Hundreds of farmers from Lititz and surrounding communities in South St. Elizabeth are to benefit from a small-scale irrigation system set up by the Government, through the National Irrigation Commission Limited (NIC), at a cost of $6.5 million. The system, deemed necessary due to the historical pattern of low rainfall in the area, is supported by rainwater harvesting facilities. There are also drip irrigation systems powered by solar power on four demonstration plots, where the farmers are trained. Farmers to benefit from the irrigation system are trained by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and the NIC. Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, on November 6, led a team from the Ministry on a tour of the project and also to get a first-hand view of the demonstration to farmers. “The Government, through co-operation from multilaterals, invest in these projects (to assist farmers),” he said, noting that water is quite expensive, because about 70 per cent to 80 per cent of the production of water is foreign exchange. “One of the problems we have is to convince the ordinary Jamaican that water is far from free…because once you start to store it, purify it, distribute it… all those elements involve foreign exchange,” the Minister pointed out. He indicated that the biggest customer of the Jamaica Public Service Company was the National Water Commission (NWC), as some $500 million is paid out each month for water. “As the Minister in charge of water, I want to make that fact known, so a project like this must be handled with care, because we are in the business now of harvesting water, not only for agricultural purposes, but certainly for domestic purposes,” the Minister said. “A lot of tanks have been abandoned in terms of the wider society and they have to be rehabilitated, because with climate change, the weather and rainfall cannot be easily predicted,” he added. The Minister congratulated all the persons involved in the project, describing it as “very essential and worthwhile,” which should enhance agricultural production and the lives of the citizens.
Posted: May 21, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, May 21, 2018 Sorrento Valley crime spree: 4 arrests, 1 suspect still at large Updated: 6:30 AM KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Officers arrested four young robbery suspects — including two 15-year-old boys — and were searching for a fifth suspect after the group allegedly went on a crime spree that ended when they crashed while fleeing from a gas station robbery in the Sorrento Valley, police said Monday.The string of alleged thefts and robberies ended around 9:30 p.m. Sunday after two of the five suspects robbed the 76 gas station at 5706 Miramar Road, just northeast of the Miramar National Cemetery, San Diego police Officer Robert Heims said. It began some time earlier in the night with a petty theft and then a pedestrian robbery at two other nearby gas stations.Around 9:30 p.m., after the first two incidents, the five suspects pulled up to the 76 gas station in a gray Hyundai Sonata sedan, and two of them went inside the gas station’s convenience store while the other three waited outside, Heims said.“At some point while inside the store, one of the suspects punched the employee in the face and took the cash register,” Heims said. “They fled outside of the store, got into the car and tried to flee.”As the group sped away in the Sonata, the car struck a cement barrier and became disabled, Heims said. All five suspects fled from the car on foot, but officers were able to capture four of them, while the fifth escaped.Richard Rodriguez, 19, and Josiah Singh, 21, were arrested along with two 15-year-old boys, Heims said. The two boys were expected to be booked into Juvenile Hall.Detectives from the San Diego Police Department’s northern division were investigating the crime spree. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
San Diego City Council contemplates allowing cannabis lounges KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego is considering allowing cannabis businesses to open lounges where customers can smoke or eat the product on site, it was reported Monday.Some members of the San Diego City Council’s economic development committee said they were open to the proposal but wanted more information, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.Councilman Chris Ward, chairman of the committee, asked the city’s independent budget analyst to conduct an analysis of consumption lounges and provide the results to the committee, reports say.Councilwoman Monica Montgomery told the newspaper that she wants to see the specific regulations in other cities that allow consumption lounges, and she would like to see if they would have any challenges regulating them.Cannabis industry leaders also want expanded hours at dispensaries, with city regulations limiting operations to between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. while state regulations allow operations between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., according to the Union-Tribune.Industry leaders also urged city officials to consider expanding the number of dispensaries.City regulations approved in 2014 allow a maximum of 36 dispensaries in San Diego, but five years later 21 dispensaries have been approved and only 14 of those have opened. Posted: March 18, 2019 March 18, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Updated: 10:01 AM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The California Board of Education is drafting an ethnic studies curriculum that would be a graduation requirement for high school and state university students on the premise that California is now a majority “minority” state.The purpose is to have students think critically about cultural diversity and inclusion to eradicate bigotry, hate and racism.California’s Department of Education describes the curriculum in depth on their website. You can read it by clicking here. Mike McKinnon III, Posted: August 14, 2019 Ethnic Studies course may be graduation requirement for California high school and university students August 14, 2019 Mike McKinnon III Categories: California News, KUSI, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter