$1M Upgrading for New Roads Water Tank in Westmoreland

first_imgRelatedWork Commences on Granville to Retirement Road in St. James RelatedHundreds to Benefit from Perth Housing Development $1M Upgrading for New Roads Water Tank in Westmoreland TransportMarch 24, 2013 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail MONTEGO BAY – The New Roads community water tank in Westmoreland, which serves over 2000 residents, has been rehabilitated at a cost of just over $1 million.Funding for the project was jointly provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) of State Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for East Westmoreland, where the facility is located, Hon. Luther Buchanan.The USAID provided some $582,000 (approximately US$6000), while just over $480,000 (US$5000) was allocated from the CDF.The Social Development Commission (SDC) spearheaded the project’s implementation with support from the East Westmoreland Straw Craft Producers Co-operative, and Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), among other stakeholders.Speaking at Friday’s (March 22) handing over ceremony for the tank, State Minister for Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Colin Fagan, underscored the need to enhance the ability of communities to tap into and access potential water sources for storage, in order to alleviate challenges such as drought. In this regard, he said rehabilitation of the New Roads water tank is indicative of what can be achieved through collaboration by various private and public sector stakeholders, in addressing such challenges. In his remarks, Mr. Buchanan urged the residents to ensure the facility is properly maintained so that itCONTACT: GARFIELD L. ANGUScenter_img Advertisements Related$1M Upgrading for New Roads Water Tank in Westmorelandlast_img read more

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Microsoft seeks Skype boost with Swing acquihire

first_img Google taps retail with NYC store Devices Related Saleha Riaz Alianza sobre IA entre Nokia y Microsoft Previous ArticleAfghanistan, Indonesia drop WhatsApp ban threatsNext ArticleXiaomi moves into Western Europe AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 07 NOV 2017 Authorcenter_img Employees of Swing Technologies, maker of a photo app called SWNG, will join Microsoft’s Skype team to boost its imaging technology and customer experience expertise.In a statement, Microsoft’s corporate VP for Skype, Amritansh Raghav, said Swing brings “an impressive track record of delivering great user experiences and brand design around the technology they develop.”Tommy Stadlen, Swing’s co-founder (pictured, right), said: “This is a unique opportunity for the team to bring our ideas to a global audience…We believe in the power of brands and technology, so the Skype mission and values resonate strongly with us.”Swing is based in San Francisco and New York with the mission “to reimagine the photograph.”Its debut SWNG app allows users to create interactive “living photos” including 3D selfies and slow-motion videos: many of its senior employees have been recruited from Apple and Instagram.Swing is backed by investors and individuals including Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.The move is likely a wider revamp of Skype which is moving from just a calling app to a messaging app with features such as the recently announced Cortana integration. Nokia makes AI move with Microsoft Home Microsoft seeks Skype boost with Swing acquihire Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more Tags MicrosoftSkypelast_img read more

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News / Shippers shocked by sudden FedEx and UPS hike in domestic US parcel rates

