$1 Billion to be Spent on Infrastructural ProjectsJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Story HighlightsIn another two weeks, infrastructural projects valued at over $1 billion will commence, under the US$352 million Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP).Works under MIDP are divided into three components – major projects, US$220 million, undertaken by CHEC; US$82 million for medium size works; while the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) is allocated US$50 million. $1 Billion to be Spent on Infrastructural Projects Works / ConstructionMay 22, 2015Written by: Garfield L. Angus Related$38 Million Transportation Centre to be Built in Linstead Advertisements Photo: Donald DelahayeMinister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies (3rd left), signs contracts for over $1 billion for road repairs and the building of bridges under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP), today (May 21), at his Ministry’s Maxfield Avenue offices, in St. Andrew. Others participating in the signing are (from left): Operations Director with S and G Road Surfacing, James Samson; Member of Parliament for South East Clarendon, Mr. Rudyard Spencer, and General Manager with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), Xutao Chen. Standing from left are: Minister with responsibility for Housing, Hon. Morais Guy; Mayor of May Pen, Councillor Scean Barnswell; Communications Manager at the National Works Agency (NWA), Stephen Shaw, and State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Richard Azan. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedAtkinson Wants Resort Status for Falmouth In another two weeks, infrastructural projects valued at over $1 billion will commence, under the US$352 million Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP).Signing of the contracts to improve roadways and build bridges took place today (May 21), at the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, in Kingston.Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies; the main contractor, China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) and sub-contractors signed the documents.In his address, the Minister told the contractors and sub-contractors that they have to perform, because the people and Government must get value for money.He emphasised that while persons will be getting work from the projects, it must be clear to all that every dollar spent must be justified to the public, and the Parliament.“Under this programme, there were bids and people tendered. The scope was advertised, and everybody (sub contractors) who are here won a bid,” Minister Davies said, noting that the bidding process is ensuring that the projects are carried out at reasonable costs.“The bid process gives you better value for your money. There is transparency and equity, and there is a benefit to the country…the tender process yields you better results,” he added.Works under MIDP are divided into three components – major projects, US$220 million, undertaken by CHEC; US$82 million for medium size works; while the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) is allocated US$50 million.The MIDP is funded jointly by the China Ex-Im Bank, and the Government of Jamaica. It aims to secure the rehabilitation of approximately 430 kilometres of roads, deemed in need of urgent attention to facilitate seamless vehicular movement; the rehabilitation or construction of 27 bridges and retaining walls; and executing supporting protective works identified by the National Works Agency (NWA). RelatedBeach Upgrading Project Progressing Well
Telkomsel turns on 5G in major cities Related Former Ericsson employees charged in bribery case Chris Donkin Ericsson unveiled plans to build a smart manufacturing facility in the US to produce 5G antenna systems, a move it said would aid rapid deployment of the network technology in North America.The plant will be the company’s first smart factory with “highly automated operations” in the region and is expected to open early next year. The location of the facility is still subject to discussions with authorities in the country.It will produce 5G radios for urban areas and “advanced antenna systems” designed to boost mobile coverage across rural regions.In a statement, the vendor said the move was part of efforts to develop a “flexible supply chain” enabling it to work closely with customers across the world. It already has multiple manufacturing and R&D facilities in North America.Ericsson’s announcement comes days after reports that US authorities were considering imposing regulations requiring all components used in the country’s 5G networks to be produced outside of China, where Ericsson and rival vendors have facilities.Fredrik Jejdling, Ericsson EVP and head of networks, said the company was “digitalising our entire global production landscape, including establishing this factory in the US. With 5G connectivity we’re accelerating Industry 4.0, enabling automated factories for the future”.Ericsson already has factories with smart facilities in Estonia, China and Brazil. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Previous ArticleHuawei flexes 5G muscleNext ArticleIntelligence Brief: 5 ways to think about China Mobile’s 5G tender Home Ericsson set to expand US 5G kit production Tags Mobile Mix: Buzzing for Barcelona Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Author Asia AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 26 JUN 2019 5GEricssonUS
