US Navy completes pier project at Bahrain base

first_img View post tag: USACE Authorities A ribbon-cutting ceremony held on February 20 marked the completion of a new USD 49.6 million steel and concrete pier project at the US Navy base in Bahrain.The pier, built by the US Army Corps of Engineers Middle East District, is expected to enhance the navy’s operational readiness in the region.Previously, the US Navy had been using barges for much of the work on ships that can now be done while docked at the pier. Additionally, larger ships needed to use the commercial port in Bahrain for things that required an extended docking such as a resupply operation. That meant increased security and logistics requirements, greater transit time and an increase in maritime traffic congestion in an already extremely busy port.“Since the barges had basically become unusable over time, it was extremely important to our navy partners that we deliver this project as quickly as possible,” Army Capt. Grant Wanamaker, a project manager with the District in Bahrain, said.Wanamaker said the Corps of Engineers was able to expedite things using a process called a critical path design. A critical path design is a process in which construction is able to start prior to completion of the entire project design.Apart from the time frame challenge, the team had to put concrete trucks onto barges to get the concrete where it needed to be. Beyond the engineering challenge this presented, they also had to work around heavy maritime traffic in the area.“This was a pretty straight forward pier as that type of build goes but it’s not something USACE does very often and not something we’ve executed here before. I’m extremely proud of the work our team has done,”  Wanamaker added.Ultimately, the project was completed six months ahead of the original Building Occupancy Date (BOD) schedule and will significantly improve 5th Fleet capabilities.The commanding officer of Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Navy Capt. Greg Smith, said the pier would greatly improve shore operations for the U.S. Navy and their partners in the region.“With this pier, we are better able to do our mission to support U.S. and coalition maritime operations throughout the USCENTCOM AOR.”“We can provide more efficient and effective shore services to the U.S. 5th Fleet and the 31 coalition partners … we will all work together to enhance stability and ensure the free flow of commerce throughout the region,” Smith explained. View post tag: Bahrain navaltoday US Navy completes pier project at Bahrain base to boost operational readiness View post tag: Pier February 26, 2020, by View post tag: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy completes pier project at Bahrain base to boost operational readiness Share this articlelast_img read more

City of Jamestown Officials Release Data From Police Reform Survey

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Pixabay Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – City of Jamestown officials have released preliminary data from a survey asking residents for input on law enforcement and its role in the community as part of the New York State Police Reform.The survey was presented to 480 people, ranging from home owners to business owners. Nearly 300 people responded to a question asking them for their thoughts on what the Jamestown Police Department’s role is. Their thoughts varied from protecting the community to not having a definitive answer.The respondents were asked to pick up to ten services listed that they believe are most beneficial. Investigating crimes again and performing narcotics investigations were the top two picked, according to the data.The survey also asked people for their thoughts on how Jamestown Police can best improve policing and build better relationships. Those who took the survey were allowed to pick up to three options. Performing community outreach and establish and build relationships with schools and youth were the top two options selected. Members of the Jamestown City Council Public Safety Committee are expected to review the data, according to the agenda for the Committee’s Thursday meeting. In addition, the agenda says that the committee will create stakeholder groups and discuss the next steps that the legislative body will take.The meeting will not be open to the public, but the stream can be found on the City’s official website.The full survey can be found here:Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infolast_img read more

ICPC Seals Houses of NFF President, Pinnick, Dikko

first_imgEarlier on Friday, ICPC had sealed the residence of the Chairman of the League Management Company and second vice-president of NFF, Dikko, located at No. 1 River-Benue Street, Maitama, Abuja, over alleged corrupt practices in the federation.The anti-graft agency said it was in connection with an ongoing investigation on the alleged monumental mismanagement of funds meant for the development of grassroots football in the country.Mrs. Rasheedat Okoduwa, spokesperson of ICPC confirmed the development which took place at about 10:00 a.m.She said the investigation was an ongoing one on the Nigeria Professional Football League adding however that the latest action followed a breakthrough that involved other persons in the alleged graft in the NPFL.“Unfortunately I cannot tell you much because we do not want to tip off those that are involved in the latest case. The investigation is still ongoing, a lot went wrong and we believe that with discrete investigation our operatives are doing, we will get to the root of the matter.”According to the ICPC, the investigation is to uncover financial malpractices in the football association, allegedly involving Dikko and other executives.“It is true that ICPC sealed Shehu Dikko’s Maitama residence this morning. He is being investigated with others over fresh corruption charges. It has nothing to do with the cases of SPIP or EFCC,” she said.The NFF has been on the watch-list of the anti-corruption agencies. The federation is also currently under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Special Presidential Investigation Panel on Recovery of Public Property (SPIP).The executives of the federation have been accused of diverting funds meant for the association.There have been widespread allegations against operators of the league, ranging from misappropriation of funds from the world football ruling body, FIFA, meant for grassroots football development, television broadcast funds, and other questions bordering on marketing deals.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Sports XtraThe Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) yesterday sealed the Lagos residence of the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick and the Abuja residence of his 2nd Vice President, Shehu Dikko.It was gathered that officials of the commission placed Pinnick’s house which is inside Parkview Estate in Ikoyi, Lagos, under lock over the investigation on corruption allegations levelled against him.last_img read more

