Westmoreland Residents to Benefit from $445 Million Water Project

first_imgRelatedWestmoreland Residents to Benefit from $445 Million Water Project Westmoreland Residents to Benefit from $445 Million Water Project EnvironmentApril 29, 2013 RelatedWestmoreland Residents to Benefit from $445 Million Water Project RelatedWestmoreland Residents to Benefit from $445 Million Water Projectcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Approximately 9,000 residents of communities in Western Westmoreland are to benefit from improved access to potable water under the Nonpareil Water Supply Mains Replacement and Upgrading Project. The project, which is slated to cost $445 million, will be undertaken over 18 months from May 2013 to November 2014. The beneficiary communities include: Nonpariel, Sheffield, Negril Spots, Hopewell, Retirement, Orange Hill, Little London, Mount Airy, Good Hope, Revival, Little Bay, Retreat, Brighton and Whitehall. The project will involve the replacement of the existing transmission and distribution mains from Sheffield to Little London; Sheffield to the Nonpareil Relift Station; Negril Lighthouse to Orange Hill; Mount Airy to Good Hope and Whitehall; and from the Mount Airy Tank to Orange Hill. Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, on Friday, April 26, signed a contract for the Negril Lighthouse to Orange Hill component of the project, at his offices in New Kingston. Two additional pipeline contracts, as well as contracts for pump stations and reservoirs, are left to be signed. Minister Pickergill said the project is of “significant importance” as the residents of the targeted communities are experiencing severe problems with low water pressure and intermittent supply. “This is due to constant leakage along the antiquated pipeline,” he noted. The Minister informed that the project is expected to reduce Non-Revenue Water (NRW), which is water lost primarily through leaks and unauthorised connections to the system, by 50 per cent. Minister Pickersgill said the National Water Commission (NWC) should see returns of $62.8 million on an annual basis, due primarily to the reduction in NRW in the area and increased energy efficiencies. Member of Parliament for the area, and Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr. the Hon. Wykeham McNeill, expressed gratitude for the works to be done, noting that the residents are appreciative. Specific deliverables under the project include: the installation of two storage tanks at Mount Airy and Revival, which will provide a combined storage capacity of 4.3 million litres of water; the supply and installation of a Booster/Relift Station at Whitehall and Retirement; and the supply and installation of strategically located Pressure Reducing Stations on the distribution mains. The Nonpariel system is currently served by three branches of the Lucea/Negril Water Supply System. The project will be undertaken by the NWC, via Contractor, D. R Foote Construction Company. The Nonpareil Water Supply Mains Replacement and Upgrading Project is one of six rural water supply projects, which will be undertaken under the NWC’s K-Factor Programme in the parishes of Westmoreland, St. Elizabeth, Clarendon, St. Mary and Hanover. These projects will be implemented at a collective cost of $1.8 billion. By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter Advertisementslast_img read more

Ericsson targets cloud to open 5G

first_imgHome Ericsson targets cloud to open 5G Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more MásMóvil amplía su contrato con Ericsson Previous ArticleUS dealt another blow in WeChat ban sagaNext ArticleJapan government targets mobile cost reductions Related Español Former Ericsson employees charged in bribery case Authorcenter_img Kavit Majithia Ericsson, Leonardo team on 5G products Swedish vendor Ericsson outlined details of a new Cloud RAN portfolio, due to be released in 2021, aimed at offering operators more flexibility with their infrastructure builds and serve as a catalyst for more openness.The company stated Cloud RAN will be released in stages to match operators’ 5G rollout schedules, beginning in Q4 2021. It is designed to handle the compute functionality in the RAN, complementing purpose-built baseband offerings in the radio system portfolio.It is further intended to deliver network capabilities for large-scale and centralised 5G deployments, addressing new use cases for indoor, enterprise, stadium and beyond.Ericsson explained operators would also be able to “incrementally” add Cloud RAN capabilities to their existing 5G networks, because it is fully compatible with the vendor’s radio system portfolio, and is compatible with spectrum sharing, non-standalone and standalone 5G.The first stage covers low band 5G “to enable an easy transition to virtualised RAN” using commercial hardware platforms. It will also offer mid-band compatibility in future said Ericsson.Initially complementaryPer Narvinger, head of Product Area Networks at Ericsson, told Mobile World Live in an interview the company pictures the cloud-based solution complementing its traditional radio portfolio initially, but added there was a “long journey” ahead as to whether one “would precede the other”.Indeed, Ericsson has already thrown its support towards open RAN networks, backing itself to be a major player in the technology’s development.Narvinger believes the Cloud RAN would serve as the “foundation” for open innovation in the industry, and suggested Ericsson’s product perhaps had more credibility than rival offerings, given its strong position in the vendor market.Every major customer globally had trialled the cloud solution and the vendor is now developing a “roadmap for commercialisation”, added Narvinger. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore16 27 OCT 2020 Ericssonlast_img read more

