RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison Organisation News December 31, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another blogger held, RWB calls for his immediate release Better known by the blog name of Nguyen Ngoc Gia, he was arrested at his Ho Chi Minh City home, which was searched by police. The public security ministry said the 48-year-old Ngoc was detained for “illegal activities.” No further details are so far available.Ngoc often writes for independent blogs and news sites such as Dan Lam Bao (People’s Newspaper) and Dan Luan (People’s Opinion) and for Radio Free Asia’s Vietnamese service, criticizing the authorities and their persecution of dissidents.In a 10 December post on Dan Lam Bao, he reported that his email account and Facebook page had been hacked.“This latest arrest is part of the one-party system’s repressive policies aimed at silencing all criticism,” Reporters Without Borders programme director Lucie Morillon sad. “We urge the authorities to immediately release Ngoc and all the other detained bloggers, whose only crime is wanting to provide fellow citizens with freely-reported information.”Ngoc is the third blogger to be arrested in the past month, following Hong Le Tho on 29 November and Nguyen Quang Lap on 6 December. The police have also been using physical violence against dissidents and close relatives. The victims have included Truong Minh Duc, an independent journalist who was attacked by police officers in early November.Some dissidents such as the Reporters Without Borders “information hero” Pham Chi Dung and the bloggers Hoang Van Dung and Nguyen Hoang Vi have been subjected to increased surveillance in the past few days that was probably linked to the 25-27 December visit to Ho Chi Minh City by Yu Zhengsheng, the chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.The authorities use the most spurious grounds for arresting bloggers who provide outspoken news coverage. A total of 29 are currently detained on charges of “abusing democratic freedoms,” “subversion,” “anti-government propaganda” or “trying to overthrow the government.”Sign the Reporters Without Borders petition for their release.Vietnam is ranked 174th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. VietnamAsia – Pacific VietnamAsia – Pacific RSF_en News Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate release of Nguyen Dinh Ngoc, the latest blogger to be detained in Vietnam. His arrest on 27 December confirms his country’s position as the world’s second biggest prison for netizens, after China. to go further Follow the news on Vietnam April 22, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam News April 7, 2021 Find out more
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill today released a statement on the decision by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to rescind Department of Justice marijuana policy (known as the “Cole memo”) adopted during the Obama-era:“These Obama-era rules, giving discretion to federal prosecutors in marijuana cases, have created a legal gray area on an issue that should be black and white. Marijuana is either legal or it is not. While Congress had taken no action to legalize marijuana, the executive branch essentially neutralized the law by choosing not to enforce it. As long as federal law prohibits the use, sale and possession of marijuana, it is incumbent upon the Department of Justice to enforce the law, and General Sessions’ termination of the ‘Cole memo’ does just that.” FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Kansas City officials together with Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II gathered last week for a ceremonial groundbreaking for Phase V of the Flood Risk Reduction Project for the Dodson Industrial District in southeast Kansas City, Mo.The Army Corps’ Kansas City District commander, Col. Doug Guttormsen, was also at the ceremony.According to USACE, the Dodson Industrial Project scheme, worth around $13 million includes construction of 5,500 feet of earthen embankment to tie together previously completed portions of the flood risk reduction project.Anticipated to be completed in 2020, the project will provide 0.2 percent annual chance of exceedance level of flood protection to the industrial district.
