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Aug
24

As Climate Changes, Meteorologists Relying Less on ‘Using the Past to Inform the Future’

first_imgArctic | Climate Change | Environment | Interior | Nation & World | Science & Tech | WeatherAs Climate Changes, Meteorologists Relying Less on ‘Using the Past to Inform the Future’October 29, 2016 by Tim Ellis, KUAC Share:The National Weather Service has kept records for than a century on Alaska’s weather, but Thoman relies on more recent trends for his 2016-17 winter forecast: the past 10 years of temperature data and 15 years of precipitation data. The data suggest there will be less precipitation next month in the Interior but more along the Arctic Ocean coast, and warmer temperatures.(Courtesy National Weather Service)National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Thoman predicts more snow, more cold snaps – more normal winter weather – in Alaska this year now that the El Niño phase that helped make last winter so mild has moved on and been replaced by a La Niña.At least, that’s what’s happened in previous years. But he says climate change has made forecasting in the Arctic more challenging.“Well, that is the big problem with using the past to inform the future,” Thoman said.Experts such as John Walsh, chief scientist with the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ International Arctic Research Center, say climate change always must be taken into consideration when analyzing weather in the far north.“No weather event is completely independent of climate change,” Walsh said in an interview last year.Thoman says the weather service has pretty good data collected over the past 65 years on the so-called Pacific Decadal Oscillation, or PDO, cycle that drives El Niños and La Niñas.But he says meteorologists are relying on data from recent years because climate change is a more recent phenomenon that’s made older data, collected before the Arctic began to warm so quickly, less relevant.Thoman’s “mid-winter” forecast, for November through January, also is based on more recent temperature and precipitation data. It calls for above-average snowfall in the Interior and continued above-average temperatures and snowfall along the Arctic Ocean coast.(Courtesy National Weather Service)“So it does shorten our record, and that’s bad, because then we wind up with fewer, say, La Niñas winters to develop these kinds of averages,” he said. “But the tradeoff is that we’re not including winters that are not really appropriate for what we have today.”The size and location of a large body of warm water in the equatorial Pacific Ocean drive the transition from El Niño to La Niña. And Thoman says researchers are studying other phenomena that occur in lower latitudes that may play a role in La Niña. But he says in the Arctic, it’s the local factors that exert a more powerful influence on the region’s weather.“The changes are happening so fast in the Arctic – with sea-ice loss, with increased time of no snow cover – that that’s really the driving feature. And the lower-latitude factors are being swamped those big cryosphere changes,” he said.And because sea ice is sparse around Alaska, and snow comes later and melts sooner, Thoman says this winter is likely to be cooler and snowier than the past few winters. Still, he says it’ll be a relatively mild winter, compared with La Niña winters of years past, because the climate overall is warmer now.Share this story:last_img read more

Jul
13

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin: Network Rail is at crisis point and won’t deliver the upgrades it promised

