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Getting fuel for the JEEP

Arthur Hall, Senior Staff Reporter

The shadowy Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) and its equally vague sister ‘Jamaica Employ’ – two job-creating schemes touted by the Portia Simpson Miller-led government – are expected to be fleshed out when Cabinet goes into retreat starting this afternoon.

Also high on the agenda for the Cabinet ministers will be crafting a new expenditure plan for the fiscal year in the wake of revenue dramatically lower than projected over the past nine months.

The two-day retreat, to be held at Jamaica House, would also see the Cabinet members deciding on the Supplementary Estimates of Expenditure which are to be tabled in Parliament shortly.

Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips has already admitted the Government would have to cut planned expenditure, but with revenue running more than six per cent or $15.4 billion below projections, the Cabinet will have its work cut out to make the changes.

The lower-than-projected revenue will also have to be taken into account as the Cabinet uses the retreat to begin considering the Budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

Several other weighty matters will also be on the agenda for the retreat, the first by the Simpson Miller Cabinet.

According to Minister with Responsibility for Information Sandrea Falconer, “Plans for the engagement of a new economic programme through the preparation of the fiscal programme for the rest of the fiscal year and for the medium term 2012-2013 and 2012-2016,” will also be discussed during the retreat.

“This will form the basis for continued discussions with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which you know we have started,” said Falconer.

IMF talks to continue

Phillips is slated to travel to Washington days after the retreat for talks with officials of the IMF and other multinational agencies before an IMF team returns to Kingston at the end of this month for further talks to set the parameters for negotiations on a new agreement.

The agreement is to be crafted in line with Jamaica’s medium-term fiscal programme, and Falconer told journalists that the plan – which was formulated by the previous administration within the context of the fiscal responsibility framework – will also be reviewed during the retreat.

“The priority programme and projects for 2012-2013 will also be determined,” added Falconer.

Issues such as the Jamaica Infrastructure Development Programme, an alternative energy source, and how to treat with the haemorrhaging Jamaica Urban Transit Company are also expected to be discussed at the retreat.

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Wireless Charging Could Change Driving: Stanford


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A organisation of researchers during Stanford might have found a approach to change automobile transport perpetually and during a same time change a country’s faith on unfamiliar oil.

The investigate organisation says it has designed a high-efficiency charging complement that can wirelessly assign electric cars.

The long-term idea of a investigate is to eventually emanate an all electric highway where drivers can wirelessly assign their cars as they drive.

“Our prophesy is that you’ll be means to expostulate onto any highway and assign your car,” pronounced Shanhui Fan, an associate highbrow of electrical engineering during Stanford. “Large-scale deployment would engage revamping a whole highway complement and could even have applications over transportation.”

The record uses captivating fields to wirelessly broadcast electric currents between steel coils stationed several feet apart.

The setup would dramatically urge a operation of electric cars and make charging them some-more convenient.

It might even potentially discharge a need to stop and wait hours for a charge.

But there are still intensity hiccups that a researchers wish to make certain they comment for before perplexing to put a record out there.

“We need to establish really early on that no mistreat is finished to people, animals, a wiring of a automobile or to credit cards in your wallet,” pronounced Sven Beiker, executive executive of a Center for Automotive Research during Stanford

About 97 percent of a energy is eliminated efficiently, a organisation wants to make certain that a other 3 percent is not harmful.

The organisation has filed a obvious for their record and Fan says a subsequent step is to exam it in a laboratory and in genuine time conditions.

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Police logs from Jan. 16 to Jan. 22

Monday, Jan. 16

10:33 a.m. A Wiley Road proprietor reported his automobile was shop-worn while it was parked on Benjamin Road.

6:47 p.m. A School Street proprietor reported his son was carrying prohibited in a form of peppers spray. 

7:08 p.m. A proprietor detected his automobile was damaged, that was parked during Maple and Walnut Streets.

8:03 p.m. A School Street proprietor reported his son had come home dipsomaniac and climbed onto a roof.  Officers assured a son to come off a roof, and he was ecstatic to Children’s Hospital.


