KSAC to Continue Removal of Illegal BillboardsJIS 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 Photo: JIS PhotographerMayor of Kingston, Senator Angela Brown Burke, addresses the monthly meeting of the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC), held on July 9, at the KSAC’s Church Street chambers, downtown Kingston. KSAC to Continue Removal of Illegal Billboards Local GovernmentJuly 10, 2013Written by: Chris Patterson FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) will continue its drive to rid the Corporate Area of illegal billboards and signs that have been erected without the Corporation’s approval.This was stated by Mayor of Kingston, Senator Angela Brown Burke, during Tuesday’s (July 9) monthly meeting of the KSAC, at its Church Street chambers in downtown Kingston.She noted that there are several cases that are long outstanding “and where we have several contacts without any seeming change in the status of these signs.”“In short order, we will move to the next phase of our programme, which entails the removal of signs for which persons have been given adequate notice and have failed to comply with the requirements,” she said, and encouraged persons to regularise their signs and billboards to avoid the penalties.The Mayor informed that internally, the Corporation continues to make changes to ensure that applications are completed within the shortest possible time. “At the last sitting of our Building and Town Planning Committee, decisions were made on 34 applications,” she said.She noted that the Corporation will continue to ensure that signs and billboards are sited in appropriate areas, are properly installed, do not pose a threat to the security of motorists and pedestrians alike, and do not detract from the aesthetics of the environs.“The additional revenue generated puts the KSAC in a better position to finance the many services we are called upon to provide, but most importantly we have to remain cognisant of our responsibilities to ensure that construction is done in accordance with industry standards, to prevent injuries to the public,” she said.In February this year, the KSAC commenced its drive to remove illegal billboards and signs in the city.Contact: Chris Patterson RelatedFencing of Montego Bay Civic Centre to Cost $17 Million RelatedSizzling Summer Savings Returns Downtown Advertisements RelatedJPs Encouraged to Get Involved in Restorative Justice
For the past decade, Marc Ankenbauer has splashed in exactly 168 named lakes in Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, sometimes spending days hiking across rugged country just to go swimming in their frigid waters.On Sept. 8, a close set of Ankenbauer’s friends, family members and a moose joined him for a dip in Fishercap Lake, marking the completion of his decade-long quest to jump in every named lake in Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks.To the uninitiated, it might seem like a strange pursuit, but Ankenbauer has been plunging for a purpose.Since beginning his project, Ankenbauer, who survived a brief bout with cancer as a teenager, has been raising money for the charity Camp Mak-A-Dream, an organization that provides cost-free Montana wilderness experiences for children and young adults with cancer.He launched a website, glacierexplorer.com, and created an online donation program, setting an arbitrary goal of raising $5,000. When he surpassed that goal last spring, he raised the bar to $10,000 and, as of his final jump, had raised nearly $7,400. An ambitious project – Ankenbauer is the first known person to jump in all of the lakes of Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks – he said it was a welcome incentive to explore the parks’ 1.2 million acres, even though it often entailed long, arduous bushwhacks.“For me it all began as an effort to explore Glacier National Park with as much depth as I could,” he said.He said half of the lakes require off-trail travel, and one remote lake, Lily Lake, required a 16-hour bushwhack. Others were occupied by grizzly bears, and once, after hiking 10 miles to Aurice Lake, a sow grizzly and her cubs forced Ankenbauer and a friend to turn around. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Sharing the experiences with friends has been the most gratifying part of the project. One friend, Anna, accompanied Ankenbauer on his first jump, and was there to enjoy the last dip, too. Ankenbauer chose Fishercap as his finale because of its proximity to Swiftcurrent Motor Inn in the Many Glacier area, so that his mom and friends could attend the ceremony.Their support has been critical, he said.“It almost happened poetically. My entire time knowing most of these people that went with me have been through the eyes of this project,” he said. “It’s very bittersweet. This has defined what I do and for the last 10 years. I’m certainly excited to be able to choose my hikes based on want versus necessity. But it’s bittersweet.” Marc Ankenbauer raised money for charity by jumping in lakes in Glacier and Waterton national parks. | Photo courtesy of Marc Ankenbauer Email
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This week saw The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, launch the Draft London Plan setting out his strategic vision for the capital from 2019-2041. Open to public consultation from 1 December, the final Plan is due to publish in Autumn 2019.The Mayor’s claim to be ‘ripping up the planning rule book’ in order to revolutionise housing delivery may be slightly audacious, but there are certainly some sensible and progressive changes afoot.The significant increases in housing targets will come as little surprise, although the extent to which the burden seems to fall on outer London boroughs will have set some pulses racing. Many face a doubling, tripling or even – in the case of Hounslow – a quadrupling of the number of houses they need to deliver. Of course, the big question is how achievable these targets will be, and references throughout the Plan to ‘proactive intervention’ from the Mayor suggest we could see more frequent involvement to speed delivery.Housing affordability remains a priority, with the Plan adding practical detail to the already well-known mayoral ambition of 50 per cent affordable provision. By maintaining the current 35 per cent baseline and suggesting a review as late as 2021, the Plan gives developers a slightly unexpected three years’ grace. We could therefore see a rush to bring sites forward before the threshold increases – possibly not quite what the Mayor had in mind. That said, in the face of such elevated targets any new homes are welcome.The most headline grabbing of the Plan’s proposals has been the relaxation of guidelines on density, with an accompanying focus on brownfield sites and infill development. Helping to unlock much-needed land is a welcome addition to planning policy, but relaxing the density matrix is far from a silver bullet. Local authorities and developers will need to make sure consultations are watertight to ensure that public mistrust and resultant political reluctance don’t prevent this policy from taking effect.The Plan also recognises the importance of alternative housing tenures like build to rent in solving the capital’s housing crisis. All new build to rent schemes will need to provide at least 50 units and offer a three-year tenancy alongside rent certainty for the period of the tenancy. The policy also recognises the important role build to rent can play in delivering units quickly – although this is equally contingent on local authorities being able to bring forward plans with sufficient speed.As ever, the challenge now will be making sure that local authorities and developers have the tools that they need to enact new planning policy in practice – no matter how encouraging the Plan looks on paper.
South Sudan’s inflation hiked by more than double in July, to reach an annual rate of 661.3 percent, its statistics office revealed on Monday.The economy of the world’s youngest nation continued to struggle amid fresh eruption of violence in the capital.The National Bureau of Statistics said in a statement that the country’s inflation jumped from 309.6 percent in June, due to rising food and non-alcoholic drinks prices. Prices rose 77.7 percent month-on-month in July.South Sudan seceded from Sudan in 2011 but descended into war in December 2013 after President Salva Kiir accused his then deputy Riek Machar of plotting to overthrow his government. Machar denied the allegations but went on to mobilize a rebel force to fight the government.