Global installed solar capacity tops wind for first time in latest BNEF data

first_imgGlobal installed solar capacity tops wind for first time in latest BNEF data FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge:Solar energy stormed ahead last year to become the leading new power-generating source in the world, carrying clean-energy technologies including wind and hydro to overtake coal in global installed capacity, according to latest calculations by research consultancy BloombergNEF (BNEF).PV added 118GW of new plant in 2019 on its way to reaching 651GW of capacity, outpacing wind’s total 644GW, to become the fourth largest power source on the planet, behind coal’s 2.1TW, gas’ 1.8TW and hydro’s 1.2TW.Solar and wind together accounted for 67% of new capacity added globally in 2019, while fossil fuels slid to 25%, according to BNEF’s new Power Transition Trends 2020 report, which tracks capacity and generation data over the past decade. Taken together with hydro dams, the clean-energy sector has built out some 2.5TW of plant worldwide.“Sharp declines in solar equipment costs, namely the modules that go on rooftops and in fields, have made this technology widely available for homes, businesses and grids,” said Luiza Demôro, BNEF analyst and lead author of the study. “PV is now truly ubiquitous and a worldwide phenomenon.”PV eclipsed all-comers in new-build terms and was the most popular technology deployed in 33% of nations, with 81 countries building at least 1MW of solar during the last calendar year and representing nearly half of all new power generation capacity constructed worldwide.Renewable-energy engines wind and solar totted up to over two-thirds of the 265GW of additional capacity deployed worldwide in 2019, up from less than a quarter of new plant in 2010, while for the first time the two technologies accounted for the majority of new generation recorded.[Darius Snieckus]More: Solar outshines wind to become world’s biggest new power source: BNEFlast_img read more

Belize Fights Transnational Organized Crime

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo April 22, 2019 Diverse ecological jungles, high mountains, pine forests, exotic rivers, and sandy beaches attract tourists to Belize year round. While visitors enjoy the beautiful landscape, drug smugglers look for ways to carry out illegal activities in the thick rainforest or along the coastline. The Belize Defence Force (BDF) works around the clock to stop drug traffickers from using its territory as a transshipment point. They’re aware that criminal networks could undermine the tourist industry and fuel violence inside the country. “Belize is a transshipment route for drugs,” said Brigadier General Steven Ortega, commander of BDF. “Gangs are fighting to be in charge of moving the drugs through Belize. Drug trafficking is one of the catalysts that fuels violent crime, weapons smuggling, and human smuggling, among other crimes in our country.” According to the U.S. Department of State’s 2018 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, Belize is susceptible to the transshipment of illegal drugs due to its position along the Central American isthmus, its relatively uninhabited terrain, and hundreds of cayes (small islands) off its coast. “Drug-trafficking organizations predominantly use maritime and air routes through Belize,” said the report. Interagency cooperation BDF is not alone in this fight. With two infantry battalions, a support battalion, and air and maritime components, the force works with interagency units and international partners to try to dismantle criminal transnational networks and their illicit trades. “We do interagency work with the Joint Intelligence and Operations Center, which coordinates the operations, deployment, and movements of the troops. If there is a drug operation, we work together with the Coast Guard, police, and other agencies,” said Brig. Gen. Ortega. “We also coordinate with partner nations in the region, mainly with the United States, Mexico, and Guatemala.” As part of the effort, participants share information to communicate about any suspected aircraft flying into Belize or the region. The shared information results in counter narcotics successes. “We’ve had success seizing several aircrafts,” said BDF Major Adran Claude Ramírez, commander of the Air Wing and Special Boats Units. “On September 2018, we caught a Cessna 2010 single-engine plane that landed on a dirt road of the Orange Walk district, located in the northern part of the country; the plane was loaded with drugs and five people were arrested.” Authorities found 1,225 pounds of cocaine inside the plane, worth $7 million. “In the same district, we found a Hawker Siddeley 225 jet that landed on a dirt road in April 2018. The plane had traces of drugs,” said Maj. Ramírez. The authorities found the jet without passenger seats, possibly to be used as space for cargo, and speculated the pilots set the aircraft’s wings on fire. “We are working diligently to get as many seizures and drug busts as we can. We have a crew ready to move—fixed wing, rotary wing, or the boat unit—at any time and location.” According to BDF Captain Jasmine Elliot, an officer with the Special Boats Unit, BDF’s focus is on stopping criminal organizations from hiding marijuana or cocaine in small boats that travel through the jungle, where rivers facilitate a corridor for illicit trafficking. “We have been able to deter people from trafficking, usually small amounts of drugs and contraband to Mexico.” Strong partnership Belize and U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) are partners in the fight to counter transnational organized crime in the region. The United States supports BDF by providing training, humanitarian assistance programs, and combined exercises. “SOUTHCOM helps us in the fight against transnational organized crime,” said Brig. Gen. Ortega. “They provide resources and support such as equipment, technology, and training.” As part of their combined operations, the U.S. Embassy Military Liaison Office and Joint Task Force-Bravo collaborate in marijuana eradication operations. “The partnership between SOUTHCOM and BDF is a positive and mutually supportive relationship that’s growing, and it will persist throughout the future,” said U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Eldridge Singleton, the Security Cooperation officer at U.S. Embassy, Belize. “This is a long-standing relationship that provides great partnership, opportunities for training, share lessons, learn from each other, and improves security for the region.” The partnership between BDF and SOUTHCOM goes beyond counter-narcotics operations. “The government of Belize and BDF show their willingness to be involved in disaster response and assisting regional partners in dealing with crisis, whether it be a natural disaster, man-made disaster, or illicit threats from bad actors,” added Lt. Col. Singleton. State Partnership Program The Louisiana Army National Guard and BDF are linked under the U.S. National Guard’s State Partnership Program (SPP), since1996. During the 23-year partnership, they built military capabilities and coordinated interagency operations, among other efforts. “[The partnership] started out as strictly military-to-military exchanges—from personnel matters, logistics, advanced training—to helping in their training to be infantry men, engineers, or aviators; now we work with the Coast Guard, have new training exercises, and are involved with things like health and the Youth Challenge Program,” said Major General Glenn H. Curtis, adjutant general for the Louisiana National Guard. “Our strong relationship with Belize helps us as a nation to train and build allies that we can help to keep democracy around the world.” BDF’s leadership highlights the importance of regional bonds to defeat organized crime. “It takes interagency efforts and regional cooperation to turn the tide of the increasing transnational threat,” concluded Brig. Gen. Ortega. “It’s the only way that we can succeed in deterring and putting a lid on the transnational threats that come into our country.”last_img read more