Tuesday, Jan. 17

9:58 a.m. A Somerville masculine had stopped his Honda to run inside a store on Belmont Street.  Without putting a automobile in park, a masculine exited a vehicle, causing it to strike another automobile and to transport onto a Belmont Street residence’s lawn.  A masculine removing his haircut witnessed a automobile roving unoccupied and attempted to stop a vehicle.  The Somerville masculine was released a reference for withdrawal a engine automobile unattended while unoccupied. 

10:48 a.m. An Olmstead Drive proprietor reported his monthly food stamp book seemed to be blank stamps.  He believes a relations took them.

2:40 p.m. A Statler Road proprietor reported $3 and a bookbag were blank from his Chevy, that was parked in front of his chateau and left unbarred over night. 

7:36 p.m. When officers dispatched to a Pleasant Street address, it seemed there was no transparent reason since they were called.  The proprietor mentioned a automobile had been parked in front of her house.  She seemed intoxicated.  Her adult child was told she should not be left alone for a evening.


Wednesday, Jan. 18

11:22 a.m. A Belmont High School tyro reported his $200 Ipod was stolen from his backpack, that he had left unattended. 

12:34 p.m. Officers responded to an unintended genocide on Lexington Street.  The proprietor was located defunct on a vital room floor. 

1:38 p.m. A Needham proprietor came to a hire to news regard about her ex-husband, a Belmont resident.  A internal mental health group was notified, and a joining sequence is being drafted.


Thursday, Jan. 19

5:55 a.m. An Everett womanlike was released a reference for unlawful operation of a engine automobile and red light violation.  Another Everett womanlike was released a reference for needing unlawful operation of a engine vehicle.

4:59 p.m. An Oxford Avenue proprietor reported $130 value of fake charges seemed on her bank statement.

5:48 p.m. A White Street proprietor reported she perceived melancholy voicemails a prior evening. 


Friday, Jan. 20

6:25 p.m. A Belmont resident’s relatives sensitive officers their son was in a area of Bacon and School Streets in jeans and an undershirt.  When officers located a youthful and approached him, he charged during a officers.  He was calm with shackles and ecstatic to Mount Auburn Hospital. 

6:31 p.m. A Stoneham masculine was released a rapist censure for handling after a permit suspension.


Saturday, Jan. 21

4:47 p.m. A Cushing Avenue youthful was reported blank from his home. He was believed to be streamer to his father’s residence.  After a youthful was reached on his dungeon phone, he returned home. 


Sunday, Jan. 22

9:48 a.m. A Concord Avenue proprietor reported her neighbor confronted her. The neighbor was dissapoint a proprietor had called officers on her Friday night since she was reportedly ceaselessly banging a hammer. 

11:58 a.m. A Cambridge masculine reported while during work on Sandrick Road, his coworker, a Mattapan male, assaulted him. 





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Cool Car Free Discounts” Announced

The Santa Barbara Car Free Project invites visitors to make “green” travel choices and save up to 50 percent at more than 50 hotels, activities and restaurants throughout the year with “Cool Car Free Discounts.” Mary Byrd, manager of this award-winning sustainable tourism project at the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District says, “Car Free vacations are not just good for our air and our planet, they are relaxing and fun. And our discounts can save travelers a lot of money.”

“Cool Car Free Discounts” are available for visitors who do one or more of the following: Show Amtrak train ticket to Santa Barbara with current date; Show Santa Barbara MTD (Metropolitan Transit District) Bus Pass with current date stamp; Arrive at hotel or activity by bicycle; or download/print/present a Santa Barbara Cool Car Free Discounts Certificate. Certain restrictions apply, see website for details.

Through December 31, 2012, visitors can receive discounts from 25 hotels including: Beach House Inn Apartments, Best Western Beachside Inn, Best Western Plus Encina Lodge, Best Western Plus Pepper Tree Inn, Brisas del Mar, Cabrillo Inn at the Beach, Canary Hotel, Casa Del Mar Inn, Cheshire Cat Inn Bed Breakfast, Eagle Inn, Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort, Franciscan Inn, Holiday Inn Express-Hotel Virginia, Hotel Oceana, Hotel Santa Barbara, Inn by the Harbor, Inn of the Spanish Garden, Lavender Inn by the Sea, Mason Beach Inn, Old Yacht Club Inn Bed Breakfast, The Orchid Inn, Ramada Limited Hotel, Santa Barbara Inn, Simpson House Inn and the Upham Hotel. (Some restrictions apply; rooms subject to availability.)

