MCA-L, LWSC Sign US$18M Grant

first_imgDuannah A. Kamara (left), managing director of the LWSC, signed on behalf of the Government of Liberia, while Monie R. Captan, chief executive officer of MCA-L, signed on behalf of his entity.The Millennium Challenge Account-Liberia (MCA-Liberia) has entered an US$18 million grant of Implementing Entity Agreement (IEA) with the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC).The grant is intended to rehabilitate the Raw Water Pipeline project and to replace the damaged 36-inch diameter pipeline from the dam at the Mt. Coffee Hydro Power Plant to White Plains Water Treatment Plant in Louisiana, lower Montserrado County.Mr. Monie R. Captan, chief executive officer of MCA-L, signed on behalf of his entity, while Duannah A. Kamara, managing director of the LWSC, also signed on behalf of the Government.Prior to the signing ceremony, Mr. Captan said since the pipeline was destroyed during the civil war in the 1990s the LWSC has been pumping water from the St. Paul River by means of a river intake and pump station at the water treatment plant (WTP).He said the US$18 million proposed pipeline is approximately 3.1 miles long and generally follows the original alignment of the pipeline with small deviations.Kamara stated that the construction of the new pipeline will result in the consistent and quality water supply to the nearly one million residents of Monrovia.The MCA-L chief executive officer noted that as the reliability and quality of water delivered by the system improves, it is to be expected that a greater percentage of the city and county’s population will obtain their water from the public water system.He said the Raw Water Pipeline is a subproject under the Energy project of the US$257 million grant to Liberia from the American Government through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).He explained further that the objective will address several problems facing the energy in the country through four compact activities, including the Mt. Coffee rehabilitation activity, Mt. Coffee support activity, the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) training center activity, and the energy sector reform.These four activities, he said, are complementary and aim to connect more homes and businesses to reliable and affordable electricity to drive sustainable economic growth.LWSC Managing Director Kamara expressed gratitude to the United States Government through the MCA-L for such an initiative which is intended to provide safe drinking water for Liberians.He said the signing of the grant agreement will provide abundant water into the water treatment plant, which will help them serve the people in central Monrovia and its environs.He believes that a 48-inch diameter pipeline will be constructed for water to reach the WTP via gravity flow, which will replace the need for river intake, reduce the cost for electricity associated with the use of a pump station, and eliminate salt-water intrusion at the WTP caused by river intake during the dry season that results in poor water quality.Meanwhile, the ceremony was attended by Mr. Archibald Bernard, legal advisor to President George M. Weah, LWSC Board members and other dignitaries.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