first_img Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin: Network Rail is at crisis point and won’t deliver the upgrades it promised Network Rail has overspent and won’t be able to deliver all the changes and upgrades it promised, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin told the House of Commons today. Read more: Network Rail privatisation to be discussed by government officials in order to shake off debt burden The government’s proposed five-year £38.5bn investment plan to transform many of Britain’s rail links is suffering a severe funding gap, and many of the projects will have to either be reduced or scrapped completely.  The body’s chairman Richard Parry-Jones is also reportedly stepping down after three years in the role. He will be replaced by Sir Peter Hendy, who is currently commissioner of Transport for London. “Important aspects of Network Rail’s investment programme are costing more and taking longer,” McLoughlin said. “All of these problems could and should have been foreseen by Network Rail.” One of the biggest plans affected is the electrification of the Midland mainline linking Sheffield to London, previously described as “critical to maintaining a reliable railway”. McLoughlin confirmed this would be “paused” for the time being. The electrification of the TransPennine Express railway line between Manchester, Leeds and York is also being put on hold.  Chief executive Mark Calne, who has been in the role for one year, said he “welcomed the fact” that Peter Hendy was joining the team.  During my first year in the job I have looked closely at every aspect of our business and it has become clear that Network Rail signed up to highly ambitious five-year targets set by the regulator. Based on historic improvements from a low base, we were overly optimistic about the capacity of our company and our supplier base to step up several gears in order to achieve the plan, especially given the complexities of a network that is at full capacity much of the time. Read more: Network Rail chief Mark Carne turns down bonus after “unacceptable” engineering delays caused “misery” for passengers Network Rail, which owns and operates most of the rail infrastructure in England, Scotland and Wales, has missed its targets and gone way over budget on a number of improvements it has already started working on, meaning there’s less money left over to begin other plans. Adding to the problem is the disruption caused by engineering works to services at London Bridge and Victoria stations. At the start of June, the Office for Rail and Road Regulations released a report showing how Network Rail had missed more than a third of its targets since the programme began in April last year. This includes track renewals being seven per cent behind targets, signalling renewals 63 per cent behind and overhead line renewals 77 per cent behind. Rhian Kelly, business environment director of CBI, said it was important for the government to give a signal about when the “much needed” investments would go ahead: Given the complexity of large investments in railway projects, it’s understandable that things don’t always run to schedule. However, delivery of these projects is critical to continuing the process of upgrading the UK’s rail network and providing a more efficient service for passengers. Network Rail added, however, that it is investing “record amounts in our railway to ensure it remains fit for purpose”, and that it currently has the “safest passenger network in Europe”. Show Comments ▼ whatsapp whatsapp Share Sarah Spickernell Thursday 25 June 2015 4:22 am by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost Funzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorEliteSinglesThe Dating Site for Highly-Educated Singles in ScottsdaleEliteSinglesTotal Battle – Tactical Game OnlineThe Most Addictive Strategy Game of 2021Total Battle – Tactical Game OnlineTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestly Tags: Network Raillast_img read more

Jul
4

Comment / Comment: reducing tension via logistics collaboration in air cargo airlines

first_imgOrganisational development theory provides several recommendations – such as standard processes, better execution and cross-functional teams – on how to improve the collaboration between organisations’ silos.Of course, translating this common knowledge into common practice is not always straightforward, and often a more practical solution is warranted. The core of such solution could be formed by software which equally supports sales and revenue management and, secondly, provides a version of the truth that is accepted by both departments.The first element will make life easier for all involved, the second will improve the mutual understanding between departments.There are several generic, and widely used, collaboration software packages on the market (Salesforce and Slack, for example), but as an industry we could take it a step further.I am referring to air cargo-specific applications that go beyond standard reporting and communication features; applications that can independently analyse client/flight performance and which have the ability to communicate directly with the technological heart of any cargo airline – the operational booking system.A recently published case study on cross functional collaboration (see here) refers to a company that wanted to reduce the silos in its organisation, and how its leaders were “struck by how cultural change takes hold once proof of the gains from transparency and collaboration become tangible”.My recent experiences with a cargo airline confirmed this observation. Through a straightforward tool, this particular airline was able to streamline the process by which the sales and revenue departments interacted. And because all stakeholders were using the same application, they jointly created a version of the truth – on their commercial performance – that was commonly accepted.Instead of fighting over how accurate the numbers were, they are now focused on further improving these numbers instead.Technology solutions that reduce unnecessary internal tensions free up time and energy and allow organisations to stay in touch with the outside world. That seems far more “healthy” for staff and the organisation’s overall performance than colleagues infighting and calling each other unprintable names.Niall van de Wouw is managing director of CLIVE. He can be reached at [email protected] By Niall van de Wouw 21/09/2016 For most of us, the summer holidays are the best opportunity to release the tension that mounts during consecutive months of work.But despite the good it does us, once back at our desks, the tension returns quicker than our tans fade.A common tension point at cargo airlines is the relationship between the sales and revenue management departments. To many in our industry this friction is unavoidable, in fact some executives even believe it to be “healthy” and “natural”.However, these labels underestimate the negative consequences of such tension. They especially ignore the distractions of such internal friction – it is a major cause for airlines losing sight of ever-changing external developments.center_img © Monkey Business Imageslast_img read more

