US-based Bolt Mobility unveils a two-seater electric micro car called the Bolt B-Nano

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US-based Bolt Mobility unveils a two-seater electric micro car called the Bolt B-Nano

by Dwight Fraser

US-based Bolt Mobility – a start-up company co-founded by champion sprinter Usain Bolt – has unveiled a two-seater electric micro car called the Bolt B-Nano that will allow its owners to take part in a car-share model to earn revenue, and avoid the need to stop and recharge.

Instead, it has “swappable” battery technology, like the kind that bike-maker Yamaha has been considering adopting from Taiwanese scooter company Gogoro, and which Bolt already use in its range of electric scooters.

Backed by the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, the micro-sized 2-seater will cost from under $US10,000 ($A14,460 converted), and is already available online to pre-order for a deposit of $US999 ($A1,444).

With a plan to begin deliveries in late 2020, Bolt unveiled the vehicle at Vivatech, a startup and innovation event which was held in Paris, France this weekend.

The tiny two-seater, which the company says has enhanced manoeuvrability in areas of congestion and limited parking, joins Bolt’s other electric offerings, which include two-wheeled scooters the Chariot, the Bolt Original and Bolt One which form a rental scooter network in certain cities in the US.

But it’s the first four-wheeler for the company, which it says it has been secretly developing for the past two years.

In addition to the vehicle itself, Bolt will be launching an app that will allow owners to car share the vehicle, as part of its “micro-mobility” mission to transform urban transport.

“Through its portfolio of micromobility products, Bolt Mobility fulfills the dream that many of us share to operate in a world where our vehicles will fit perfectly into the fabric of our urban environments while respecting the air we breathe,” said Bolt co-founder and global ambassador Usain Bolt (who late last year ended a trial playing soccer with NSW’s Central Coast Mariners) in a statement.

 

It’s not entirely clear where the Bolt B-Nano (which may face some naming issues if Tata  has anything to say about itwill be first be launched, but the company, which is already active in both the US and Europe, says it will be launching in “dozens more markets launching in the coming months”.



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CHEC Ignores NWC’s Concerns Around Impact of Construction Activities on Water Supplies

President of the National Water Commission, NWC, Mark Barnett, says the China Harbour Engineering Company, CHEC has in the past ignored its concerns regarding the repairs of broken pipelines.

The NWC has now filed a multi-million dollar claim against the Chinese firm to recoup losses suffered due to the road works being undertaken by the company.

Road rehabilitation works by CHEC has reportedly led to several pipes being broken which caused severe disruptions in water supplies across the Kingston Metropolitan Region.

Mr. Barnett says they would not have resorted to filing a claim if CHEC was undertaking immediate repairs to their network when there were disruptions.

He says their pipelines were broken over 60 times.

The NWC President says their pipelines along the Mandela Highway and Constant Spring road were among the ones mostly affected.

Mark Barnett, President of the National Water Commission.

He was speaking with Dennis Brooks and Kalilah Reynolds on Nationwide this Morning.

In the meantime, Mr. Barnett says water restrictions in the corporate area could get worst if there’s no rainfall by the end of this week heading into next week.

He also provided an update on the storage levels in the two major water supply facilities serving the Corporate Area.

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Driver in Deadly Portland Crash Was Repeatedly Sanctioned for Overcrowding

Head of the Portland Police, Superintendent Dwayne Wellington, says the bus driver involved in a crash which killed a student and injured 15 others had been a problem for the police for some time.

Superintendent Wellington says, the driver was repeatedly sanctioned for overcrowding his bus.

Superintendent Wellington confirmed that a thirteen year old male student of Titchfield High School succumbed to the injuries he sustained in the crash.

The bus in which they were travelling plunged into a precipice in the parish.

According to the Superintendent, the bus which is designed to hold just 15 people had almost 25 at the time of the crash and was seemingly speeding.

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Transport Minister Offers Condolences After Portland Deadly Bus Crash

Transport Minister, Robert Montague, is offering his condolences to those involved in the Portland crash that left one student dead and several others injured.

Mr. Montague says the horrific crash, which saw the bus going through a guard rail and free falling some 60-feet, is sending shock waves through the Andrew Holness administration.

The incident reportedly happened sometime after four yesterday afternoon.