More Body Wonders

first_imgHere are more facts you probably didn’t learn in anatomy or physiology class.Neurons in the human eye are organized for error correction (Science Daily): “Seeing is believing,” but only insofar as it is accurate. This article discusses “Cells that send visual signals to the brain act collectively to suppress noise and improve accuracy.”Understanding X-chromosome silencing in humans (Science Daily): If females didn’t silence one of their X-chromosomes, they would have an imbalance of gene expression. “X-chromosome silencing is essential for proper development,” this article begins. Researchers add another protein to Xist involved in this operation. It’s called Xact. Interestingly, it appears in humans but not in mice.Super-you: Your body is a nation of trillions (New Scientist): It’s enough to give you the creepy-crawlies all night, just looking at the photo of an alien-like dust mite, then hearing that thousands of these eight-legged arthropods live on your face and skin. Indeed, Daniel Cossins writes, “Legions of creatures inhabit the cracks, contours and crevices of your body — and they all contribute to who you are.” You can take some comfort that it’s not just your problem. According to one Stanford biologist, “Each of us is really a complex consortium of different organisms, one of which is human.” Now back to sleep.Your left hand knows what your right hand is doing (Science Daily): Experiments at Tel Aviv University showed that when “people practiced finger movements with their right hand while watching their left hand on 3D virtual reality headsets, they could use their left hand more efficiently after the exercise.” The opening of the article says that “the saying” goes, “your left hand doesn’t know what your right hand is doing.” If that was an off-hand reference to Jesus, the actual quote from the Sermon on the Mount does not make such a claim. He said, “when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret” – implying that both hands are in communication. The metaphor was not intended as a statement of science, but as a figure of speech to make a point about almsgiving.Why we walk on our heels instead of our toes (Science Daily): A barefoot runner at the University of Arizona wondered why humans land heel-first when walking instead of ball-first. His analysis showed that “Walking heel-to-toe gives humans the mechanical advantage of longer ‘virtual limbs’.” James Webber explains:“The extra ‘virtual limb’ length is longer than if we had just had them stand on their toes, so it seems humans have found a novel way of increasing our limb length and becoming more efficient walkers than just standing on our toes,” Webber said. “It still all comes down to limb length, but there’s more to it than how far our hip is from the ground. Our feet play an important role, and that’s often something that’s been overlooked.“Webber makes up a story about how humans evolved this heel-first habit based simply on the observation that barefoot runners tend to land on the middle or balls of their feet. But he acknowledges that the Laetoli footprints show the pattern of heel-first walking began early.Laetoli Footprint NewsSpeaking of the Laetoli footprints, a new trackway has been found. Reported in eLife, it shows a modern gait with basically modern human feet, according to New Scientist. The problem is there should not have been any modern humans around 3.66 million years ago, when evolutionists believe these prints were made in Tanzania. But instead of focusing on that problem, the news reports latched onto the scientists’ supposition, based on the print sizes, that a fairly large male (5’5″, large for a presumed Australopithecus) was accompanied by several smaller females. That’s all that popular news reporters needed to go ape:“Ancient human ancestor was one tall dude, his footprints say” (Phys.org)“Oldest early human footprints suggest males had several ‘wives’” (Collin Barras in New Scientist)‘Lucy’ Species May Have Been Polygynous (Charles Q. Choi in Live Science)From prints to polygamy; that’s one giant leap for mankind. One can only wonder what such reporters would concoct from footprints left by a teenage boy leading his younger sisters to the beach.For all Choi or Barras know, the prints were made by children walking to Sunday School. That’s the danger of letting Darwinians into the science business. Their speculation knows no bounds.Speculation drops the more you focus on details. Let these evolution-drunk reporters tell us about evolving a foot by mutation and natural selection. Let them tell us the specific accidents that yielded an efficient center of gravity below ground as they walk. Let them tell us what mistakes led cells to cooperate to improve accuracy of vision. Let them explain how two different proteins cooperated to silence an extra X-chromosome, or how a blind natural process figured out it needed to be done in the first place.The devil is not in the details; that’s where the angel is. The devil lurks in the blurry figures the imagination conjures up in Darwin’s crystal ball when the lights are turned low.(Visited 54 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Despite Tablet Mania, Laptops Still Selling in Record Numbers

first_imgDespite the world’s love affair with the iPad and other tablets, and ongoing economic concerns (particularly the debt-crisis in Europe), sales of plain old fashioned laptops are still strong. According to Focus Taiwan, Quanta, the world’s largest contract laptop manufacturer, reported record laptop sales in June. The Taiwanese company, responsible for manufacturing laptops for Dell and many other companies, is said to have shipped 4.8 million laptops in June – $3.1 billion worth.Both numbers are new records for the company, which also saw improved sales between January and April, but a slight drop in May. Enterprise adoption of the iPad has been swift and IBM has speculated that tablets could take the place of notebooks for executives. But Quanta’s sales show that for the time being, the laptop is still the king of the mobile enterprise.Focus Taiwan cited analysts crediting the higher sales to economic stabilization in the eurozone. According InfoWorld, Quanta credits the strong sales in part to customers putting in July orders early, and the easing of shortages of certain Intel components such as the Core i3 and Core i5. But April was also a record setting month for the manufacturer, and it expects strong sales in August as well.Despite strong hardware sales, Quanta has been expanding into cloud services as well. Earlier this month, Quanta announced a partnership with Taiwan’s largest telecom, Chunghwa Telecom, to begin providing cloud computing services. The partnership followed Quanta’s cloud computing partnership with MIT. Image: a GRiD Compass, one of the world’s first laptops. Via Old Computers. klint finley Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#mobile#news last_img read more