Hugh J. Miller, 86, Greensburg, passed away on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at the Aspen Place Health Campus in Greensburg.Born, November 2, 1929 in Belleville, Illinois, he was the son of Hugh and Mary (Cange) Miller.Hugh served 4 years in the Navy. He worked at Crown Zellerbach / PrintPak / Georgia Pacific for 40 years.Hugh was an outstanding civic minded citizen of Greensburg. He served as a County Councilman at Large for 16 years. He held many offices on a number of committees and served on various boards to promote the good and betterment of Greensburg & Decatur County. He was a deliverer at Christmas time for the Cheer Fund for several years. He was a 50 year member of the Knights of Columbus and he was a Past Grand Knight.Hugh was an active parishioner of St. Mary’s Catholic Church where he served as a lector.He enjoyed golfing, working around his farm, spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.He was married to Rosanne Frascone on February 20, 1954 and she survives.He is also survived by a daughter, Kathy (Greg) Pataky; son-in-law, Dave Cherry; grandchildren, Mike Colson, Jennifer (Justin) Colson, Jenny (Ryan) Burkhart, Jessica (Bart) Cherry, Stephanie (Doug) Volk; great grandchildren, Jada, Layne, and Ashton Lee, Nolan and Maggie Burkhart, Mariah and Rosie Volk; numerous nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Colleen (Miller) Cherry; one sister and one brother.Hugh/ dad/ grandpa/ uncle/ cousin/ friend will be missed by all who knew him.Family and friends will gather at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church to pray the rosary. Visitation will follow the rosary until 8:00 p.m. at the church.Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg with Rev. John Meyer officiating.Interment with military graveside services will be held in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the St. Mary’s Building Fund, Our Hospice, or to the Cheer Fund.Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com
ELLSWORTH — Lora Trenkle Cooperman, daughter of Doug and Claire Trenkle of Surry, was inducted Oct. 8 into the Bowdoin College Athletic Hall of Honor.A member of the Class of 2004 at Bowdoin, Cooperman was, according to the induction program, “one of the greatest players in the history of Bowdoin’s storied women’s basketball program.”Cooperman, who now resides with her husband in New York City, where she is a banker with J.P. Morgan, had an outstanding career as team captain. She holds a place in the top 10, all-time records for career and single-season points, assists, free throws, three-pointers and career field goals, among other statistics cited.Cooperman, who also had an outstanding basketball career at George Stevens Academy, was twice named New England Small College Athletic Conference, Maine and New England Player of the Year. Last year, Cooperman was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“You have been recognized nationally as one of the great players in Division III history,” the program noted. Clued in – May 29, 2019 Bio Stephen FayManaging Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanStephen Fay, managing editor of The Ellsworth American since 1996, is a third-generation Californian. Starting out as a news reporter in 1974, he has been an editor since 1976, working in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont before settling in Ellsworth with his wife and two daughters. [email protected] Latest posts by Stephen Fay (see all) Latest Posts Franklin man seriously injured in motorcycle crash – May 26, 2019 Unitarian ordination scheduled for June 1 – May 23, 2019
Senior officials of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) are yet to make contact with the solid waste collectors regarding payment of outstanding money owed to them which is supposed to be paid by the end of 2018.Business Development Supervisor of Cevon’s Waste Management, Morris Archer made this disclosure on Monday while stating that there was no feedback from the Council since an engagement on December 6, with Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan.“Since that meeting on December 6, we haven’t heard back from City Hall. We haven’t been paid, or we haven’t received any correspondence or any word onOne of the trucks owned by Cevon’s Waste Management collecting garbagewhat is the way forward.”Cevon’s Waste Management and Puran Brothers Disposal Services would have met with Bulkan and officials of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC), where it was guaranteed that payment would be made.Morris indicated that during that engagement, the collectors had offered to resume operations, but no confirmation was given by City Hall. To date, they continue to remain on strike.“We’re currently on strike. We had pledged to them that with the promise to pay from the Minister that we will start back working, but we haven’t heard from them since that meeting,” Archer told <<
Edinson Cavani to Arsenal? Young Guns blogger Jamie Sanderson can barely contain his excitement at the prospect, as talkSPORT found out…Getting your transfer business done early in the window has so many positives, including being able to have some fun in the closing stages, when panic buys are made and bargains become available.Arsenal are firmly in this position and if reports in Spain are to be believed, we’re calmly monitoring PSG striker Edinson Cavani. He’d be the ultimate luxury addition.I really like Olivier Giroud, and while Alexis Sanchez looks set for a stint down the middle, I still feel Arsenal don’t have a genuinely world class striker. We might come September.Cavani is un-loved and under appreciated at PSG and they’re ready to dump him if they can land other targets. Whisper it quietly, but there’s a big chance he’ll become available and Arsenal seem keen.On paper somebody like Cavani isn’t really needed, because he’s a similar type of player to Giroud, and with Sanchez set to play as a striker and Yaya Sanogo and Joel Campbell sticking around, there isn’t room.But you can always make room for somebody like Cavani and he’d instantly be our best frontman. He’s big, strong, powerful and a superb finisher – naturally suited to Arsenal’s game and the Premier League.The transfer is complicated and Arsenal might not be able to pull it off, but the fact we’re enquiring is very good news.If there’s even a sniff he could be available then we should go all out to do it.Will it materialise? Stranger things have happened. Edinson Cavani has been linked with Arsenal 1