The Transport Minister says the liberalization of the transport sector should assist in reducing incidents of this nature involving buses that are clearly overcrowded.

Minister Montague also announced interim measures to ease the transport problems facing school children in rural Jamaica.

He announced a rail service to be piloted from Linstead to Spanish Town exclusively for the use of school children. It’s slated to begin in September this year.

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Uchence Wilson Gang Trial: Secret Recordings Reveal Covert Police Operation

Accused member of the Uchence Wilson gang, Odeen Smith, otherwise called ‘Brinks’  insisted he didn’t know where two high powered guns were hidden, while speaking with policemen on an operation.

It was one of the things revealed in forty-one minutes of audio played by prosecutors in court yesterday.

The recording is one of several covert recordings by a Police witness during an operation in 2017, when the gang’s reputed leader Uchence Wilson pointed out Brinks on a construction site.

Following his own arrest in October, a previous Police witness told the court that a month later Wilson told them he could’ve directed them to Brinks. Yesterday’s witness was on that special operation. He used his Samsung Galaxy phone to record the conversations with his team, Wilson and Brinks that day.


Prosecutors and Defence attorneys followed keenly using lengthy transcripts as the audio evidence was played in court.

The evidence recorded Wilson arriving with the police team on a location where Brinks was.

Brinks can be heard greeting Wilson, then he entered the vehicle. Wilson is then heard telling Brinks to retrieve two guns he had hidden. He said ‘Di two ting deh weh di dawg lef wid yuh mi come fa’…’so mi jus waa yuh rise dem.”

Brinks who appeared nervous and fearful denied knowing what Wilson was talking about in the presence of the Police.

Wilson insisted Brinks show the Police where the guns were hidden.
He also several times pleaded with Brinks to stop being ignorant. He then assured him that the Police would not take him into custody if he revealed where the guns were hidden.

Yesterday’s police witness also appeared assuring, telling the accused “everyting good…” “Work wid di programme.”

The witness later told the court he was trying to get Brinks comfortable enough to say where he hid the guns.

Brinks at this point maintained he didn’t know where the guns were. He even said the assistance of the military to comb the area for guns would prove futile.

A frustrated Wilson then uttered that Brinks wasn’t cooperating and after strong coersion, he subsequently changed his story twice.

He initially told Wilson and the Police that the guns had been sold to a man in Montego Bay, St. James but the Police team questioned if he was being truthful.

Another policeman among the team using several expletives told Brinks he was giving him 15-minutes to get the guns including a rusty AK 47 rifle.

Brinks pleaded with the policeman not to kill him because he was the only child for his mother.

The accused who wasn’t being held at gun point even begged to say his last prayers. The Policemen again assured Brinks they were only interested in finding the firearms.

Brinks insisted the policemen were from C-TOC and smart. A member of the team then told Brinks to retrieve the weapons, leave them in the road and walk away.

The witness says Brinks subsequently led them to a spot where they cleared several pieces of bamboo on a gully bank, however, no weapons were found.

The witness will continue his evidence at 10:00 this morning.

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Gayle Leaps to Victory at Nanjing World Challenge

Jumping before a crowd of nearly 1,000 spectators outside of a mall in central Nanjing, China, Tajay Gayle notched a convincing victory in the street athletics style long jump competition.

Gayle’s performance kicked off the inaugural Nanjing World Challenge meet, Monday.

Sitting in fourth place with a best of 8.3-metres after five rounds, Gayle sailed 8.21-metres on his final leap to collect his fourth consecutive victory and his second in just over 48 hours.

The 22-year-old Jamaican took top honours in Shanghai on Saturday, about 300 kilometres to the east, where he jumped 8.24-metres.

Track and field analyst, Hubert Lawrence, says MVP Track Club should be credited for Gayle’s development.

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Analyst Tips McLeod to Beat Shubenkov in Rabat

World and Olympic champion Omar McLeod and IAAF Diamond League champion Sergey Shubenkov will go head to head in the 110m hurdles at the Meeting International in Rabat, on June 16.

McLeod won at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Shanghai last weekend and the Jamaican may have one eye on David Oliver’s meeting record of 13.12-seconds.

Shubenkov picked up the silver medal behind McLeod at the 2017 IAAF World Championships, in London. However, he won the Diamond Trophy in both 2017 and 2018. Their career head-to-head record currently stands at 6-5 in McLeod’s favour.

Track and field analyst, Hubert Lawrence, says McLeod’s performance in Shanghai proves he’s still in top form despite changing his coach recently.

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Operation Restore Paradise gets cracking in MoBay

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Various government agencies involved in the Operation Restore Paradise now under way in Montego Bay, St James, are reporting a successful first day in their new push to restore law and order in the Second City.

Yesterday, areas such as the Charles Gordon Market, The People’s Arcade, St James Street and Barnett Street were among the eyesores targeted.

Dozens of people were prosecuted for breaches of the Public Health Act and the Road Traffic Act. Some were also booked for stealing electricity.

Lennox Wallace, chief public health inspector for St James, told The Gleaner that his team was primarily looking out for people operating without public health licences, shops operating within insanitary spaces and cases of rodent infestation, among other issues.

“We have visited the Charles Gordon Market and other areas within Montego Bay, and so far, the team has cited dozens of persons, including business operators, who operate in breach of the Public Health Act,” Wallace said.

“We are targeting the People’s Arcade, which we consider to be an eyesore to Montego Bay, as it is one of the main areas which breed rodents within the township,” he added.

The police and Jamaica Defence Force soldiers, under the supervision of deputy superintendent in charge of operations for St James, Kevin Francis, also played a vital role in the day’s success.

They carried out several spot checks and search operations, resulting in a number of men being taken into custody.

Operation Restore Paradise, which is aimed at maintaining law and order in St James, is a collaborative initiative among the St James Municipal Corporation, Ministry of Health and Wellness, National Solid Waste Management Authority, Transport Authority, Jamaica Defence Force and the St James police.

The operation is expected to run for the remainder of the week.

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Motorists unfazed by 10,000 traffic tickets per week – Road safety experts, police hope new law, better collaboration will help reduce offences

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Police and road-safety experts are hoping that the new Road Traffic Act will drive fear into deviant motorists, whipping them into line by making traffic tickets a greater deterrent to dangerous driving practices.

With the police issuing more than 10,000 tickets per week across the island – 205,000 since the start of the year – head of the police’s Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch, Assistant Commissioner of Police Calvin Allen, said motorists are not afraid of racking up tickets.

“For a small country like this, we have prosecuted over 200,000 breaches in the first four months and one week of 2019, but the whole aspect of consequences, say, a man amasses 50 tickets, for example, but he is still able to go and buy bread like you and I, to renew his licence, to renew his vehicle documents, to travel. There’s no consequence as it relates to the behaviour,” Allen said at a Gleaner Editors’ Forum last week.

He pointed to other countries where there are stricter policies and wide-ranging penalties for ignoring a traffic ticket.

“We know that in other jurisdictions, such as our friends in the US, if you have one outstanding ticket and you have not honoured it, all the other negatives start to impact you. It is not so yet [in Jamaica]. We are hoping to reach there with the new Road Traffic Act,” he said.

National Road Safety Council (NRSC) Executive Director Paula Fletcher also lamented that motorists seem to take pleasure in amassing traffic tickets.

“The police issue a lot of tickets, but people are collecting them like stamps. So the deterrent that a ticket should be, where you get a ticket and you have to pay it, persons will actually take the ticket and put it in the glove compartment,” said Fletcher.

Efficient traffic ticket management

She said that in order to change the culture, there needs to be a more efficient traffic ticket management system with all the relevant agencies working more closely together.

“From it’s issued to the payment to adjudication in court, all those platforms have to be tied together. So what you would find happening is if you don’t pay your ticket, then its assumed that you would want to come to court to defend your position, and you don’t come, then the system should issue a warrant. Now there have been times when people have been issued a warrant and their ticket has been paid,” said Fletcher.

NRSC Vice-chairman Dr Lucien Jones said the organisation has asked the prime minister, its chairman, to direct the minister of national security to rationalise the system.

“The two issues with the tracking system are, one, the verification process – by which you verify that people have paid for their ticket is a number one problem, and that’s being worked on as we speak – and secondly, the judges, having being convinced to signed the warrants, the warrants have to be executed. That’s a major problem because the police are stretched in terms of crime … . At the end of the day, unless you find an individual and he or she is either brought to court or is placed in jail, then nobody is going to get excited about the traffic ticketing system, so what we are working on now is the verification and also the execution of the warrants,” said Jones.