Monymusk Factory to Remain Open to Protect Interest of Farmers

first_img Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, has instructed that the Monymusk Sugar Factory remains open until cane farmers crops have been reaped.Addressing the official opening of the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show in May Pen, Clarendon, on August 5, Mr. Samuda noted that the move was necessary to protect the interest of the farmers.“My job, as I understand it, is to do everything in my power to make our people better off…not to shut them off from their livelihood and let them suffer out there…that is not my philosophy,” he said.Additionally, Mr. Samuda informed that he is pursuing negotiations “at the highest level” with Pan Caribbean Sugar Company and its Chinese parent company, COMPLANT, which operates Monymusk.This, he said, is being done with a view to ensuring that the corporations uphold certain investment commitments to the Clarendon-based sugar factory.The Government has been involved in the operations of Monymusk after the Chinese indicated that they were unable to keep the factory open for the 2017-2018 crop year.The Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister said that sugar cane factories possess enormous opportunities for the training of young engineers and he “will stand in defence of those (and other) people”.Meanwhile, turning to other industries like marijuana, Mr. Samuda urged stakeholders not to get impatient with Government in its pace for take-off of the industry.“We have so far taken our time to do what we can properly. It is a sensitive industry and it is one that requires a level of maturity and understanding. We cannot make a mistake,” he said.Mr. Samuda informed that the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) has so far received 230 applications of varying types, related to transporting, retailing and cultivation.He noted that of that figure, 47 have been processed for conditional licences. Conditional approval means that the CLA would have conducted a satisfactory background check and the applicant is now required to implement the necessary measures to get the actual licence to enter the industry.Chairman of the Denbigh Show Committee, Norman Grant, for his part informed that the three-day show is expected to net one billion dollars for the economy.Mr. Grant, who is also the President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), also informed that a programme will be started, which will ensure that the showgrounds are used daily for the entire year.The JAS President noted that plans to open up the property for Jamaicans to exercise and to keep fit have received endorsement from the Ministry of Health.The Denbigh Development Company is also to be listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange in a bid to raise capital. The JAS President noted that plans to open up the property for Jamaicans to exercise and to keep fit have received endorsement from the Ministry of Health. Story Highlights Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda has instructed that the Monymusk Sugar Factory remains open until cane farmers crops have been reaped. The Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister said that sugar cane factories possess enormous opportunities for the training of young engineers and he “will stand in defence of those (and other) people”. last_img read more

Remote Surveys for DNV GL Classed Ships Now a Reality

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: DNV GL All DNV GL classed vessels are now able to use the possibility of remote surveys for some inspections through the Veracity data platform, the classification society said.This means that for a range of surveys, a DNV GL surveyor will not be required to travel to a vessel.Instead, by using an online connection or video streaming link, a team of remote surveyors can provide support to vessels anywhere in the world with documentation, images, video and input provided by clients and crewmembers.“This is another big step forward in using the power of digitalization and increased connectivity to deliver smarter and more efficient services,” Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime, commented.“Remote surveys allow us to free up time for our customers… In addition, cutting down on unnecessary travel can result in lower costs, less waiting, and more operational up-time. We’ve had a great response from our customers and support from major flag states, and we are deeply appreciative of the feedback provided to us to make this project a great success,” he added.More than 1,000 remote surveys were completed in the pilot and scaling up phase by the Direct Access to Technical Experts (DATE) units based in the Maritime Operational Centre in Høvik, alongside units in Hamburg, Singapore, Houston and Piraeus.Technology testing began in 2017, with the first production pilots in June 2018, and now the entire DNV GL fleet is able to take advantage of the service.The Scorpio Group was one of the first remote survey users. “We saw this as a way to utilize the extensive competence within DNV GL. Now we can apply DNV GL’s competence wherever we are, while also involving our own expertise in the process. Remote surveying makes both the process and the expertise mobile,” Francesco Bellusci, Scorpio Group managing director said.“Our technical team and senior management recently met with DNV GL at their Maritime Operational Centre in Høvik and were impressed with the demonstration of the society’s infrastructure and technology to support their remote survey capability,” John Ramage, Chief Operating Officer of International Registries, noted. “The Marshall Islands Registry recognizes this is an innovative solution and is pleased to support DNV GL in improving service delivery to our mutual clients,” he continued.When a client makes a survey request through DNV GL’s fleet portal on the Veracity platform, they may, for some survey types, be given the option by the system to choose to carry out the survey remotely.All such survey requests are then evaluated by a remote surveyor to make sure that the survey can be offered remotely. The remote survey regime has been constructed to ensure that the level of assurance is equivalent to an onboard survey, as explained by DNV GL.“We are running the remote surveys through our … DATE hubs. This gives us consistency in how the surveys are handled and the ability to offer around the clock service anywhere in the world,” Ørbeck-Nilssen further said.“In addition, the introduction of electronic certificates for all vessels, which allows us to publish and transmit the survey results immediately, has been pivotal to our successful launch of remote surveys.”The types of surveys able to be offered as remote surveys include occasional surveys that fall between periodical surveys, documentation-based surveys, testing and witnessing systems during normal operation, and surveys not ordered together with annual surveys.Periodical surveys like the annual survey of a vessel are not part of the remote survey programme as they require a surveyor onboard.Read more: Klaveness: World’s 1st Digital Survey Carried Out on Containershiplast_img read more