Chelsea Ladies have signed Dutch-born attacking midfielder Jackie Groenen.The 19-year-old has joined from German side FCR 2001 Duisburg and will bolster manager Emma Hayes’ attacking options for the new FA Women’s Super League season, which gets underway in April.She played 55 times in the German Bundesliga, scoring 14 goals.“I want to develop my game and the opportunity at Chelsea gives me the chance to live my passion and play and train with top players every day,” she said.“I am confident that together, the team and I will achieve our goals and I am excited to be joining the FA WSL for a new start in my young career.“The set-up at Chelsea Ladies, the club, team and the staff are the ideal fit for me and have the same high standards I expect. I am looking forward to getting started.”Groenen was born in the Netherlands but grew up in Belgium. He has represented Holland at youth level and is currently deciding which country to represent on the senior stage.She is manager Hayes’ seventh signing of a busy winter in which Chelsea have also brought in English quartet Rachel Williams, Laura Bassett, Gilly Flaherty and Katie Chapman as well as Sweden’s Emma Wilhelmsson and South Korean playmaker Ji So-Yun.Hayes said: “Jackie is a talented young player who fits our playing style.“She is very technical and very composed in possession and has a lot of experience for someone so young having played in one of the top leagues in Europe in Germany.“Jackie has impressed us and I’m sure she will be a good addition to the group.”See also:Chelsea Ladies sign Japan World Cup starChelsea Ladies sign another England starChelsea Ladies boss targets new signings Chelsea Ladies sign duo from ArsenalChelsea Ladies sign South Korea starFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
It’s taken a little bit of time to get to this, so please forgive me.But what I’m about to say is probably not some kind of earth-shattering statement.With the Humboldt Crabs and Humboldt B52s playing one another for the first time ever earlier this month, many Humboldt County baseball fans finally got to see what they’ve been waiting for ever since there was a second collegiate summer baseball team on the scene.And now that we’ve gotten the first one out of the way, it’s time for more. …
SAN JOSE — The NHL All Star Game is usually about as compelling as watching a game of bingo at a retirement home.Like the Pro Bowl, hockey’s mid-winter showcase lacks physicality, emotion, competition. Without anything tangible on the line, it ends up being a glorified game of pond hockey with the NHL’s top superstars transforming into hockey’s version of the Harlem Globetrotters, a dizzying display of trick plays and tic-tac-toe goals without a sliver of defense.But when San Jose last …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorTANGARA, Brazil (DTN) — A tour bus full of Americans bounces like a carnival ride traveling downhill, coming off a plateau on a narrow clay, unsurfaced and seemingly unmaintained road in the middle of a steady downpour while maneuvering around semi-trucks likely loaded with soybeans going the opposite direction.It’s just another afternoon during harvest in Mato Grosso in Brazil.Mato Grosso has some farming advantages, such as its vast acreage — the state is the size of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Ohio combined (with room to squeeze in Delaware and Rhode Island). Also, Mato Grosso farmers can grow soybeans in the rainy season, then plant a summer crop like corn, cotton or sunflowers.Agriculture, after all, makes up 75% of the economy of Mato Grosso.Nevertheless, the Achilles heel in Mato Grosso is infrastructure for all those crops and livestock. And, for all its size, Mato Grosso lacks people and overall tax base with a population of just 3.4 million, of which more than 600,000 live in and around the city of Cuiaba.The Institute for Mato Grosso Economics of Agriculture (IMEA) projects it costs $80.51 a ton to get most soybeans and grains to port for farmers in the state. That equals roughly $2.20 for each bushel of beans.Mato Grosso farmers take significant basis discounts because roughly 60% of Mato Grosso’s soybeans, more than 700 million bushels, go direct to export at ports that can be 1,800 kilometers (1,118 miles) away. With the wait time at port, it’s a seven-day round trip for each semi-load of beans, typically two 25-metric-ton trailers of beans, or roughly 1,836 bushels each trip.FREIGHT CHALLENGE“Freight is a challenge every year, and it takes up to 30% of our prices compared to the price at the port,” said Ricardo Silva, a farmer near Tangara in south-central Mato Grosso.Trucks hauling beans dominate the roadways. That gave truckers enough influence last year to halt traffic throughout the country last May and early June as truckers demanded higher pay to go along with higher diesel prices. Just as Brazilian farmers were getting more for their beans because the U.S-China dispute was heating up, the trucker strike took some of that away. While truckers are still waiting for legislation to confirm their gains from the successful strike, some of the largest commodity haulers such as Amaggi Group, Cargill and others started buying trucks and increasing company-owned trucking fleets. Amaggi ordered 300 new trucks in December.Mato Grosso has one railroad that runs from Rondonopolis in the southeast corner of the state to the Santos Port at Sao Paulo. There are always discussions about carving out other major rail lines, and “planned” expansions show other future links to a major north-south rail line east of Mato Grosso owned by the mining company Vale SA, which runs to