GECOM chairmanshipPresident David Granger said he hopes to meet with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo sometime next week to relate his decision regarding the third list of nominees for the position of Chairman of the Guyana Elections CommissionOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo(GECOM).The Opposition Leader submitted the third list of nominees to the President on August 25, 2017, and now some five weeks later, the President is yet to make a pronouncement.The six nominees are Major General (rtd) Joseph Singh; Attorney Teni Housty; Attorney Sanjeev Datadin; Conservationist and businesswoman, Annette Arjune-Martins; Pastor Onesi La Fleur and former Magistrate Krishnadatt Persaud.When asked about the delay in the selection of a Chairman for GECOM, the President said he was awaiting the written ruling of the acting Chief Justice, Roxane George.“The Honourable Chief Justice has published an opinion and I have been studyingPresident David Grangerthat opinion and looking at the decisions that I have to make. It was quite clear that among everything she has written, she has not interfered with the President’s right guaranteed by the Constitution to select a person fit and proper. I think that in that regard, I will continue to do what the Constitution guarantees me to do which is to select someone fit and proper,” Granger said.According to the Chief Justice, President Granger should provide reasons for rejecting nominees presented by Opposition Leader Jagdeo for the position of the GECOM Chairman in accordance with Article 161 (2) of the Constitution, which refers to the need for communication and negotiation. However, the President is not obligated to provide reasons.The case was called before the Chief Justice on June 27, 2017, with submissions from a representative of the State; the plaintiff, businessman Marcel Gaskin’s attorney; Glenn Hanoman and the Guyana Bar Association representative, Attorney Teni Housty.Gaskin, a businessman and engineer, had moved to the High Court in March of this year to challenge the constitutionality of President Granger’s reasoning behind his rejection of Jagdeo’s list of six nominees.Granger has maintained that the list of nominees must include a Judge, a retired Judge or a person qualified to be a Judge. On the other hand, Jagdeo has argued that the nominees do not have to be Judge-type as the Constitution makes provision for another group of persons under the category of “fit and proper”.The most recent GECOM Chairman, Dr Steve Surujbally, was not a Judge or qualified to be a Judge and neither were most of the past chairpersons. Granger had also accepted the nomination to serve as GECOM Chairman several years ago.“Now that I have it (written ruling) in hand and I have read it much more carefully… I look forward to have a meeting with Jagdeo. I have not set a timeline because I do not know about Jagdeo’s availability. I hope (to have the meeting) next week if he is available,” Granger said.Guyana is expected to have Local Government Elections next year and the Opposition has accused the President of deliberately frustrating the selection process so that he could appoint someone in his favour.
The public has been warned to remain vigilant regarding a scam involving fake sponsorship cards to Pieta House. Not a whole lot of information about the scam has been released, but the mental health service has warned that they have received a number of calls regarding scammers using fake sponsorship cards over the past few days.A statement issued by Pieta House has urged people to be on their toes, and not to be caught out by the scam. The statement reads: “Important! We’ve received reports of bogus collections in the Galway area using fake sponsor cards.“If fundraising for Pieta House you must get written permission & carry the letter whilst fundraising. Please request sight of this letter if you suspect collections to be fraudulent.”Pieta House issue warning regarding sponsorship card scam was last modified: November 2nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Pieta Houescam
SANTA CLARA — Two plays Monday signaled key strides in Jimmy Garoppolo’s comeback.First, Garoppolo’s reconstructed left knee channeled enough ground force to unleash a 70-yard touchdown pass to Richie James Jr., the first pass Garroppolo attempted in the first full-pad practice at 49ers training camp.It was the best deep ball Garoppolo has thrown — in front of the media — since his Halloween 2017 arrival, or at least that is what it seemed like in the wake of all he’s endured.The other …