The Cruel Reality of Baltimores Water Rate Increase

first_imgBy J. K. Schmid, AFRO Baltimore StaffIt’s a grim picture Baltimore City’s Department of Public Works (DPW) is painting as a possible future for the city’s water.Rudolph “Rudy” S. Chow, professional engineer and DPW Director, speaking to Baltimore citizens gathered at Walbrook’s Gospel Tabernacle Baptist Church in West Baltimore, laid out what had been done, what needs to be done next, and addressed directly what was on everyone’s mind: What it would cost.Rudolph Chow, Director of Baltimore DPW addressing concerns about an imminent water rate hike. (Photo credit: J.K. Schmid)DPW and Chow, personally, are asking for rate increases in water service across the board, approximately nine percent annually for water, sewer and storm water. Each rate hike will become effective each July starting in 2019.“That’s the cruel reality,” Chow said.Baltimore’s approximately 620,000 residents sit atop 1,500 miles of pipe, a 100-year-old system. DPW is six years into repairing every length of Baltimore’s water infrastructure at a rate of 15 miles of pipe per year.The city is unquestionably falling behind with its current revenues.Walbrook Ave. itself was flooded by a broken pipe until the week prior to Chow’s visit. It’s now repaired.Last year saw record rainfall in Baltimore and thusly record service demand to a strained system. Last winter saw 10,000 frozen service mains and, at peak, 600 main breaks in four weeks.Chow claimed to be going off script and speaking from the heart when outlining his concerns about the conditions of city infrastructure. Nevertheless the slides behind him, pictures of collapsed highways and a decrepit concrete sewer pipe punctuated his remarks about what the city and the community are up against.Independent of the issue of the necessity of rate hikes, one community member asked how she could be expected to pay anything more for water, if she is already five percent above the poverty line and just breaking even right now.As published elsewhere in the AFRO the rate hike comes with a promotion of DPW’s “new” Baltimore H20 Assists Program.Essentially a streamlining of already available assistance programs, H20 Assists look to Baltimore citizens at or below 175 percent of the poverty line. Such eligible citizens can receive a 43 percent reduction in their water rates, reductions include waivers for both Bay Restoration and stormwater remediation fees.The program will go into effect July 1, 2019, the same time as the rate increase. Citizens already receiving public assistance in other forms likely qualify for H20 Assists, DPW said.Further, Chow told the AFRO that based on census data, 40,000 Baltimore residents should qualify, but only a few thousand are enrolled in DPW’s current rate reduction program. Chow hopes to close that gap with the new initiative.Linda Batts, of Hanlon Park, asked Chow for comparative figures during the meeting, examples of how other municipalities like Washington, D.C and Detroit were paying for and delivering water. No such figures were provided during the presentation. Batts also asked how with a declining city population, service costs were still rising. Chow did not have an immediate answer.“We didn’t hear from you what choices we have in case we don’t like what we’ve heard today and want to protest and follow through with an appeal,” she said.last_img read more