Kiffin’s indecision is blessing in disguise

first_img“Inside the 20s” runs on Tuesdays. To comment on this story, email Nick at [email protected] or visit dailytrojan.com.Follow Nick Selbe on Twitter @NickSelbe When USC head coach Lane Kiffin announced on Saturday that, after months of evaluating redshirt sophomore quarterbacks Cody Kessler and Max Wittek, he was still unable to name a starter for the season opener, my initial reaction was to brace myself for the immediate, Twitter-induced backlash that predictably followed.Fans and media members alike were quite unanimous in their disapproval of the embattled coach’s great indecision, feeling that someone already on the perceived hot seat did not need this kind of start to an apparently make-it-or-break-it season.The criticism surrounding the extended quarterback competition has mostly come from those who believe that Kessler has outplayed Wittek for the better part of the offseason. The media’s coverage of Kessler’s perceived edge over Wittek has created a wave of fan support for a quarterback that most have never seen play a meaningful college snap.As someone who has watched a handful of practices this offseason (say, between five and 10), I would have to agree with the masses that yes, Kessler appears to play better than Wittek most of the time. Based on what relatively little football knowledge I possess, he seems to make fewer mistakes and deliver accurate passes more consistently than Wittek, both in practice and during the team’s scrimmages.But here’s the problem with that line of thinking: I don’t know anything about football compared to USC’s coaches, and I’d be willing to bet that neither does the rest of the media or fans weighing in on the Trojans’ quarterback battle.Kiffin and the rest of the staff spend an enormous amount of time around their players, so the brief window that us outsiders have to watch the competition unfold for ourselves pales in comparison to the wealth of information Kiffin has to evaluate which player is best for the job. Who knows if Wittek stands out in team meetings, or if Kessler works harder in the weight room, or even if either actually had a better practice on a given day. Because it’s the preseason, and each player has little to no game experience, we have a very small amount of evidence on which to base our opinions.When it comes to these types of decisions, it’s great fun for everyone to throw in their two cents, but the reality of the situation is that all of us are virtually just guessing. We don’t see what goes on behind the scenes (and now that in-season practices have been closed, everything will go on behind the scenes), and frankly, we are  ill-equipped to decide for ourselves which player deserves to start against Hawaii. But fans who read how much better Kessler has played than Wittek use that knowledge as more ammo against a coach who they are already looking for reasons to dislike.Kiffin’s refusal to name a starter has irritated USC fans everywhere, and I admit that I was initially perplexed when I heard the news. But after giving it some thought, his decision to hold off should be encouraging to the Trojan fan base.The easy thing for him to do would be to simply name Kessler the starter and see what happens, as he would have the public’s opinion on his side. But when college coaches or professional sports team owners begin making decisions to appease the fans rather than to help the team win, that’s when you know the team is in trouble.Kiffin could have gone with Kessler and made everyone happy, but he didn’t. Some believe his supposed favoring of Wittek is because of Wittek’s NFL body type: he’s 6-foot-4, 235 lbs. and has perhaps the strongest arm in the Pac-12. Kessler is 6-foot-1, 215 lbs., sturdy by normal means but small by NFL standards.Maybe Kiffin really thinks that Wittek’s best attributes are his height and arm strength rather than his performance, but the point is that he has not named Kessler the starter because he does not yet believe that Kessler gives the team the best chance to win.That is what’s so heartening about Kiffin’s decision. Though nearly everyone who follows the team believes his job is in jeopardy this season, Kiffin isn’t letting all the chirping get to him. If he were, Kessler would be the team’s starter already. The fact that Kiffin has the ability to not let speculation about his job security affect his decision-making should be applauded, not condemned.Kiffin’s detractors are aplenty, and they all have their reasons. But among them should not be that USC’s head coach is a slave to popular opinion, for he has proven that clamoring from outsiders merely falls on deaf ears.last_img read more