Defense Leaders Gather To Address Regional Threats At CANSEC

first_imgBy Dialogo November 21, 2019 Defense leaders from 14 Caribbean countries along with their counterparts from Canada, France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom attended the Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC), at U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), November 14-15, 2019, in Miami.SOUTHCOM sponsors the annual regional security conference to promote dialogue among defense and security leaders, so they can work jointly to defeat transnational threats, be better prepared to respond to crises, and support disaster relief operations.The topics discussed at the conference included humanitarian assistance, disaster relief operations, regional security objectives, and the annual multinational security exercise Tradewinds.“One of the themes was how do we work together as partners and how do we utilize and work effectively with the regional security organizations like Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency,” said U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, SOUTHCOM commander, to reporters. “We think it’s important to tell a story about the important work that we’re doing collectively, together, to enhance the security of this neighborhood, because we are all neighbors and friends,” he added.At the forefront of security threats to the region are transnational criminal organizations and illicit trafficking. Although these organizations are well-funded, progress has been made in deterring their networks thanks to regional cooperation and working with Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF South) in Key West, Florida.“Since this year [2019], we have had over $4 billion of cocaine, in terms of street value, that we have seized, and just under $1 billion in marijuana. So it has been a very successful year for us working with JIATF South,” said Lieutenant General John Meade, Jamaican Chief of Defense.Buildings are reduced to rubble after Hurricane Dorian slammed into the Bahamas. Responding to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief was on the agenda for defense leaders at the Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC). (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Second Class Adam Stanton)Venezuela as a narco-stateDefense leaders recognized that narcotraffickers have taken advantage of the   breakdown in security and civil society perpetuated by the corruption of the regime in Venezuela.“Maduro’s regime has facilitated narcotrafficking,” Adm. Faller said. “There’s over a 50 percent increase of narcotrafficking in and through Venezuela, and Maduro and his cronies are lining their pockets, in cahoots with the illicit narcotrafficking.”Crisis responseProviding humanitarian assistance and disaster relief was also on the agenda as defense and security leaders discussed their roles in response to crises in the region, as was the case during Hurricane Dorian, which devastated the Bahamas in early 2019.“We are seeing more severe weather systems coming through the region,” said Barbados Defence Force Captain Errington Shurland, executive director of the Regional Security System (RSS). “It is anticipated that the systems will be more severe, more frequent, and I think that a tabletop exercise, if done on an annual basis, would allow us to better improve our response,” he added.The road aheadIn the face of all these threats, regional leaders recognized the importance of like-minded democracies and nations working together in support of mutual goals and shared interests.“I was pleased that we achieved the goals of the conference to really strengthen friendships, commitments, and looking at ways to have a more secure, peaceful, and prosperous hemisphere,” concluded Adm. Faller.last_img read more