7 November 2014More than 700 million people in Africa lack electricity, and the continent is in urgent need of investment in renewable energy, according to Norwegian Foreign Affairs Minister Børge Brende. “Norway will therefore contribute 300-million krone [about R500-million or $45-million] to Green Africa Power, which is intended to encourage commercial actors to invest in sub-Saharan Africa,” he said.Green Africa Power was set up to stimulate private investment in renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa. The fund’s capital will be equivalent to about 1.3-billion Norwegian krone, of which Norway is to provide 300-million krone. Green Africa Power will offer long-term loans for private investments in the lowest-income groups of countries in Africa.“The UK has already made a substantial contribution to the fund. With the additional funding from Norway, our two countries will be joining forces to fund renewable energy projects, reduce carbon dioxide emissions and improve access to clean energy for millions of people in Africa,” Brende said.Green Africa Power is run by the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), which Norway has joined. The group mobilises private sector investment to help developing countries in providing infrastructure vital to boosting their economic growth, and combating poverty. PIDG has established seven other companies in addition to Green Africa Power, all of which customise solutions to ensure that planned infrastructure projects are carried out.“Access to energy is essential for economic and social development. It is also vital to a country’s ability to generate income, provide jobs and stimulate trade and development.”Brende announced Norway’s support during his address at the fourth Norwegian-African Business Summit in Oslo on 31 October. It is the largest Nordic business conference on Africa.Source: APO
Two kinds of office chairs, a clothes dryer, bicycle storage equipment, and high-performance panelized homes all found a place on BuildingGreen’s Top Ten product list for 2016.The publisher of Environmental Building News and GreenSpec annually recognizes products that it believes “transform the design and construction industry” by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving energy and water. This is the 14th year that BuildingGreen has made the awards.Here’s this year’s list: Heat pump water heaterBuildingGreen says that the Sanden heat-pump water heater solves two problems that standard heat pumps have — refrigerants with a high global warming potential, and an inability to make water that’s hot enough for hydronic heating systems. (For a GBA report on the Sanden water heater, see Split-System Heat-Pump Water Heaters.)The Sanden uses carbon dioxide, with a global warming potential of 1, as the refrigerant, and it can produce water at 149°F with an outdoor temperature of -15°F. That’s good enough for hydronic heat in an energy-efficient home.The Sanden C02 heat pump has been available in Japan for several years and will hit U.S. markets next year. The split-system design, which locates the compressor outside, doesn’t lower air temperatures in the mechanical room or garage where it’s located, a characteristic of other heat pump water heaters.The system’s outdoor unit can be paired with storage tanks of different sizes, including an 80-gallon stainless steel tank. The 4.5-kilowatt model delivers 16,000 Btu per hour; an 11-kW version better suited for space heating is in the works, BuildingGreen said.CO2 refrigerants operate at higher pressures that HFC refrigerants, BuildingGreen added, so the piping and connections for the Sanden water heater must be more robust than those used on conventional equipment. Walls are insulated with cellulose to R-35, and roofs insulated to between R-38 and R-44. The houses come with triple-pane windows, custom insulated doors, minisplit heat pumps, heat-recovery or energy-recovery ventilation ventilation systems, and heat pump water heaters. They can achieve net-zero energy performance with the addition of renewable energy systems, according to BuildingGreen.Unity Homes are made with wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, and come with low-VOC finishes and adhesives. Components are milled with the help of computer-controlled equipment in a shop environment that minimizes waste and operating energy. Despite the upgrades in materials and workmanship over standard site-built houses, Unity Homes were said to be less expensive. Friendlier spray foam insulationHoneywell’s Solstice liquid blowing agent is a replacement for hydrofluorocarbons with a high global warming potential. The hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) technology has a 100-year global warming potential of 1, the same as carbon dioxide and many times lower than HFC industry standards.The switch to a blowing agent with a low global warming potential would erase one of the key disadvantages of spray polyurethane foam insulation, which otherwise offers high insulating value and air-sealing characteristics.BuildingGreen said that Solstice has been on the market for several years, and is now showing up in some U.S. products, including Whirlpool appliances and Lapolla’s Foam-Lok 2000 4G SPF wall insulation and roof insulation manufactured by Herny-West Development Group. Solstice also has broad potential for extruded polystyrene rigid insulation now made with an HFC blowing agent.In addition to a lower environmental impact, Solstice also has a higher yield, better compressive strength, and better thermal performance than HFC-blown products, BuildingGreen said. Duo-Gard’s Arlington bike shelterSafe bike storageHigh-quality, convenient bicycle storage racks encourage employees to skip motorized transport and use their bikes to commute, BuildingGreen says, explaining why the LEED rating system awards bike racks points toward certification.Duo-Gard offers a variety of bike storage options, including standard bike racks as well as partially and fully enclosed models. The company also makes custom storage units. Roofs and walls can be made from a number of different materials, including safety glass, metal mesh, and polycarbonate. Photovoltaic panels and LED lighting can be incorporated into some models. RELATED ARTICLES Nov. 2014: BuildingGreen Names Top ProductsNov. 2013: BuildingGreen Names Year’s Top Ten ProductsNov. 2012: BuildingGreen Announces Top 10 Green Building Products Oct. 2011: Top 10 Green Building Products Nov. 2009: Top 10 Green Building Products Low-voltage LED lightingUnlike conventional LED lighting in commercial buildings, NuLEDs Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) lighting system uses low-voltage Cat 5 or Cat 6 ethernet cables to carry both power and data to lighting fixtures. Because AC line current does not have to be converted to DC, as is normally the case, efficiency and connectivity are better, and flicker and other performance problems eliminated.According to BuildingGreen, DC power from a standard PoE network is connected to a SPICEbox control module, which becomes the host for LED lights, controls, wall switches and sensors. The plug-and-play system for up to 60 watts of lighting and data is safe, simple, and inexpensive to install and can be modified without the help of an electrician.NuLEDs monitors power consumption, color temperature, and dimming, and can be directly connected to renewable DC power supplies. Whirlpool’s HybridCareVentless clothes dryerThe HybridCare clothes dryer from Whirlpool uses heat-pump technology for improved energy performance over conventional dryers, BuildingGreen said, with a built-in refrigeration loop that condenses moisture from the drying drum and returns excess heat energy to the dryer.HybridCare does not require a vent, giving it better efficiency than a conventional dryer while eliminating the risk of fire from lint that accumulates in the exhaust ducts of conventional dryers. It’s also gentle on clothes, and easier to install than a conventional machine. Condensate is drained away with the same drain line as the washer.The 7.3 cubic-foot HybridCare has a 1,300-watt booster heater than can be operated in one of three modes for drying times as low as 50-60 minutes. In “Eco” mode, the dryer uses 40% less energy than a conventional dryer, according to the manufacturer.U.S. consumers now spend $9 billion a year for electricity to operate conventional clothes dryers. They account for some 6% of residential energy consumption, more than a refrigerator or clothes washer. The Whirlpool design also won the EPA’s Emerging Technology Award as well as an Innovation Award at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year.Sloan Hybrid UrinalSloan’s Hybrid Urinal is designed to overcome two drawbacks of other waterless urinals — a reputation for odor and maintenance problems — which have limited their adoption, BuildingGreen said. The urinal uses a water-free cartridge and has an automatic rinsing process that prevents mineral buildup.Minerals accumulating in standard waterless urinals clog cartridges and plumbing and must be cleaned regularly. The “Velocity” cartridge in the Sloan urinal lowers the risk of mineral buildup by speeding up the passage of liquid through the device. It also uses 20% less plastic and doesn’t have voids where bacteria and odor can form. The cartridge should last for 7,000 uses.The Sloan Hybrid also has a feature called “Jetrinse Solution Technology” that uses a one-gallon rinse of water every 72 hours to prevent the formation of solids in the housing and drain line, BuildingGreen said. The Hybrid comes in three models and is about same price as a mid-tier electronic “flushometer” model, the manufacturer says. High-performance panelized homesUnity Homes are an alternative to conventional site-built houses, designed to be less wasteful, better insulated and better air-sealed. The Walpole, New Hapshire, company builds panelized wall systems and small, prefabricated modules for bathrooms, mechanical rooms and kitchens, which it calls “pods,” that can be assembled rapidly on site. The HyperchairTwo office chairsThere were two chairs on this year’s list: Gunlocke’s Savor guest chair and the Hyperchair from Personal Comfort Systems.The Hyperchair is designed to save energy by keeping office employees comfortable without constant cycling of the building’s heating and ventilating system. The chair can heat or cool its occupant with a built-in heating element as well as a fan. The heater draws 16 watts of electricity, the fan 4.8 watts. They are powered by a lithium ion phosphate battery and controlled by an arm-mounted panel. The battery charges at night when electricity costs often are lower.According to BuildingGreen, by expanding the temperature range in which the HVAC system doesn’t have to run, the Hyperchair can produce between 7% and 15% in energy savings for every degree centigrade above or below the normal HVAC setting.What distinguishes Gunlocke’s Savor guest chair is its use of an engineered wood made from mushroom mycelium (similar to roots) rather than plywood or particleboard. Unlike those products, Evocative’s “MycoBoard” is grown with mycelium and agricultural waste and contains no other adhesives or binders. The board is dried and molded under heat and pressure, which kills the mycelium and makes the material strong and stable.MycoBoard is Cradle-to-Cradle Gold-certified and Living Building Challenge Red List-free, according to Building Green. It won’t split, is naturally flame resistant, can be produced with very little production waste and no emission hazards, BuildingGreen said, and it can be composted at the end of its service life.Gunlocks is the first commercial furniture company to use Ecovative’s mycelium-based products. Tesla’s Powerwall batteryTesla PowerwallThe lithium-ion Powerwall and Powerpack batteries from Tesla can store electricity generated by grid-tied renewable energy systems for use as a backup source of power or to even out demands for grid power.Tesla announced the Powerwall earlier this year, saying that the battery had several potential uses, including the storage of electricity purchased when rates are low for consumption when rates for grid power are high, which is called “load shifting.” The battery can also can be used as a source of electricity when the grid is down.Powerwall, the residential version of the battery, comes in two sizes, 10 kWh and 7 kWh, and can be combined for total storage of up to 90 kWh. Powerpack is the commercial-utility-industrial model and can be used in systems ranging from 100 kWh to 100 MWhs.The batteries can be controlled remotely, allowing utilities to manage loads on the grid at times of peak demand.
Describing India’s World Cup win as a dream he had been chasing for 21 years, Sachin Tendulkar said that he could not sleep on Saturday night as he could not believe that India had finally become world champions.”I never thought that God would show me this day. I cannot express my delight,” Tendulkar said.”As an Indian, we have all won this cup. It’s not just us 15 (in the squad) but the entire nation. The cup belongs to the entire nation so I am sure they are feeling part of it.” Asked if he would play in the next edition in 2015 in Australia and New Zealand, Tendulkar replied: “All I will say is that it is a great moment. Focus on this, enjoy this, rather than looking back or too far ahead.” Tendulkar, who was speaking at a reception hosted in honour of the victorious team at Raj Bhavan, said: “We should leave all that (speculation on his future plans) and enjoy this moment.” Asked if he was disappointed at missing a chance to make his 100th international century in the final, Tendulkar said that was not relevant.”The World Cup win was big and should be savoured.”Meanwhile, pace spearhead Zaheer Khan said that the experience of playing in the 2003 final against Australia in Johannesburg helped him this time round.”I learnt from my mistakes of 2003 and looked not to repeat them,” he said.The left-arm bowler also expressed sadness that South African Gary Kirsten is ending his stint the team.advertisement
CHARLOTTETOWN – The 24-year-old Chinese man sits down at a living room table in Charlottetown, and begins to fill a page of legal-sized paper with diagrams and notes.He is explaining life as an employee at two businesses set up under P.E.I.’s controversial business immigration system.First, there was the trading company that required he pay high-priced rent of $1,500 for a small apartment belonging to the firm’s owner, largely using up his $2,000 salary, he says, drawing arrows back and forth on the page.He shows each bank transaction for the payments on his smart phone.Then, there was the more recent job at a service firm, where the owner asked him to return about $500 monthly of his salary, he added, drawing a circle around the “two hours a day,” to emphasize what he’d be returning in cash.“When I refused, they just fired me,” he said during an interview. “I felt angry about that. They promised me that I would be hired until December … I need the job experience to apply (for Canadian permanent residency).”Each job became a disillusioning blow for a young immigrant who couldn’t rely on anyone back in China to send him cash. Without money, he ate modestly and took a graveyard shift job at a hotel to survive, he says. Recently, he says he found a job with a company that isn’t asking him for money.He is one of two international students interviewed by The Canadian Press who say the alleged abuses occurred at two different startup firms created by immigrants who came to the Island through the provincial nominee program since it was redesigned five years ago.Both Chinese students spoke on the condition of anonymity, saying they feared losing their current jobs and ostracization in P.E.I.’s close-knit Asian community for speaking about a program that’s brought hundreds to the Island’s small but growing immigrant communities.A third foreign student at the University of Prince Edward Island says he too gives a portion of his pay back to his employer, but does it willingly.“If I don’t give the money back to them, they will hire some local better workers, better than me, then I don’t get to stay in P.E.I. anymore. I really like this place, therefore I am willing to do this with my employer,” he wrote in an email.All three foreign students say the practice is not isolated, and they have friends who have felt pressure to do the same thing — or have agreed to the practice.