YOU MAY THINK IT’S NOT HAPPENING AS FAST AS YOU WOULD LIKE, BUT PROGRESS IS BEING MADE ON REPAIRING AND RESURFACING THE STREETS OF SIOUX CITY.CITY ENGINEER GORDON PHAIR SAYS WORK IS PROGRESSING ON THE MILITARY ROAD BRIDGE INTO NORTH SIOUX, WHILE THE SOUTH DAKOTA D-O-T HAS COMPLETED DECK WORK ON THE I-29 BRIDGE INTO DAKOTA DUNES:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/STREETS1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….SEPTEMBER AS PLANNED. :27WORK ON PIERCE STREET IS ALSO CONTINUING BETWEEN 18TH AND 27TH STREET:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/STREETS2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………NEIGHBORHOODS & BUSINESSES. :14DOUGLAS STREET FROM DOWNTOWN NORTH HAS BEEN UNDERGOING RESURFACING, AND PHAIR SAYS THAT WILL SOON BE FINISHED.THERE WERE A COUPLE OF UNEXPECTED ISSUES THAT WERE FOUND AT 4TH STREET AND AT 10TH AND DOUGLAS:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/STREETS3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……………TO FIX THOSE. :18PHAIR SAYS 11TH AND FLOYD WILL SOON BE RESURFACED TO COINCIDE WITH CARGILL’S CURRENT CLOSURE OF 11TH.THAT WILL BE FINISHED BY THE END OF AUGUST.HE SAYS WORK ON MORNINGSIDE AVENUE AT LAKEPORT SHOULD ALSO BE FINISHED BY LATE AUGUST.
The Jamaica Fire Brigade will receive a boost to its fleet, following the signing of a contract for the procurement of three brand new fire trucks. These units are being acquired at a cost of US$1.35 million and are expected to be added to the company’s fleet within the next eight months. The contract was signed on Wednesday, March 13, between Commissioner, Jamaica Fire Brigade, Laurie Williams and Chief Executive Officer of the National Safety Limited, Julian Templer, at the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development in Kingston. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Noel Arscott, said the move is the first of a number of initiatives geared at acquiring additional units for the Jamaica Fire Brigade. “We hope to be able to gradually and consistently improve our Fire Brigade Service up to the required standard and level,” he said. Mr. Arscott pointed out that there are a number of units within the fleet that are in need of replacement, but said this will have to be done over time, because of financial constraints. State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Collin Fagan, said the Government is committed to developing the Jamaica Fire Brigade to a level that is compliant with international standards. By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporter
“The Government is of the view that the transition from our current state of economic stability to growth and prosperity must be underpinned by the evolution of a robust research and innovation ecosystem,” the Minister said. Story Highlights Over the next three years, the Government will be allocating $30 million to fund high-quality research in the areas of indigenous knowledge and water.Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, made the announcement at the launch of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Research Days at the institution on February 7.“The Government is of the view that the transition from our current state of economic stability to growth and prosperity must be underpinned by the evolution of a robust research and innovation ecosystem,” the Minister said.She emphasised that such an ecosystem must be further bolstered with strategic partnerships between tertiary institutions and industry.“This is the critical role the UWI has played for the better part of its 70-year existence, and which we know it will continue to play for us in Jamaica,” she said.Underscoring the Government’s commitment to facilitating the development of research and innovation, Ms. Grange said additional funding for research purposes will be provided as the funds become available.“As our fiscal space strengthens, we will continue to commit additional funding for high-quality research projects in the areas of indigenous knowledge and water research,” the Minister said.She said that research and development are critical to fuelling innovation, national development and economic growth, and urged for research to focus on specific issues in the society to assist in tackling social challenges and drive economic growth.“As we seek to cement a growth doctrine in our society, the University must ensure that its research modalities continue to enlighten and mould socio-economic policies that are readily adaptable to the needs of our society,” she said.UWI Research Days will be held from February 7 to 9 under the theme ‘Powering Development through Partnerships in Research and Innovation’.Key research areas to be explored include health, economics, climate change, alternative energy and crime. Over the next three years, the Government will be allocating $30 million to fund high-quality research in the areas of indigenous knowledge and water. “This is the critical role the UWI has played for the better part of its 70-year existence, and which we know it will continue to play for us in Jamaica,” she said.