In his recent Sectoral Debate presentation, National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang said that come next month, there will be greater collaboration among the four state agencies in the ticketing process.

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$9M money trail – Sydenham executive demands answers; president says they knew of controversial Petrojam donation

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Sydenham Citizens’ Association bank book showing lodgement of Petrojam donation and subsequent withdrawals.
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Sydenham Citizens’ Association bank book showing lodgement of Petrojam donation and subsequent withdrawals.
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The exterior wall was redone with funds from the Petrojam donation.
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Five weeks after a controversial $9-million donation from Petrojam hit the bank account of the Sydenham Citizens’ Association, nearly all the cash was removed in nine withdrawals of $900,000 each, a Gleaner investigation has revealed.

The donation is not only the subject of an investigation by the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA), but has stirred turmoil and finger-pointing among members of the association’s executive.

A review of the Sydenham Citizens’ Association account held at a leading commercial bank revealed that the sponsorship by the state-owned oil refinery of $9,000,381.50 was deposited on July 17, 2017.

This was 12 days after an email requesting the donation on behalf of the association was forwarded to then Petrojam general manager, Floyd Grindley, by Lionel Myrie, a director of the refinery’s parent company, Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, according to a performance audit conducted by the Auditor General’s Department.

The association’s bank book has revealed that the withdrawals started 17 days after the funds were deposited into the account with a $900,000 transaction on August 3. There was another one the following day.

After a five-day break, there were three withdrawals on August 9 at the same teller. Two withdrawals on August 16 preceded the final two transactions on August 24.

Acting chief financial officer at Petrojam, Carlene Evans, told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament that the $9-million sponsorship cheque was made out to the Sydenham Citizens’ Association and later encashed.

“I can confirm that the cheque for Sydenham was actually negotiated,” Evans told lawmakers on the PAC on April 2.

Members resigned

The donation hung like a cloud over a meeting of the association’s executive on Sunday, with some members distancing themselves from the $9-million deposit.

Others resigned from the executive of the nearly 50-year-old association after claiming that they were not getting answers about the deposit and withdrawals from president Michael Uylett, who now resides overseas.

“We know nothing about this donation, and the members of this association deserve clarity on how this $9 million got into the account in the first place and for what purpose it was spent,” declared Vice-president Errol Williamson.

Uylett, in an exclusive interview with The Gleaner, revealed that the donation was requested through the constituency office of South Central St Catherine member of parliament and former energy minister, Dr Andrew Wheatley, to renovate the community centre.

The Sydenham Citizens’ Association president revealed, too, that he did not submit an estimate to Petrojam of the work to be undertaken.

“Petrojam made out a cheque to the tune of $9 million, which I deposited in the association’s account and subsequently made these withdrawals to purchase materials and pay workmen who were all from the community,” he said.

Uylett said there was no supporting document for the payments because the workmen who renovated the community centre were paid in cash.

Uylett insisted that members of the association knew about the donation and appeared baffled as to why they would say otherwise.

“They all knew about this donation that was secured from Petrojam to carry out repairs to the community centre,” he underscored.

“The money was withdrawn and spent for a good cause. It was spent to tile the hall, do painting of the structure, put in solar panels and redo a wall that was not done properly, and do other work that was not included in the original contract,” he added.

Uylett told The Gleaner that the withdrawal forms were signed by himself and a member of the executive he identified as Keith Codner.

Codner, a justice of the peace, was furious when informed of the allegations.

“I have launched my own investigation to see if there could be a chance that my signature was forged at any point to withdraw the money,” he said in denial of the allegations.

“I am very hurt by these allegations that have embroiled the association,” added Codner.

Williamson also came to Codner’s defence.

He said the first time he heard about the $9-million donation was through media reports, and he immediately sought clarification from Codner, an executive member who had signing rights and was acting as president in Uylett’s absence.

“It was at this time that we first reviewed the bank book that was always kept by the president and saw that the money was deposited to the account and withdrawals made,” said Williamson.

According to him, they immediately contacted Uylett for him to “shed some light” on the matter, but have not received a response to date.

Uylett insisted that he is still the president and that he will be back in Jamaica in August to clear his name from the allegations swirling around the community.

Livern Barrett contributed to this story.

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