Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 17, 2017 – Kingston – Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, is urging municipal corporations to maximize the revenue-generating potential from the requisite payment of fees by businesses and residents for services the councils administer, in keeping with the beneficiaries’ statutory obligations.Among the categories of revenues, which he said are at the corporations’ disposal, are property taxes, trade licences and building permit fees.Mr. McKenzie said maximising the out-turns of these was imperative in order to supplement the Government’s budgetary provisions allocated to each corporation through the Ministry.“I know that councillors continue to lament the fact that they are not getting as much as they want. But you have to help yourselves in this regard, (as) the Ministry will not always be able to provide you with all of the resources that you need,” he stated.The Minister was addressing the St. Mary Municipal Corporation’s monthly meeting in Port Maria on October 12. While noting that municipal corporations are not faring badly in revenue inflows, Mr. McKenzie said they are “not doing as well as they ought”, based on the level of arrears for statutory obligations.He argued that if councils can collect as much as 40 per cent of outstanding sums, “then the Ministry wouldn’t have to be struggling to find money to support the work of the local authorities”.“These are revenues that the councils need to step up their approach on in collecting, and I am urging councilors to go on an extensive drive to collect those outstanding revenues,” Mr. McKenzie emphasized.Release: JIS Related Items:
Former NFL player and Prince George’s county native Shawne Merriman brought NASCAR to youth in the metropolitan area Oct. 2. Just months following his initial visit to D.C. for the launch of his “Light’s Out” clothing line, Merriman hosted his very first “Light’s Out Youth Activation Drive” event at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del.Former NFL player Shawne Merriman and youth from the D.C. area visited the Dover International Speedway in Delaware on Oct. 2. (Courtesy Photo)“Number 36 car, Jeffrey Nguzi – who’s one of two African Americans in the sport – our initiatives were the same. Really just to bridge the gap. NASCAR is a great sport and unless you’re able to have the opportunity to go to these tracks and go to the events, you’ll never know,” Merriman told the AFRO.Merriman’s partnership with NASCAR was an intricate part of blending his vision and program together. He says he is happy to bring kids from his home town to a NASCAR arena. Students from area schools such as James Madison High School in Vienna, Va., were bussed to the event in addition to children from the Baltimore and D.C. areas.“Growing up as a kid I watched NASCAR TV all the time and I just saw them going at 180 miles an hour, 200 miles an hour around a circle– it didn’t look that exciting,” he said. “But when I went to the track in 2008 when I was invited to be the grand marshal in this Montana race in Montana, it just opened my eyes to something way bigger. It’s so much excitement, and adrenaline, and energy. And once the children get to experience it for the first time I think they’re going to be hooked like I was.”Merriman said he expected about 10,000 to 15,000 people in addition to the students. “Big up to them too because, you know obviously, it’s been out there and they’ve talked about it, NASCAR diversity issue, but NASCAR has not only opened its arms to me but to supporting this cause.” While the Confederate flag was once a staple at NASCAR events, in 2015 the organization asked, but did not insist, attendees to not display the divisive symbol. Today the Confederate flag is still flown by patrons, although in smaller numbers than in the past.Merriman told the AFRO he intends for the launch event to be the first of many throughout the year around. “Everybody is not going to be a professional football player or a professional athlete, but you can be involved in NASCAR. You can be involved in the organization. You could possibly work with NASCAR in the future and things like that. NASCAR is a huge, huge company. There’s all kinds of opportunities to do that and hopefully I can provide some of that and kind of open the door,” said Merriman.
At first, Smith ran into friction problems on the small scale when trying to miniaturize the geared mechanism he used for larger models. After trial and error, he discovered that he could make an oval tube attached to the rotating shaft of a miniature geared motor. To make the train cars, he simply cut “teeth” into the edge of the tube that would poke just above the surface of the layout. Then he colored the train cars with a Sharpie. He made the layout itself completely out of extremely thin styrene, and covered the mountain with a thin lumpy layer of Squadron putty to make a forest. He made the buildings out of bits of 0.01 x 0.02-inch strips of styrene, and colored everything with Sharpies. At first, Smith thought about illuminating some of the buildings, but found that even the tiniest LED or fiber optics would be much too bulky. He still plans to make a single spotlight to hang overhead, to make it easier to see everything. Because the train is so small, even making the video was a major challenge to shoot. Although Smith used a macro lens, the camera would not focus close enough to get a good view; he had to blow it up 400% in post-production to make a decent-sized (yet grainy) image.Smith is making no promises that the tiny train layout is made precisely to scale. “This new layout was entirely eyeballed as well, with no real intent to precisely represent an N scale layout in Z scale; it’s only N scale by virtue of its overall dimensions,” he explained. “So if anyone measures the passenger cars running on it and finds they’re exactly the right size, I’ll most certainly faint dead away.”More information: http://jamesriverbranch.netvia: Telegraph© 2009 PhysOrg.com David Smith holds the tiny train he created, which has a scale of 1:35,200. Image Credit: David Smith. China develops magnetic levitation train Smith, who is a business web developer from New Jersey, has been working on the train model since 2007, spending about $11 on the project. As Smith explains, the train is a model within a model, as it appears in the window of one of the stores in his Z scale model railroad town (1:220 scale), the fictitious James River Branch on the Reading Railroad. The tiny train is a Z scale model of a 2 x 4-foot N scale (1:160) layout. Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — David Smith, who has been building model railroads since 1965, has always had a preference for the smaller scale train models. His most recent project is a five-car train that runs through a scene of mountains, a tunnel, trees, buildings, and a cloud-studded sky – the whole thing measuring just 0.125 x 0.2 inches (0.3 x 0.5 cm). The train’s modeling scale is 1:35,200. Citation: Tiny Train Model May be World’s Smallest (w/ Video) (2009, October 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-tiny-world-smallest-video.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.