LTO central office issued Memorandum Circulation 2019-2167 (Rulesand Regulations on Accreditation, Supervision and Control of DrivingInstitutions, and on Standardization of Driver Education) last Dec. 5, 2019imposing the 15-hour theoretical driving course. * driver’s license and motor vehicle registration requirements andprocesses Also included in the theoretical driving course are the following: Geduspan said LTO-6 is now in the process of accrediting drivingschools for the 15-hour theoretical driving course. No student permit would be issued to an applicant who has notcompleted the course, said Geduspan. * traffic signs, signals, pavement markings, and road right of way * Republic Act (RA) 4136 (Land Transportation and Traffic Code) This new requirement aims to address concerns over the growingnumber vehicular accidents (12,000 deaths annually), according to LTO-6officer-in-charge Atty. Gaudioso Geduspan. * detailed topics / concepts for the safe operation of motorcycleand light motor vehicles * vehicle safety checks and basic trouble shooting cum practicum * fuel conservation tips and techniques * road courtesy, discipline and defensive driving practices * RA 8794 (An Act Imposing a Motor Vehicle User’s Charge on AllTypes of Motor Vehicles and for Others Purposes) In the current practice to secure a student permit, LTO simplyrequires the applicant to submit a birth certificate (true copy) and medicalcertificate. * RA 8749 (Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999) “Wala gani sangexamination,” said Geduspan. The course will tackle the following traffic laws: * parking techniques such as the three-point turn, parallel,reverse, and angle parking ILOILO City – Beginning next month, applicants for “studentpermit” would be required to take a 15-hour theoretical driving course inaccredited driving schools, according to the Land Transportation Office (LTO)Region 6. * RA 10913 (Anti-Distracted Driving Act) * cockpit drill and driving maneuvers A student permit, sometimes called student license, is an official document from LTO that authorizesthe holder to drive a vehicle in the presence of someone with a professional ornon-professional driver’s license. * RA. 10586 (Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013) * functions of automotive assemblies and accessories * RA 10054 (Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009) * basic organization and functions of LTO/PN * hazard scanning and recognition, and road crash risk reduction * RA 8750 (Seatbelts Use Act of 1999)
Following a 67–34 tune-up win Wednesday against UW-Whitewater, the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team takes on North Florida Tuesday night at the Kohl Center. The Badgers are looking to build off a 2018-2019 season in which the team finished with a 15-18 record, an improvement from previous years under Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis.For Wisconsin, it will be a challenge this season replacing senior leader Marsha Howard. Howard, a member of the All-Big Ten second team last year, provided Wisconsin with consistent scoring, averaging 14.7 points per game. One player that will look to shoulder the load is sophomore star, Imani Lewis. As a freshman last year, Lewis shined and finished the season second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.2 points per game. Lewis started on the right foot again last week against Whitewater, tallying 15 points.Women’s basketball: Wisconsin’s heroic tournament run ends in 2OT loss to MichiganThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (15-18, 4-14 Big Ten) battled the fourth-seeded Michigan Wolverines (21-10, 11-7) and suffered Read…Like Wisconsin, North Florida also looks to build off of an average 2018-2019 season. After a slow start, North Florida finished strong, winning four out of their last five regular-season games.The Ospreys then continued to ride their hot momentum into the Atlantic Sun Tournament, defeating North Alabama but losing to Liberty in the Atlantic Sun semifinals. The Ospreys are awaiting the return of junior guard, Tiffany Tolbert, who appeared in three games last season before a detrimental season-ending injury. In those games, Tolbert averaged 18.3 points per game, including a 21-point performance against Indiana. The return of Tolbert will give North Florida an added boost this season.Taylor looks to do damage alongside front-court partner junior transfer Jazz Bond. Bond, the forward out of Murfreesboro, TN, was a double-double machine, averaging 15.9 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game. Look for Tolbert and Bond to execute the pick and roll against the Badgers.Women’s basketball: Badgers explode in second half to slay fifth-ranked Ohio StateJust a week ago, the Ohio State Buckeyes (14-14, 10-8 Big Ten) marched into the Kohl Center and handed the Read…With games against Power Five opponents looming, including matchups against Colorado, Arkansas and Georgia Tech, it is critical that Wisconsin gets on the right track Tuesday night. The Badgers showed a lot of potential in their 67–34 win against UW-Whitewater, and hopefully they can continue to ride the momentum tomorrow night.The Wisconsin-North Florida game will tip at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at the Kohl Center.
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Among the thousands of Jamaican immigrants that move to the United States and maintain the standard of excellence is Navy Captian Janice Smith who recently became the first African-American woman to head the Military Sealift Command Atlantic (MSCLANT).She assumed leadership of MSCLANT during a change of command ceremony held at Naval Station Norfolk on Thursday, March 19. The promotion places Smith in control of the entire Atlantic regarding the execution of strategic sealift missions, the transportation and maintenance of military equipment, as well as logistics coordination. Smith is also one of only two active-duty African American women within the US Navy Surface Warfare Community who are screened for Major Command.Janice Smith, like many Jamaican-Americans, came from humble beginnings. As a child in Jamaica, she was raised by her late grandmother, Iris Plummer, who sold goods in Linstead Market to make ends meet. Her mother had left Jamaica in search of a better life for her family.Smith lived in Morris Hall, not very far from Bog Walk in St. Catherine. She attended the Bob Walk Secondary School, now Enid Bennett High in St. Catherine.After graduating from high school, she migrated to Florida in 1988, joining her mother Gloria and brothers in South Miami.She was attending Miami-Dade College when she joined the navy in 1989 to expand her educational opportunities.In a 2016 interview with Caribbean National Weekly, Smith recalled a valuable lesson taught by her grandmother, which impacted her decision. “My Grandmother Iris taught me the importance of school and I was determined to complete college,” said Smith. “Coming from a single-parent family in Linstead, Jamaica, with little resources for college, I seized the opportunity.”Smith started out as a cook onboard the USS YOSEMITE AD-19, stationed in Mayport, Florida, and went on to complete a BSc at Saint Leo University and an MSc at Troy State University, before applying for the Officer’s Candidate Program in 1997.In 2016, she created history when she became the first Jamaican-American and second black woman to become a commander in the U.S. Navy. At that time, she assumed leadership of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79).As a trailblazer in her field, her demanding job has not been without sacrifices. The wife and mother of two has been candid about the strain of navy life on her family. Being away from home between one week to nine months at a time, Smith says she is grateful to her husband, Julius Lyles for his support, as “[it] would be impossible without a spouse who understands and willing to fill the gaps when I am away missing a lot of day-to-day opportunities to influence our children lives.”Despite the challenges, Smith recommends a Navy career for other women.“Whether serving 2 or 20 years it provides good education benefits, opportunity to travel and lead a young, smart and educated workforce,” says Smith. “The U.S. Navy has done a great job of implementing policies to ensure all sailors have equal opportunity to excel. I’m very grateful to the courageous woman who paved the way for myself and other young women in today’s Navy.”Although she has now lived in the United States for the majority of her adult life, Smith still remains close to Jamaica. Up to last year, she was on the island visiting relatives. She also remains in contact with her alma mater – Enid Bennett High.