Snead’s swing: The sweetest thing

first_imgSam Snead doesn’t get the credit he deserves. It’s a curious statement, but true. Lost tribes in Brazil know Jack Nicklaus won a record 18 major championships, but poll patrons at a PGA Tour event and see how many can tell you of Snead’s record haul of 82 Tour titles. Snead won seven major championships, but most conversations focus on his four U.S. Open runner-up showings. He captured three green jackets, yet there are no bridges or architectural features named in his honor at Augusta National. And when you talk about golf’s greatest swings, it’s Hogan, Hogan, Hogan. Even Byron Nelson has a swing machine named in his honor – Iron Byron – by the U.S. Golf Association. Ben Hogan is revered for his swing, because he “found it in the dirt.” Hogan worked to perfect his mechanics. Snead was a natural and therefore not worthy of as much praise, or some might think. It’s true that Snead was gifted athletically. Instructor Jim McLean, who worked with Snead on the video “Sam Snead: Swing for a Lifetime,” once asked NBA legend Jerry West to name the greatest athlete he had ever seen or played with. “I thought he might say Michael Jordan. Maybe Wilt Chamberlain, since he played with him. Maybe Jim Brown or maybe even himself. He said Sam Snead. He said Sam was the best basketball player, best baseball player, best football player, best at track and field in the state of West Virginia. He could do anything,” McLean relayed. But to refer to Sam’s ability to hit a golf ball as little more than an innate gift is a discredit to a man who worked diligently to get the most out of what God gave him. “When he wasn’t playing on Tour, he was back at The Greenbrier practicing. I don’t think he ever went longer than a week or two without playing golf,” said Snead protégé Del Snyder, who worked 19 years for Snead at The Greenbrier, starting in 1955. “He’d hit balls and have someone chase them down. He’d then find someone to play with and go out for 18 holes, and if his swing wasn’t what he wanted it to be, he’d go right back to the range and hit balls again.” “Sam hated it when you called him a natural,” said William Campbell, a World Golf Hall of Fame member who first met Snead in 1936, “because he worked really hard. You couldn’t last and be competitive for as long as he was without hard work.” Records give credence to Campbell’s logic. Snead is the oldest player to win on Tour (52 years, 10 months, 8 days). He shot 60, at age 60, in the 1972 PGA. He finished third two years later at 62. He shot his age (67) in the second round of the 1979 Quad Cities Open – then shot 66 in the final round. At age 71, he shot 60 at the Lower Cascades in his home of Hot Springs, Va. Hogan said, “Sam Snead doesn’t know a thing about hitting a golf ball. He just does it better than anyone else.” Hogan was right: Snead did do it better than anyone else. And Hogan was wrong: Sam did know what he was doing. “Sam was very knowledgeable about the golf swing,” McLean said. “He was a player, not a teacher, but if you gave him a little bit of time he would really explain what he was doing.” “I’ve hit two million practice shots,” Snead once said, “so I ought to know what I’m doing.” Growing up, Snead would get off the school bus and run directly to the neighboring Homestead resort, where he would assemble hickory-shafted clubs. He’d have to cut each one precisely, making sure that the various clubs had similar flexibility. “It was hard work, but it helped Sam get a feel for the club,” Campbell said. “As a professional, he was a human testing machine for the Wilson (Sporting Goods) company. Every