Jul
4

News / FedEx beefs up home delivery services as e-commerce items get bulkier

first_img FedEx is trying to get a firmer grip on the growing volume of bulky goods, such as exercise equipment and home improvement items, shoppers are buying online and having delivered to their homes.Final-mile deliveries of bulky goods through its FedEx Direct service (operated by its FedEx Freight arm) have expanded from 80% of the US market to 90%, and to support this, the integrator is building five large package facilities and expanding three others.Historically, FedEx and UPS have gone to some length to discourage bulky items in their parcel networks, especially those that cannot be handled by conveyor systems.As recently as the summer, UPS announced a surcharge of $50 for large shipments and a whopping $250 for shipments that exceed its maximum limit, and only last year FedEx launched a pilot programme for deliveries of bulky online purchases and began to set up special facilities to handle this traffic. John Haber, CEO of logistics consultancy Spend Management Experts, agrees this type of traffic is simply too big and fast-growing to ignore, adding that the pandemic had given a sharp boost to the segment’s growth, as consumers ordered home office and exercise equipment and spent more on home improvement.By is own account, FedEx delivered more than 750,000 bulky shipments between 1 June and 31 August.“Either they refuse this traffic or they find a way to deal with it,” said Mr Haber. “If they refuse it, they hand a competitive advantage to others.”Competition for this business is growing in intensity. On 16 September, Forward Air announced the acquisition of CLW Delivery, a $20m-a-year trucking company, specialising in final-mile and in-home installation, for $5.5m. It was Forward Air’s fourth acquisition in this sector, which began with rival Towne in 2015.Also last month, non-asset transport provider AIT Worldwide Logistics launched “an economical large parcel delivery service” across the US.“A lot of players are moving into this space,” Mr Haber said. “Everybody is trying to come up with a solution.”But FedEx and UPS still don’t want big, bulky shipments in their parcel networks and the FedEx Direct service through FedEx Freight is an effort to solve this conundrum, he added.The move continues the blurring of lines between the various FedEx units. A major shift in this was the decision to cross-utilise the Ground and Express networks, which had previously been painstakingly kept separate.The old set-up was unwieldly, Mr Haber explained: “With FedEx, at one point you could have four different pick-ups in a day. For a shipper, that meant having to isolate the volumes and schedule four pick-ups.”While the expanded delivery of bulky items is a stab at this segment, it is not an all-out effort to build up this business, he pointed out. FedEx offers two service variants, with the standard option delivering the item into the first room in a house, and the second to a room of the customer’s choosing, plus removal of the packaging.However, there is no set-up or installation included, which will diminish the service’s appeal to many consumers, believes Mr Haber. And nor are FedEx and UPS likely to try to attract this business with aggressive pricing, he added.“They’re pricing it to make money,” he said, adding that the most recent round of surcharges targeted large B2C shippers and bulky shipments.“The surcharges are not going to go away. Profitability is a key component of this,” he concluded. By Ian Putzger, Americas correspondent 28/09/2020last_img read more

Jun
21

Mobile home fire sparks on Fort Myers Beach

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement AdvertisementTags: fireFort Myers Beach Fire engulfs Golden Gate Estates home June 7, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Teen arrested in Fort Myers Beach Memorial Day shooting June 4, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. – A fire sparked inside a mobile home on Fort Myers Beach Saturday morning. Iona McGregor fire confirmed the fire started when the heater was turned on and the system shorted out. Crews said there was smoke damage inside the home located off of Peppard Drive. The battalion chief with Iona McGregor fire confirmed $2,000 worth of damage was done to the mobile home. Beach front businesses deal with impacts of Fort Myers Beach ‘street preachers’ June 16, 2021 What led up to the Memorial Day shooting on Fort Myers Beach June 9, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentslast_img read more

