New Administrative Building for Island Traffic Authority in May Pen

first_imgTransport and Mining Minister, Hon. Mike Henry says a need of the motoring public has been filled, with the construction of a new Island Traffic Authority (ITA) administrative building in May Pen, Clarendon.Mr. Henry noted that the new building, which was constructed at a cost of $29.2 million by the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI), will be able to provide services to the public, without requiring them to travel long distances to neighbouring parishes.“The building will enable speedy delivery of service to persons when the (previous) facility couldn’t accommodate them fully. You will (also) be saving time and money,” Mr. Henry said, in a JIS News interview, at the official opening of the building on Trenton Road on July 14.Some of the services to be offered to customers visiting the facility will include the testing of applicants for driver’s licences and the granting of certificates of fitness among others.The new building, which is an amalgamation of two 40ft containers and a 20ft container, took approximately 14 weeks to complete.It boasts two offices, an examination room, reception area, filling room and kitchenette, external flood lights built also by the staff and students at CMI and a paved driving surface to conduct driver’s tests, among other features.Mr. Henry noted that the building’s construction represents the power of collaboration and innovation.“It also represents a model for building innovation and developing ways to re-use materials to create a beautiful structure and comfortable working and business space,” he said.Last week, the Transport and Mining Minister broke ground for the construction of a new ITA and Transport Authority Office in Savanna-La- Mar, Westmoreland.At that function, Mr. Henry stated that the facility would deliver high-quality service to all Jamaicans, with greater levels of accountability, transparency, efficiency and management for the public.Meanwhile in his remarks, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Dr. Alwin Hales said there is a drive to modernise the ITA.Dr. Hales informed that approval has been granted for computers to be disbursed to ITA facilities to improve customer service, which will result in a “hyper modern ITA”.For his part, Director of the ITA, Ludlow Powell, said the new facility represents a “massive improvement” over the previous “substandard structure”, which had been condemned years ago.He also noted, the facility will provide for the use of technology in the preparation of Fitness Certificates for motor vehicles.Following the opening of the building, the Transport and Mining Minister, Permanent Secretary, Directors of the ITA and other persons toured sections of the building, which included the examination area, offices and customer service area.last_img read more

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Randy Moss Says His Time With 49ers Is Over

Wide receiver Randy Moss said his time with the San Francisco 49ers has come to an end.“Wished we could’ve finished the job!! Thanks for the opportunity an good luck in the future 9ers,” Moss tweeted Saturday evening.There was no specific reason of given for why the 49ers did not wish to retain the services of the future Hall of Famer, but comments made by Moss before the Super Bowl may have added to the organizations decision to go their separate ways.Moss said then that he was dissatisfied with his role on the team.“I don’t like my role. I don’t,” Moss said. “I like to be out there playing football.”San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke gave a slight hint during the NFL Combine that the team had already reached a conclusion about Moss not returning to the team for the 2013 season.“We’re certainly happy that he was in [in San Francisco],” Baalke responded when he was asked about Moss’ future with the team. “Is he going to return this? I don’t know that yet.”Apparently, the 36-year-old Moss, who signed a one-year deal with the 49ers last March after returning from a one-year retirement, received word that he will not be back.Moss played in all 16 games and 28 receptions for 434 yards and three touchdowns in the regular season, making two starts. In the 49ers Super Bowl loss to the Ravens, he caught two passes for 41 yards.Despite Moss and the San Francisco parting ways, he told some of his 49ers teammates that he still can play at a high level, according to CBSSports.com.Moss had become a fixture in the 49ers locker room, even for starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick.“He was great to me,” Kaapernick said in an interview with the NFL Network on Feb. 28. “He made sure I knew what the defense was doing. He was someone that helped me a great deal and I hope he’s back with us.”Now that it is clear that Moss will not return, he will hit the free agent market on March 12, with the hopes of finding a suitor.Moss will be looking to add to his 982 catches for 15,292 yards and 156 touchdowns, but hopefully with a Super Bowl contender. read more

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Apex Court appoints 5 judges for Calcutta HC

first_imgNew Delhi/Kolkata: In a major development, the Supreme Court collegium has finalised the names of five judges for the Calcutta High Court. According to Law Ministry officials, the top court collegium has approved the names of five advocates as judges of Calcutta HC, while the decision over the selection of two other judges has been deferred as of now.The SC collegium has approved the names of Biswajit Basu, Amrita Sinha, Sutanu Kumar Patra, Abhijit Gangopadhyay and Jay Sengupta as the judges of HC, while the collegium has disapproved the names of Tirthankar Ghosh and Hiranmay Bhattacharya for their elevation to the post of judge. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIn the matter of appointment of Ghosh, the collegium has stated that it needs further information to assess the suitability. The acting chief justice of Calcutta HC may be requested accordingly, the collegium said in its order.The proposal for the elevation of Hiranmay Bhattacharya has been deferred for now, the order stated.”For the purpose of assessing merit and suitability of the recommendees for elevation to the High Court, we have carefully scrutinised the material placed in the file, which includes the views of the Chief Minister as forwarded by West Bengal Governor, etc,” the SC collegium said in its order.According to a law ministry official, the notification in this regard would come soon. It may be mentioned that out of the total 73 posts of judges, 39 are lying vacant.last_img read more

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