time they’d come out with a new set of clubs, they’d bring it to Sam to get his feedback.” Snead relied on feel and didn’t complicate his mechanics. But there’s a difference between ignorance and simplicity. He wrote several instruction books and, according to Jack, pros such as Nick Faldo, Ernie Els and Vijay Singh wanted to work with his father. Faldo even made a trip in the mid-’90s to The Greenbrier, where Sam served in various capacities for roughly 50 years, for some one-on-one time. “He loved to teach people,” Jack said. “He’d see people hitting balls at The Greenbrier and he’d walk on over and help them out, for hours sometimes. Never charged a thing. Think about that, what a thrill it must have been for someone to have Sam Snead helping them with their game.” Snead didn’t do everything pro bono, but if you wanted to learn from the best, all you had to do was ask. Unfortunately, few professionals took advantage of his wealth of knowledge. “I’ve heard from other people that Sam was a little bit disappointed that we – the generation below him – didn’t seek him out for more advice because he had so much to offer,” said Curtis Strange, who met Snead as a 6-year-old, when his father was head pro at The Greenbrier. “Sam was my hero. Everything I did growing up was related to Sam. ‘Did Sam do this? Did Sam do that?’ You know, with the golf swing. I thought the world of him.” Fuzzy Zoeller was 14 when he first met Snead. They played several rounds together and spent lots of time in each other’s company on Augusta National grounds after Zoeller won the ’79 Masters. “The talent that man had to hit the golf ball, to hit all the different shots – little hooks and little cuts. You go and see these kids today, they just whale away and they don’t care where it goes. The art that man had was outstanding,” Zoeller said. “He was graceful,” said two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw, “just incredible to watch.” Snead’s tempo can be attributed to learning the game by fashioning his first set of clubs from broken buggy whips. Hitting a golf ball with a club head attached to such a flexible shaft, you develop classic timing – or you smash your shin. “His swing was poetry in motion,” McLean said. “Doing the video, we had some of the legends take part: Nicklaus, Player, Trevino, Watson. And they all talked about the same thing, it was that tempo, that rhythm, the gracefulness of Snead. Jack (Nicklaus) said that he always played better when he played with Sam because his swing would become smoother.” Jack Snead noted that while his father’s swing produced great power, it centered on a soft touch. “Let me see your arm,” he said, placing a very delicate grip on my wrist. “Feel how light that is? That’s how Dad gripped the club – you could pull it right out of his hands – and he hit it over 300 yards with persimmon. He would put lead weight on the back of his clubs, too. He wanted the weight of the club to take it back, not his hands.” Jack also pointed out that his father played a couple of musical instruments, including the trumpet, and “swung with a waltzing tune in his head. Dah dah dah dah – dah dah – dah dah. Three times longer to take it back as it comes down.” By contrast, Hogan’s swing was a full second quicker. Snead wouldn’t even watch Hogan hit a ball for fear it would disturb his own rhythm. Tiger Woods once said, “Only two players have ever truly owned their swings: Moe Norman and Ben Hogan.” But even Hogan knew who owned the sweetest swing. “Ben once said Sam had the greatest, purest swing he’d ever seen,” said Campbell. “That was high praise.”last_img read more