“Lots of my classmates did this before and some are doing it now. But all for the same reason. We want our permanent residency card, to stay in Canada, have a better life and future. We can make those money back later,” wrote the third student.The Canadian Press is not naming the companies involved so as not to identify the employees.The provincial nominee businesses are set up after the would-be immigrants commit to a minimum investment of $150,000 and annual spending of at least $75,000.If companies operate for an agreed period of time, usually a year, the province may refund the $150,000 business escrow deposit.The province has said the program has gradually helped attract a fresh wave of much-needed people to the Island and is resulting in some success stories, even if last year over half of all the 269 applicants forfeited their deposit and never opened a business.However, critics have argued the system — referred to on the Island as “PNP” businesses — has a poor track record in retaining immigrants, and is encouraging business immigrants to use the Island as a side-door entry point to larger Canadian centres. Meanwhile, the province has collected $18 million last year in forfeitures — roughly equivalent to half of this year’s increase in infrastructure spending.The two students interviewed say one dark side to the program is that some entrepreneurs may look for various methods of reducing or retaining their required expenses — such as telling young people in need of work to hand back some of their wages.For the second student, a young woman in her 20s who asked to be driven to a restaurant so she’s not spotted speaking to a reporter, the practice of being asked for about $300 of her pay to be returned in cash was identical to the first student.She said she had initially found work in the fast food sector after graduating from UPEI, but the money was better at a PNP company.She said she agreed to give the owners back about $300 monthly, about an eighth of her wages, in cash, and that she felt sullied by the practice.“I don’t like this but it’s hard for me to find another job at that time,” she said.At Robbie’s Store on University Avenue in Charlottetown, Dexter Liu, an international student from China who recently graduated from UPEI, sits at the counter of a shop created under the provincial nominee program.The shop sells an array of toy tops, along with an assortment of hardware items ranging from hammers to tape. Its wares are extremely similar to goods sold at a store next door owned by another provincial nominee.Liu said he made five sales that day, about typical for most of his shifts.“More and more Chinese people come here, and improve the economy of P.E.I. But some of provincial nominee program (candidates), to be honest, stay here for one year and then they move to another place,” he said.Asked about whether students must agree to give back their wages, he said that’s not the case and that his boss gives him his full wages and pays for gas expenses for out-of-town trips.“I don’t think it’s happening a lot. In my job, my boss gave me all of the money,” he said during an interview.Heath MacDonald, the minister of Economic Development in Prince Edward Island, said in an interview that his department wants to hear directly from any students experiencing the alleged abuses.“We do have checks and balances in place,” he said in an interview at his office.A follow-up email from his office said: “We take these concerns very seriously and we have a number of safeguards in place. We will explore additional measures in the full knowledge that there is always room for review and improvement.”“Anyone with a concern or a complaint is encouraged to contact the Office of Immigration or the employment standards division. All complaints will be investigated and the identity of the individual will be protected until such time as their testimony may be required.”The department says it provides newcomers with information about Canadian laws, “so that they have a sense of what is right and what is wrong, and so they know what to do if they think they are being treated improperly.”Employment standards officers make presentations to the P.E.I. Association for Newcomers to Canada, and information brochures and posters in several languages are made available.“We will be launching a ‘tips’ website with information on who to contact and what sort of information is required if a newcomer believes they are being treated improperly. That’s in addition to what we already provide,” said the email.Paul Yin, the president of the Canadian Chinese Association of Prince Edward Island, said further actions need to be taken to ensure that students don’t have to give their pay back to PNP owners.“I think this is serious,” said Yin, who came to the Island through the program and operated a flower shop.“It’s the first time he heard of that situation. It’s no good. It’s bad,” he added, speaking through a translator.“The Chinese P.E.I. Association can release this information … to our community that this is against the law and nobody should do that again.”Abbey MacPherson, director of the Office of Immigration, said she has 10 employees who can play a role in enforcement and there are both announced and unannounced checks on the companies.But for the young man who spoke to The Canadian Press, coming forward isn’t an option until he has managed to obtain enough work to gain his permanent residency, and he feels safer from retributions.In the meantime, “the oversight systems needs to be stricter,” he said.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.
