U.S. Making Headway with ETU Construction

first_imgThe United States Army Engineers have been working very hard since their arrival several weeks ago as part of a 4000-strong military contingent deployed to help us fight Ebola.Our young reporter Alvin Worzi said in a report on Monday that the U.S. Army Engineers at the weekend completed and opened their third ETU.  The first was completed a little over a week ago in Bomi, where they praised the Liberian Army’s Engineering Battalion, who built the first one in Tubmanburg to the satisfaction of their American colleagues.A second ETU was completed in Sinje, Grand Cape Mount County; and now the third in Buchanan, Grand Bassa.  The American Army Engineers plan to build a total of 17 ETUs across the country.According to Major General Gary Volesky, Commander of the 101st Airborne Division, the Grand Bassa ETU was the first to be built completely by the U.S. Army Engineers.Our Nimba Correspondent Ishmael Menkor yesterday reported three pieces of good news from Ganta.  The first was that the American military contingent sent by President Obama to help us fight Ebola had recently paid several visits to Ganta, and that a large area near the Ganta United Methodist Hospital is now being cleared for the building of another ETU there.The second piece of good news is that 50 persons quarantined in Ganta had been released!The third piece of good news is that in Ganta, which not long ago was the epi-center of the Ebola virus, yes, in this same Ganta, there are no more new cases!What do we think is responsible for all this good news?  It is mainly one thing: The people of Ganta have gotten the message and are behaving themselves.  They are obeying all the rules and making sure that the sick are immediately reported.  That is why we could find 50 people quarantined at one time in one place.  And thanks to their quick and timely reporting to the center, they have all been released!As we said in this Monday’s Editorial, ALL OF US, THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, must do likewise and demonstrate that while we are most grateful to President Obama and his  troops for building all these ETUs across the country, the time will soon come when we would not need them.  This, we said in that Editorial, is how we can quickly begin successfully to rebuild our shattered economy and our shattered lives.  We can definitely do it, as it must be done!We understand that in response to the rapid progress we are making in the anti-Ebola fight, the Americans themselves may scale back their numbers on the ground, from 4000 to 3000.  This is good news, BUT …And this is indeed a BIG BUT:  We trust that the Americans will do three things more: first, join their Liberian counterparts–the Armed Forces of Liberia–in ensuring that the country is safe and secure from anymore cross-border transmissions of the virus.  We have in several recent Editorials shown how this can be done.  We need a strong and well prepared military presence at the borders to intercept (stop) any further transmissions.   We should never forget that it was one such transmission that crossed the Foya border with Guinea and spread the virus like wildfire in Liberia.President Sirleaf, Defense Minister Samukai, it only takes one!  We should, therefore, do everything in our power to prevent it from happening again!Second, we trust that the Engineering Battalion will share their experience and expertise with the AFL Engineering Battalion, so as further to empower our men in arms to crisscross the country doing engineering good–helping build farm-to-market roads, maintaining and repairing highways, maintaining public buildings and assisting in everything that a good engineer does to improve people’s lives–including digging wells and boreholes to provide safe drinking water for the people.Thirdly, we pray that our American partners, the American troops and their government–indeed all our partners, the Chinese who first made the offer, and everyone else included–after helping us defeat Ebola, will as soon as possible embark on the rebuilding of our healthcare delivery system.We, however, submit that the Liberian government should first come up with a roadmap showing what it wants to do and how it should be done.This is a matter for Thursday’s Editorial.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LATAM spreads its wings

