Related Items:#PMHubertMinnisCabinet Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 16, 2017 – Nassau – Prime Minister Hubert A. Minnis Cabinet Portfolios:K. Peter Turnquest – DPM and Minister of FinanceCarl W. Bethel, Q.C. – Attorney General and Minister of Legal AffairsTheodore Brent Symonette – Minister of Financial Services, Trade and Industry and ImmigrationDesmond Thomas Bannister – Minister of WorksRenward Ricardo Wells – Minister of Agriculture and Marine ResourcesDr. Duane Ernest Sands – Minister of HealthMarvin Hanlon Dames – Minister of National SecurityLanisha Tamar Rolle – Minister of Social Services and Urban DevelopmentFrankie Alfred Campbell – Minister of Transport and Local GovernmentJeffrey Leonard Lloyd – Minister of EducationRomauld Sotario Ferreira – Minister of Environment and HousingDion Alexander Foulkes – Minister of LabourDarren Allen Henfield – Minister of Foreign AffairsMichael Cliston Pintard – Minister of Youth, Sports and CultureDionisio James D’Aguilar – Minister of Tourism, Aviation and BahamasairBrensil Dennis Rolle – Minister of State for Public Service and National Insurance, Office of the Prime MinisterJames Kwasi Malik Thompson – Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Office of the Prime MinisterEllsworth Nathaniel Johnson – Minister of State for Legal Affairs, Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs#PMHubertMinnisCabinet
Dan Cohen AUTHOR YesOceana, Virginia Beach’s innovative program to roll back encroachment threatening Naval Air Station Oceana, has been named a co-winner in its category for the 2016 Community Economic Development Awards presented by the Virginia Economic Developers Association.After NAS Oceana was threatened with closure following the last BRAC round, Virginia Beach developed a comprehensive initiative to reduce encroachment in the base’s clear zone and Accident Potential Zone 1 (APZ-1) through an aggressive incentive program targeting commercial businesses. YesOceana was designed to recruit and retain conforming businesses — such as wholesale trade, distribution and manufacturing operations — in APZ-1 and relocate nonconforming businesses from APZ-1 to other areas in Virginia Beach.Through fiscal 2015, the city has eliminated 53 nonconforming commercial properties, and it has committed $2.4 million to 31 businesses to promote compatible uses within the district. Incentives include a 90 percent rebate of the business licenses tax and/or real estate tax abatement for nonconforming properties that are rehabilitated, renovated or improved to a conforming use. Conforming businesses also may be reimbursed for fees associated with building permits, site plan applications, and water and sewer connections.By providing financial encouragement, Virginia Beach has been able to spur economic development in a way that is compatible with the mission of the base, according to a news release from the city.“With the support of other city departments and city leadership, we developed a program that serves as a vital economic development tool and strengthens our relationship with the Navy,” stated Michelle Chapleau, APZ-1 business development manager.YesOceana is now a catalyst for redevelopment of several major corridors in Virginia Beach. And its neighbors Hampton and Chesapeake are establishing similar programs to limit incompatible development outside Langley AFB and Fentress Landing Field, respectively. Virginia Beach split state funds it received last year for YesOceana with Chesapeake to support its program.
The oil price increase following the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah is unlikely to continue as there is an oversupply in the crude market, say industry sources.In a television speech, newly-anointed King Salman said that he will stick with his predecessor’s policies. The royal decree stated that Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi’s role will not change.Saudi Arabia is a key constituent of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) cartel. At the OPEC meeting held in November 2014, al-Naimi declined to cut output “despite a slide in prices, marking a shift in strategy toward defending market share rather than supporting price,” Business Insider reports. This move irked fellow exporters, Iran and Venuzela.Oil GlutPointing at the oversupply in the oil market, Stephen Schork – President of Schork Group – noted that even as the King’s death matters, it does not change the fundamentals; maintaining that Saudi Arabia would try to preserve their market share.Brent crude rose as high as 2.6 percent on Friday after the King’s death was announced.King Salman ReutersThe markets knew beforehand that Salman, in his previous role as the Crown Prince, backed the policies of late King Abdullah, eliminating any uncertainty, LiveMint reports.The kingdom is unlikely to face in-fighting, as the hierarchy is well defined. However, the question that is worrying the people is whether they will witness any progression under the new king, in a place that is long known for being very conservative.Ali al-Naimi Saudi Arabia’s Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi attends the First Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Petroleum Media Forum in KuwaitReutersAli al-Naimi has served the kingdom as its Oil Minister since 1995. He sets the oil policy for the kingdom in consultation with the ruling family. He also represents the nation at the OPEC cartel and holds considerable control. The 79-year-old is also the chairman of the board of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).The nation produces more than a tenth of the world’s crude oil and is the only nation that can act as a swing producer. Saudi Arabia depends on oil for 46 percent of its GDP, though in the recent years, it has been trying to emulate Dubai’s infrastructure boom.
