Ministry Submits Recommendations to OUR on Street Light Tariff

first_imgRelatedWestmoreland Steps Up Fight Against Mosquito Borne Diseases RelatedNSWMA to Establish Transfer Station in Westmoreland FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development has completed an analysis of the proposed tariff on street lights and has submitted its recommendations to the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR).This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Noel Arscott, while making his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, June 17.He said this is significant for the Government, as what usually obtains is that the Ministry would simply have to accept whatever tariff is approved by the OUR, based on submissions by the Jamaica Public Service (JPS).Mr. Arscott explained that from this new proposal, a specific tariff system will be proposed for LED street lights, as well as a new system of measurement that will recognise smart street lights that can be dimmed at various times, thereby utilising less electricity.Additionally, the Minister informed that the Government is also working to complete a joint audit, with JPS, of all street lights installed, complete with Global Positioning System (GPS) mapping.The Minister said all this is being done as part of Government’s efforts to reduce the energy consumption for street lights and cutting the costs by at least $1 billion annually.In the meantime, Mr. Arscott said he has been working closely with the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining in the negotiation of the impending new All Island Electricity Licence to resolve a number of key issues relating to street lights, “that could have become an obstacle to getting more efficient street lighting.”“We have also had several consultations with the JPS, the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), and the Ministry of Finance to pave the way for the introduction of modern street lights,” the Minister said.He lamented that under the current arrangement, the Government has not been able to benefit from the reduction in costs associated with the deployment of efficient street lights.Mr. Arscott said the archaic system for the monitoring, repair or replacement of street lights has been found to be ineffective, as many lights across the island are now defective.He noted that as such, the Ministry and the Local Authorities continue to work towards the replacement of the existing street lights with efficient LED bulbs.The Request for Proposal (RFP) for this new programme will be issued shortly, and the Ministry expects to complete the procurement process by the end of this fiscal year, he informed. Ministry Submits Recommendations to OUR on Street Light Tariff Local GovernmentJune 18, 2014Written by: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakercenter_img RelatedGovernment Identifying Alternative to Rivertion Landfill Story HighlightsThe Ministry of Local Government and Community Development has completed an analysis of the proposed tariff on street lights.The Ministry has submitted its recommendations to the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR).What usually obtains is that the Ministry would simply have to accept whatever tariff is approved by the OUR, based on submissions by the JPS. Advertisementslast_img read more

SiriusXM Phish Radio Teases A Big Announcement On Monday Evening

first_imgUPDATE [10/21/19, 5 p.m. ET]: The secret is out: Oysterhead and Trey Anastasio Band will headline SweetWater 420 Fest 2020! Head here for more info.It looks like SiriusXM Phish Radio has some exciting news for us today, Monday, October 21st.As Trey Anastasio continues his fall solo acoustic run, fans continue to freak out over the forthcoming Oysterhead reunion, and Phish prepares for their upcoming fall tour, it looks like the band and their dedicated SiriusXM channel have something exciting in the works for us today. Details are vague for the time being, but this tweet from SiriusXM Phish Radio curator/host Ari Fink makes us say “hmmm….” Related: Mike Gordon Talks Solo Tour, Phish’s 2019 Summer Tour, Collaborating With Leo Kottke, More On SiriusXMPhish’s upcoming seven-show fall tour will begin on November 29th and 30th with a performance at Providence, RI’s Dunkin’ Donuts Center. From there, the band will head to Long Island’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 1st. After a December 4th performance at Pittsburgh, PA’s Petersen Events Center, the band will head down to North Charleston Coliseum in North Charleston, SC for a three-night run on December 6th, 7th, and 8th. Later in the month, Phish will close out 2019 with their customary four-night New Year’s run at Madison Square Garden in New York City.What news do Phish and SiriusXM Phish Radio have in store for us today? Tune in to channel 29 at 5 p.m. ET today and find out. If you’re not yet a SiriusXM subscriber, you can sign up here.last_img read more

