215 Hectares Replanted under Forest Management Project

By Bryan Miller, JIS Reporter Related215 Hectares Replanted under Forest Management Project Advertisements 215 Hectares Replanted under Forest Management Project EnvironmentMarch 30, 2012 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A total of 215 hectares (531 acres) of watershed areas have been replanted utilising 113,914 seedlings, under the Local Forest Management Committee (LFMC) project. The initiative aims to involve communities in co-managing forested areas, while building their resilience to the risks that come with natural hazards. Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Luther Buchanan, speaking at the launch of the Smithfield LFMC in Cascade, Hanover, on March 28, said through the project, residents become stakeholders in the preservation of the protected forests of the island.  “This is exactly the type of community involvement project that is needed to foster awareness about the environmental importance of our forests,” he stated. Mr. Buchanan said the government is fully committed to sustainable development and preservation of the environment and engaging communities in these efforts through public education and awareness. “Building public awareness is critical in order for us, as a nation, to understand the environmental issues facing us, as they have implications for the nation’s development, disaster risk reduction, the preservation of natural resources, sustainable land management and proper planning,” he stated. “How we use the land, including our trees, impacts on the quality of our fresh water supply, which has an impact on our environment and, in turn, affects climate change,” Mr. Buchanan added. The Cascade LFMC is the 11th such entity to be established in the island. Already three LFMCs have been formed in the Cockpit Country; one in Northern Rio Minho in Clarendon; one in the Pencar Watershed in St. Mary; one at Dolphin Head in Hanover; one in Spring Bank in St. Thomas; one in Buff Bay in Portland and two in St. Andrew, at Dallas Castle and Constitution Hill. The LFMC project is being implemented through funding from the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group. The committees are part of the EUR 13 million Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Reduction Project, which falls under the GCCA’s work in the ACP Group. The project is managed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), and is being implemented by the Forestry Department, National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Environmental Management Division of the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, and the Meteorological Service. There are more than 100 gazetted forest reserves in Jamaica. Related215 Hectares Replanted under Forest Management Project Related215 Hectares Replanted under Forest Management Project read more

Environmental Measures for Logistics Hub Initiative Being Considered

first_imgRelatedInvestors Shortlisted to Finance Major Component of Logistics Hub Initiative Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton (right), addresses members of the Kiwanis Clubs of Eastern St. Andrew, North St. Andrew, Meadowvale and Cyberconnect, during a rap session, held at the Altamont Court hotel in New Kingston on May 21. Pictured (from left) are: President, North St. Andrew, John Allen and Member, Kiwanis Club of Eastern St. Andrew, Nadeen Neil. Related2013/2014 Sectoral Debate: Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, the Hon. Anthony Hylton RelatedGovernment Takes Action to Address Trade Breach Environmental Measures for Logistics Hub Initiative Being ConsideredJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlaycenter_img Environmental Measures for Logistics Hub Initiative Being Considered CommerceMay 22, 2013Written by: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail ndustry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, has assured that all necessary environmental measures are being considered, as the Government moves forward with development plans for the Global Logistics Hub initiative.“The environmental issues arising are critical and the Cabinet has reaffirmed the decision that all of this will have to be accomplished within a framework that is environmentally friendly and environmentally sound,” he stated.The Minister was responding to questions raised by members of the Kiwanis Club, during a joint meeting of the clubs of Eastern St. Andrew, North St. Andrew, Meadowvale and Cyberconnect, held at the Altamont Court hotel in New Kingston, on May 21.He informed that at the technical level, this will require the further strengthening of the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), as the authority that deals with environmental, planning and sustainable development policies and programmes.“NEPA is already ahead of the game, as it has started to train and beef up its human resource capabilities in these areas,” he said.The Minister further noted that the government will also depend on the input of global players to ensure that “all of the projects that are key parts of the Hub will be implemented and operated consistent with the environment.”“To obtain and retain a global hub status would mean that you would have to be subjected to global inspections, and I think, it is that input of global players that we will have to rely on, to ensure that we meet and maintain that standard,” he said.The Government’s Global Logistics Hub Initiative is aimed at taking advantage of the anticipated increase in maritime activities from the expansion of the Panama Canal, scheduled to be completed in 2015.Jamaica is deemed ideally positioned for this undertaking, based on the country’s location, midway between North and South America, and in relatively close proximity to the Panama Canal.The key elements of the initiative are: development of the Caymanas Economic Zone; dredging of the Kingston Harbour; establishing a Dry Dock facility at Jackson Bay, Clarendon; establishing a trans-shipment commodity port facility near Yallahs, St. Thomas; and developing an air cargo and passenger facility at Vernamfield, in Clarendon.Contact: Athaliah Rynolds-Baker Advertisementslast_img read more