GAUSMAN RECEIVES RAISE FROM SCHOOL BOARD (UPDATE)

first_imgUpdate 1:50pm 7/26/17THE SIOUX CITY SCHOOL BOARD HAS APPROVED A ONE YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION AND A RAISE FOR SUPERINTENDENT DR. PAUL GAUSMAN.DR. MIKE MCTAGGART OF THE SCHOOL BOARD SAYS THE BOARD UPPED TWO ITEMS IN GAUSMAN’S CONTRACT, MAKING THE SUPERINTENDENT’S ANNUIAL SALARY $238-THOUSAND, 523-DOLLARS:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/SALARY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……1.9 PER CENT,. ;13THE CHANGES REPRESENT A TOTAL SALARY AND ANNUITY INCREASE OF $5054 AND IS FOR THE CONTRACT YEAR THAT BEGAN JULY 1ST AND ENDS JUNE 30TH OF 2018.THE SCHOOL BOARD VOTED 5-2 FOR THE INCREASES WITH PAUL GORSKI AND DAVID GLEISER CAST THE NO VOTES.DR. GAUSMAN’S OVERALL CONTRACT EXPIRES ON JUNE 30TH OF 2020.————————————————–THE SIOUX CITY SCHOOL BOARD HAS APPROVED A ONE YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION AND A RAISE FOR SUPERINTENDENT DR. PAUL GAUSMAN. THE SCHOOL BOARD VOTED 5-2 TO GIVE GAUSMAN A 1.11 PER CENT RAISE TO INCREASE HIS ANNUAL SALARY TO $238-THOUSAND, 523-DOLLARS.THE EXTENSION INCLUDES INCREASING THE SUPERINTENDENT’S TAX-SHELTERED ANNUITY BY $2400 TO $35,778.THE CHANGES REPRESENT A TOTAL SALARY AND ANNUITY INCREASE OF $5054 DOLLARS AND IS FOR THE CONTRACT YEAR THAT BEGAN JULY 1ST AND ENDS JUNE 30TH OF 2018.BOARD MEMBERS PAUL GORSKI AND DAVID GLEISER CAST THE NO VOTES.DR. GAUSMAN’S OVERALL CONTRACT EXPIRES ON JUNE 30TH OF 2020.last_img read more

10 months agoPique in talks with Barcelona pal Messi about FC Andorra investment

Pique in talks with Barcelona pal Messi about FC Andorra investmentby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona defender Gerard Pique is in talks with Leo Messi about a shareholding in FC Andorra.Sport says talks are at an advanced stage and there could be an agreement made public between all implicated parties in the coming days. Pique’s desire is to get Messi on board as a shareholder. Even though the Argentine star’s involvement would be minor, the Barça defender is aware that just Messi’s image is one of the best possible spokesmen to expand the project internationally. Andorra insiders say talks are well down the line and the official announcement could come at a press conference which will be held to reveal the club’s new ambitious structure. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say read more