Jun
20

Spirited Laois go down fighting away to Galway in league opener

first_img Pinterest Spirited Laois go down fighting away to Galway in league opener Facebook By LaoisToday Reporter – 27th January 2019 Previous articleNational Cup final heartbreak for Portlaoise Panther’s U-20 WomenNext articlePossible jobs boost for Mountmellick, Pantos and national league competitions – it’s all in this week’s Top Stories LaoisToday Reporter Home Sport GAA Spirited Laois go down fighting away to Galway in league opener SportGAAHurling WhatsApp Laois 2-15 Galway 1-27Allianz National Hurling League Division 1BOn paper this looked like it would be a very difficult assignment for Laois and despite losing by nine points in Salthill, the hurlers showed grit and fighting ability that has been lacking for the last year.Eddie Brennan’s charges were up against a side who were defeated in the All-Ireland final back in August and although just Padraic Mannion, Aidan Harte, Joe Canning and Cathal Mannion played from the team that started that day – this was still a strong Galway side.And they threatened to run riot on Laois as they built up a 14 point lead early in the second half.Galway were far more tactically astute than their Laois counterparts, and although Eddie Brennan’s side never looked as though they would turn the Tribesmen on their heads, their urge to keep fighting after going 14 points down is something to take from this game.Laois showed signs that this year under Eddie Brennan might be different as they battled right to the very end where two John Lennon goals saw them cut the deficit to seven points as we entered injury time.Laois did not score again and although Galway did win with some to spare, if Laois can carry this type of performance into their Joe McDonagh Cup campaign later in the year, it will see them do far better than in 2018.The first half was a slog for Laois. PJ Scully was their chief scorer with accuracy from frees and sideline cuts helping Laois on the scoreboard.But Galway were well in control with Joe Canning and Cathal Mannion particularly prolific while a Davey Glennon goal gave them a 1-15 to 0-7 lead at half time.Galway extended their advantage on the resumption of play but Laois struck back with a goal when an overhead pass by Aaron Dunphy set up John Lennon, on his first appearance following an injury lay off, to bury the ball along the ground into the net.Galway recovered from that set back with a flurry of points to move 15 clear with 12 minutes to play but Laois refused to pack up and go home.They got five of the game’s next six points with Mark Kavanagh grabbing three of them before a second Lennon goal narrowed the deficit further.But Galway weren’t about to completely collapse and they regained the composure to see out the game and claim the win.Things don’t get any easier for Laois next week either as they are up against another Liam McCarthy challenger in the form of Waterford next Sunday in O’Moore Park.But after that, Laois will be targeting games against Carlow, Dublin and Offaly to see if they can get anything from their league campaign.SCORERS – LAOIS: PJ Scully 0-6 (four frees), John Lennon 2-0, Aaron Dunphy 0-1, Paddy Purcell 0-1, Eanna Lyons 0-1, Mark Kavanagh 0-4 (three frees), Cha Dwyer 0-1, Jack Kelly 0-1 GALWAY: Joe Canning 0-11 (eight frees, two 65′), Cathal Mannion 0-5, Davey Glennon 1-3, Sean Loftus 0-3, Aidan Harte 0-2, Thomas Monaghan 0-2, Padraig Mannion 0-1LAOIS: Enda Rowland (Abbeyleix); Joe Phelan (Camross), Matthew Whelan (Borris-Kilcotton), Donnacha Hartnett (Mountmellick); Jack Kelly (Rathdowney-Errill), Ryan Mullaney (Castletown), Padraig Delaney (The Harps); Conor Phelan (Castletown) PJ Scully (Borris-Kilcotton); Eanna Lyons (Ballyfin), Mark Kavanagh (Rathdowney-Errill), Paddy Purcell (Rathdowney-Errill); John Lennon (Rosenallis), Aaron Dunphy (Borris-Kilcotton), Stephen Maher (Clough-Ballacolla). Subs: Sean Downey (Ballinakill) for Delaney (43m), Neil Foyle (Borris-Kilcotton) for Maher (51m), Cha Dwyer (Ballinakill) for Scully (58m), Aaron Bergin (Portlaoise) for Lyons (59m), Jake Cranny (Abbeyleix) for Phelan (68m)GALWAY: Fergal Flannery; Jack Grealish, Ronan Burke, Sean Linnane; Kevin Hussey, Padraic Mannion, Aidan Harte; Cathal Mannion, Sean Loftus; Jack Coyne, Joe Canning, Sean Bleahene; Thomas Monaghan, Brian Concannon, Davy Glennon. Subs: Ronan O’Meara for J Coyne (56m), Jack Fitzpatrick for A Harte (57m), Sean Kilduff for J Canning (59m), Shane Bannon for J Grealish (60m), Tadgh Haran for T Monaghan (68m)Referee: Johnny Murphy (Limerick)SEE ALSO – Incredible Irish Times feature looks into the life story of Stradbally’s €30 million charity donor Elizabeth O’Kelly Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Facebook GAA Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest GAA TAGSAllianz Hurling League Division 1BLaois v Galway GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

