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Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is encouraging greater use of geographic information system (GIS) technology across all sectors in order to spur higher levels of economic growth and development. Story Highlights Mr. Holness said the Government has been making significant investments in using GIS technology to spur Jamaica’s growth and development while seeking to reposition the country as a knowledge-based economy. Another key area of investment, the Prime Minister highlighted, was the National Identification System (NIDS), which will provide a comprehensive and secure structure to capture and store the personal identity information of all citizens. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is encouraging greater use of geographic information system (GIS) technology across all sectors in order to spur higher levels of economic growth and development.He contends that despite Jamaica’s use of the technology over the past 25 years, its full potential remains untapped.“It is certainly accepted by the Government… definitely at the administrative and executive levels. But we have still not yet moved to the point of utilising the technology where we leverage (its) predictive powers… which is to use it in a way to either prevent things from happening or facilitating things we want to happen,” the Prime Minister noted.He called for its utilisation at the decision-making level “as a management and planning tool”.He was delivering the keynote address at the opening ceremony for the inaugural two-day Jamaica GIS User Conference held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (October 10).Mr. Holness said the Government has been making significant investments in using GIS technology to spur Jamaica’s growth and development while seeking to reposition the country as a knowledge-based economy.These, he said, have been in the notable areas of job creation, with the establishment of the GIS Corps of National Service targeting unattached youth under the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) initiative, and the installation of key infrastructure designed to enhance public safety and security.Mr. Holness said that under the GIS Corps, youngsters have been employed by several State entities to undertake a number of key engagements.These, he said, include at the National Water Commission (NWC) to carry out asset mapping of all meters islandwide, the collating of data for an asset map capturing street lights, with another corps being established to assist in generating rainfall data for the National Meteorological Service.The Prime Minister said that there were numerous other opportunities for youth employment utilising GIS technology to document Jamaica’s critical assets.He noted that significant investments have also been made to install surveillance cameras and closed-circuit television (CCTV) to capture illicit criminal activities and traffic breaches, as part of the Government’s undertaking to engender a safe and secure society.Another key area of investment, the Prime Minister highlighted, was the National Identification System (NIDS), which will provide a comprehensive and secure structure to capture and store the personal identity information of all citizens.Mr. Holness contended that a system to accurately identify persons will go a far way in generating information that facilitates analyses of the society’s challenges, and potentially yield solutions and predict outcomes.“We truly understand the deep power of the technology, and that it can be leveraged for the economic and social development of the country,” he added.The GIS User Conference is being jointly staged by the National Spatial Data Management Division (NSDMD) and Land Information Council of Jamaica (LICJ) under the theme ‘GeospatialTechnologies: Mapping Our Way to Secure Communities’.It forms part of activities commemorating the LICJ’s 25th anniversary.
Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 3 min read June 15, 2015 Listen Now The SpaceX rocket company announced something completely different on Monday: a Hyperloop pod competition that would follow up on a high-speed transit concept laid out by the company’s billionaire founder, Elon Musk.The contest would reach its climax next June with pod races at a roughly mile-long (1.6-kilometer-long) Hyperloop test track that will be built next to SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California, according to documents obtained by NBC News.Musk conceived of the Hyperloop in 2013 as a network of pneumatic tubes through which aerodynamically designed passenger pods could travel at speeds of up to 760 mph (1,220 kilometers per hour). He suggested that a trip between San Francisco and Los Angeles could take a mere 35 minutes, for a price of $20 one-way.The contest announced Monday marks the most concrete step Musk has taken to turn the multibillion-dollar Hyperloop into a reality.Two years ago, Musk said he couldn’t get involved in building the Hyperloop, due to the crush of his duties as CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors. Since then, several other groups have tried to push the concept forward. One venture, called Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, is working on a deal to build its own 5-mile test track in central California. Another startup, Hyperloop Technologies, is building hardware.Epic day! Building the hardware and tech to help make Hyperloop a reality. pic.twitter.com/NJtxFU0Ugf— HyperloopTech (@HyperloopTech) June 12, 2015″We are excited that a handful of private companies have chosen to pursue this effort,” SpaceX said in a statement. “Neither SpaceX nor Elon Musk is affiliated with any Hyperloop companies. While we are not developing a commercial Hyperloop ourselves, we are interested in helping to accelerate development of a functional Hyperloop prototype.”Hence the fast-track pod competition.SpaceX said the contest would be geared toward university students and independent engineering teams. Their task would be to design and build half-scale passenger pods, in accordance with design specifications that are to be released in August.Teams have to signal their formal intent to compete by Sept. 15. A “design weekend” would be held at Texas A&M University on Jan. 9, 2016. During that event, the teams’ proposed designs would be vetted by a panel of experts from SpaceX, Tesla and universities.The finished pods would be pitted against each other on the test track in June 2016. The track would be less than full scale, with an inner diameter of 4 to 5 feet (1 to 1.5 meters). No humans would be allowed on the pods during the competition, SpaceX said.”The knowledge gained here will continue to be open-sourced,” SpaceX said. “Break a pod!”SpaceX updated its Hyperloop Web site with information about the competition, and kicked its @Hyperloop Twitter account into gear on Monday.Word of the contest follows through on Musk’s musings about the Hyperloop in January, when he told attendees at the Texas Transportation Forum that he was thinking about building a test track. (At that event, however, Musk said the track would “most likely” be built in Texas.) He said a Hyperloop test program could be modeled after the Formula SAE student competition for automobile design.”People could compete, say, who could make the pod go the fastest, and maybe compete on other dimensions,” Musk said in January. “I think that could be pretty fun.” This story originally appeared on CNBC How Success Happens
<< Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Sunwing has extended flights between Toronto and Saint Lucia this coming summer. Flights will depart weekly on Sundays starting May 7 until Oct. 29.Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing Vacations, said Saint Lucia has become an increasingly popular destination because it has an all-year-round appeal, from its jazz festivals in May to fishing tournaments in October. “Plus, the fact that this service extension coincides with the opening of two new Royalton Luxury Resorts in Saint Lucia is very exciting. Royalton Luxury Resorts is one of our top hotel partners and we’re sure these latest additions to their ever-expanding lineup of luxury properties will be well received.”Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa is family-friendly and features a supervised Clubhouse Kids Club and Hangout Teen Club, splash pads, non-motorized water sports, and for the parents, The Royal Spa.Hideaway at Royalton Saint Lucia, an adults-only resort, features an infinity pool, exclusive beach area with waiter service and exclusive restaurant while still having access to Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa amenities and features. For more information visit Sunwing.ca. Posted by Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Travelweek Group Summer flights from Toronto to Saint Lucia with Sunwing Tags: Sunwing Share