Political myths fog crucial Alberta election debate over carbon taxes economist

first_imgThe commission has just published a report on carbon tax misconceptions.The worst, Ragan said, is that a carbon tax doesn’t work.“If you look at B.C., if you look at California, if you look at the U.K, if you look at Quebec, these policies do work. What they don’t do is work overnight.”At least five different published studies have found British Columbia’s carbon tax, introduced in 2008, has cut overall emissions, reduced per capita gasoline use by seven per cent, improved average vehicle efficiency by four per cent, cut residential natural gas use by seven per cent and diesel use by more than three per cent.Meanwhile, the province enjoyed about three per cent annual economic growth between 2012 and 2017.Other jurisdictions that have successfully used carbon taxes to reduce emissions include Sweden, Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands, several U.S. states, the U.K. and the European Union. EDMONTON, A.B. – Between politicians who fog the truth and the ones just in a fog, Chris Ragan wants to fan fresh air into a carbon tax debate that is clouding Alberta’s provincial election and drifting into an upcoming federal campaign.“It’s pretty clear this issue is warming up politically,” said Ragan, head of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, a non-partisan group of academics and business leaders focused on economic and environmental solutions.“We have been sorry to see that there’s a bunch of stuff out there that is either misunderstanding or poorly explained. There are a bunch of myths out there.” Three separate studies found B.C.’s tax either didn’t affect jobs or added them. A fourth found a small decrease in jobs for less-educated workers. Studies in the U.S. or the U.K. found little or no impact on job numbers.The commission’s report finds that far from hurting families, 70 per cent of Canadian households will receive more in carbon tax rebates than they pay.Energy economists such as Mark Jaccard at B.C.’s Simon Fraser University argue that regulations get faster, bigger results and are politically easier to enact. The big cuts to Canada’s carbon emissions, he said, have come from closing coal-fired power plants and clean fuel rules.“Some people will tell you you have to have carbon pricing,” he said on a recent podcast. “That’s not true. You could do it all through regulations.”center_img You could, concedes Ragan. But that would cost the economy more. Besides, he said, bringing in carbon taxes gives governments an opportunity to cut other levies such as income tax.Albertans who believe the province could escape a carbon tax by rescinding provincial legislation may also be mistaken.Martin Olszynski, a University of Calgary law professor, said all Ottawa would have to do is pass an order in council to bring Alberta under the same federal tax that recently came into effect in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick. None of those provinces had its own tax.“It’s a matter of getting cabinet together and writing the order,” Olszynski said.Looking to the courts to block Ottawa’s tax is an iffy bet, he suggested.In court hearings on Saskatchewan’s anti-tax constitutional challenge, Olszynski said, judges asked if allowing Ottawa to regulate greenhouse gases as a matter of “national concern” would impede provincial efforts to do the same.“If you recognize this matter as a matter of national concern, you would strip away the provincial ability to regulate these things,” he summarized.But Olszynski notes that courts have recognized that many issues _ especially environmental ones _ are best managed jointly between national and provincial governments.Other federal arguments in favour of a national carbon tax are backed by decades of case law, Olszynski added.Ragan said the debate over carbon taxes is as important to Canada’s future as debates over the GST or free trade with the United States.“It’s a big policy issue and it’s appropriate that we’re talking about it now.”Ragan just wishes the debate wasn’t so mythical.“We live in a democratic society where people play partisan politics. Those political debates don’t always stick to the facts.”last_img read more

Low prices LNG uncertainty add to frustration levels for natural gas producers

first_imgFollow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. Painted Pony Energy Ltd. reported recently it was using some of its own natural gas to replace higher-priced diesel fuel in some well-completion operations, a move it says could save $100,000 per well.Meanwhile, Perpetual Energy Inc. reported shutting down wells producing two per cent of its total output because it was more profitable to buy cheap gas on the market to satisfy its supply contracts.In Western Canada, “dry” gas has become an unloved byproduct as producers continue to drill wells seeking the light petroleum liquids produced with the gas, especially in the Montney formation that underlies the northern Alberta-B.C. border, said Ian Archer, associate director of North American natural gas with IHS Markit.One product in particular, condensate, commands prices in line with U.S. benchmark crude oil because it is needed to dilute oilsands bitumen to allow it to flow in a pipeline. Canada produced 417,000 barrels per day of condensate in March, up from just under 150,000 bpd in March 2013. Meanwhile, it still imports condensate from the U.S.“They’re drilling for condensate and sometimes the volume of condensate is only, say, 20 or 30 per cent of the well (volume), but it’s going to be 40 or 50 per cent of the revenue,” said Archer.“Then they have that 70 per cent gas volume they have to deal with.”There have been more than 20 proposals to build LNG projects on Canada’s West Coast but construction has only begun on one, LNG Canada, and it’s not expected to open until 2023 or 2024.It would take in up to 2.1 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas but most or all of it is expected to come from northern B.C. wells owned by partners in the project.That’s not good enough for the long-suffering members of the Rockies LNG group, said Kist.“If you look back over the history of LNG projects worldwide and certainly in Canada, they’re pretty much controlled by major international entities. Those entities tend to look after their own opportunities, not necessarily the opportunities for the producer groups.” But that hasn’t happened. In March 2013, Canada produced about 14 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas. Six year later, the National Energy Board reports production had increased by 16 per cent to 16.2 billion cf/d, despite no rise in pricing trends.Meanwhile, Canada’s largest gas customer, the U.S., is experiencing a shale gas boom that led to domestic production reaching 109 billion cf/d in March, up 35 per cent compared with 81 billion in the same month in 2013. Near-term prices in the U.S. have recently dropped to three-year lows on a glut of gas.In mid-July, a group of nine Alberta producers — unrelated to Rockies LNG but with some common membership — released an open letter demanding the province support a plan under which royalty credits would be issued to producers who voluntarily cut production to boost low gas prices when supply overwhelms pipeline capacity.Complaints about poor gas prices and interruptions in gas sales due to pipeline outages are common as Calgary-based natural gas producers roll out second-quarter results. Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:BIR, TSX:PONY, TSX:PMT)Dan Healing, The Canadian Presscenter_img CALGARY — Greg Kist admits he was burned out when he resigned as president of Pacific NorthWest LNG at the end of 2014, as the Vancouver-based venture led by Malaysian energy giant Petronas advanced its ill-fated mission to build a liquefied natural gas project in B.C.“I needed to decompress,” the 57-year-old gas industry veteran says of his decision to return to his home and family in Alberta.Once hailed as a voracious new consumer of western Canadian natural gas, the nascent LNG industry was staggered by project delays and all but halted by declining global price trends, leading to Petronas cancelling its project in 2017. Meanwhile, Kist went into retirement mode and avoided the natural gas business for the next couple of years.So it’s surprising that Kist now finds himself back in the thick of things as president and CEO of Rockies LNG Partners, a consortium of nine natural gas producers who invited him back with a promise to try again to jumpstart an LNG export project.The hope is that the former college basketball players’ experience in LNG and the natural gas business will help them to move their gas from the oversupplied and underpriced markets of North America to the promised land in Asia.“I think the next six months are critical for us,” Kist said in an interview in the downtown Calgary offices of Birchcliff Energy Ltd., one of the consortium members.The gas producers want to attract partners to build and operate what could be a 12-million-tonne-per-year LNG project to open by 2026, when forecasts suggest LNG demand will exceed supply. That means an investment decision must be made by the end of 2021.Gas industry insiders used to say the solution to low prices is low prices — when prices go down, less is produced and scarcity makes prices go up again.last_img read more