Jun
17

Portmore Collectorate to Open on July 28

first_imgRelatedPortmore Collectorate to Open on July 28 RelatedPortmore Collectorate to Open on July 28 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The new Portmore collectorate, which opens its doors on July 28 in the Portmore Pines, will provide much relief for the many persons coming to pay their taxes at the very last moment.“This is to assist us with the rush expected at the end of this month (July), due to the tax amnesty,” said Acting Commissioner of the Inland Revenue Department (IRD), Viralee Lattibeaudiere, as she addressed a JIS ‘Think Tank,’ yesterday (July 22).“On June 30, we had tax payers in two of our facilities until after 12 o’clock. It was past midnight and they were still there paying taxes,” she recalled.Mrs. Lattibeaudiere said it was such an ordeal, pointing out that the experience was not pleasant, “because the staff came in at 8 o’clock and even though we had some backups, they had to work until 5:30 the following morning, because having dealt with the tax payer, the cashiers had to stay and balance (the books).”“We had several back office operations,” she said, citing collections in their drop boxes. She explained that the IRD has drop boxes in the major collectorates and when those were cleared for them to be recorded in the system, this could not be completed at 5:30.Mrs. Lattibeaudiere added that the operation on July 1 went on until after 9:00 p.m. “We even had to go to other departments, such as the Tax Payer Audit and Assessment to borrow some persons who were former cashiers and bring them back on line to help the cashiers,” she said.“We had to use compliant officers as back office cashiers and also as relief cashiers, because the day was just too long,” she added.The Acting Commissioner noted that on the Friday leading to June 30, the tax office was empty and she could not believe it. “I was saying to myself that it seems people don’t have any money, but on that day (June 30) they all came in and at the very last moment.” Portmore Collectorate to Open on July 28 UncategorizedJuly 24, 2008center_img RelatedPortmore Collectorate to Open on July 28 Advertisementslast_img read more

