Work to restore Friday roadway underway

first_imgAdvertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Work to restore the roadway at Friday in the Upper Rio Grande Valley in Portland has restarted.The restoration work, which began in July 2009, was put on hold, but is now being completed under the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP).Residents in the Upper Rio Grande Valley communities in Portland, carefully negotiating the track being used after the main road at Friday was eroded due to numerous land slippages. Work to restore the roadway commenced in November, and is expected to last for six months.The road was rendered impassable since February 2009, after numerous land slippages resulted in complete erosion of the roadway, causing major dislocation for residents in the communities of Ginger House, Comfort Castle, and Mill Bank.The communities of Comfort Castle and Mill Bank have been inaccessible to vehicular traffic, creating significant discomfort especially for students, farmers and the elderly.Speaking with JIS News, National Works Agency (NWA) Community Relations Officer for the Northeastern Region, Natalie Rowe, said the work, which began in November 2010, is expected to last for six months. It will include the construction of a gabion wall, a rubble retaining wall, laying of culverts and pipe drainage.Approximately 3,000 residents have been affected by the dislocation, and are anticipating its completion.Commenting on the work being done, resident of Mill Bank, and Chairman of the Portland Parish Development Committee, Linette Wilks, said the residents are “elated.”The main road at Friday in the Upper Rio Grande Valley area of Portland, was eroded by numerous land slippages as a result of frequent rainfall in the area. Work to restore the roadway began in November and is expected to be completed within six months.“We saw the equipment and the material being moved in, and with each movement, everybody felt that Christmas had come early, and a new lease on life has been achieved.”“We hope that some of the difficulties we now face will be eliminated,” adding that “once Friday is restored, we will have a massive celebration in the Valley.” RelatedWork to restore Friday roadway underway Work to restore Friday roadway underway TransportDecember 16, 2010center_img RelatedWork to restore Friday roadway underway RelatedWork to restore Friday roadway underwaylast_img read more

Caribbean Now Has WiMA

first_imgRelatedWorks Ministry to Assess Road Damage in North West St. Andrew Caribbean Now Has WiMA TransportApril 17, 2015Written by: Marlon Tingling FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Caribbean has joined six other regions across the world that boast a Women in Maritime Association (WiMA).The Articles of Association, signaling the birth of the Women in Maritime Association, was signed on Friday, April 17, during the closing session of a week-long conference on the establishment of a Women in Maritime Association in the Caribbean, at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort in Montego Bay, St. James.The Caribbean now joins Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, the Pacific Islands, Western and Central Africa, Central Asia, and East and Southern Africa as regions where WiMA exists.Giving her inaugural address in the capacity of President of WiMA, Jamaican Claudia Grant, said formation of the association will put more focus on the work of women in the maritime sector, where a lot of work remains to be done as the ladies seek to properly cement their place.“It has been a wonderful week…one in which the Maritime Women of the Caribbean came, discussed and celebrated.  However, we noted that much remains to be done, particularly in increasing visibility, through highlighting our contributions to the sustainable development of the sector,” she said.The President informed that the mentoring of future generations of female maritime professionals will be a major focus of WiMA, as the association takes on a greater role of strengthening the advocacy network among players in the sector, especially the women.Mrs. Grant said women in the maritime sector can be justly proud of their achievements and as a group, members of WiMA are looking forward to the challenges of the future.“The challenge is to maintain and build on the momentum, the enthusiasm, the hope, the commitment. This is not a job for the elected officials only, but WiMA’s entire membership. We need a game plan and it starts with us,” she argued.Other members of WiMA are: Vice Presidents, Dwaynette Eversley, Karen Mullings and Vivette Grant; Treasurer, Tosca Pinas and Policy Officer, Deniece Aiken.The conference was held under the theme: ‘Maritime Women of the Caribbean….Achieving Regionally…Advancing Globally’, and attended by representatives from 15 Caribbean states. RelatedSeveral JEEP Projects Underway in St. Elizabethcenter_img Related$10 Million Bridge Opens in Bigwoods Story HighlightsThe Caribbean has joined six other regions across the world that boast a Women in Maritime Association (WiMA).The Articles of Association, signaling the birth of the Women in Maritime Association, was signed on Friday, April 17.The Caribbean now joins Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, the Pacific Islands, Western and Central Africa, Central Asia, and East and Southern Africa as regions where WiMA exists. Advertisementslast_img read more