Activities and restaurants offering special discounts include: Aldo’s Italian Restaurant; Blue Agave; Café Los Arcos; Captain Jack’s Santa Barbara Tours; Celebration Cruises; Cloud Climbers Jeep Wine Tours; Condor Express (whale watching); DeeTours; Eos Transportation; The Grapeline Wine Country Shuttle; Lil Toot (water taxi); Louie’s Restaurant; Lucky Cab (hybrids); Roadrunner Shuttle; Santa Barbara Bikes-to-Go; Santa Barbara Maritime Museum; Santa Barbara Pedicab; Santa Barbara Sailing Center; Santa Barbara Trolley Tours; Santa Barbara Walking Tours; Segway of Santa Barbara; South Coast Railroad Museum; Stagecoach Company Wine Tours; Sunset Kidd Sailing Cruises; Sustainable Vine Wine Tours; Wheel Fun (bike rentals) and Wine Edventures.

In addition, when registering at, visitors can receive 20 percent savings on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner and San Joaquin (and linked buses) to/from all nine Amtrak stations in Santa Barbara County (Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria, Solvang, Buellton, Lompoc, Surf, Guadalupe Santa Maria) valid for travel through December 19, 2012. (Three-day advance purchase required; blackout dates and restrictions apply, see Car Free website for details and to make reservations).

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Oh yeah.

After withdrawal my real-world responsibilities behind, I’ll be picking adult my buddies J-Bot and Jay, grabbing a let automobile and pushing whimsically West toward good aged Indianapolis, home of a small thing called Super Bowl XLVI.

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After all, what’s a tour yet thesis music? Or, well, during slightest music. I’ve got my code spanking new iPad all installed with tunes selected as a soundtrack to a lives, and from what my crony Jay says we will have a half a ton of granola bars to keep stops to a minimum. (Then again, stops are half a fun.)

This whole tour would be a source of copiousness of fad for me even if it didn’t engage attending a biggest sporting eventuality in a universe during a end; it’s been awhile given I’ve indeed gotten in a automobile and driven median opposite a country, even yet it’s a passion of mine. When we was younger and personification music, highway trips were a weekly occurrence, and behind in 2004 we spent some-more than a month pushing opposite America for a book project.

That 2004 tour was a rather grave knowledge — we adore home, and 33 days by yourself on a highway is flattering distant from home — yet with dual friends to keep me association and a guaranteed kitty during a finish of a rainbow (mixed metaphors, demeanour brazen to copiousness of those on my transport blog), this 2,000-mile turn tour should be a blast.

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Of course, it doesn’t harm that a Patriots are partial of a festivities in Indianapolis.

I’ve left to a final dual Super Bowls, and devise to keep on going as prolonged as a joining continues to extend me a credential (thanks, Mr. Goodell)! All things being equal, though, I’m a lot happier to see this matchup than we would have been for Ravens-49ers.

The same goes with my buddies, who are both large Patriots fans. we pitched a thought of a tour to my crony Jay before a start of a playoffs, and since he’s a form of man who’s adult for only about anything, he pronounced sure. No press credential or diversion sheet for Jay, only a thought of doing something fun and being in a city when a large diversion went down. J-Bot, on a other hand, was a after addition, and while he claims that he’d have left even if a Patriots had mislaid to Baltimore, I’m not so sure. we consider we would have gotten an apologetic Monday morning call: “Hey, listen dude, um “”

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Anyway, they’re bloat fellas, and should be good highway warriors. We’ll mosey a approach to Indianapolis and lift in there a morning of a game; I’ll partial ways with them around 2 when we check into Lucas Oil Stadium and they’ll disappear into a city’s floating Super party.

And a subsequent morning, we’ll be on a approach home. Will we be chauffeuring a integrate of sad Patriots fans? Will they be buzzing with championship joy? Will we make it all a approach by Pennsylvania yet a speeding sheet or a prosaic tire?

I theory that’s because it’s fun — a not knowing.

Anyway, greatfully review along online if you’d like, and wish us luck. Maybe we’ll move home some championship souvenirs for you, or during slightest a moan story or two.

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School buses: Safest form of tyro travel

Tuesday afternoon, Franklin County dispatchers called Maine State Police and other puncture responders to any parent’s nightmare: a propagandize train accident.

This one, on a snow-covered Farmington Falls Road, concerned a head-on collision with a entirely installed tractor-trailer.

Of a 14 Mt. Blue students and a district train motorist on board, usually a few suffered any injury. Fortunately, all of a injuries were minor.

It’s a good sign about usually how protected — and how dangerous — a propagandize invert can be.

Statistically speaking, according to a National Highway Safety Administration, “every year, a nation’s 450,000 open propagandize buses float some-more than 4.3 billion miles to float 23.5 million children to and from propagandize and school-related activities.”

And, in all those vehicles roving all those miles and carrying all those children, “students are scarcely 8 times safer roving in a propagandize train than with their possess relatives and guardians in cars,” according to a NHSA.

More chilling is a fact that, according to that agency, students are “about 50 times some-more approaching to arrive during propagandize alive if they take a train than if they expostulate themselves or float with friends.”

That doesn’t meant roving a train is ideally safe.

An estimated 800 school-age children die in automobile accidents during what is deliberate “normal” propagandize float hours any year. According to a NHSA, that’s about 14 percent of all child deaths on a nation’s roads, and 2 percent of all engine automobile deaths.

And, of a 800, about 20 — 2.5 percent — are propagandize bus-related (five passengers and 15 pedestrians). The rest are children who die in newcomer cars, roving on motorcycles or bikes, or who are strike by vehicles while walking to school.

In a Farmington incident, after carrying usually let off a student, a propagandize train was stopped and motorist Gerard Simard could usually watch as a tractor-trailer slid toward a bus, that had a prosaic front-end design, giving Simard a wide-screen perspective of what was to come.

The truck, that was roving 25 mph in a 45-mph zone, was incompetent to stop on a sharp highway and crashed into a train after attempting to equivocate a collision with another vehicle.

No charges are approaching to be filed, and a propagandize district responded soon to support students and their really disturbed relatives (many of whom knew about a mutilate before propagandize officials since many students called home from a bus).

That’s a good outcome, that is not always a case.

Last week, in Lincoln, a 6-year-old tyro was strike by a propagandize train after she got off a bus. She was hospitalized for several days to be treated for a damaged leg, 4 application fractures in her skull and one in her neck.

In that case, a train motorist saw a small lady get off a bus, though didn’t see her transparent a grille before pushing away. That motorist is on paid executive leave, and will not be charged in a incident.

It’s surprising to have such critical propagandize train accidents in Maine so tighten together, though riders and their relatives should take comfort in meaningful that for any 1 million newcomer miles traveled, 0.94 deaths start in newcomer vehicles and usually 0.01 deaths start in propagandize buses, creation a invert to propagandize by train safer than any other form of travel, including airlines and newcomer trains.

Given that reserve record, and notwithstanding calls by reserve coalitions opposite a nation for schools to account a designation of chair belts, a National Highway Transportation Administration position is that — statistically vocalization — “there is deficient reason for a sovereign charge for chair belts on vast propagandize buses” since a high-backed, cushioned chair pattern works.

The National Education Association concurs, and not usually since it fears injuries from students whacking any other with complicated steel buckles, though since — over many years and millions of miles — low collision and damage rates support a idea that propagandize train pattern protects children.

So, after a incidents in Farmington and Lincoln, if we are tempted to lift your child from a train track in preference of roving to propagandize in a family car, don’t.

Students are most safer on a bus.

The opinions voiced in this mainstay simulate a views of a tenure and editorial board.

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