Jun
17

Agriculture Most Effective Short Term Response to Challenges – Dr. Tufton

first_imgRelatedAgriculture Most Effective Short Term Response to Challenges – Dr. Tufton FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Christopher Tufton, has emphasised that the sector has the greatest multiplier impact, and is the most effective short-term economic response to the immediate challenges facing the country.“In a sense, agriculture could be described as a social stabilising factor, because of the short term response that is possible. It represents a stabilising force that allows an option for some of us who are challenged to find solutions to this particular crisis,” he said.Dr. Tufton was speaking at the Ministry’s Agri-Investment Expo and Seminar, held on March 4, at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus.“The Government therefore takes it seriously and today’s seminar represents one of a number of activities that is geared towards improving perception and exposing the opportunities that are available in the agricultural sector,” the Minister said.“Seminars, such as this one, are intended to, in a targeted way, attract persons who have the potential and the interest to take on agricultural challenges and approach agriculture as a business, because that is what it is. It is not a welfare activity,” Dr. Tufton said.The Minister stressed that the opportunities in the sector are many, and the seminar would afford the participants an opportunity to examine some of those critical opportunities. “We have a number of booths providing information on everything, from bee-keeping to honey-making. We have information on funding and how to secure funding; and we will provide you with information on the technical expertise that is available to develop business plans,” he pointed out.Meanwhile, Prime Minister Bruce Golding in his remarks, said he was pleased with the response of persons attending the seminar. “It sends a clear message that agriculture in Jamaica is not dead, it isn’t about to die and we are not going to allow it to die,” he said.“I am encouraged, because I think that it is still one of our primary untapped, unexploited resources and sources of growth and development,” Mr. Golding said.The Prime Minister explained that the status of “our agricultural sector is best illustrated by the structure of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Agriculture employs some 18 per cent of our labour force, but it contributes less than six per cent to our GDP and that tells you that 18 per cent of your labour force is struggling to share six per cent of the wealth that is being created.”“Therefore, the average income in the agricultural sector is one third of the national average, which is already not something with which we can be satisfied. We have no shortage of land in Jamaica, we have an abundance of idle lands. We have no shortage of labour, but we have an abundance of idle hands,” Mr. Golding said.He said that if Jamaica was not investing money to add value to its agricultural products, “then quite frankly, we are wasting that money and we are going to be doomed to fail.”The Seminar and Expo is being held under the theme ‘Investing in agriculture for food security’. The event will help prospective investors to learn about viable investment opportunities, as well as marketing support services available to facilitate investment in the sector. RelatedAgriculture Most Effective Short Term Response to Challenges – Dr. Tufton Agriculture Most Effective Short Term Response to Challenges – Dr. Tufton AgricultureMarch 6, 2009center_img RelatedAgriculture Most Effective Short Term Response to Challenges – Dr. Tufton Advertisementslast_img read more

Jun
14

Buff Essentials Week to be held Oct. 1-6

first_imgThe University of Colorado Boulder will host Buff Essentials Week, an annual event held to support freshmen in acclimating to college life, Oct. 1-6.First-year students in the College of Arts and Sciences are required to attend at least three events before registering for spring semester classes in November. Students can choose sessions related to academic advising, research opportunities, nutrition, career counseling, note taking, study abroad and others. All students, staff and faculty are invited to participate in the events.“Buff Essentials Week is an easy opportunity to learn about campus resources, find opportunities to get involved and gain knowledge about how to make the most of your time on campus,” said Cori Shaff, career counselor with CU-Boulder’s Career Services office.Students will have multiple opportunities to connect with faculty and staff in a variety of academic departments and programs, including pre-health, pre-law, English, Jewish studies, classics and international affairs. Additionally, offices like Study Abroad, Career Services, Office of Information Technology, Center for Multicultural Affairs, Counseling and Psychological Services and the GLBTQ Resource Center will offer workshops.The week will include a variety of events, programs and workshops offered by campus departments including the Majors Fair, Study Abroad: Preparing Early, Interactive Theater and the Live Free Weekend Kick Off Lunch. “Buff Essentials Week is an easy opportunity to learn about campus resources, find opportunities to get involved and gain knowledge about how to make the most of your time on campus,” said Cori Shaff, career counselor with CU-Boulder’s Career Services office. Published: Sept. 28, 2012 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mailcenter_img Contact: Greg Swenson, CU media relations, 303-492-3113 Categories:AcademicsArts & HumanitiesLaw & PoliticsEducation & OutreachScience & TechnologyCampus CommunityNews Headlineslast_img read more