Jadranka Group achieved its millionth overnight stay 10 days earlier than last year

first_imgIn the last five years, the Jadranka Group has invested more than 100 million euros in development, which has already resulted in greater recognition of Lošinj’s tourist offer. Contribution to the continuation of this trend will be the realization of further planned investments in the next three to four years, which include projects to expand the Airport Mali Losinj and the construction of Eco Golf Resort Matalda, which represents added value and content and ensures the desired extension of the tourist season. Records in this tourist season are also set by the fifth company in the Croatian hotel industry – the Jadranka Group. The millionth overnight stay this year was realized 10 days earlier than last year, in 2016, which is a confirmation of the excellent results achieved in Jadranka, considering that the season is still going on and guests are still arriving on the islands of Lošinj and Cres.The earlier realization of the millionth overnight stay is not surprising considering that the Lošinj-based Jadranka Group continuously invests in improving the entire 5 * premium offer in Čikat Bay, primarily Hotel Bellevue, Boutique Hotel Alhambra and Villa Hortensie, but also offers at a high 4 * level in Vitality Hotel Punta. Family Hotel Vespera and Hotel Aurora. To this should be added Jadranka camps Baldarin, Slatina, Bijar and camp Čikat, which houses the first aquapark on the islands, which brought him a high 4 *. “Croatian tourism is finally achieving the results it deserves, so everyone in the Jadranka Group is extremely happy to be part of a successful tourism concept. Achieving the millionth overnight stay in the earlier period is an additional recognition of our dedicated work and constant effort to provide our guests with the best and make their stay on Lošinj as pleasant as possible, and the holidays unforgettable.”, Said Goran Filipovic, a member of the Management Board of the Jadranka Group.Jadranka Grupa offers its guests indigenous food from as many as sixty family farms from all over Croatia, primarily from Cres and Lošinj, as well as from Istria, Slavonia and Baranja and Međimurje.The Jadranka Group pays special attention to adjusting its offer to market requirements and guest segmentation, and the great result of such an effective adaptation to complex trends is also evident in the ever earlier realization of the millionth overnight stay. Hotels and villas of the Lošinj Hotels & Villas group, in addition to keeping pace with world trends in tourism and hospitality, are also introducing their own. One of them is the unique collaboration with About 70 family farms throughout Croatia, whose original foods are implemented in the offer, and their availability is a crucial factor in creating daily menus.last_img read more

