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Road works on Washington Boulevard to be completed by August

first_imgRelatedRoad works on Washington Boulevard to be completed by August FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — The frequent traffic jams experienced by motorists on the Washington Boulevard in Kingston will soon be a thing of the past, as the National Works Agency (NWA) is working relentlessly to have the road works completed by August this year. Expansion work is currently being undertaken on 2.75 kilometres of roadway from the Molynes Road intersection to the junction at Dunrobin Avenue and Constant Spring Road. This involves the widening of the roadway to six lanes; reconstruction of the existing pavement; construction of boundary walls along the new road alignment; putting in sidewalks, curbs, drains, box culverts and retaining walls; and building three major bridges. Providing an update on the ongoing road works, Communications Officer at the NWA, Havenol Douglas says about 70 per cent of the work has been done. “This include a number of major activities, which comprise the installation of underground systems, the construction of three new bridge structures and the extension of three others along the corridor and the widening of the roadway,” she told JIS News. Ms. Douglas informs that the three new bridges at the Red Hills overpass, Rochester Gully and Merrivale Gully are 72 per cent complete.  She noted that a lot of work on the Washington Boulevard was carried out on underground systems, which included replacing old sewer and water lines. As for road surfacing, the NWA’s Communication Officer said the work is progressing well. “We are expecting it to be completed in August this year. We have completed just about half the number of activities that we need to do on the roadway, in terms of sub-base construction,” she pointed out. The project was slated to be completed earlier this year; however the date was pushed back as a result of the heavy rains which affected the island last year. Miss Douglas said that once the work is completed, persons who use the Washington Boulevard corridor will enjoy multiple benefits. “We anticipate improved traffic volume capacity, reducing traffic congestion along the corridor, and improved safety for both motorists and pedestrians. We are installing five new traffic signals along the corridor and we’re putting in pedestrian facilities at these locations.  There will also be reduced travel time and overall road transportation costs,” she said. In the meantime, the NWA is asking persons to be patient and exercise caution while traversing the roadway. A traffic management system has been put in place for the duration of the project, including a mandatory requirement that two lanes of traffic be maintained while the road work is being undertaken. At the ground-breaking ceremony for the project last year, Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Mike Henry had said that the project would improve traffic volume capacity, thus reducing congestion along the corridor.         He explained that the work was critical, as the Washington Boulevard corridor carried the third largest volume of traffic in the Kingston Metropolitan area during peak hours. Funded by the Government and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the project seeks to enhance productivity by reducing the economic loss to the country as a result of traffic congestion, and decrease fuel consumption and vehicle operating cost, due to poor ride quality. The project is estimated to cost US$23.4 million, with an approved loan from the CDB of US$14.78 million, and the remainder of US$8.6 million to be financed by the Government. Advertisements Road works on Washington Boulevard to be completed by August TransportMay 2, 2011 By CHRIS PATTERSON, JIS Reporter RelatedRoad works on Washington Boulevard to be completed by August RelatedRoad works on Washington Boulevard to be completed by Augustlast_img read more

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How to be Happier in 2021: Toss Out Your Usual List of New Year’s Resolutions, Says Study

first_imgAutonomy in this context means that you can engage in activities in which you feel true volition and find personal value. Competence means feeling effective and having a sense of accomplishment. Finally, relatedness means working with and feeling connected to others.RELATED: This Inspiring Couple Made It Their New Year’s Resolution to Go On 52 Dates – and They Are About to Succeed“If you want to make a New Year’s resolution that really makes you happy, think about the ways in which you can contribute to the world,” says Ryan. “All three of these basic needs are fulfilled. The research shows it’s not just good for the world but also really good for you.”Source: University of RochesterBe Sure And Share This Intriguing Piece Of News With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSo you want to look trimmer, be smarter, and successful next year? You strive to exercise and call your friends more, and spend less?You are not alone. New Year’s resolutions are as ubiquitous as they are difficult to keep. Does it even make sense to set such lofty goals for the new year, hoping anew each January first that this time really is the charm?Any motivational researcher would have “ambivalent feelings” about New Year’s resolutions, says Richard Ryan, an international expert on motivational research and professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Rochester. “The evidence shows that most of the time people aren’t successful at them.” But don’t throw in the towel quite yet. Ryan, who is also a clinical psychologist, says that any occasion that gives us an opportunity to reflect on our lives is ultimately a good thing. It doesn’t have to be on New Year’s. “Whenever that happens, if it’s really a reflective change—something that you put your heart behind—that can be good for people.”And he has another tip: what proves most satisfying, and may also be what’s most needed as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, are goals that involve giving to others.“Think of how you can help,” says Ryan. “There’s a lot of distress out there: If we can set goals that aim to help others, those kinds of goals will, in turn, also add to our own well-being.”His advice is grounded in decades of research. Together with Edward Deci (also a University of Rochester professor emeritus of psychology) Ryan is the cofounder of self-determination theory (SDT), a broad framework for the study of human motivation and personality. Developed by the duo over nearly 40 years, the theory has become one of the most widely accepted frameworks of human motivation in contemporary behavioral science. Its starting point is the idea that all humans have the natural—or intrinsic—tendency to behave in effective and healthful ways.CHECK OUT: Still Feeling Like a New Year’s Resolution? Study Suggests Living ‘Fast,’ Living Longer—With Intermittent FastingAccording to Ryan, who is also a professor at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at Australian Catholic University, acts of willingly helping others satisfy all three of the basic psychological needs identified in SDT research: the needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness.last_img read more