Kansas, Wichita State finally meeting for spot in Sweet 16

first_imgOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The first thing that must be understood about Kansas and Wichita State is that their game on Sunday is about more than the players on the court and the coaches on the sideline.Their tantalizing NCAA Tournament tilt amounts to class conflict.It is a matchup of the blue-bloods and the blue-collared, college basketball royalty against the nouveau riche. The Jayhawks have national championship banners hanging from the rafters, the Shockers a chip perpetually hanging from their shoulders.“The programs are not equal. It’s plain and simple,” explained Darnell Valentine, who starred for the Jayhawks in the late 1970s and early ’80s. “The programs are just not the same.”That belief may be the biggest reason why the Jayhawks (27-8), the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region, and the seventh-seeded Shockers (27-4) are meeting for the first time since 1993.“They’ve been ducking Wichita State for years,” countered Antoine Carr, who played his high school ball with Valentine before starring for Wichita State. “We’re all Kansas teams, but we’re all going to fight for that hill. Everybody wants to be the king of the hill.”Wichita State has tried periodically to schedule a series with Kansas over the years, but administrators there have always balked. Their argument is they have nothing to gain from playing anywhere in the state but Allen Fieldhouse, and they may be right. Why give up the game’s biggest homecourt advantage when there are no benefits in recruiting or exposure?Besides, it wasn’t until coach Gregg Marshall took the Shockers to the Final Four two years ago that they became a household name again. For many years, they were an afterthought.All those arguments sure irritate the Wichita State faithful, though, prompting many of them to label their counterparts to the north elitist at best, arrogant at worst.“Obviously we’re not the BCS school, and I can see how KU wouldn’t want to play us,” said Wichita State guard Ron Baker, who grew up idolizing the Jayhawks in tiny Scott City, Kansas.Baker insists there is no animosity among coaches and players — although Marshall did once refer to Kansas as the “Chickenhawks.” Instead, the rivalry that isn’t has been the domain of the fans, their proud campuses separated by just 162 miles of Sunflower State highway.“It’s a funny dynamic,” said the Shockers’ Fred VanVleet, “because the blood-hate rivalry is more for the people who grew up in the tradition. You take a guy like me from Illinois who doesn’t know anything about it, it’s not quite the same.”VanVleet pauses, and then adds with a grin: “I’ll hate them just as much when it’s time to suit up, though, because they’re in our way to the Sweet 16.”Indeed, the stakes could hardly be higher for two schools that have met just 14 times. Their only other meeting in the NCAA Tournament occurred in 1981, when Valentine and Carr squared off in New Orleans. The Shockers won that game on a last-second shot.“I’m not going to lie,” Kansas coach Bill Self said, “there are certain games that are big, and I think this is one of those games that is bigger.”When they finally do play, there will be a few key story lines to watch:GUARD PLAY: VanVleet was dynamic in scoring 27 points against Indiana, outplaying star guard Yogi Farrell. Kansas counterpart Frank Mason III, who will likely match up with VanVleet, had 17 points and nine rebounds in his team’s win over New Mexico State.“There are not too many true point guards,” Self said. “Those are two of them.”REUNIONS: Several players from the teams have worked summer camps together, but Kansas forward Perry Ellis and Wichita State forward Evan Wessel are even closer: They grew up together.“All the way back in biddy basketball,” said Wessel, who will likely have the job of slowing down the Jayhawks’ leading scorer. “It’s a lot of fun to be able to play against him.”HEALTH CHECK: Ellis is still wearing a bulky brace on his right knee, which he sprained late in the regular season. He insists that he is close to 100 percent, even though he winced on more than one occasion during the Jayhawks’ victory over the Aggies.“He was good today in practice,” Self said. “He looked like the Perry of old.”COACHING MATCHUP: Self and Marshall have known each other for years, from the time they were at lesser-known schools — Tulsa for Self, Winthrop for Marshall. And while they have never exchanged Christmas cards, both coaches described their relationship as cordial.“We stayed in touch,” Marshall said. “Bill’s a great guy, a tremendous coach. One of the best in the country. Has a wonderful program. I have a lot of respect for him.”last_img read more

Keller arrested for DUI

first_imgFound by LUB workers   Last Thursday, Gilbert Allen Keller, II. was found by LaFollette Utilities employees allegedly passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle at a stop sign on Fincastle Drive, according to a report from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department. When Deputy Tosha Tackett arrived, she spoke with the LUB employees who said they had attempted to wake Keller but were unsuccessful. Tackett saw the man sitting in the driver’s seat with the vehicle running at the stop sign. In speaking with Keller, Tackett noticed he allegedly had blood shot watery eyes and smelled of alcohol. Keller denied drinking citing his mother’s recent death and driving all night as the reason for his condition.  Keller, 37, 5219 Brookeville Road, Gaithersburg, Maryland, is charged with driving under influence (DUI). (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 04/19/2018-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

World Cup 2010: Nigerians sack football leaders

first_imgThe Nigerian Football Federation’s top two officials have been sacked in a bid to appease the country’s president who suspended the team after the World Cup.NFF President Sani Lulu and Vice-President Amanze Ugbulam were fired as the federation asked President Goodluck Jonathan to reconsider his ban.Fifa has threatened to expel Nigeria from world football unless the Nigerian president lifts the two-year ban.It has imposed a deadline of 1700 BST on Monday for ban to be lifted.Fifa rules prohibit government intervention in its members’ affairs.The NFF said the two sackings, as well as the dismissal of a member of the federation’s technical committee, were carried out “to tender a resolved apology” to all Nigerians over the team’s performance in South Africa. The NFF also promised “to take urgent steps to address the maladministration of football in the country”.The country’s House of Representatives has passed a resolution asking the Nigerian president to reverse his order, fearing sanctions.Jonathan’s government announced on Wednesday that the NFF would be dissolved and an interim board put in place.“President Goodluck Jonathan has directed that Nigeria withdraws from international competition for two years to enable the country to put its house in order,” said special presidential adviser Ima Niboro.However, Fifa rules clearly state that national associations can be expelled if governments are seen to be interfering with the way they operate. “Fifa has sent a letter to the Nigeria Football Federation indicating that the government of Nigeria has until Monday at 6pm to cancel its direction to withdraw Nigeria’s participation from all Fifa and Caf competitions for the next two years,” said Fifa communications director Nicolas Maingot on Friday.“Also the management committee set up by the Nigeria government will not be recognised by Fifa.”If Nigeria are suspended, the country cannot participate in competitive matches or club games in African competitions.“A suspension goes beyond the suspension of the national teams,” added Maingot. “It also freezes financial help and no referees can participate in international competition.”Fifa executive committee member and former Nigeria government minister Dr Amos Adamu will be in the country on Monday “for a last mediation attempt”. The governing body’s president Sepp Blatter had already warned French president Nicolas Sarkozy of possible sanctions after he pledged to personally lead an investigation into France’s acrimonious World Cup campaign.Source: BBClast_img read more