledging an employee’s contribution and effort makes them feel valued.last_img read more

Zimbabwe’s export earnings down by 2 pct in first five months

first_imgZimbabwe abandons currency peg three months after introduction Zimbabwe to hold elections in “four to five months” ZIMBABWE POWER TRANSITIONcenter_img (161129) — HARARE, Nov. 29, 2016 (Xinhua) — Photo taken on Nov. 28, 2016 in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare shows the new bond notes that start circulating in the country. Zimbabwe on Monday added a new “surrogate” currency to the nine already in its multi-currency basket amid mixed feelings from the banking public. (Xinhua)(yy) Zimbabwe dollars are counted on the streets of Harare in 2016. (Photo via Xinhua / YY)Zimbabwe’s export earnings declined by 2 percent year-on-year to about 1.53 billion U.S. dollars in the first five months, Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said Thursday.In the same period, total foreign currency inflows amounted to about 2.35 billion dollars, against an import bill of 1.55 billion dollars, he said.Presenting the 2020 mid-term budget and economic review statement to the parliament, Ncube said imports declined by 4 percent from a year ago, with the trade balance improved.“Overall, the current account is projected to remain in surplus in 2020 at 1.2 billion dollars mainly driven by secondary income and goods account,” the minister said.He said the country recorded a budget surplus of 800 million Zimbabwe dollars (11.7 million dollars) in the first half of the year.The African country’s public and publicly guaranteed external debt stood at 8.094 billion Zimbabwe dollars (119 million dollars), while domestic debt stood at 12.89 billion Zimbabwe dollars (189.6 million dollars) by June, according to the minister.Ncube said annual inflation was resurging, although it was expected to gradually decline in the second half of 2020, from a peak of 785.5 percent in May to 300 percent in December on account of monetary and fiscal policy interventions being implemented by the government.Relatedlast_img read more