AT&T, FTC agree $60M throttling settlement

first_img Previous ArticleExperts call for new 5G data protectionsNext ArticleSubscriber, ARPU gains fuel SoftBank growth Home AT&T, FTC agree $60M throttling settlement AT&TFTCthrottling AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 06 NOV 2019 Author Tags Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more Related Amazon reels in MGM Diana Goovaerts US chip funding tipped to top $150B AT&T pushes cybersecurity to public sector AT&T agreed to pay $60 million to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to finally end a legal spat over allegations it slowed data rates on its unlimited plans without adequately informing customers.The FTC said the settlement money will be used to issue partial refunds to current and former AT&T customers who signed up for unlimited plans prior to 2011, but had their speeds throttled. Current customers will automatically receive a credit on their monthly bill, while former customers will be sent cheques.Going forward, the deal permanently bars AT&T from making claims about speeds or the amount of data offered by its service plans without “clearly and conspicuously” disclosing relevant restrictions on the tariffs. Specifically, disclosures cannot be “buried in fine print or hidden behind hyperlinks”.In a statement, FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra called for stringent enforcement of the agreement to protect consumers: “Given AT&T’s aggressive enforcement of arbitration clauses that ban consumers from taking the company to court, it is critical to be vigilant in our oversight of AT&T under this order.”The FTC’s complaint against AT&T dates back to 2014, when it filed a lawsuit over the operator’s throttling practices.AT&T questioned the FTC’s authority, but the regulator eventually won a back-and-forth battle in the courts in February 2018, after which AT&T said it would pursue a settlement rather than appeal. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Backlast_img read more

Shinkwin leads Czech Masters after opening 66

first_imgVYSOKY UJEZD, Czech Republic – Callum Shinkwin shot an opening 6-under 66 Thursday to take the lead at the D+D Real Czech Masters. After finishing second last month at the Scottish Open – his best result on the European Tour so far – the 24-year-old Englishman opened with a birdie at the Albatross Golf Resort near Prague. Enjoying sunny conditions early in the day that changed to rain later, Shinkwin dropped one shot at the third hole and another on No. 14 but also added seven more birdies for a one-stroke lead. ”It was very good today,” Shinkwin said. ”My iron play to be fair was probably my strongest part but everything was good, and if everything is good you can’t really score bad.” Full-field scores from the D+D Real Czech Masters Pontus Widegren of Sweden, South African Dylan Frittelli and another Englishman James Heath are all tied in second after carding 67. A group of eight, including American Julian Suri who won the Made in Denmark event on Sunday, is one stroke behind them. Paul Peterson of the United States opened the defense of his title with a 3-under 69. Starting on the back-nine, Eddie Pepperell eagled the par-5 No. 12 and added four birdies to join fellow Englishman Shinkwin at the top of the leaderboard before falling back with a couple of double-bogeys on the front nine to finish with 69. The Czech event marks the beginning of a year-long qualification process for an automatic spot on Europe’s team for the 2018 Ryder Cup.last_img read more

Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr. top pair of Miami practices

first_imgMORE: Practice 3 results | Best 10-lap timesMartin Truex Jr. topped the leaderboard in Saturday’s final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway at 171.195 mph in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota.Right behind him was Clint Bowyer in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford at 169.790 mph.Rounding out the top five were Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at 169.774 mph, Erik Jones in the No. 77 Furniture Row Racing Toyota at 169.721 mph and Ryan Blaney in the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford at 169.550 mph.Kyle Busch joined Truex as the only other Championship 4 driver in the top 10, placing sixth at 169.492 mph. Brad Keselowski just missed, landing 11th with a best speed of 168.824 mph, while Kevin Harvick was 18th at a clip of 166.795 mph.Harvick was held on pit road for 15 minutes before the start of practice for failing pre-race inspection twice before last weekend’s race at Phoenix. Chase Elliott, David Starr and Cole Whitt were also held the same amount for the same penalty. Starr was held an additional 15 minutes for being late to qualifying inspection at Miami. Austin Dillon and Matt DiBenedetto had to serve 15-minute penalties apiece for failing qualifying inspection twice at Miami, while David Ragan, Jimmie Johnson and Michael McDowell were all held 30 minutes for failing three times.The next on-track activity for the series is Sunday’s season finale, the Ford EcoBoost 400 (3 p.m. ET, NBC).PRACTICE 2 RECAP: Practice 2 results | Complete race lineupDenny Hamlin topped the leaderboard in Saturday’s first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway at 171.130 mph in the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.Hamlin won the final Coors Light Pole Award of the season Friday night with a speed of 173.980 mph.Right behind him in practice was Dale Earnhardt Jr., making his final planned Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start, in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet at 170.681 mph.Rounding out the top five were Martin Truex Jr. in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota at 170.020 mph, Kurt Busch in the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford at 169.545 mph and Kasey Kahne in the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet at 168.972 mph.Truex, the only Championship 4 driver in the top five, scraped the wall late in practice, prompting his FRR and technically-affiliated Joe Gibbs Racing crew members to work on his car in the garage. The other Championship 4 drivers — Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick — were 10th, 16th and 17th, respectively.Chase Elliott’s No. 24 Chevrolet got into the wall early in the practice session. His team feverishly worked to fix the right rear damage his ride incurred, and he got back out on the 1.5-mile track to complete 27 laps at a best speed of 166.031 mph, good for 27th on the leaderboard.last_img read more