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Maersk has responded to a call by forwarders to share efforts to standardise digitisation through its TradeLens platform, saying it is “cultivating diverse membership” and welcomes all-comers.This month, former DSV executive Steve Walker warned that the forwarding industry was at risk of losing out as shipping lines look to take control of data. “Maersk announced it wants half its earnings to come from inland logistics; a bold statement without reassuring words for their customer base of forwarders,” wrote Mr Walker. “I feel that the container shipping lines’ threat of removing the forwarder and gaining greater direct FCL market share, is in fact growing. By Alex Lennane 29/07/2019 © Nightman1965 “And the threat is not about vessels, containers, rates, rebates or landside equipment, it is now driven by the one thing forwarders must keep control of – data.” Pointing to Maersk’s TradeLens blockchain initiative, he added: “Here is a concerted effort, with multiple lines under the Maersk/IBM joint venture banner, offering a secure controlled end-to-end solution where documents are no longer exchanged physically or digitally, but instead, the relevant data is shared and distributed using blockchain technology under single ownership principles determined by the type of information. “These very lines, who have been unable to give us any data, by phone or online are capable of leaping decades to seek control of a potential industry standard data flow mechanism.” He asked if Maersk would allow Fiata to sit on an independent management board, “now that the carriers want to become one of us”, adding: “Therefore all data would reside under the control of an independent entity.” Maersk issued a statement to The Loadstar in response, which, while not directly addressing that point, said it welcomed forwarders on to its platform. “We are committed to embracing international standards and working with the bodies and organisations that help to drive digitisation broadly, such as the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) and the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT). “We are also committed to cultivating diverse membership on the TradeLens advisory board to ensure TradeLens works for all. “TradeLens is an open and neutral platform which brings together hundreds, and ultimately thousands, of separate trading partners with the common approach to sharing information and documents securely and quickly, as well as to connect and simplify customers’ supply chains. “Freight forwarders have always been forerunners when it comes to adapting new technologies that drive innovation and increase efficiency. They provide valuable services, and TradeLens helps to facilitate these activities in the global shipping network. Freight forwarders and 3PL providers, like Agility, Livingston, WWA and Kerry Logistics, are already working with the platform.” However, there are industry concerns that TradeLens could fall foul of antitrust authorities, and may need to work harder at member diversification and openness.JOC noted last week that with five of the six biggest lines on board, “eventually, it’s likely that antitrust authorities will view these sorts of private blockchain consortia as no different from the cartels they are currently cracking down on”.Private platforms such as TradeLens could be “viewed as providing advantageous trading access. This could run the risk of being seen to unfairly exclude competitors”, according to one law firm.Eight forwarders or groups have now joined TradeLens, along with some 18 shipping lines, 28 ports and terminals, and 10 inland transport companies. Mr Walker also suggested that another potential way forward would be for Fiata to become involved with Kuehne + Nagel’s Accenture platform. “I hear instantly the negative response,” he wrote, “but if the lines can collaborate, in this fast-changing world, could we the forwarding community at least consider this? We do not have time to lose; we need a partner on this journey already.” However, a K+N spokesperson told The Loadstar: “Kuehne + Nagel does not wish to comment.” Fiata told The Loadstar last week it was broadly in agreement with Mr Walker and would meet him next month to discuss a way forward.
Further details have emerged of the government’s plans to restructure its legal panel after it deferred a review pending a procurement overhaul.Last year the Gazette reported that the Crown Commercial Service, Whitehall’s procurement arm, had delayed establishing a new agreement to explore how to reduce the costs of services it is provided.The current panel lists are governed by the cross-government Legal Services Framework agreement, which replaced the Legal Services and LitCat frameworks in 2013 and is due to expire on 31 January next year. The panels consist of 47 firms, including Allen & Overy, DLA Piper, Gowling WLG, Eversheds and Addleshaw Goddard, sharing legal fees totalling £250m a year.The Crown Commercial Service estimates that the current panel contract delivers a saving of 25%.The 47 firms supply legal services across eight areas: telecoms, media and eCommerce; property and estates; employment and pensions; general corporate including tax and insolvency; finance and regulation; general commercial; general litigation and legal support services; and major or complex projects.CCS is proposing that a ‘new solution’ will be built around four procurement ‘blocks’ to provide a ‘more focused approach to the different sectors who have varying requirements’.The four blocks will be in place by the end of the year.So far ‘prior information notices’ have been published for block two, which has an estimated value of £320m, and block three, which has an estimated value of £90m.Block two will have a panel of firms that will provide services to ‘permitted users’ to support a ‘range of significant projects, disputes and initiatives, potentially within specialist sectors’.Bidding firms must have mandatory specialisms in 24 areas including competition/EU, construction, outsourcing, public procurement and restructuring/insolvency.Block three will have a panel of law firms that provide specialist legal services to ‘permitted users’ in connection with complex finance matters, capital markets, regulation, highly complex transactions, innovative and/or strategically important transformational change including major or complex projects, and mergers and acquisitions.Bidders must demonstrate ‘in-depth expertise’ on a range of projects ‘typically characterised’ by exceptional innovation and/or complexity, potential impact on national financial stability, issues of national importance, involve the management of major risks to exchequer/taxpayer interests, and/or the need for extreme urgency or confidentiality.The CCS says notices for blocks one and four will be issued ‘in due course’.