Jun
12

Woodlawn Crescent Residents Welcome JEEP Road Repairs

first_imgRelated$280 Million Being Spent to Repair Roads in West Rural St. Andrew Woodlawn Crescent Residents Welcome JEEP Road RepairsJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Rose Stewart could hardly contain her excitement as she gushed about the rehabilitation work done on the road leading into her Woodlawn Crescent community in Central Manchester.The project, which was completed last year, was carried out under phase three of the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) at a cost of $2.6 million.A long-time resident of the community, located in Royal Flat, Ms. Stewart is ecstatic that the 0.6-kilometre stretch was repaired after being in a deplorable condition for many years.She had high praises for National Security Minister and Member of Parliament (MP) for Central Manchester, Hon. Peter Bunting; and Councillor for the Royal Flat Division, Donovan Mitchell, “for all they have done to make this into a reality.”“I am so happy. I am excited about the road. For (many years), we have had to be walking/driving on roads (which were in a deplorable condition)…I (now) brag about my road…because I say yes, our MP and our Councillor came through for us, thanks be to them, thanks be to God,” she said.Ms. Stewart was speaking with JIS News following the official opening of the road on February 13.It was one of two Parish Council roads in Central Manchester, which were repaired under JEEP’s third phase. The other is the Bashie Road in Bellefield, which was rehabilitated at a cost of $3.56 million, and was opened at a separate ceremony.Ms. Stewart said she faced many challenges due to the poor state of the roadway, including being forced to journey home on foot after undergoing major surgery four years ago “because the taxi men refused to take me in.”“I had my grandson (with me, and)…I had to come off a taxi at the end of the road to walk with the baby, who was sleeping, because the taxi men refused to take me in,” she said, adding that their usual complaint was that “dem nah come (down) dis ya bad road…unuh road wah fix, it a mash up wi front end.”She noted, however, that the reverse is now true, as the same taxi men, who once refused to carry her into her community “a beg me fi come in now.”“You don’t have to tell them to drop you in anymore, they turn in and they speed down on our very nice, sweet, smooth road,” she boasted, while pointing to the added benefit of no longer having to pay extra fare for this service.For Wayne Forbes, a resident of the community for 42 years, the fixing of the road is something community members have been looking forward to for a long time.“We are happy the road is fixed now and everybody is enjoying the road…we appreciate it so much,” he told JIS News.Another resident, Doreen Pusey, said that as a 10-year member of the community, she is “very grateful” for the rehabilitation project.Ms. Pusey noted that during the course of the three-month project, she even cooked for the workers.Over in Bellefield, Jean Brown also expressed her appreciation for the “good work” of the Government.“We really appreciate what they have done here for us today, and I hope God will strengthen them so they can do more for this community,” she said.State Minister for Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Richard Azan, said both roads are among more than 1,000 that have been completed under JEEP, since the programme commenced in 2012.The State Minister informed that additional road projects are either slated for commencement or completion in Manchester.Among them are the Old Porus Road, which will be opened within the next few weeks, while work will start shortly on the Old Kendall Road.Additionally, Mr. Azan advised that the Long Hill Road has been shortlisted for repairs under the project.Mr. Bunting, in the meantime, expressed appreciation for the work done, noting that JEEP, which is in its fourth phase, is “touching communities and making a difference.”“JEEP represents those small but high impact projects that the Member of Parliament, sitting with the Councillors, can plan to convert a dirt track into a paved (roadway), to put in an important retaining wall, (and) to put in a sidewalk where school- children, otherwise, would have to walk in the road,” he noted.“We really value this programme,” Minister Bunting added.JEEP is one of the Government’s strategies to address unemployment, particularly among Jamaicans in the lower socio-economic groups, as well as persons with special needs, low skill levels, and those from under-served communities. Related$140 Million Allocated For Parish Council Road Repairs under JEEP Phase Four RelatedPedestrians Urged to be More Careful on the Roads Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Photo: Melroy Sterling State Minister for Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Richard Azan (2nd right); Member of Parliament for Central Manchester and National Security Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting (3rd right), walk on the newly repaired Bashie Road in Bellefield Manchester, which was officially opened on February 13. The work was undertaken under phase three of the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) at a cost of $3.56 million. Story HighlightsRose Stewart could hardly contain her excitement as she gushed about the rehabilitation work done on the road leading into her Woodlawn Crescent community in Central Manchester.The project, which was completed last year, was carried out under phase three of the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) at a cost of $2.6 million.A long-time resident of the community, located in Royal Flat, Ms. Stewart is ecstatic that the 0.6-kilometre stretch was repaired after being in a deplorable condition for many years. Woodlawn Crescent Residents Welcome JEEP Road Repairs TransportFebruary 23, 2015Written by: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more