first_imgPhoto: Latam South American airline group LATAM is not ruling out further destinations in Australia but says it will concentrate on getting its Santiago-Melbourne flight running well before attempting further expansion.LATAM, which already flies Boeing 787-9s to Sydney via Auckland, will start using the planes on the first non-stop service between South America and Melbourne in October next year.The South American giant has been a steadfast supporter of the potential for traffic growth between the two continents and the new Melbourne -Santiago route is a sign that confidence is starting to pay off.It has signed a deal with Tourism Australia and the Victorian Government to promote the route, which will take about 13 hours heading to Santiago and 15 hours coming back. The route complements LATAMs daily B787-9 services between Sydney and Santiago via Auckland as well non-stop Boeing 747-400 Sydney-Santiago codeshare services operated by alliance partner Qantas,The new service means a reduced travel time for Melburnians and also gives LATAM the ability to offer the Victorian capital as a transfer point for passengers from cities such as Perth and Adelaide.Its Boeing 787-9s have 220 seats in economy, 54 seats in Space+ and 30 in Premium Business. Seats in all cabins have access to video on demand and business class passengers have seats that recline into a fully flat bed. They also have a newly-designed menu featuring Latin American cuisine as well as premium Chilean and Argentinian wines.LATAM currently brings about 190,000 passengers per year into Oceania — the three times weekly Melbourne flights will add another 75,000 — and Asia Pacific managing director, Patricio Aylwin, told Airline Ratings the market was doing well.“So the Sydney-Auckland route as we currently have it is doing well and we know there’s a lot of potential in other destinations and points of sale within Australia as well,’’  he said.  “We’ve always been looking for opportunities and we thought now was the right time to add more capacity into another port in Australia.’’Asked if there were no plans to look at Downunder destinations beyond Sydney and Melbourne, Alwin said the group needed to take its expansion “one stage at a time’’ and added that it was also not looking at flying directly from Sydney to Santiago at this stage.But he was optimistic Melbourne could go daily from the initial flights on Tuesday,  Friday and Sunday.“Hopefully we’ll be able to do that for sure,’’ he said. “I think everyone would like to operate everywhere successfully and we’re no different to that.’’Also on the South American airline’s radar is the potential of connecting South America with South-East Asia through Australia — a possibility that has also stirred the interest of Air New Zealand and Qantas.Aylwin pointed to a codeshare with oneworld partner Cathay Pacific in Auckland as an example.That’s just one,’’ he said “There’s potential for others as well.’’The renewed push into Australia comes as LATAM this year relaunched its brand under a new coral and indigo logo as part of the ongoing amalgamation of the former Chilean-based LAN and Brazilian TAM airlines since the two merged in 2012.Aylwin said the merger had made good progress, particularly this year with the new brand,  but officials had known the process would take time.”Our customers are starting to see one brand and one product more and more often, ‘’ he said. “ We still have,  obviously, aircraft which are not all painted to the new LATAM livery.“There’s still some time to go but the progress has been good and I think it’s becoming more and more consistent over time. It’s becoming a LATAM product rather than two separate brands.’’last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast – October 29, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry again today. But, the pattern gets wetter tomorrow forward. We should see sunshine for most of the day today, although we wont rule out a few clouds in northern parts of the state.Moisture totals from Wed-Thur-early Friday event.Rain arrives tomorrow, and continues through Thursday. There will be two waves of action, with about 12-16 hours of pause in-between. Rain can end as wet snowflakes on Friday morning. However liquid equivalent precipitation remains in a .5″-1.5″ range for the entire event.Significantly colder behind this system, with clouds breaking for some late day sun on Friday. Then we stay partly to mostly sunny through the weekend and Monday. Temps will stay cold through the weekend, but we should start to see some temperature moderation MondayStill dry for Tuesday, but we see clouds increase through the day. Scattered showers can develop overnight next Tuesday night through Wednesday, but will be limited to a few hundredths to a couple of tenths.  The rest of the 10 day window is dry.The extended period shows a few showers around for Saturday the 9th, with rain totals from .05″-.4″ over 70% of Ohio, otherwise we are dry with a mix of clouds and sun. We can see cold air initially for the 10th and 11th, but then temps moderate and go even to above normal levels toward the end of the 11-16 day period.last_img read more

