JPS customers to see increase in light bills Loop Jamaica

Black Immigrant Daily News

The content originally appeared on: Jamaica News Loop News

Jamaica Public Service (JPS) customers will see an average increase of approximately 0.7 per cent on their bills next month.

This follows the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) assessment of the power company’s 2022 Annual Review and Extraordinary Rate Review application.

Based on the OUR’s analysis, JPS’s proposed adjustment to the rates would have had an average overall impact of two per cent, the regulator said.

Meanwhile, the average increase in the overall rates varies from 0.4 per cent for the very large commercial and industrial customers (RT70) to 1.2 per cent for the large commercial and industrial customers (RT50).

The OUR approved a revenue target of $48.16 billion for 2022, down from the $51.3 billion proposed by JPS.

Summary of the major proposals by JPS and OUR’s approved rates

The 2022 JPS Annual Review application is in keeping with the provisions of the Electricity Licence, 2016, which allows for the realignment of JPS’ revenue targets each year against inflation and exchange rate movements, as well as its performance in the previous year.

Though JPS proposed a heat rate target of 9,791 kJ/kWh, the OUR established the target at 9,495 kJ/kWh. The heat rate indicates the efficiency of JPS’s generation plants, the OUR said.

In its Extraordinary Rate Review submission, JPS requested approval for an additional US$22.5 million capital expenditure for four projects. One of the projects involves the life-extension of 171.5MW of the capacity of existing generation plants until 2026 to avoid widespread outages.

The other three projects target stability and reliability on the grid, particularly in the Corporate Area Energy System (CAES) and the North-Eastern region of the island. The OUR approved all these capital projects. However, they will not be captured in JPS’s revenue requirement until 2023.

#TravelinThrees: Rebel dances through Europe Loop Jamaica

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The content originally appeared on: Jamaica News Loop News
Kadeem Rodgers

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Travel In Threes…dancing Rebel

NEWYou can now listen to Loop News articles!

If it’s a party, chances are you’ll find Dancing Rebel aka Christina Nelson, doing what she does best, dancing up a storm.

So, naturally, when Loop Lifestyle ran into the globe-trotting dancer, our number one question for #traveltuesdays came to mind.

For popular dancer Christina Nelson, aka Dancing Rebel, travel is as therapeutic as it is adventurous. (Photos: via Instagram)

Having pinpointed her top three states in Europe, she added one of her ultimate faves: the City of Lights.

Of course, there’s more. Watch our vid above for Rebel’s top three travel stops.

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Sandals Team Members Gift Toiletries And Cleaning Supplies To Gray’s Farm Health Center

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The content originally appeared on: Antigua News Room

As part of Sandals Grande Antigua commitment to lead transformational change within local communities, team members employed at the resort recently gifted toiletries and cleaning supplies to the Gray’s Farm Health Center as part of their national community outreach project. Sandals Public Relations Manager Leon Norville said, “Being able to gift these items through the support of our team members means a lot to us as an company. The staff at the clinic were  grateful and we are hoping that this can possibly become a staple signature project within the Gray’s Green Community.” An elated Nurse Margaret Joseph received the items on behalf of the Gray’s Farm Health Center from the Sandals team.



CJ upholds appointments of Police Service, Integrity Commissions

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The content originally appeared on: INews Guyana
Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George

Chief Justice (acting) Roxane George has ruled that President Dr Irfaan Ali’s appointment of the Integrity Commissions is lawful, while also applying the de facto doctrine to the appointment of the Police Service Commission, which she ruled was not properly constituted, in order to preserve its decisions.

These decisions relate to the appointment of Clifton Hicken as acting Police Commissioner as well as the recent police promotions.

The Chief Justice handed down her ruling earlier today in a legal challenge that was brought by Opposition Leader Aubrey Norton.

In the case of the Integrity Commission, the Chief Justice noted that the President followed Article 232 of the Constitution in his efforts to consult with the Opposition.

According to the Chief Justice, however, the President’s efforts were not reciprocated in a reasonable manner by Norton, who she noted had all the necessary information to determine if the nominees for the Commission were suitable. As she put it, it takes two hands to clap.

When it comes to the Police Service Commission, the Chief Justice ruled that the entity was improperly constituted. She noted, however, that there is no evidence to suggest that the Commission knew it was not properly constituted.

As such, she noted that it would not be wise to say that all of the Commission’s actions are nullified. Additionally, the Chief Justice noted that there is no claim in the application seeking to nullify all the Commission’s actions, nor will she exercise her discretion to grant such an order. She went on to apply the de facto doctrine to preserve the Commission’s actions.

With Pastor Patrick Findlay as Chairman, the new members of the PSC are: Attorney-at-Law Mark Conway, and businessmen Ernesto Choo-a-Fat, and Hakeem Mohammed.

Meanwhile, the Integrity Commission has Demerara Bank Corporate Secretary Chandra Gajraj as Chairperson, along with Mohamed Haniff, lawyer and former Solicitor General Kim Kyte-Thomas, Hardesh Tiwari, and Reverend Wayne Chris Bowman as members.

The two constitutional commissions were appointed on May 31.

Article 210 of the Constitution mandates that “the Police Service Commission shall consist of – a Chairman appointed by the President acting after meaningful consultation with the Leader of the Opposition from among members appointed upon nomination by the National Assembly”.

Norton, who is also the leader of the PNCR—the largest party in the APNU/AFC coalition—contended that he was not afforded a “reasonable opportunity” to express a considered opinion on the matter of consultation concerning the appointments of the PSC and Integrity Commission.

He deposed that President Ali did not provide adequate information to him in respect of the President’s rationale, reasons, and/or grounds having regard to the respective persons’ suitability and/or competence for appointment to the respective public offices.

Newly-wed man dies, wife critical in WCB smash-up

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The content originally appeared on: INews Guyana
Beesham Dhoray and his wife, Viroshni Persaud

A man, who recently tied the knot, is now dead following an accident which occurred along the Bath Public Road, West Coast Berbice (WCB).

Dead is Beesham Dhoray also known as “Lako”. His newly-wedded wife, Viroshni “Roshni” Persaud, is said to be in a critical condition.

Reports are that the couple was travelling in a motorcar which lost control and crashed into a utility pole along the roadway.

The couple got married on Sunday, August 21.

INews will provide more details as it becomes available.

WATCH: RSLPF Probes Dennery Officers’ Conduct After Viral Complaint Video – St. Lucia Times News

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The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) has launched an investigation into the conduct of some officers at the Richfond, Dennery police station.

A viral video appeared on social media complaining about their response to a report of stone-throwing and damage to property at La Caye, Dennery.

The video featured the voice of a distraught female.

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Assistant Commissioner of Police Elvis Thomas while not mentioning the social media video, indicated in a statement on Tuesday that the Richfond police had invited the affected parties to discuss their concerns and apologies were offered.

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