Richmond Vale to Richmond Gap Road in St. Thomas to be Rehabilitated

first_imgRichmond Vale to Richmond Gap Road in St. Thomas to be Rehabilitated Local GovernmentJuly 4, 2013Written by: Elaine Hartman Record and Tashika McCarthy RelatedContribution to the Annual Sectoral Debate by the Hon. Noel Arscott, M.P. RelatedJPs Encouraged to Get Involved in Restorative Justice FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Some 3,000 residents are to benefit from the rehabilitation of approximately two kilometres of roadway from Richmond Vale to Richmond Gap in St. Thomas. Work on the road is expected to commence this month and end in December 2013. A contract between community sponsors and the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) was signed on July 3, at the Richmond Gap Church of God, in the parish.The project will be implemented by two techniques – a traditional component and a community-based contracting methodology. Under the traditional component, the community will be mobilised to manage a contract for a portion of the road. Work will involve the installation of culverts, road base, and road surfacing at a cost of some $26.9 million. Of that amount, the JSIF will donate $23.8 million, while the community will contribute $3.1 million.Under the community-based model, V drains, U drains and Gabion walls will be constructed, with the JSIF providing $8.46 million and the community, $1.17 million. Speaking at the ceremony, JSIF’s General Manager of Administration, Human Resources and Communication, Rhonda Lumsden-Lue, said the community of Richmond is heavily dependent on agriculture and has the potential for diversifying some 120 hectares of agricultural production, if the road and water problems are addressed.“The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) reports that a consistent water supply and good road network are critical for maximizing economic viability of farming activities,” she pointed out.She noted that the poor condition of the roads has contributed to the spoilage of valuable produce, increased travel time for persons employed outside the community and limited the ability of emergency vehicles to access the community.“In fulfilling its mandate, the JSIF seeks to facilitate the empowerment of communities. Notably, for over 20 years, the Richmond Gap Benevolent Society has been trying its best to attract funding for the road. We have not ignored these efforts. Despite the many challenges over the period, our interventions have been aimed at reaching this single goal,” Mrs. Lumsden-Lue said.Contact: Elaine Hartman Record and Tashika McCarthycenter_img RelatedJustices Of The Peace Urged To Assist Efforts to Eliminate Human Trafficking Advertisementslast_img read more

Professional windsurfer introduces stand up paddling to Dominica

first_imgEntertainmentLocalNewsSports Professional windsurfer introduces stand up paddling to Dominica by: Dominica Vibes News – July 20, 2015 Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img 195 Views   no discussions The Dominica Watersports Association, with the assistance of a professional windsurfer of Barbados, is hoping to introduce a new water sporting activity here.Brian Talma, who is described as “one of the most flamboyant and charismatic characters in windsurfing and stand up paddling (SUPing)”, holds fourteen (14) Beach Culture World Titles.Stand up paddling is an offshoot of paddling which enables surfers to paddle further into the ocean than is typical or to paddle standing up. Paddlers race on lakes, large rivers and canals, ride breaking waves, and glide over long distances along sea coasts, often using tail winds to aid the trip.“It’s quite funny because I used to go to places and they thought it was a fad. Stand Up Paddling (SUPing) today is the fastest growing action watersport in the world,” Talma told members of the press on Monday 20 July 2015 at the Anchorage Hotel in Castle Comfort, Roseau.According to Talma, the other great benefit of stand up paddling, especially for tourism, is that anybody can do it. “All you need is a flat body of water and once you can stand, you could stand up paddle,” he said. Talma believes that Dominica is the ideal spot for stand up paddling and coupled with its natural beauty would make an attractive tourism package.“I identified Dominica as the prime location for stand up paddling. The reason [is that] stand up paddling really meshes with eco-tourism; the waterfalls, the mountains, the natural beauty you have here, you may not have the beaches compared to Barbados but you have the natural beauty,” Talma explained.He informed that twenty-five years ago when in Barbados, “nobody believed in action watersports, everybody thought it was a joke”, however it has grown to become “a prime part of our sector”.Similarly, according to Talma, Dominica has an opportunity to take advantage of stand up paddling, especially in the Soufriere area which he said “is very, very flat”. Talma also demonstrated stand up paddling during the 22nd annual Dive Festival organized by the Dominica Watersports Association which climaxed on Sunday 19 July.“So when you have the cruise ships, visitors coming to the island, you can do it, but more so, the sport is growing at such a rapid pace that people are going to take vacations because of the particular sport,” Talma stated. Talma conceptualized the Beach Culture World Tour in Barbados in 1996, “to promote destinations in actual watersports such as windsurfing, kite surfing, paddle surfing and surfing and this whole lifestyle which translates millions of dollars throughout the region and the world”The tour initially began as a way to promote Barbados, Talma’s sponsors and other destinations through guest appearances, competition, travel stories, and consulting. However it quickly evolved into a worldwide entity with Brian doing travel stories both in print and electronic media.– / 5 Sharelast_img read more