HTC Founder Takes on CEO Role Amid Company Turnaround

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters 3 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. March 20, 2015 Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now HTC Corp on Friday named Cher Wang as chief executive, giving its founder and chairwoman a bigger role in leading a potential turnaround of the Taiwanese smartphone maker.The return of Wang, a scion of one of Taiwan’s most prominent families, comes as HTC’s phones have often struggled to translate positive early reviews into strong sales, and the former contract manufacturer has found it tough to build a strong consumer brand in a competitive market.HTC said Wang has been increasingly involved in running various aspects of the business.She replaces Peter Chou, who will lead product development as head of the HTC Future Development Lab, an executive role focusing on identifying future growth opportunities.Chou is known to be more focused on research and development, so the change is positive in that respect, said Jimmy Chen, a technology analyst with Masterlink Securities Investment Advisory in Taipei.But Chou also built a reputation as an abrasive manager whose demanding style hit morale at the company, according to executives previously interviewed by Reuters.It remains unclear if HTC can overcome its challenges, Masterlink’s Chen said. “If you don’t bring in fresh blood then there’s probably less of a chance to improve the operations.”HTC recently named a new marketing chief, filling a post that had been vacant for four months.Revenue at HTC, which once had a 10 percent share of the global smartphone market, has largely flatlined after gradually sliding over the past two years.Net income has fared worse, with the company reporting either losses or a slim profit at best since hitting a peak in the third quarter of 2011.Like other, larger mobile phone makers such as Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics, HTC is trying to diversify into other ‘connected’ devices to find new growth outside an increasingly commoditized space.”We are seeing rapid changes in the industry, with the smartphone as our personal hub connecting us to a growing world of smart devices,” Wang said in a company statement announcing the management changes.But despite forging a partnership with Google Inc to develop a smartwatch based on its Android operating system over a year ago, HTC has yet to deliver one to the market.Wang’s father, the late Wang Yung-Ching, was chairman of Taiwanese conglomerate Formosa Plastics Group. Cher Wang was considered a pioneer in Taiwan’s male-dominated technology industry, founding HTC in 1997 and establishing it as a leader in a then fast-growing mobile segment.(Additional reporting by Michael Gold; Editing by Ian Geoghegan)last_img read more

Big cruise ships no longer allowed in Venice

first_imgBig cruise ships no longer allowed in Venice Thursday, November 9, 2017 Share Tags: Italy ROME — The Italian government and Venice officials have agreed on a plan to block giant cruise ships from steaming past the lagoon city’s iconic St. Mark’s Square and instead re-route them to a nearby industrial port.The agreement reached Tuesday, the latest in a years-long debate and still subject to final details, seeks to balance the environmental concerns of Venice’s delicate ecosystem with tourism and maritime jobs.Transport Minister Graziano Delrio said the plan, to be phased in over three-five years, calls for cruise ships over 55,000 tons to dock at the mainland’s Marghera port and avoid transiting through the Giudecca canal, one of the main waterways through Venice that empties into the St. Mark’s basin.Environmental groups rejected it since it still allows polluting cruise ships to enter Venice’s lagoon. Source: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

House approves Rep VanSingels bill clarifying rules for vehicles towing trailers at

first_img Bill removes unnecessary regulationThe Michigan House today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Scott VanSingel to exempt vehicles towing trailers from having to stop at a weigh station.An example of this type of vehicle would be an employee of a lawn care company driving a pickup truck or van towing a trailer with equipment.Currently, pickup trucks and vans operated as commercial vehicles are required to stop at a weigh station.“Weigh stations are checkpoints where weight and safety inspections are performed. Commercially used pickup trucks and vans towing trailers are rarely, if ever, even close to their maximum weight,” said VanSingel, of Grant. “This legislation reduces a regulatory burden on small businesses by allowing certain vehicles to legally bypass without being weighed.”VanSingel’s bill also clarifies that the driver of a semi-truck who fails to stop at a weigh station will be issued a ticket instead of being charged with a misdemeanor.House Bill 5090 now moves to the Senate for consideration.### Categories: VanSingel News 22Mar House approves Rep. VanSingel’s bill clarifying rules for vehicles towing trailers at weigh stationslast_img read more