Daily Postcard: A buck checks for cars before crossing the road recently along N.M. 4 near Bandelier. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com
Shiloh, a 1-year-old Boston Terrier is keeping her family busy during this unusual time with lots of games of fetch. Shiloh is a member of the Heath and Alison Watkins family and she loves to spend time lifting spirits around Los Alamos. Photo by Alison Watkins
It took 15 years, 26 different plans, and $5.3 million to transform the 1930s era one-lane traffic circle in Riverside into the two-lane “eggabout” now connecting Riverhead and Southampton towns, according to speakers at the Riverside roundabout’s October 26 ribbon cutting. The egg-like modern roundabout’s final design — which reduces both conflict points and the speed of vehicles within the five-legged intersection — was actually drawn on the back of a napkin, according to Suffolk County Department of Public Works’ chief engineer, Bill Hillman. “Drawing on the back of a napkin is really how things get done,” Hillman joked, adding entities behind the project’s completion were as multiple as the new Riverside roundabout’s own legs.Aside from securing funding — like the additional $1 million secured by Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming to complete the project ahead of schedule and during night-time hours when construction stood to have the least impact on traffic flow — Hillman also credited state officials with solving the most difficult piece of the project: alienation of a small piece of Southampton Town park land on the intersection’s northwest corner. Both state legislation and a successful public referendum led, ultimately, to Southampton Town swapping the needed park property sliver with Suffolk County for a “larger, more environmentally-sensitive waterfront property,” according to a press release. NY State Assemblyman Fred Thiele offered kudos at the ribbon cutting to the Flanders, Riverhead, and Northampton communities for their tireless dedication to area revitalization, which he credited as being the driving force behind boosting regional progress.“Your persistence and hard work for many, many years is why this is happening today,” Thiele told Friday morning’s crowd. “This is the second time in a couple of months we’ve been here for a project that’s part of the revitalization of this community.”Flanders Riverhead Northampton Community Association president Ron Fisher — proxied at Friday morning’s ribbon cutting by vice president Sarah Huneault — told The Independent Saturday how proud he is both of the project’s completion and of community members for pushing against political procrastination.“It’s the gateway to our community, so anytime we can get a capital investment of this size from any level of government we’re very excited,” Fisher said of improvements to an intersection deemed “insufficient” to handle projected traffic patterns resulting from the Town of Southampton’s Riverside Redevelopment Action Plan, which was adopted in 2015.“A group of, I think, 60 of us or so had gone to a county legislative meeting in 2016 and said, ‘We’re always pushed off and forgotten about.’ We thought it was going to be very difficult to get private investors if the county didn’t pony up the money for the re-do,” Fisher said. As a result of such efforts, including a petition signed by more than 250 people, the project broke ground in May 2017 and was completed a month ahead of schedule. At the ribbon cutting, Chief Engineer Hillman gave credit to project manager Jeff Dawson, resident engineer Jim Bustamante, and to the contractor, Pioneer Paving Asphalt, for an “on time and on budget” job well done, adding, “They did a fantastic job. We’d welcome them back on any job in the county.” Share
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[mappress] June 28, 2013 An investigation has been launched by the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway into a serious incident on diving support vessel Skandi Arctic on 22 June 2013.The incident occurred during a manned subsea operation (MUO) on the Alvheim field in the North Sea, operated by Marathon Oil Norge AS. Diving contractor Technic Norge was responsible for the MUO.A three-strong diving team was due to be transported in a diving bell to the workplace on the seabed in about 110 metres of water.While being handled in the DSV’s moonpool, the bell suffered an uncontrolled drop of several metres. Its main umbilical was ripped loose in this fall.Gas began escaping from the bell, but the divers quickly managed to shut all the valves and halt the leak. A continued drop in pressure could have had fatal consequences for them.No personal injuries have been reported in connection with the incident.Investigation“The PSA takes a very serious view of this incident, and has initiated an investigation. A team of investigators from the regulator has already been on board Skandi Arctic. Clarifying the course of events and identifying both direct and underlying causes are among the objectives of this investigation,” said the PSA in a press release.
Vattenfall has chosen A2SEA to install MHI Vestas V164-8.0MW turbines at the 400MW Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm.Starting in summer 2018, A2SEA will deploy its offshore installation vessel, Sea Installer, to install the turbines. The turbines will be loaded out of the port of Esbjerg.”As pioneers of offshore wind installation and with Denmark as pioneer country, we are proud to be chosen to install Horns Reef 3. We look forward to working with Vattenfall on this project, and I am confident that our team of experienced employees both onshore and offshore will deliver on time, on budget and most importantly in a safe manner,” said Jens Frederik Hansen, CEO at A2SEA.Horns Rev 3 is an extension to Horns Rev 1 and 2 offshore wind farms also installed by A2SEA in 2002 and 2009, respectively.When fully commissioned in 2018, Horns Rev 3 will be the largest operating wind farm in Danish waters.