Forced exorcisms touted as ‘cure’ for LGBT Indonesians

first_imgForced exorcism is a common story for gay and transgender people in the world’s biggest Muslim majority nation, where a conservative shift has seen the community increasingly targeted in recent years.Homosexuality is legal everywhere in Indonesia except conservative Aceh province which adheres to strict Islamic laws. But it is still widely believed that being gay or transgender is the result of a person being possessed by evil spirits — and that these can be expelled by religious ceremony and prayer.Now, conservative Islamic lawmakers have tabled a so-called “Family Resilience” bill, which critics decry as sexist and anti-LGBT. Gay and transgender people would be forced to undergo “rehabilitation” — an umbrella term likely to include exorcisms and other “conversion treatments” — to purge what bill advocates say is a sexual deviancy.’Expel evil spirits’Although now a Muslim-majority nation, traditional tribal animist and shamanist beliefs have been incorporated into the cultural and religious identity across the Southeast Asian archipelago, which is home to more than 260 million. Exorcisms have long been used for everything from tackling mental illness to clearing villages of alleged apparitions. This means the practice will play key role if the new law is passed, warns Usman Hamid, Amnesty International Indonesia’s executive director.”[It’s] the most likely option to be taken by officials in Indonesia when doing ‘rehabilitation'”, he adds.For Aris Fatoni, who performs exorcisms to rid patients of myriad medical and personal problems, mandatory conversion therapy will bring a business boom. He claims he has “cured” around 10 such clients in the past decade.During an exorcism, Fatoni reads from the Koran as he places his hands on clients and then watches for signs he believes suggest evil spirits are being expelled. “It’s usually a strong reaction but that means they’ll be cured quicker,” he explains, adding that he’s witnessed vomiting and screaming in the process. “However, if someone likes being LGBT and they’ve only come here out of curiosity then there’s no reaction. Those cases are harder to fix.”His colleague, Ahmad Sadzali, also boasts of successful conversions.”One guy I treated only did the exorcism twice and he is cured now. He married a woman just one month later,” he recalls. Six clinics in Jakarta told AFP they performed exorcisms that would “cure” LGBT clients, although none openly advertised the treatment.”How long have you been suffering the disease?” one shop owner asks over the telephone, before reminding the caller he cannot treat those with HIV. “God willing, I can help as long as you surrender to Allah.”‘Sinful acts’Surveys in recent years indicate intolerance and radicalism is on the rise, with one 2017 study suggesting more than 80 percent of Indonesians support the country adopting strict Islamic law.Dinda says her mother, who is deeply religious, tricked her into visiting for a family reunion — but when the 34-year-old lesbian arrived, she found a Muslim cleric there who performed an exorcism against her will.  “My mom believed I was possessed by ghosts and that if I didn’t have an exorcism then the evil spirits would stay with me,” recalls Dinda, who asked that her real name not be used.Her sexuality remains the same but she no longer trusts her mother. “I get shivers every time my mum calls me. And I see the exorcist in my dreams. It left me very scared,” she reveals. In Aceh, same-sex relations can result in a public whipping under local Islamic law and in 2018 police there rounded up a group of transwomen and publicly humiliated them by cutting their hair and forcing them to dress in male clothes.The same year, authorities in West Sumatra’s Padang city ordered LGBT residents to have treatment to stop their “sinful acts” following mass demonstrations.But there is still a vocal minority pushing back against draconian changes to legislation.  Last year, lawmakers tried to push through a criminal law overhaul that would have made pre-marital sex a criminal offence, but the bid was shelved after a sharp backlash.Similarly, proposals in the new bill are being fought by rights campaigners.”Conversion therapy, such as exorcisms, amount to violence against LGBT people,” said Budi Wahyuni, a former commissioner at the Indonesian women’s commission.Andin remains unconvinced things will get better. Her family persists in trying to cure her — most recently sacrificing a goat to do so.  She says: “Twenty years later, they still want me to be different.”Topics : Andin is haunted by memories of being forced into an exorcism to “save” her from being transgender — a ritual that could become mandatory for Indonesia’s LGBT community if a controversial new law is passed.For two decades she has endured harassment and abuse as her family desperately tried to “cure” her. Treatments ranged from being bombarded with Koranic verses while trapped in a locked room for days, to being doused with freezing water by an imam promising to purge the “gender disease”. But it is the exorcism that breaks her heart.     She was taken against her will to a strange religious guru near her hometown of Medan, North Sumatra. He showed her a burial shroud commonly used to cover the dead and prayed over her.He then gave a stark choice: relinquish life as a woman, or go to hell. “Nothing changed after the exorcism. I’m still LGBT, but my family didn’t give up easily,” says Andin, 31, who asked that her real name not be used. “It’s traumatizing — the horror of that memory stays in my head.”last_img read more

Arsenal provide positive injury updates on Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney and Rob Holding

first_imgArsenal provide positive injury updates on Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney and Rob Holding Phil HaighThursday 29 Aug 2019 11:18 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link592Shares Advertisement Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding are nearing first team returns for Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal have provided injury updates on a number of their players who are currently sidelined, with a couple of young stars nearing a return to first team contention.The Gunners are struggling with a number of fitness concerns, especially in defence, in the early part of the season, but recoveries are going to plan.Closest to a full recovery appears to be Rob Holding who has not played since December last year since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.The centre-back completed 90 minutes for the under-23s against Everton on Friday and will be pushing for a return to the first team in September.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAlso playing in that under-23s games was Emile Smith-Rowe who played 80 minutes and is not far off a return from a groin injury after also playing 90 minutes for the under-21s against Northampton on Tuesday. Kieran Tierney is yet to make his Arsenal debut (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Defensive trio Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney and Dinos Mavropanos are further away from first team action, but have all been described as, ‘progressing well and aiming to participate in full training in September.’Tierney and Mavropanos have groin issues while Bellerin has been out since January with the same ACL problem Holding suffered a month earlier.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMesut Ozil is the other fitness concern for Gunners boss Unai Emery having not appeared yet this season after security issues, illness and a lack of match fitness.However, the German is back in full training and should be available for the north London derby this weekend.‘Today they are here the players we think were the best physically and also to play today,’ said Emery on Ozil’s return to training.Arsenal host Tottenham at the Emirates in the Premier League at 4.30pm on Sunday.MORE: Carabao Cup third round draw: Manchester City travel to Preston North End and Arsenal host Nottingham ForestMORE: Juventus and AC Milan show interest in Arsenal teenager Sam Greenwood Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Live like royalty in tower’s crowning glory