MIA Bracelet Given to Family of Fallen Soldier

first_imgBILLINGS – For 25 years, Curt Nickisch was reminded almost every day that Lt. Paul G. Magers, shot down over Vietnam in 1971, was still missing in action.Nickisch was in middle school in the mid-1980s when he and his younger sister, Kirsten, sent away for POW/MIA bracelets, issued by various organizations to remember missing soldiers from the Vietnam War.He and his sister chose to commemorate soldiers from Nebraska because they had recently moved from there to New York. They were Army brats, Nickisch said, which meant that “honoring service and patriotism is something that’s around you all the time.”Curt Nickisch was sent a bracelet for Magers, a Billings native whose service address was in Nebraska, where he had married Beverly Mohatt in 1969. His sister received a bracelet for another soldier, who is still officially MIA.Nickisch wore his bracelet until sometime in high school when it broke, apparently from metal fatigue. After that it sat in a cigar box on his dresser, “where I saw it basically every day when I put my watch on.”Nickisch, the business and technology reporter for WBUR, a public-radio station in Boston, said he always read every story he saw about MIAs. Two weeks ago, scanning headlines on the Web before work, he saw another MIA story and clicked on it.“Seeing it was Lt. Magers — it was a shock,” he said.The story said the remains of 1st Lt. Magers and his gunner from Oklahoma had been positively identified and were going to be returned to their families for burial.He immediately called his sister in Idaho, even though it was 5 a.m. there. Speaking with her, he soon decided he would go to Billings to attend the funeral, and that he would present the MIA bracelet to members of Magers’ family.He did so Thursday night, during a vigil service at the Dahl Funeral Home. Nickisch said he felt a little awkward, since of all the people there he probably had the most distant connection with Magers.But he got up and spoke briefly, telling how he had acquired the bracelet and thanking Magers’ family for his service.“It surprised me how it touched other people,” he said. “Because it was so remote and I still came anyway, I guess it meant a lot.”He presented the battered artifact to Magers’ mother, Cecilia Farris Magers.“She told me she would treasure the bracelet,” Nickisch said.Nickisch said the bracelet meant a lot to him over the years, not least because his uncle was in the Army and at one point headed the Prisoners of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command in Hawaii, which Nickisch visited earlier this decade.“I feel a kinship even though I never knew him,” Nickisch said of Magers. “It was this sort of tangible connection to something that’s a lot greater.” Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more

Statoil: Troll Field Production Reaches 1.5 Billion Barrels

first_imgDuring the last five years Statoil and its partners have invested as much as $7.84 billion on the Troll field, which came on stream in 1995. The investment level will remain high for many years to come.The Troll B platform in the North Sea.Troll is the story of achieving the impossible. The oil proven in connection with the largest gas discovery ever made in the North Sea was considered non-recoverable. Field production so far totals 1.5 billion barrels of oil.“The work we have done on Troll illustrates how Statoil operates to manage the offshore resources properly and safely to ensure value creation for the owners and the Norwegian society at large,” says Kjetil Hove, senior vice president for operations North Sea east in Development and Production Norway.At this year’s Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston he used Troll as an example of how Statoil’s activities on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS), including technology development and expertise build-up, has turned Statoil into the world’s largest offshore operator.“An innovative approach to challenges has helped develop new technology, high expertise, concepts and solutions that extend the field life and enhance value creation, which in turn have led to spinoffs far beyond our area of activity,” says Hove.In addition to producing oil from the Troll B and C platforms, the field is today the cornerstone of Norwegian gas production, and one of the most central fields delivering gas to the European market.The field contains around 40% of total gas reserves on the NCS.The Troll C platformLargest oil producer on the NCSCorresponding to half the size of Mexico City, Troll is today among the largest NCS oil fields.When the discovery was made, however, it was considered impossible to commercialise the oil due to tilted layers and a very thin oil zone in the reservoir.To be able to recover oil from the thin layers Statoil has, in collaboration with the suppliers, developed advanced technology that enables drilling of horizontal multilateral wells.The Troll wells are drilled down to a reservoir located around 1,320 metres below the seabed, where they are split into two to four branches.Each branch extends around 3,000-4,000 metres horizontally into the reservoir. A total of more than one million metres have been drilled in the reservoir from 180 production wells.Technology to optimise production from the horizontal branches has also been developed to achieve higher total production per well.“In May we will reach the milestone of 1.5 billion barrels of oil produced since the startup in 1995. We are very pleased as we are able to realise both oil and gas values of this vital field,” says Hove. He praises the active partners who challenge and provide knowledge and expertise.Our ambition is to produce 2,1 billion barrels. In 2013 the field produced 124,000 barrels of oil per day. Even after almost 19 years of operation there are currently four drilling rigs in operation on the field, and this activity will continue until 2020.Up to 250 horizontal production wells will be drilled in this period. The field is operated by Statoil, with Petoro, Shell, Total and ConocoPhillips as licence partners.Video of Kjetil Hove talking about Troll Field:Press Release, May 08, 2014last_img read more