first_imgUPS led the way with a 30 cent levy per parcel in its Ground Residential and SurePost services. (The latter uses the US Postal Service for final-mile delivery.) In addition, there is a surcharge of $31.45 per shipment on parcels with a length in excess of 96 inches or length plus girth exceeding 130 inches.FedEx followed suit with surcharges of 40 cents for parcels shipped through SmartPost (its equivalent to SurePost) and a peak residential delivery surcharge of 30 cents per package. Like UPS, it also introduced a surcharge on outsize parcels, with dimensional limits identical, but FedEx charges slightly less, at $30 per outsize package.The new surcharges mainly target large shippers, as the levies on regular parcels have volume thresholds that spare SME shippers.FedEx’s peak residential charge applies to customers that ship 40,000 parcels in any given week on the company’s residential delivery services and whose volume in that week is over 120% of their average weekly volume from February.The new UPS surcharges hit shippers of regular size parcels that have increased their volume by more than 25,000 packages since February. Its levy on outsize packages kicks in with the 501st monthly shipment, Mr Haber noted.“There are not many shippers that fit these two categories,” he said, adding that the surge in package volume from large retailers has been the biggest factor in the rise of residential deliveries for the integrators. UPS saw B2C traffic shoot up from about half its volume to 70% in the first quarter.The rise of B2C volumes has put downward pressure on the integrators’ margins and overwhelmed their networks, creating additional cost pressures.“As the impact of the virus continues to generate a surge in residential deliveries and has also generated a surge in oversize, hard-to-handle packages, we have experienced increased operating costs across out network,” FedEx said in its announcement of the new charges.Mr Haber does not question the validity of the argument, but he criticised the timing – particularly with FedEx, which gave notice of the new charges on 3 June. With the levies coming into effect on 8 June, shippers were effectively given less than three working days to respond.“They should have given people a warning,” he said. “There is no time for people to make contingency plans.”Shippers can try to negotiate with FedEx; they can shift volume to an alternative provider if they have one, or they can try to find one. Each of these options takes time and is unlikely to avert the initial hit, which can be substantial, he said.“We have clients who ship one million packages a month,” he added.For many large retail companies, this blow comes at a difficult time. Brick-and-mortar retailers have been hammered by the pandemic, with e-commerce their current lifeline in many cases, explained Mr Haber, adding that he expects that pain to continue.“I think we’re going to see prices continue to increase,” he warned. “DHL eCommerce is going to look at it; Pitney Bowes is going is going to look at it.”One trend that may alleviate the upward pressure on parcel rates is the increased interest from large forwarders and 3PLs in adding parcel shipping capabilities to their portfolio.“Most 3PLs don’t have capabilities in the parcel business, and it’s the fastest-growing sector. We’re going to see a lot of consolidation,” Mr Haber predicted. By Ian Putzger, Americas correspondent 05/06/2020 © Jerome Cidcenter_img US parcel shippers are getting hit with more price hikes, this time on the domestic front.After a round of additional levies on international parcel shipments in April, FedEx and UPS are now implementing domestic surcharges at short notice.The pair moved in their customary two-step: UPS jumped first, announcing surcharges from 31 May; FedEx followed on 3 June with similar charges, effective from 8 June.“UPS does it. If FedEx doesn’t match it, something is wrong in the world,” said John Haber, CEO of Spend Management, a consultancy on logistics spend, based in Atlanta.last_img read more

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Rising Star’s Katy Seibold, SM South’s Patti King honored as January’s ‘All Means All-Stars’

first_imgRising Star kindergarten teacher Katy Seibold is January’s All Means All-Star teacher.A Rising Star kindergarten teacher and a SM South paraprofessional are the latest honorees in the Shawnee Mission School’s “All Means All-Star” program, which recognizes teachers and support staff who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to their students.Director of Special Education Jackie Chatman (left) congratulates Patti King.Katy Seibold from Rising Star and Patti King from SM South received their honors at Monday’s board of education meeting.King started as a paraprofessional in the district in 2004 and is currently a job coach at the high school. Shawnee Mission Special Education Director Jackie Chatman said she excels at imparting marketable skills to special education students, and then helping those students transition to jobs in the area.“She’s not only teaching those students skills, but she then takes those students out into the community,” Chatman said.You can see the district’s video on King’s accomplishments here:Rising Star principal Kristie Darby said parents have come to cherish Seibold for her obvious passion for kids and her willingness to go above-and-beyond to build strong relationships.“Katy consistently comes to Rising Star with a positive, can-do attitude that she models for her students,” Darby said.Here’s the district’s video summarizing Seibold’s impact on her students:last_img read more

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RegO reveals expansion plans

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Google backs Indian station wi-fi roll-out

first_imgINDIA: As part of a strategy to widen access to the internet, Google has announced a project to provide high speed public wi-fi at 400 Indian Railways stations. Google is to work with telecoms company RailTel, which provides internet services via its lineside fibre network. Google aims to provide wi-fi at 100 of the busiest stations by the end of 2016, giving internet to access to the 10 million people who pass through them every day. Google said this would be one of the largest public wi-fi projects in the world, measured by number of potential users. The service would initially be free. The long-term goal is that the service would be self-sustainable, to support expansion to further locations.last_img read more

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