Will autonomous microgrids drive IoT in smart cities?

first_imgHow IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … The ability of microgrids to operate autonomously from larger grids could prove to be a major driver of Internet of Things (IoT) adoption in smart cities of the future.A recent Intel Grid Insights blog piece by Andres Carvallo discussed the pivotal role microgrids will play in smart cities of the future. Carvallo is CEO of CMG, a consultancy that advises on smart grids and other infrastructure.Microgrids are small, local energy grids with control capability that allows them to be disconnected from traditional utility grids. Carvallo says this capability to operate independently will make microgrids a key driver for smart city adoption of IoT technology.“Highly instrumented microgrids can strengthen grid resilience and help minimize outages in the larger utility grid,” said Carvallo. “Microgrids are designed to enable two-way power flow and two-way dataflow that require pervasive instrumentation and connectivity on just about every device within it.”See also: Can IoT turn back climate change?Multiple technologies power microgrids, including natural gas CHP engines, fuel cells, batteries, solar technology and diesel generators. And IoT will play a role with such equipment that requires sensors, connectivity, analytics, machine learning optimization and software for managing devices and energy.Carvallo says that microgrids have grown to over 1.2 gigawatts (GW) in capacity, with future projections reaching 20GW by 2020 and 100GW by 2030.Microgrids provide greater reliabilityKey reasons microgrids are being increasingly deployed in communities across the U.S. are their high reliability, lower costs, reduced emissions and asset security. End users include military bases, research labs, smart cities, universities, islands and other remote communities.With more than 100 players in the field today, he identifies several areas where IoT and microgrids will provide opportunities in the future.“Solutions that include things like control and energy management software, modeling and feasibility analysis tools, building energy management systems, home energy management systems, switching gear, protection gear, inverters, grid interconnectors, batteries and energy storage, storage management systems, communications networks, power meters, microprocessors, sensors, and gateways, to name a few,” he says. Tags:#Intel#IoT#microgrids#Smart Cities#smart energy Related Posts For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…center_img Donal Power Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…last_img read more

Ships Sabotaged in UAE Waters Identified

first_imgzoomIllustration. Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The Saudi Arabia-flagged tankers involved in the sabotage incident off UAE earlier this week have been identified as the 300,000 dwt Amjad and the 105,200 dwt Al Marzoqah.According to data provided by VesselsValue, the VLCC and the LR2 tanker significant hull damage close to the water line after being fired upon in a suspected sabotage attack off Fujairah.The incident occurred in the Gulf of Oman on May 12. There were no reports of injuries to the vessels’ crews.The ships were on their way to cross into the Arabian Gulf. One of the two tankers was to be loaded with Saudi crude oil from the port of Ras Tanura, to be delivered to Saudi Aramco’s customers in the United States.Besides the two Saudi tankers, the incident involved the Norway-flagged crude oil tanker Andrea Victory and the UAE-flagged tanker A Michel, both of which suffered significant hull damage close to the water line at its stern. A Michel began to list due to water ingress, and booms were deployed as a precaution against potential pollution, VesselsValue added.Khalid Al-Falih, UAE’s Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, earlier denounced the attack adding that it had an aim “to undermine the freedom of maritime navigation, and the security of oil supplies to consumers all over the world.”World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Nonheinous crimes on rise in national capital