Trust in lawyers edges up – but profession still lags ‘ordinary man in the street’

first_imgAttitudes towards lawyers remain mixed but the judiciary continues to be held in high regard, an annual survey of trust in professions has shown.This year’s Ipsos MORI Veracity Index places lawyers 13th out of 24 professions with 54% of respondents saying they trusted lawyers to tell the truth.The list places lawyers firmly in mid-table but up 2 percentage points on last year’s score. Some of the professions deemed more trustworthy than lawyers however include doctors, scientists, weather forecasters and the police. The ’ordinary man/woman on the street’ was also deemed more trustworthy.By contrast 81% of the 998 adults surveyed said they trusted judges, unchanged from last year – when three senior judges were branded ‘enemies of the people’ by the mass-selling Daily Mail.Nurses and doctors were the most trusted, scoring 94% and 91% respectively. Politicians came last scoring 17%.Pollsters were trusted by 50% of respondents.last_img read more

InFocus: “Milk life” replaces “got milk?”

first_imgMilkPEP’s recent decision to replace its “got milk?” slogan with a message of “milk life” made waves across mainstream and agriculture media outlets alike. Many questioned the need for the milk processors’ check-off organization to tweak a campaign with more than 20 years of iconic status.Spokespeople for MilkPEP indicate the “milk life” slogan will help convey the message of milk’s protein content and its place in a healthy lifestyle.advertisementadvertisementWe asked several of our Facebook and Twitter followers to weigh in with their thoughts regarding the change.Click here to download a PDF of the “InFocus” image from the April 1, 2014 issue of Progressive Dairyman magazine to view these comments.last_img

Sweep! – Jamaica dominant in relays and sprint hurdles to cap off fantastic Carifta 2019 outing