ports in both the Amazon to the north and in southern Brazil. Vale SA had been looking to run a rail line through Mato Grosso, but those plans are now likely derailed after a mining dam accident in December that will likely be costly for the mining company financially.The Brazilian government also has been working for years to build a 1,100-km (683-mile) railroad, Ferrograo, which would run from Mato Grosso to the Miritituba Port in Para State on the Tapajos River. Both a group of U.S. and Brazilian agribusinesses were bidding for the project, estimated to cost $4.3 billion, as were state-owned Chinese firms. Reuters reported last month that the Brazilian government wants to have the Ferrograo railroad bid out late this year or early 2020. It will take at least 10 years to build.DISAPPOINTMENT IN GOVERNMENTAntonio Cesar Brolio, president of the Rural Syndicate, a Farm Bureau-type organization in Brazil, in Campo Novo de Parecis expressed disappointment in the Mato Grosso state government over its lack of action on infrastructure. The state implemented a tax on farmers specifically for infrastructure improvement, but then the state government diverts roughly 30% of the revenues to deal with other funding issues outside of infrastructure. The tax revenue also goes up with higher production.“We would like to see the money we are paying the tax used for infrastructure as was promised in the beginning,” Brolio said.Silva added, “We have some anger at the state government but (are) confident the federal government will focus on infrastructure.”BR 163 is the main north-south highway splitting Mato Grosso, but even it has areas that need completing to connect the state’s trucking system. Earlier this month, the new minister of infrastructure emphasized that the new government under President Jair Bolsonaro will finish a 50-km (31-mile) stretch of Highway BR 163 from Sinop, Mato Grosso, to Miritituba Port, by the Tapajos River. It is sometimes called the Itaituba Port, a city on the other side of the Tapajos River, but it is the same port.“Last week, the new minister of infrastructure — he’s a guy we know from Mato Grosso and he knows what he’s doing — he rode in a truck and said he would have the army pave the last 50 km this year,” Silva said. “That is the promise of this new government and we are very confident.”Farmers in other parts of Brazil may not have the scale of production they do in Mato Grosso, but they do not bear as much of the transportation cost. Domingos Trevisan, who manages a 1,768-hectare (4,367-acre) farm near Itaipulandia in Parana state, told DTN that buyers come to his farm to pick up soybeans and corn that typically goes to port about 700 km away. His basis, though, is narrower, normally running about 10% to 15% under the prices on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for the front month. Parana, with a larger population base and tourism, also has a more modern overall road system than much of Mato Grosso.“We don’t have the kind of road issues they have in Mato Grosso,” Trevisan said.Mike Steenhoek, executive director of the Iowa-based Soybean Transportation Coalition, noted Brazil has a long track record of intentions not becoming outcomes. But it’s apparent if Brazil wants to give a shot of economic boost to the rural areas of their country, the odds of success with infrastructure are high if Mato Grosso farmers can be linked to more ports.“All they have to do is make progress and our competitive advantage starts to erode,” Steenhoek said.Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(ES/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
9 Steps to A Greener CodeNew homes built using the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) or International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) will be more energy efficient than ever. As a consequence, a builder’s world may become a bit more complex and, in some cases, a bit more expensive. STEP 9: INSTALLING VAPOR RETARDERSCode: R601.3 Class-I or -II vapor retarders are required on the interior side of framed walls in zones 5, 6, 7, and 8 and in Marine 4, except on basement walls; in the below-grade portion of any wall; and in construction where moisture or frozen moisture will not damage the materials used in the assembly.What it means to you: Since the last edition of the IRC, the vapor-retarder requirements in the IECC, IRC, and IBC were changed based on an understanding of building science. This change moves the new vapor-retarder requirements into their proper codelocation because they are more reasonably related to the building shell. This means that in the prescribed zones, you’ll need to install a vapor retarder on the interior side of a wall. A class-III vapor retarder can be used in lieu of class-I and -II products in some cases when the cladding is vented or insulated sheathing is used. This code, which was previously only part of the IECC, is now integrated into the IRC.The 2009 building codes reflect practices that not only increase energy efficiency, like air sealing measures and increased insulation, but also address sustainable building practices, like moisture control.Other segments of this series:Part 1: Air SealingPart 2: InsulationPart 3: LightingPart 4: Programmable ThermostatsPart 5: Insulating Mass WallsPart 6: Efficient WindowsPart 7: Insulating Mechanical PipesPart 8: Exceeding the Energy CodePart 9: Vapor Retarders
Three persons were killed and as many injured after the boiler of a plant exploded in Bihar’s East Champaran district on Saturday, police said. The incident took place when the boiler of the plant of an NGO at Bangra Nagar panchayat area exploded while workers were preparing mid-day meal to be supplied to schools, Sugauli Police Station SHO Rohit Kumar said.Sugauli Circle Officer Gyan Prakash said the NGO was engaged in supplying mid-day meal in government schools, after preparing the food at its centralised plant. The injured have been admitted to the local primary health centre, Mr. Prakash said, adding one of them was later referred to Patna Medical College and Hospital.
MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul “They shot 44 percent from the field in the first half and we brought that down to 37 percent so that was a big improvement.”Thirdy Ravena led Ateneo with 16 points and six rebounds while the debuting Tyler Tio put up 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting,Juan Gomez de Liaño had 16 points, seven rebounds, and two steals to lead the Fighting Maroons.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Russell Westbrook agrees to 10-year extension of contract with Jordan Brand—report LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo turned the “Battle of Katipunan” into a cakewalk and crushed University of the Philippines, 92-71, in the UAAP Season 80 seniors’ basketball tournament Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Blue Eagles soared to a 2-0 win-loss record while the Fighting Maroons slipped to 1-1.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments UP didn’t put up much of a challenge against the Blue Eagles, who never trailed in the game and asserted their might on every statistical category.Ateneo outmuscled UP in the paint and outrebounded the Fighting Maroons 51-38—18 of which came from the offensive glass wherein the Blue Eagles scored 31 second-chance points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Blue Eagles also limited the Fighting Maroons to just 12 second-half field goals as UP finished the game on 25-of-67 shooting.“One of the things that coach Tab [Baldwin] said at half time was we needed to play better defense and that we needed to take care of the ball more,” said assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus to slap in immediate bid for Arsenal midfielder Ramseyby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus are pushing Arsenal to cough up Aaron Ramsey this month.Off contract in June, Ramsey has already settled pre-contract terms with Juve, according to Italian media sources. However, Juve chief Fabio Paratici wants to bring the deal forward and sign the Welshman immediately.Corriere dello Sport says Juve intend to offer €5m to Arsenal to convince them to sell.But Gunners manager Unai Emery could prove an obstacle as he doesn’t want to lose Ramsey until the end of the season.“I want him in the present with us,” said Emery on Thursday.“At the end of the season is the moment he can go to one team or another team.”
“This work contemplates the idea of a self-healing network, which means that when there is an outage in one area of New Kingston, the intelligent network will automatically correct the issue so that the shortage is short-lived,” she explained during her contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 14. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, says the Jamaica Public Service Co. (JPS) has advised that it has started piloting the Smart City concept in New Kingston.“This work contemplates the idea of a self-healing network, which means that when there is an outage in one area of New Kingston, the intelligent network will automatically correct the issue so that the shortage is short-lived,” she explained during her contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 14.Mrs. Williams said that distribution automation switches, smart meters, public Internet connectivity, smart parking and air quality monitoring are being contemplated in the pilot.“Discussions will be held with stakeholders to determine how the programme will be implemented in other areas, going forward,” she told the House.Meanwhile, she informed that the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) has indicated that it will be piloting a programme this year to curb the high rate of electricity theft.“We support this initiative and look forward to the results. JPS has some ideas, as well, which they have been discussing with the Ministry,” she noted.Mrs. Williams said electricity theft costs the country some US$140 million each year.“This represents 17 per cent of electricity generated and is a significant contributor to high electricity costs. All of us who pay for electricity, pay approximately 8.5 per cent more on our bills, to cover the amount that is stolen. In addition, not many persons realise the hazard that is created by stealing electricity, such as the loss of life, limb and property,” she said.JPS reported that last year, it removed approximately 170,000 “throw-ups”.“Despite, the many community meetings, the ready boards (with a breaker, bulb, switch and socket) and prepaid meters, theft of electricity continues unabated, and it is not just certain communities; many billed customers are reported to be getting around the meters,” Mrs. Williams said. Mrs. Williams said that distribution automation switches, smart meters, public Internet connectivity, smart parking and air quality monitoring are being contemplated in the pilot. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, says the Jamaica Public Service Co. (JPS) has advised that it has started piloting the Smart City concept in New Kingston. Story Highlights