Google showed reporters its tiny, bubble-shaped self-driving prototype vehicle on 29 September. Googles pet project of driverless cars started in 2009 with an intention to revolutionise the car industry.Google and other automotive manufacturers and suppliers have said the technology to build self-driving cars should be ready by 2020. Project director Chris Urmson said the company was taking things steadily.This kind of technology – cars that drive themselves – is a different type of product than most of what Google does. It requires us to think a little differently about how we bring it to market and make sure were very thoughtful about the bar we set before we let it out for people to use, he said.Mainstream carmakers General Motors and Volkswagen and newcomer Tesla are also pushing down the road to automation. Urmson said the new technology in the auto industry was exciting.Were really focusing on this broader goal of mobility for everyone, vehicles that can drive all these places. We think thats really the big opportunity to help people. Its really exciting to see whats happening in the automotive industry, the technology thats flowing in. Theres a lot of opportunity for different solutions and we think this ones exciting, he said.Google executives have said the company does not want to build its own self-driving cars, but would prefer to find a development and production partner. Close
“I hope they tear this place down, it isn’t safe! It’s got mice, roaches, rats, mold, bedbugs—all kinds of pests…” said Danielle Harris a longtime resident of Perkins Homes. And her sentiment is echoed by many living in the public housing complex. The AFRO spoke to tenants about the conditions at Perkins Homes.Taneeta Wilson, a resident of the Perkins Homes public housing development in East Baltimore points to crumbling plaster from her leaky kitchen ceiling.Wanda, who only wanted her first name used, said black mold in her home triggered a health hazard, because she said she has an autoimmune disorder. “I started experiencing, in the bathroom and the kitchen, these big, black spots, like in the corner of the bathtub, which was, they say, mold…When maintenance came they sprayed white paint over the spots in the bathroom…the paint started to wash away in the shower but the mold was still there,” she said.As residents described deplorable living conditions for their families another story emerged—residents alleged women were being asked to exchange money or sexual favors for maintenance services already guaranteed by their lease. Although many claimed they knew of women who had been harassed, only one woman came forward and shared her notarized statement of the harassment she experienced.According to a woman identified as “Ms. W” the electricity was intermittent at her home, and her refrigerator would lose power. She says the management office dispatched a maintenance worker who installed a large generator in the kitchen to power her home. When she realized the generator made too much noise for her and her child to sleep, she asked for it to be removed. “He came back out to my house to pick the machine up, and he said it would cost me $150. I did not have it because it was the end of the month, and I had no more money to pay him. He stated to me, ‘Well, we can have sex to clear this bill up,’” according to her statement. This allegation echoes a similar scandal which emerged last year at Gilmor Homes. The city settled a lawsuit for almost $8 million after more than a dozen residents said they had been asked for sex in exchange for repairs.The AFRO contacted the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) and discovered there have been 18 complaints of sexual harassment in Perkins Homes since 2016.HABC communications director Tania Baker refused to comment specifically on the status of the sexual harassment complaints. “It is HABC policy not to disclose the outcome of any personnel investigation, as personnel matters are confidential by law,” was Baker’s response.Lucky Crosby a former public housing maintenance worker and whistleblower said that the lack of response was calculated, “I know that sexual harassment is still happening, I’ve heard the complaints and I know women have reported it…but they just sweep it under the rug.”The complaints about Perkins come as Beatty Development, the company that developed Harbor Pointe in Harbor East, allegedly is moving forward with plans to revitalize and redevelop Perkins Homes.The question remains, will this have any impact on the plans that Beatty Development and the City of Baltimore have for redevelopment. Last year, a development deal for Perkins with Virginia based CRC Partners fell apart for undisclosed reasons. Beatty Development and Perkins Point Partners have promised, “high-quality housing for people of all income levels,” but have not yet released the details of how many affordable housing units will be available to residents who wish to stay in Perkins homes. Although residents say they are still struggling with conditions in Perkins and fearful of retaliation for their complaints, some are even more fearful the future of Perkins will have no place for them.