first_imgJAMAICA brought out the broom at yesterday’s final session on the third and final day of the 48th Carifta Games in the Cayman Islands. They were perfect in both sets of 4x100m and 4x400m relays and the sprint hurdles, where they had a clean sweep in both disciplines. The Jamaicans also exerted their dominance over their Caribbean neighbours with a haul of 85 medals, comprising of 36 gold, 33 silver and 16 bronze, three medals more than last year’s tally.Action on the track started in the 4x100m relays, and first to take the track were the Under-17 girls as the quartet of Crystal Shaw, Brianna Lyston, Glacian Loutin and Kay-Lagay Clarke set the tone for the remainder of the evening. The team won in 45.63 seconds as Trinidad and Tobago, 45.73, and Bermuda, 47.47, finished second and third.Double sprint Under-20 champion Briana Williams gave the Jamaicans a flying start in the girl’s Under-20 event, and despite a poor exchange between herself and Joanne Reid on the first exchange, the lead was too big as Reid safely took the baton to sprint hurdler Ackera Nugent on the third leg and Kemba Nelson just went through the motions on anchor to give Jamaica an easy win in 44.23 seconds, getting the better of Trinidad and Tobago, second in 45.11, and Barbados, third in 45.52 seconds. Despite an average start from lead-off runner Richard Nelson in the boy’s Under-17 event, the speed of Adrian Kerr, Christopher Scott and Nkrumie Bouwahgie was too good for their rivals as they sped to an easy win in 41.59 seconds. Bahamas, 42.18, and Trinidad and Tobago, 42.45 second occupied second and third, respectively.With three out of three, it was left to the under-20 boys to close the show for the Jamaicans, and this they did, but anchor leg runner Ryiem Robertson, the 100m silver medallist, had to call on his best to hold off a fast-closing Bahamian athlete as Jamaica won in 39.46 seconds, just ahead of the Bahamas, 39.49 seconds, with Barbados third in 40.18 seconds. The Jamaica team was led off by 100m champion Oblique Seville, with Vashaun Vascianna on second leg handing over to 200m champion Xavier Nairne on third.Spurred on by the magnificent showing in the relays, it was now the sprint hurdlers’ turn and they did not disappoint, winning all four with a quinella in three of these.Fresh off her anchor leg on the winning 4x100m relay team, St Jago High School’s long-legged Kay-Lagay Clarke held off her teammate, Crystal Shaw, in a tight finish, to take the girls Under 17 100m hurdles in 13.68 seconds, as Shaw got second in 13.72 seconds, with third going to Anthaya Charlton of Bahamas in 13.83 seconds.Excelsior High School’s Nugent, the fastest hurdler in the world this year in her age group, despite stepping up to the Under 20s, had no worries as she had an impressive personal best of 13.24 seconds in winning. Sarah Belle of Barbados, 13.55 seconds, and Gabrielle Gibson of Bahamas, 13.80 seconds, took second and third. There was bad luck for Jamaica’s Crystal Morrison, the 2018 Under 17 gold medallist and record holder. She hit the fourth barrier very hard, causing her to stop before jogging across the line.Calabar High School’s Dishaun Lamb became the first Jamaican at the meet to be among the records as he took home the Boy’s Under 17 100m hurdles in 13.54 seconds to remove countryman Vashaun Vascianna’s one year old record of 13.60 seconds. Teammate, Neil-Matthew Sutherland took second in 13.61 seconds, with Matthew Sophia taking third in 13.64 seconds .Rasheed Broadbell and Vascianna, who are teammates at St Jago, closed a quinella for Jamaica in the Boy’s Under 110m hurdles. Despite crashing hard in the fourth barrier and losing his momentum, Broadbell kept his cool to win in 13.26 seconds, ahead of Vascianna, second in 13.32 seconds.In another track event, Calabar’s Kevroy Venson successfully defended his title in the Boy’s Under 20 5000m, after winning in 15:21 29 minutes, beating Gabriel Curtis of the Bahamas into second place, with a time of 15:23.15 minutes, and Fabian Campbell getting bronze for Jamaica with a third place finish of 16:00.03 minutes.In field events action yesterday, Jamaica picked up two gold medals through Cobe Graham and Rajaun Ricketts. Graham copped the Boy’s Under 20 Shot Put with a winning heave of 18.62m as teammate, Kai Chang finished third for bronze with 17.57m. In the Boys Under 17 Triple Jump, it was a one-two for Jamaica as Ricketts won with 14.26m, ahead of Jaheim Cox, second with 14.01m. Earlier in the day, Apalos Edwards mined bronze in the Boys Under 20 Triple Jump after finishing third with 15.05m.Jamaica’s Cedricka Williams also broke the Under 17 Girls Discus record with a throw of 47.94m, ahead of teammate Damali Williams, second with 40.87m and Dominica’s Treneese Hamilton, who took bronze with a mark of 39.29m. Carifta 2019 final medal countlast_img read more

Anthony Bourdain posthumously nominated for 2018 Emmy

first_imgCNN(LOS ANGELES) — Just over a month after his death, famed chef Anthony Bourdain was nominated for a 2018 Emmy on Thursday. Bourdain earned the nod for his acclaimed CNN show, Parts Unknown, a show he starred in and produced. Bourdain is no stranger to the Emmys, his show having won the award for “Outstanding Informational Series or Special” for the past four years. Parts Unknown earned a total of six nods Thursday.The chef and TV host took his own life on June 8 at the age of 61. He was in France filming an episode of his show at the time of his death.His network, CNN, released a statement honoring the man after he died, noting in part, “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller.”This year’s Emmy Awards will air Monday, Sept. 17.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more