first_imgA render showing the kitchen and living space inside The Monarchs at 443 Queen StBuyers can live like royalty, with Brisbane’s new “super homes in the sky” released to the market.The Monarchs start from $2.76 million, and sit at the top of 443 Queen St, which is being developed by Cbus Property. 443 Queen St by CBUSDesigned by Singapore-based WOHA and Brisbane-based Architectus, the building has been described as an “urban oasis” – it will have sky parks and gardens throughout the tower.Residents-only amenities include private dining and lounge areas with a fireplace, a MasterChef kitchen, multiple barbecue and outdoor dining areas, a 25m infinity edge pool overlooking the Brisbane River, poolside cabana lounges and sun decks, a relaxation and yoga zone, a gym and outdoor gardens with a walking track. Just 10 of The Monarchs – dubbed ‘super sky homes in the sky’ – are available at 443 Queen St. They start from $2.76 millionCbus Property CEO Adrian Pozzo said there had been a surge in $2 million-plus luxury apartment sales in Brisbane.“Economic benefits, record infrastructure, increased interstate migration and downsizers looking for the luxuries of a freestanding home close to the city are key lifestyle factors driving this trend,” Mr Pozzo said.Just recently, a luxury sky home at The Abian in the Brisbane CBD sold for $4.15 million.It was purchased by a couple from Wagga Wagga in New South Wales who plan to retire to the city.Another sky home apartment in the Admiralty precinct recently sold for $2.725 million. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoMr Pozzo expected strong interest in The Monarchs, which he said offered an “exciting new pavilion-style of exclusive living”.Just 10 The Monarchs super homes will be available for purchase, with each one boasting three or four large bedrooms, 3m-high ceilings and a prime double-corner position with perimeter glazing making each floor plan unique. Each one also has open plan living spaces, a luxurious kitchen fitted with Gaggenau appliances, large bathrooms with ample storage, a screened drying balcony, hardwood floors and natural stone.The size of each The Monarchs sky home is “comparable to a freestanding family home” at 193sq m which is 4sq m larger than the average floor size of a new Australian home (houses and apartments), according to a recent CommSec Economic Insights report.In addition to The Monarchs, 443 Queen St has two penthouses priced at $6.5 million and $7.5 million. 443 Queen Street’s location and unique design has created an island site, which means all apartments and amenities have river views. The first render showing the internal layout of one of two penthouses available at 443 Queen St. Prices start from $6.5 million.The overall design of 443 Queen St – built exclusively for Brisbane – moves away from a typical “sealed square plan” tower to open up and naturally ventilate every apartment. last_img read more

Innovo Gets Anti-Bribery Accreditation

first_imgThe International Standards Organisation (ISO) has awarded Innovo certification for the company’s anti-bribery management system.The ISO 37001:2016 accreditation is given to organisations that have implemented a system to prevent, detect and respond to bribery and comply with anti-bribery laws wherever they operate.Stefano Malagodi, managing director of Innovo, said: “This ISO accreditation confirms Innovo’s ability to operate to the highest anti-bribery standards internationally and gives customers confidence in our ethical approach to business.”last_img