We wanted to win this title badly says Chhetri

first_imgMumbai: An elated Bengaluru FC skipper Sunil Chhetri termed his team’s maiden Indian Super League victory against FC Goa as a “sweet one” especially after his side had faltered in the summit clash last season against Chennaiyin FC. Courtesy Rahul Bheke’s championship-winning header in the second extra time, Bengaluru defeated FC Goa 1-0 in an edge of a seat thriller last night here to win their maiden ISL title. Bengaluru had last year lost last year’s final to Chennaiyin FC Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Last year after the final, I said next year we’ll come back. Right from the ball boy to Carles (Cuadrat the coach), everyone wanted this. We wanted to win it (the title) badly. When you lose the way we did last year, it’s sweet to win this one. Asia, we are back,” Chhetri said at the post match media conference late Sunday night. Now by winning the ISL, Bengaluru FC will play in the AFC Asian Cup next year. Chhetri also said it was “commendable” that a player like Ferran Corominas, who bagged the Golden Boot award, did not get any chance against his team on all the three occasions when the two teams clashed. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”The message from the coach was that we should try to attack but as soon as we lose the ball, we should fall back and defend and have numbers (at the back). For players like me, Miku and Udanta (Singh), it was not easy because we are attacking minded people,” Chhetri said. “I am happy we did it because Nishu (Kumar) and (Harmanjot) Khabra got that security when Udanta and I traced back. It is commendable that a player like Coro (Corominas) did not get open chances against us in three games,” he said. “Last year, we conceded off set pieces and we were dominant until those two goal, so we were sure on not letting it happen today,” he added. Asked where he would rate this win, Chhetri quipped, Top-two. Number 2.” The winning coach Carles Cuadrat said that the team was trying not to take the game to the penalties as then it can be anybody’s game. “We were trying not to get into tie-breaker as it then becomes a lottery a lot of times. We are happy that one ball in the box gave us the victory. This is the seventh goal done by a set-piece and it shows how important set pieces are in the game, Cuadrat said. Meanwhile, FC Goa coach Sergio Lobera termed Ahmed Jahouh being sent off the field after earning a red card as the key moment of the match. “The key moment was when were reduced to 10-men in the first half of extra time. It was a very tight game was going to be a matter of small details and the sending off was a big handicap for us,” Lobera said. Despite the loss, the FC Goa head coach said he was proud of his players. “Till today, we were focused today only on this game (the final). From tomorrow onwards, we will start working towards the (upcoming) Super Cup. I said to my players in the dressing room that I am proud of them and (what) they have done in the season.”last_img read more

One dead 45 injured as bus falls into gorge in HP

first_imgShimla: One person was killed and 45 more injured when a bus they were travelling in fell into a gorge in Kullu district Thursday, police said. The accident took place near Shalang village in Lag Valley of Kullu, they said. Kullu Deputy Commissioner Yunus, Superintendent of Police Shalini Agnihotri and Sub Divisional Magistrate Anurag Chandra Sharma were at the spot of the accident, an official spokesperson said, adding that the injured were undergoing treatment at a regional hospital. The family of the deceased was provided Rs 40,000 as interim relief by the district administration, he added.last_img read more