Repair work has started on sections of the Rome Gully, which is adjacent to communities along the Lyndhurst Road/Rousseau Road corridor, in Kingston, in an effort to ensure the safety of residents and motorists in the area. The work, which commenced on October 31, include: cleaning of the gully; repacking, and extensive repair of existing damage. The gully suffered significant erosion prior to, and consequent on the passage of Hurricane Sandy on October 24, which unleashed torrential rains which caused heavy flooding in the channel. Speaking to journalists on November 1, following a tour of the area, Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Richard Azan, informed that the work forms part of emergency repairs in order to maintain the structure. “There is a house that is in danger right now and we are trying to make sure that we save that house (along with several others). Additionally, the invert under the bridge is also damaged,” he said. The State Minister added that the repairs are expected to yield significant benefits for both communities and adjoining areas. Regarding the cost of the work, Mr. Azan said he was unable to give a specific figure, as the initial estimate had to be revised in light of additional damage that was sustained during the Hurricane’s passage. In the meantime, the State Minister noted that ongoing maintenance of the gullies across the island is critical in ensuring that the structures are safe. “It is something that we have to put (forward), as part of overall plan to maintain the gullies, not only the big ones but the small drains as well,” he added. For his part, Corporate Communications Manager, National Works Agency (NWA), Stephen Shaw, said the work is critical “as the bridge which spans the gully along Rousseau Road is in danger of collapsing, as the inverts under the bridge have been significantly eroded.”
zoom Belgian LNG and LPG carrier owner and operator Exmar NV has entered into a floating LNG storage and regasification (FSRU) transaction deal with tank storage provider Royal Vopak.The move comes less than four months after the parties launched exploratory discussions on the possibility of an acquisition of Exmar’s share in its FSRU business by Vopak.The companies have now signed an agreement on the purchase of the FSRU business by Vopak and the possible cooperation between Exmar and Vopak in future projects.Under the acquisition deal, Exmar’s participation in FSRU assets, FSRU projects under development and a corresponding part of the Exmar organisation would be transferred in stages.Contract finalization is subject to consent and cooperation of multiple stakeholders including current partners in the FSRUs and customary approval from authorities, with the ultimate scope of the deal dependent on the outcome of this process.Exmar, which is the co-owner and or operator of 10 FSRUs, has one FSRU and one FLNG facility under construction.The FSRU, being built by China’s Wison shipyard in Nantong, is expected to be delivered by mid-2017.
Amazon boxes are seen stacked for delivery.ReutersFor Amazon and Flipkart, the competition is not just restricted to the e-commerce world.India’s two major online retailers are also vying for customers’ attention to build on their brand-base and user popularity.Billionaire Jeff Bezos-led Amazon made for 46.02 percent of mobile searches in India in the e-commerce category on the mCent browser app during July-December 2017, according to a report by free internet provider Jana.Meanwhile, rival Flipkart was able to gather 20.90 percent of searches in the corresponding period.Other smaller rivals such as eBay accounted for 9.91 percent of the searches, Snapdeal was at 7.87 percent and Shopclues at 6.77 percent.The research analyzed popular search terms across various categories and brands within the mCent browser app.Amazon’s annual subscription service, Prime, was a major reason why users were opting for Amazon over Flipkart over the past year, as the company saw a 1.5-time growth over its closest rival between April and September 2017, a report by Forrester Research said last year.The Seattle-based company witnessed the highest number of Prime subscriptions in India in the first year of launch than in any other country.The current eligible selection for Prime in India stands at over 25 million items, including Prime Video, but the company is planning to increase the items to lure more shoppers.Amazon’s Prime service, where users get free one or two-day shipping on various items, has gained a lot of traction because of a quicker delivery option compared to others. “Our data shows Amazon’s marketplace is the first choice among Indian consumers, where searches outpace nearest competitor Flipkart 2x and best popular sites like eBay and Snapdeal by a healthy margin,” Nathan Eagle, CEO and founder of Jana, said in a release dated February 5.Top shopping categories among Indian shoppers overall included laptops, cameras, tablets and smartphones, the report said.Jana’s report showed that Apple was a dominant brand when it came to search terms. The iPhone 8 led the pack with nearly one in five searches, followed by the iPhone X.
Two women were killed as a pick-up van hit an auto-rickshaw at Chandina upazila of Dhaka-Chattagram highway on Thursday morning, reports UNB.The identity of the deceased could not be known immediately.Witnesses said the auto-rickshaw suddenly came in front of the pick-up van as it was trying to escape from the patrolling police in the area.Additional policemen were patrolling on the road as road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader was scheduled to visit Cumilla today.The accident left one dead on the spot and another seriously injured.The injured woman succumbed to her injuries after being rushed to Chandina Upazila Health Complex.After the incident, agitated locals blocked the road near Palki Cinema Hall of Chandina of the Dhaka- Chattogram highway for an hour around 12 noon.Superintendent of police (SP) of Cumilla, Shah Md Abid Hossain confirmed the matter and said, “The three-wheeler was completely forbidden on the highway.”He also said action will be taken against those who blocked the highways.
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