Jamaicas PM hails Land Information Council for advancing GIS in Jamaica

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 12, 2017 – Kingston – Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has lauded the Land Information Council of Jamaica (LICJ) for pioneering the development and maintenance of a national Geographic Information System (GIS) network over the past 25 years.   He said that more than 50 State entities have implemented GIS in their operations, resulting in greater efficiency in the execution of their mandates.These include the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), National Works Agency (NWA), National Water Commission (NWC), and Social Development Commission (SDC).“Through the innovative use of GIS applications, we are becoming more effective and efficient in harnessing the power of our limited resources. We, however, acknowledge that there is still much more that can be done.  We must think spatially to improve overall planning, monitoring, evaluation, information-sharing and communication,” Mr. Holness said.He was delivering the keynote address at Tuesday’s (October 10) opening of the inaugural two-day Jamaica GIS User Conference held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.   The Prime Minister said geospatial technology is applicable in assisting the Government’s strategic objectives, noting that its use in providing data to inform policy and action is invaluable.“If we know how things are happening and why they are happening, then we can predict where they will happen, who will cause things to happen or who (they) will happen to…what will happen and when (they) will happen.    In other words, geospatial information creates a predictive cycle,” he pointed out.The Prime Minster praised former LICJ Chairperson, Jacqueline daCosta, for her indelible contribution to advancing GIS in Jamaica and modernising and reforming the planning, land policy and land management sectors.  He further commended the National Spatial Data Management Division (NSDMD) for staging the conference in tandem with the LICJ, and urged the participants to explore how best GIS technology can be utilised to expand economic growth and job creation.For his part, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, who has responsibility for the NSDMD, said he is encouraged by the number of public-sector agencies that have been utilising GIS technology.   He noted that these entities have used GIS to create data sets and applications in health, land administration, national security, and natural resources management, which have assisted in strengthening their core business processes and functions.Mr. Vaz noted that the conference, under the theme ‘Geospatial Technologies: Mapping Our Way to Secure Communities’, is relevant and “synergises this Government’s commitment to ensuring the safety and protection of our people”.“I affirm that GIS in Jamaica is poised for great things. As we move forward, I wish to encourage us to continue the work that has begun. I am confident that at the end of these two days, we will have a greater understanding and deeper appreciation of GIS and its contribution to nation building and community development,” he added.The conference, which concludes on Wednesday (October 11) forms part of activities marking the LICJ’s 25th anniversary.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Kirtland AFB Begins Construction of Space Command Research Facility

first_imgKirtland Air Force Base, N.M., has begun construction of a facility that will be a part of the proposed space force, the Associated Press reported.The $128 Space Control Laboratory, a part of the Air Force Research Laboratory, will consolidate space combat research and technology development that is now performed at six different facilities at the base.“Space is now a war-fighting domain,” said Col. Eric Felt, director of the Space Vehicles Directorate at Kirtland. “If our adversaries attempt to counter us in that domain, we need to have the capabilities and the tools for our nation to counter that.”The Space Vehicles Directorate conducts space technology research and develops technologies for space use. Several installations are now conducting research into space defense and space-based intelligence and surveillance.The new facility will include office and lab space for 65 military and civilian contractors with completion expected in December 2020.Air Force photo by Senior Airman Eli Chevalier ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

Sita 3day box office collection SreenivasKajal film struggles to cross Rs 10

first_imgGunturRs 1.10 croreNA Nellore Rs 0.45 croreRs 20.50 lakh Krishna Rs 0.90 croreRs 30.74 lakh Rest of RestRs 0.90 croreNA VizagRs 1.35 croreRs 50.44 lakh AP/TSRs 11.70 croreNA G WestRs 0.80 croreNA AreaRightsEarningscenter_img CeededRs 2.10 croreNA SitaTwitterDirector Teja’s movie Sita starring Kajal Aggarwal and Bellamkonda Sai Sreenivas has opened to an average response and struggled to cross Rs 10 crore gross mark at the worldwide box office in the first weekend.Bellamkonda Sai Sreenivas, who is the son of producer Ballamkonda Suresh, had made his acting debut with Alludu Sreenu in 2014 and starred in five big-ticket movies in the next five years. But all of them have either bombed or turned average grossers at the worldwide box office.The actor teamed up with ace director Teja, who has given big breaks to several young actors, for the movie Sita. It was one of the most awaited movies of this year. The promos had generated a lot of curiosity about the film and many in the film industry hoped that it would be a big break for Sreenivas.Despite having good hype, the movie opened to average response on Friday. Sita collected approximately Rs 3.20 crore gross at the worldwide box office on the first day. The movie failed to beat the records of Bellamkonda Sai Sreenivas’ previous big openers like Jaya Janaki Nayaka (Rs 6.40 crore gross) and Saakshyam (Rs 6.20 crore gross).The movie has received mixed responses from the critics and audience which apparently affected its business. Sita is estimated to have collected around Rs 7 crore gross at the worldwide box office in the first weekend. The film has garnered Rs 3.30 crore for its distributors in three days.Made on a small budget, Sita has fetched Rs 14.70 crore for its producers from the sale of its worldwide theatrical rights. The movie has recovered just 22.44 percent of its distributors’ investment in three days. Considering its opening weekend collection, the movie will have a tough time breaking even.AreaAreaRightsRightsEarningsEarningsAreaNizamRightsRs 4.00 croreEarningsNAAreaCeededRightsRs 2.10 croreEarningsNAAreaVizagRightsRs 1.35 croreEarningsRs 50.44 lakhAreaG East RightsRs 1.00 croreEarningsRs 25.27 lakhAreaG WestRightsRs 0.80 croreEarningsNAAreaKrishna RightsRs 0.90 croreEarningsRs 30.74 lakhAreaGunturRightsRs 1.10 croreEarningsNAAreaNellore RightsRs 0.45 croreEarningsRs 20.50 lakhAreaAP/TSRightsRs 11.70 croreEarningsNAAreaRest of RestRightsRs 0.90 croreEarningsNAAreaOverseasRightsRs 2.10 croreEarningsNAAreaGlobal TotalRightsRs 14.70 croreEarningsNA G East Rs 1.00 croreRs 25.27 lakh OverseasRs 2.10 croreNA NizamRs 4.00 croreNA Global TotalRs 14.70 croreNAlast_img read more