As HLPFI reported, Mammoet announced the launch of its Crane Services Division, which is focused on plant maintenance, turnarounds and day market rental projects along the Gulf Coast, in February. The division, based out of St. Gabriel, Louisiana, added 23 cranes, with capacity ranging from 65 tons (59 tonnes) to 500 tons (453.5 tonnes).For the turnaround, Mammoet provided 14 operated and maintained cranes ranging from 80-ton (72.6-tonne) capacity rough terrain cranes to 500 ton (453.6-tonne) capacity all terrain cranes, as well as a labour force of 70 and 24 hour support to the site. www.mammoet.com
MPs have rejected a House of Lords amendment that sought to cancel out significant changes to 39-year-old health and safety legislation. The government wants to change Section 47 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to remove the principle of strict liability and force claimants to prove negligence if they want to claim compensation. Business leaders argue reform would allow employers to fulfil the basic requirements of health and safety law without worrying of potential, unforeseen claims against them. The House of Lords last month voted in favour of an amendment to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill that would remove the strict liability clause, but it was rejected in the Commons on Tuesday by 316 votes to 241. Business minister Jo Swinson (pictured) said the measure was an ‘important element’ of the government’s wider reforms to tackle both the perception of a compensation culture, and the effect it has on sensible health and safety management and business growth. She said: ‘The purpose of this reform is to establish the important principle that a responsible employer should not be liable to a civil claim for compensation where they have taken all reasonable steps and have not been negligent. ‘The substantive law is unaffected. Criminal offences and their enforcement will not be affected, and employees will continue to have the right to bring claims for compensation where they can prove their employer has been negligent.’ Labour MP David Anderson said the debate was not about the right to claim damages but the effect that existing legislation has on employers. ‘That financial disincentive will drive employers to do the right thing in circumstances in which they might not otherwise have done so. ‘This is not about people at work receiving money; it is about people at work not getting hurt and not getting killed.’ Labour Lords have vowed to ‘hold firm’ when the bill goes back to the House of Lords next week for what is dubbed in parliament as ‘ping-pong’. Peers may vote to retain their opposition to the government’s clause or opt to drop it.
This year, Jamaicans at home and abroad will celebrate the 100th birthday of Louise Bennett – Miss Lou- a beloved poet, folklorist, storyteller and cultural ambassador, who was born in Kingston, Jamaica on September 7, 1919.In 1945, Bennett, was the first black student to attend the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, England. She had won a scholarship from the British Council, Britain’s cultural outpost in its colonies. In spite of the origin of the scholarship, Miss Bennett was not interested in becoming the next great Shakespearean actress, preferring to work with Jamaican folk themes told in Jamaican patois.After graduating RADA, she toured with various repertory companies and hosted two radio programmes with the BBC – Caribbean Carnival, 1945-1946 and West Indian Night in 1950. It takes some nerve to go to the land of the colonial ‘Mother Country’, as it was then, choose your own language over theirs, and celebrate it on the very bastion of British culture – the BBC. That was Louise Bennett.The importance of the colonizing language as a tool in the process of colonialism has been well-documented. With the language comes the culture and the prejudices of class, race, gender roles and status. The flip side of the dominance of the colonizing language is the belittling of the local language and culture. Not so very long ago, not to speak standard English, was to… talk bad. And to talk bad was a massive negative, marking one down in the bottom ranks of society, with no hope for a good job and upward mobility.A key first step towards gaining our independence, not just from Britain, but from British culture and assumptions of the value of its language vis-a-vis it’s colonies’ native languages, was therefore claiming our own language. Claiming our own language was the path to claiming and asserting our own culture. To accomplish this, we were well schooled by a formidable expert, a woman who knew and reveled in our language and our culture, Miss Lou. Miss Lou was a prolific writer and an engaging performer. Her poems were full of well-observed characters that we recognized and could both laugh at and empathize with. She recorded several CD’s and was widely published and anthologized. A currently available collection of her poems is Jamaica Labrish. It was first published by Sangster’s Book Stores in 1966 and had several reprints, most recently in 2005.With her stage partner, the inimitable Ranny Williams, Miss Lou turned the British Christmas pantomime, into a Jamaican theatre event that was widely popular and was a catalyst in the growth of Jamaican theatre, encouraging as it did the talents of actors, writers, designers and musicians.Miss Lou was an influence with every age group. She taught folklore and drama at the University of the West Indies at Mona from 1955-1959. She believed strongly that children should learn about their heritage and she hosted a lively children’s television show Ring Ding from 1970-1982. She also travelled widely, performing and lecturing on Jamaican culture.Her life partner was Eric Coverley who she married in 1954. She had one stepson, Fabian Coverley, and several ‘adopted’ children. Miss Lou and Eric ‘Chalk Talk’ Coverley shared a love of theatre and folk arts and were together until he died in Toronto in 2002. Miss Lou was, and still is, a beloved, national treasure. She has received many awards for her work in researching and sharing Jamaican folklore, storytelling, music and dance.