Wyclef Jean rejects Haitian charity fraud claims

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Wyclef Jean rejects Haitian charity fraud claims by: – November 28, 2011 Tweetcenter_img 11 Views   no discussions Share Haitian-born hip hop star Wyclef Jean says he stands by the decisions made by Yele Haiti.NEW YORK, USA, Monday November 28, 2011 – International hip hop star Wyclef Jean has denied that his charity Yele Haiti fraudulently used funds raised for victims of the January 2010 earthquake.The claim was made in a New York Post article that said less than a third of the US$16 million raised for earthquake relief was used for emergency efforts.Another US$1 million was reportedly paid to Amisphere Farm Labor Inc. That company failed to complete the necessary paperwork to be incorporated in Florida.However, the Haiti-born star said in a statement that the claims were “misleading, deceptive and incomplete.”“The percentage of funds used is consistent with NGOs and Not For Profits operating in Haiti at the time,” he said.“I have acknowledged that Yele has made mistakes in the past, including being late in IRS filings, but that is old news. When I entered politics last summer, I transitioned from being a board member and chairman of Yele Haiti to a supporter. The new and good news is that Yele under new leadership, despite efforts to undermine its credibility and effectiveness, continues its mission to serve people in need.”According to the Grammy-award winning musician, the decisions made by Yele, which he co-founded in 2005, were in response to one of the world’s most catastrophic natural disasters in modern history that required an immediate humanitarian action.“Immediate decisions were made to save lives and alleviate suffering. We made decisions that enabled us to provide emergency assistance in the midst of chaos and we stand by those decisions. We did the best we could with the available resources,” he said.“I am proud of the way that Yele handled the crisis on the ground in 2010. We were able to feed, clothe, provide medical assistance and shelter for more than 250 thousand people in need.”Jean pointed out that the charity rebuilt an orphanage, built a temporary assistance facility, and constructed outdoor toilet and shower facilities in Cite Soliel, one of the largest slums in Port-au-Prince.He said too that Amisphere Farm Labor prepared and delivered close to 100,000 meals for earthquake victims.Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

Diversion Road as ‘traffic discipline zone’ mulled

first_imgConlu said these included the speedlimit ordinance, the ordinance against modified mufflers, points where to loadand unload passengers, the use of helmets by motorcycle riders, the use ofseatbelts, non-use of cellphones while driving, and windshields must be freefrom gadgets that directly distract the driver’s line of sight, among others. An ITS involves the use ofclosed-circuit television cameras capable of determining the speed of vehicles(if they are overspeeding) and of recording them. It would also entail theestablishment of a command/monitoring center. The city government’s Public Safetyand Transportation Management Office (PSTMO) will be tasked to enforce the planin coordination with the Land Transportation Office and the Highway PatrolGroup of the Philippine National Police. After the Diversion Road, next to bemade a “traffic discipline zone” is McArthur Drive from Barangay Tabuc Suba toBarangay Balantang in Jaro. Mabilog thought of having an ITS forthe city to address traffic congestion, stop illegal parking and curb recklessdriving that mostly result to vehicular accidents. Going ahead with the ITS without acomprehensive study on the city’s traffic situation would not be an intelligentmove, explained Espinosa. But in October 2017 Mabilog wasdismissed from the service by the Office of the Ombudsman for unexplainedwealth. Then vice mayor Espinosa who assumed Mabilog’s post put the project onhold. Treñas said giant telecommunicationscompany Philippine Long Distance Telephone offered to establish a trafficcommand center with closed circuit television cameras on the Diversion Road forthe monitoring of vehicles. ILOILO City – Imagine the 14-kilometerstretch of the Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue (Diversion Road) from Mandurriaoto Jaro district teeming with traffic auxiliaries enforcing local and nationaltraffic rules and regulations round the clock. “I want this scheme initially tried onthe Diversion Road para mapakita ngapwede maobra ini,” said Treñas. Like the Diversion Road, McArthurDrive is also “problemado pirmi satraffic because of lack of discipline,” said Treñas.center_img By January 2020 if not before thisyear is over, the avenue would be made a “traffic discipline zone”, accordingto Mayor Jerry Treñas. “All vehicles passing throughDiversion Road should observe local traffic ordinances and the National TrafficCode 24/7 or they would be apprehended,” said PSTMO chief Jeck Conlu. What are these traffic rules andregulations? In January 2017 Mabilog formed atechnical working group and the city government allotted P25 million for thesystem. Phase II would be on the coastal road,Phase III on the McArthur Highway Drive going to the municipality of Leganes,Iloilo and Phase IV on the Circumferential Road going to Oton, Iloilo./PN It was unclear, though, if Espinosaordered a comprehensive study right after suspending his predecessor’s project. He said an ITS would discouragedrivers from disregarding traffic rules and regulations, and it would also helplaw enforcers to easily identify and catch violators. As proposed by Mabilog, the firstphase of the ITS would be on the Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue because thishighway is prone to vehicular accidents due to overspeeding drivers. The mayor previously said he wouldpush through with the intelligent traffic system (ITS) that former mayor JedPatrick Mabilog proposed in 2017.last_img read more