Jack MerrittGazette columist Joshua Rozenberg, who interviewed Merritt about the course for his Law in Action programme, said he was a ‘fine young man, dedicated to improving people’s lives’. Criminal barrister Tim Storrie, who met Merritt at Warren Hill prison, said: ‘His open heartedness, his drive and his faith in the redemption of prisoners through education shone out. He saved lives through his work.’Prison Radio UK, who worked with Merritt on a podcast episode, said he was ‘generous with his time and all too happy to help others. His life should inspire us all. The criminal justice community is in deep shock’.Simon Davis, president of the Law Society, said: ‘Jack was a delight. Funny, energetic and dedicated.’Professor Loraine R Gelsthorpe, director of the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge, said Merritt’s determined belief in rehabilitation had inspired him to join the organisation after completing his MPhil in criminology in 2017. She added: ‘Jack’s passion for social and criminal justice was infectious. He was deeply creative and courageously engaged with the world, advocating for politics of love. He worked tirelessly in dark places to pull towards the light.’Fellow Cambridge graduate Saskia Jones, 23, from Stratford-upon-Avon, had been at the same conference celebrating the five-year anniversary of the Learning Together conference. In a statement, her family said: ‘Saskia was a funny, kind, positive influence at the centre of many people’s lives. She had a wonderful sense of mischievous fun and was generous to the point of always wanting to see the best in all people’She was intent on living life to the full and had a wonderful thirst for knowledge, enabling her to be the best she could be. Saskia had a great passion for providing invaluable support to victims of criminal injustice, which led her to the point of recently applying for the police graduate recruitment programme, wishing to specialise in victim support.’ Tributes have been paid from within the profession to justice campaigners Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones, victims of last Friday’s terrorist attack at London Bridge.Merritt, 25, a law and criminology graduate from the University of Cambridge, was described by his father David as a ‘beautiful spirit who always took the side of the underdog’. He was a course coordinator for the University of Cambridge’s prison rehabilitation programme. The project, Learning Together, gives students and inmates the opportunity to study together to help reduce reoffending. In a statement, his family said: ‘Jack was an intelligent, thoughtful and empathetic person who was looking forward to building a future with his girlfriend, Leanne, and making a career helping people in the criminal justice system.’We know Jack would not want this terrible, isolated incident to be used as a pretext by the government for introducing even more draconian sentences on prisoners, or for detaining people in prison for longer than necessary.’
NEW DELHI, (Reuters) – India captain Virat Kohli led from the front with an unbeaten 72 to help secure his team’s comprehensive seven-wicket victory over South Africa in the second Twenty20 International yesterday. After disciplined Indian bowling restricted the touring side to a below-par 149-5, Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan (40) helped the hosts chase down the target with an over to spare in the north Indian city of Mohali.After the series opener in Dharamsala was washed out, Quinton de Kock made his debut as South Africa’s Twenty20 captain as they explore leadership options before the 20-overs World Cup next year.The left-hander top-scored with 52 and Temba Bavuma contributed 49 but the subsequent South African batsmen could not capitalise on the decent start. Deepak Chahar drew first blood when he dismissed Reeza Hendricks for six after Kohli won the toss and elected to field.De Kock and Bavuma helped South Africa overcome the early setback with a fluent partnership.De Kock raced to his fifty before Kohli produced a magnificent piece of fielding, running to his left from mid-off to take a tumbling one-handed catch and send back the skipper. Ravindra Jadeja caught Rassie van der Dussen off his own bowling to peg back South Africa who found boundaries hard to come by.Bavuma, making his Twenty20 debut along with Anrich Nortje and Bjorn Fortuin, fell just short of his fifty, foxed by Chahar’s slower delivery.The touring side milked 16 runs off the final over from Navdeep Saini but fell short of the 150-mark. India’s chase got off to a fast start as Rohit Sharma greeted Nortje with two sixes in the debutant’s first over.Andile Phehlukwayo dismissed Sharma before Kohli and Dhawan effectively killed off the contest, Kohli hitting three sixes in his 52-ball knock.Bengaluru hosts the third and final match on Sunday before the teams clash in a three-test series next month.