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Update from Mayor E.L. Morton

first_imgJACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – Here is the Campbell County Mayors Update March 26, 2020.Campbell County’s people remain strong through this challenging time to defeat the COVID-19 Corona virus. Your care for one another, diligence and hard work to overcome the virus are inspiring.  Please continue to practice social distancing, hand washing, covering your cough and staying home if you are sick or caring for those who are sick.  Work from home.  Stay at home.  Even if you are not sick, it will help solve this health crisis.In accordance with Governor Lee’s guidance to close state park campgrounds, playgrounds, picnic pavilions and gathering places, I issued a closure for Lonas Young County Park today.  The free launch remains open under social distancing guidance with no congregating in the parking areas.  This is a temporary measure at least until April 10th and may be extended if necessary.  This closure is consistent with state parks.  Read more at https://tnstateparks.com/about/keeping-visitors-healthyMany workers are experiencing the loss of a job.  It is the second part of this virus crisis.  Governor Lee announced The Tennessee Talent Exchange effort today to help folks find work.    Read more:The TN Talent Exchange powered by @Jobs4TN will match you with employers in your area who have immediate job openings in the grocery and retail industries. Good paying jobs with flexible hours.APPLY HERE: https://www.tn.gov/workforce/covid-19/jobs.htmlI want you to know I remain in contact and coordination with our Health Department, City Mayors, neighboring County Mayors, Law Enforcement, State and Federal Legislators, Tennessee homeland Security and Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, local Emergency Medical Service providers and EMA leadership.  I ask every day what more I can do to protect Campbell County Citizens.  Consistently, I am told to encourage the distancing and hygiene measures we have been emphasizing, because it is slowing the spread.Every emergency that can be declared to benefit our county, under these conditions, has been declared.  Many have asked if I can declare an emergency.  The Public Health Officer, for our fifteen-county area, remains the only official that can declare a health emergency to close a building or business.I have reported several activities questioned by the public and the Health Department has responded.  Last weekend a Citizen requested action on an advertisement for a band party at an establishment that served food and alcohol.  The next day, Executive Order 17 resulted in take-out or delivery restrictions for those establishments.   https://publications.tnsosfiles.com/pub/execorders/exec-orders-lee17.pdfOther commercial activities have been reported this week and the Health Department is coordinating efforts to ensure social distancing at specific sites.  County government does not have authority to close a business for health reasons.  Only the Public Health Officer can do so.Some county Mayors in Tennessee have declared emergencies and issued safer at home guidance out of an urge to do something, even though they have no authority to do so.  I do not want to create a false sense of expectation, when it will not result in legally enforceable actions.  I encourage everyone to stay at home to reduce the spread of the virus.  That is a powerful tool in reducing the spread and I urge you to do so.We have access to all the resources and funding available at state or federal levels,  because the Governor declared the statewide emergency under Executive Order 14 on March 12th.  https://publications.tnsosfiles.com/pub/execorders/exec-orders-lee16.pdfCongressman Fleischmann assured me this week, that because of Governor Lee’s Emergency declaration, any funding from the spending package approved yesterday is available for Campbell County if, and when we need it.Thank you for everything you are doing to solve this problem.Sincerely,Mayor Morton(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 03/27/2020-9:45AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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No toking on beaches or at parks under proposed Manitoba law

first_imgWINNIPEG – Even after the federal government legalizes recreational marijuana later this year, Manitobans aren’t likely to have many places where they will be allowed to use it.The Progressive Conservative government introduced a bill Tuesday that would forbid people from smoking or vaping cannabis in almost all public areas.Streets, school grounds, parks, beaches, restaurant patios and sports and entertainment venues would all be off limits. Most indoor public places would also be cannabis-free, with exceptions such as designated rooms in palliative care facilities.Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen said the province wants to ban cannabis in some areas where people can smoke and drink, because the government doesn’t want to “normalize” its use.“It is uncharted waters for Canada when it comes to the legalization of marijuana,” Goertzen said.“We believe that starting off by looking at safety as the top priority and going further … than with smoking in some places and alcohol in others is the prudent approach.”Penalties would be similar to existing ones for smoking tobacco in a forbidden place — starting at $100 to $500 for a first offence and climbing for subsequent infractions.The bill calls for people to be allowed to light up in their homes and on their property, but tenants might have few options if their landlords forbid cannabis smoking. Goertzen said they could go to a friend’s home.“It’s difficult to put in place legislation that deals with everybody who may not have property or may not have friends or associates.”Steven Stairs, a marijuana activist in Winnipeg, said the restrictions amount to prohibition.“This is not legalization. This is a conservative veil …’protecting the public,’ but meanwhile they’re just following their base, people who don’t want cannabis to be legalized,” Stairs said.The proposed law also contains new penalties for people who drive under the influence of cannabis.Fines and licence suspensions would be similar to those already in place for drivers impaired by alcohol, and would start at two nanograms of THC per millilitre of blood.The province is waiting for the federal government to approve saliva-testing devices to be used by police forces across the country.last_img read more