first_imgNew Delhi: A total of 1,56,714 non-heinous cases of crime were reported in the national capital in 2019, up from 1,22,498 in 2018 till July 15, marking a 27.93 per cent rise, according to Delhi Police’s crime statistic data. The cases of murder have increased, as per the Delhi Police data. The cases of murder in 2019, reported till July 15, stood at 283. The figure was 250 during the same period last year, the data revealed. However, a senior police officer said the number of crimes in Delhi under all the major heads have shown a declining trend, except 4.26 per cent increase in motor vehicle thefts and 50 per cent rise in other theft cases this year till July 15. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Till July 15 this year, 24944 cases of motor vehicle theft were reported, which was 23923 during the same period last year. Other theft cases were 102123, against 67760 in 2018 till now. “In all, 159649 cases were registered under the provisions of Indian Penal Code (IPC) till July 15 this year, as against 125669 in 2018. The statistics also showed that there is a slight rise of 1.5 percent in snatching cases. Till July 15, this year 3577 cases were reported as against 3524 in 2018. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings There is a big rise in crime against women. Till July 15 this year, cases of cruelty by husband and in-laws stood at 1936 till July 15 this year, against 1471 during the same period in 2018. In 90 per cent cases of crime against women, it has been observed that the accused is someone known to victims. The officer said one of the big reasons for rise in crime in the national capital is that unemployed youth staying in JJ clusters and unauthorised colonies adjacent to colonies of the opulent class resort to such activities after seeing the lifestyle of the rich that is replete with comfort and opulence. They start harbouring the desire to become rich within a short period. This motivates them to try their hand at street crimes like snatching and robberies. Factors such as low income, unemployment and under employment, increasing charm of consumerism and materialism are the factors which continue to play their role behind the rising level of delinquency amongst the youths.last_img read more

EverBank Field Rating the sight of the Gator Bowl

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — It wasn’t the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., and it wasn’t the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La., but the EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., site of the 2012 Gator Bowl, was the best bowl game location Ohio State football could do this season. The stadium, home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, holds more than 77,000 fans and was home of Super Bowl XXXIX between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. The mostly-full stadium held 61,312 fans for Monday’s Gator Bowl, and The Lantern was there to cover the game, and rate the quality of the venue. Here is our rating of EverBank Field, should Buckeyes, Browns or Bengals fans find themselves there in the future. All categories were rated on a five-point scale, with a five being the highest. Sight lines/seating: One of the most important factors when shelling out big bucks for an NFL game or a college football bowl game is your proximity to the field and the sight lines. Luckily for those in attendance for Monday’s Gator Bowl, the Buckeyes’ and Gators’ sideline areas were narrow. The front row of seats was quite close to the playing surface. The stadium was not particularly tall, and the higher the row you sat in, the farther you were from the action, kind of like the Rose Bowl. Upper deck seats might not have been the best vantage point, but the expansive lower bowl would be well worth the price of admission. Lantern rating: 2 Access to stadium/location: Though the stadium wasn’t at full capacity, traffic to the game was manageable — a 15-minute cab ride from downtown Jacksonville. Public transit is an option, as is an elevated, light-rail train that runs right past the stadium. Very convenient. The stadium location is also quite nice. The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, home of the Double-A affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins, is a beautiful, red-brick ball field adjacent to EverBank Field. Lastly, and perhaps best of all, the stadium is located on the banks of the St. Johns River, which makes for a picturesque scene. Lantern rating: 4 Aesthetics of the stadium: EverBank Field is comprised mostly of large concrete ramps that run up to the upper levels of the stadium. It isn’t very colorful or particularly eye-grabbing. The open-air facility was very open indeed, and probably not conducive to allowing crowd noise to reverberate and bother the team you’re rooting against. Lantern rating: 1 Gameday atmosphere: There was a large tailgate party situated on a lawn outside of the stadium. Hundreds of fans attended, ate, drank and watched college football on a jumbo-sized television screen. The cost of admission to the tailgate was $10, but your “ticket” to enter was the official Gator Bowl patch — worn by both teams during the game — attached to a lanyard. The patch was a fine souvenir and the tailgate grounds gave fans the opportunity to meet and get pumped for the game. Lantern rating: 4.5 To visit or not to visit: All categories considered, EverBank Field garnered a 2.875. A trip to EverBank Field, which was built in 1995, could be justified for a college football bowl game. A trip to see the Jaguars, which finished the 2011 season with a 5-11 record, though? Probably not. read more