Mayor of Miramar Wants Partnerships to Expand Culture

With this investment, the city is now open to the exchange of cultural content that can be leveraged to the benefit of Jamaicans at home and in the diaspora. Mr. Messam said the city has invested more than US$30 million in developing its cultural and athletic infrastructure “to provide venues, to provide the possibilities to identify and develop talent, and to enjoy the benefits of entertainment”. Mayor of the City of Miramar, Florida, Wayne Messam, has extended an invitation to Jamaica and Jamaicans in the diaspora to partner with the city to facilitate cultural expansion.Mr. Messam said the city has invested more than US$30 million in developing its cultural and athletic infrastructure “to provide venues, to provide the possibilities to identify and develop talent, and to enjoy the benefits of entertainment”.With this investment, the city is now open to the exchange of cultural content that can be leveraged to the benefit of Jamaicans at home and in the diaspora.Mr. Messam, who is of Jamaican parentage, was speaking in a session at the Eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre, Kingston, on June 19. The session was centred on exploiting the creative industries for economic growth and job creation.“Our invitation is not only to Kingston but to Jamaica and the diaspora – we are open for business. If you have any programming, any artists, if you want a series of exchange and collaboration, the city of Miramar is open to facilitate those opportunities,” he said.Miramar, which is said to be the fifth largest Jamaican diasporic location, is seeking to showcase Jamaican culture through live shows, exhibitions and other activities in its expanded and renovated entertainment venues.It has an established relationship with the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC), which Mr. Messam said will be strengthened through further partnerships.“We are finalising a sister-cities relationship where we are already collaborating as it relates to emergency response. We’ve been able to leverage some of our construction and engineering documents, so that they (KSAMC) can use that as information to renovate the historic Ward Theatre,” Mr. Messam explained.Highlighting the importance of cultural interaction and exchange between youth of Jamaican heritage in the diaspora and those on the island, Mr. Messam said he is looking forward to sending a youth delegation to Jamaica to facilitate this.To that end, discussions are already under way with sports organisers to explore having the winners of Jamaica’s Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships compete against Caribbean and American sprinters at Miramar’s newly expanded Ansin Sports Complex.Performers, artists and artisans may communicate their interest to the Mayor’s Office in the City of Miramar at: www.miramarfl.gov or 954-602-HELP (4357). Story Highlights Mayor of the City of Miramar, Florida, Wayne Messam, has extended an invitation to Jamaica and Jamaicans in the diaspora to partner with the city to facilitate cultural expansion. read more

Electronic Warrant Module for Traffic Violations to be Piloted October

The aim is to improve efficiency and effectiveness in enforcement of the road traffic rules. National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, in making the disclosure, said that the module will generate traffic warrants electronically, thereby reducing the amount of time spent by court staff preparing tickets. The electronic warrant module developed to address traffic violations will be piloted in four courts come October.National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, in making the disclosure, said that the module will generate traffic warrants electronically, thereby reducing the amount of time spent by court staff preparing tickets.The aim is to improve efficiency and effectiveness in enforcement of the road traffic rules.Minster Chang noted that while law-enforcement personnel, including members of the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB) have issued thousands of traffic tickets “those who… want to misbehave continue to do so”.“As of October 2019, that will change, as we have made the effort to clear the congestion out of the ticket system and allow the courts to issue warrants in a timely manner, and the police are looking forward to it,” Minister Chang said.He was speaking at a ceremony for the handover of 80 new motorcycles to the PSTEB, at the Office of the Police Commissioner, Old Hope Road, St. Andrew, on Friday (September 20).The electronic warrant module is a value-added component of the newly revamped Traffic Ticket Management System (TTMS), which is expected to come on stream soon.Dr. Chang said that the technical teams are ironing out the final details of the TTMS to ensure that there are no kinks when it is fully rolled out.He noted that the TTMS, which is a centralised, web-based system, will improve the management of traffic tickets throughout the various stages – application of payments, demerit points, court fines, issuing of warrants, etc.It will allow the PSTEB to access real-time reports that detail information on all the warrants that have been issued for an individual, placing the police in a better position to target repeat offenders, who have been able to avoid detection and apprehension under the previous system.“The system will reflect real-time, from the point the ticket is issued to an offender, to when it is either being paid at the tax office or adjudicated in court,” Dr. Chang noted.The Minister said he is looking forward to the positive impact that this new system will have in addressing road safety, public order and public safety.“This will signal the seriousness with which we are treating with public order, road safety and traffic law enforcement. Motorists must be held accountable for their actions and the police must impose the appropriate punitive sanctions when necessary,” he noted. Story Highlights The electronic warrant module developed to address traffic violations will be piloted in four courts come October. read more

Minister Williams Urges More Women To Join Engineering Field

Mrs. Williams made the call in a speech delivered by Director of Project Management and Administration in the Ministry, Horace Buckley, at the launch of the Mona Engineering Society at the University of West Indies (UWI) campus in St. Andrew on Thursday (September 26). Story Highlights “I believe our women have much to contribute to the growth of this country, and the field of engineering is no exception,” she said. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, is encouraging more women to join the field of engineering.“I believe our women have much to contribute to the growth of this country, and the field of engineering is no exception,” she said.Mrs. Williams made the call in a speech delivered by Director of Project Management and Administration in the Ministry, Horace Buckley, at the launch of the Mona Engineering Society at the University of West Indies (UWI) campus in St. Andrew on Thursday (September 26).Minister Williams underscored the pivotal role played by engineers in society, noting that they are responsible for a number of major developments.“From bridges to roads, automobiles to airplanes, buildings to computers and software, engineering cuts across all sectors,” she said.She added that the assistance by engineering professionals in fields such as research and medicine is well documented.“As engineers, you serve a crucial role in the development of our society, and the ideas that you come up with today can drive our development agenda even further,” she noted.Minister Williams commended the engineering students at the Mona campus for coming together to establish the society.“A society such as this is instrumental in the university environment, as it serves as a training ground for student engineers to practise and hone their craft in preparation for the world outside of the halls of learning,” she noted.Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Alando Terrelonge, in his greetings also emphasised the important role played by engineers in society and commended the students for taking up the initiative to launch the Mona Engineering Society.“You will play a role in Jamaica and also in determining the future and the sustainability of our country,” he told them.Meanwhile, President of the Mona Engineering Society, Jachin Mullings, said the group was established to being students together from the various engineering fields.He encouraged the members to ensure that there is unity among engineering students and that they look out for and support each other. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, is encouraging more women to join the field of engineering. read more