Tehran: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has slammed the “unprecedented” US pressure on Tehran and urged unity among the country’s political factions to overcome conditions which he said may be harder than those during the 1980s. Rouhani’s comments on Saturday came amid rising tensions with Washington which last week deployed warships and warplanes to the Gulf. He said the renewed US sanctions had led to worse economic conditions than during the country’s 1980-88 war with neighbouring Iraq. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”Today, it cannot be said whether conditions are better or worse than the (1980-88) war period, but during the war we did not have a problem with our banks, oil sales or imports and exports and there were only sanctions on arms purchases,” Rouhani said, according to the state news agency IRNA. The President called for political unity to face down sanctions. “The pressures by enemies is a war unprecedented in the history of our revolution… but I do not despair and have great hope for the future and believe that we can move past these difficult conditions provided that we are united.” The US-Iran escalation has put into question the future of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal that Tehran signed with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany. US President Donald Trump unilaterally abandoned the nuclear agreement in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions. Iran has indicated it may resume nuclear activities if the other partners go along with American sanctions.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Unsurprisingly, many of the priorities of Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham, the Army’s new assistant chief of staff for installation management (ACSIM), are focused on ways to cope with severe funding constraints.One of her priorities is carrying out the Army’s ongoing “Reduce the Footprint” initiative, an effort to cut the overall cost of maintaining infrastructure by eliminating excess facilities. The Army spends an estimated $450 million to $500 million annually maintaining underused facilities, reports the Army News Service.“Right now we are in fiscally-constrained times. So being able to garner back dollars on reducing excess infrastructure is important,” Bingham said. “If you could imagine recouping that amount of money every year, and think about how we can invest that in the readiness of our soldiers — that’s huge.”To mitigate funding cuts for morale, welfare and recreation programs, as well as family support programs, Bingham plans to identify efficiencies, and establish and strengthen partnerships to sustain support for personnel and their families.“Realistically speaking, we won’t be able to do everything at the same level that we used to do it,” she acknowledged. “But I can assure you we will spare no effort to make sure that our soldiers and their families have that quality of life that they so richly deserve.”One solution will be to pursue partnerships with military service organizations, according to the story.“Any which way that we can partner to help retain as many of those programs we’ve had in the past, we are certainly going to do that,” Bingham said. “We’ve been doing that already. That’s not a new initiative. Partnerships occur at every level on the installation.”For top leaders in the Army, though, the No. goal is readiness. For Bingham, who assumed the duties as the ACSIM on June 30 after serving as commanding general for the Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Life Cycle Management Command, that means ensuring installations can continue operating under any contingency, including a power outage.“Energy security is becoming an area of increased focus,” she said. “I see it … as a form of force protection and mission assurance. So being able to secure our energy on our own posts, camps and stations and installations is critical. That’s an area we are putting a lot of emphasis on. We have to make sure those installations are able to do their mission.”
ADC AUTHOR The Navy, the Navy’s Southwest Region Command and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) have entered into new contract to explore development of a major public transit hub to be located at Naval Base Point Loma, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Wednesday.The proposed transit station, locally nicknamed as “San Diego Central Station,” would need space allocated at the 70-acre base that overlooks Interstate 5 in Point Loma. It would serve as a future transportation hub that connects all rail types and provides access to San Diego International Airport, according to the report.“This is the beginning of what I expect to be a long partnership with the Navy,” said Steve Vaus, who chairs the SANDAG board and is the mayor of Poway. “The MOU creates the opportunity for SANDAG and the Navy to do something very special in the region, clearing a path for us to work on a major transportation hub and providing a transit link to the airport,” he added.Located close to downtown San Diego and its airport, the expansive property could feature millions of square feet of multi-purpose office space as well as multi-family housing towers and some retail.The Navy eventually plans to seek redevelopment proposals for the property in exchange for new facilities for the installation’s on-base missions, according to the report.“The Navy remains dedicated to creating a more modern, efficient workspace … while working closely with SANDAG and other entities to foster robust community engagement for this project,” said Capt. Mark Edelson, commanding officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest.Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Derek Harkins