DHB to be reopened to marine traffic on Thursday

first_imgFollowing the discovery, over the weekend, that one of the hydraulic winches on the Demerara Harbour Bridge (DHB) has failed, resulting in the Bridge being closed to marine traffic, General Manager Rawlston Adams on Tuesday told shippers that the Bridge was expected to be reopened to marine traffic on Thursday.DHB General Manager Rawlston AdamsAfter closing the Bridge for seven hours on Saturday for the replacement of a pontoon at the retractor span, engineers discovered mechanical failures during the reconnection process. It was discovered that one of the hydraulic winches were not holding pressure under load.General Manager Adams said that they initially thought that the problem was with the gearbox, but after stripping it, they discovered that it was in working order. Further diagnostic tests revealed that the spline in the shaft of the barrel was damaged and had to be repaired. Adams noted that the spline was damaged because moisture was trapped in the barrel.“We did some testing and it failed on the test, and we isolated the problem to the shaft on the barrel; when we opened that shaft, it took a long time and we realised that the spline is damaged. Over the years, moisture go into the spline and it got damaged. The guys are in the process of machining the part and we will hook it up and test it,” he said.The General Manager said engineers would carry out tests before installing it later on Wednesday.“We expect it to be completed by tomorrow 12 noon (today) and we will install and do the testing. For those in the shipping industry, we expect that your next retraction is going to be Thursday at 03:30 (am),” he added.Adams, in a meeting with shippers, told them that the DHB Corporation was now contemplating testing the remaining three winches on the retractor span. However, he noted that many factors have to be taken into consideration before they embark on the project.The retractor span of the Bridge comprises eight winches, four of which are small four- ton equipment while the remaining four are 12 tons each. The faulty winch has been identified as the north-eastern 12-ton apparatus.The bridge company did not have any replacements at hand and as such, it now turned to two private entities – Industrial Fabrications Inc and EC Vieira Investments Ltd to assist.Stemming from the hiccups encountered, works are currently underway to diagnose the direct cause of the problem, after which reinforcements will be put in place.This issue derived just as the floating bridge was undergoing the second of a two-part rehabilitation process on the retractor span, which carries a total cost of $103 million.The Bridge usually facilitates up to four marine vessels on a daily basis, the majority of which are attached to the fuel, bauxite and timber industries. Despite this interruption in passage, the DHB General Manager did indicate that financial losses remained at a minimum.last_img read more

Why Cant The Rockets Be The Warriors

We’ve seen all this before. And it was not so long ago.On Tuesday night, with his Houston Rockets up 2 against the streaking Portland Trail Blazers, a little more than three minutes on the clock, James Harden made a three. A few possessions later, he made another. The Rockets won 115-111 to go to 57-14 on the season, best in the NBA and four games up on the reigning champion Golden State Warriors. On both shots, Harden took what would have been called hero ball shots in another context. No other Rocket touched the ball; everyone in the arena knew what Harden would do, and how. Harden has made these shots his signature and his team’s by finding success where others have found only stacks of Rudy Gay box scores. And while the league has come to view the shot as not just unguardable but reliable, it has at times waffled on whether Harden’s team can be trusted. Funny, given the recent history of ascendant teams led by star guards with an unguardable shot.Just a few seasons ago, a team was led by two star guards who hadn’t found much success in the postseason thanks to a history of injuries and bad fortune. It featured a young big man who anchored the defense and epitomized a key facet of modern offenses. It boasted a sixth man who would have been a featured starter on practically any other team, a roster loaded down with dead-eye marksmen and a fleet of versatile wings who could switch assignments and not fall down. This team won the NBA title.(Key: Steph, Klay, Draymond, Andre, just about everyone else, and the top-ranked 2014-15 defense.)The 2014-15 Golden State Warriors were an unexpected development. The team had won 51 games the previous season under then-coach Mark Jackson, and the roster was largely unchanged coming into that season. Once the season began, however, it was clear that something was very different. Golden State won 21 of its first 23 games and finished the season with 67 wins, ranked first in defensive rating and, importantly, second in offensive rating, up from 12th the season before. Yet a broad set of NBA observers doubted that a team playing the way the Warriors did could win a title, even after they’d already won it.This season, the Rockets ran out to a 25-4 record before losing seven of nine games. In each of the losses, they were missing Harden, Chris Paul or Clint Capela. Since then, Houston has lost just three times in 33 games. FiveThirtyEight’s projections expect the Rockets to win 67 games total, up from their tally of 55 last season. They have the top-rated offense not just this season, but for as long as Basketball-Reference.com has been keeping track. They sneak into the top 10 on defense this season as well, an improvement on 18th the previous season. They’re flat good. But you know that by now. What’s important here is that when a team is this good, regardless of what its doubters say, the question isn’t whether it has arrived but whether it will win the title or merely its conference.There are a few ways to slice this. Since 1983-84, this year’s Houston team ties for 20th among all teams in net rating (the difference between points scored and points allowed per 100 possessions) through 71 games. That’s a bigger deal than it may seem, for a few reasons. First, the teams ahead of this season’s Rockets are immensely accomplished. They include four Michael Jordan teams, three Tim Duncan teams, two Laker teams — one Shaq and Kobe, another Magic and Kareem — one Kevin Garnett Celtics team and, of course, the past three versions of the Golden State Warriors. In general, teams at Houston’s level at least win the conference. The teams that didn’t make the finals tended to have extenuating circumstances. The 2012-13 Thunder, for instance, were the top seed in the West but lost Russell Westbrook in the first round and fell to Memphis in the second. The 2011-12 Chicago Bulls lost reigning MVP Derrick Rose in the first game of the first round. And the 2015-16 Spurs faced an exceptionally high level of competition, losing in the second round to a Thunder team that went up 3-1 on the Warriors.1These rankings tend to be sticky. Meaning that the list after 25 games looks a lot like the list after 45 games, which looks a lot like the list after 65 games. Teams shift around a few places, but they do not tend to bomb in or out of the rarified neighborhood. We know that the early season is predictive in sports because players tend to be healthy and rested, but it’s also good to remember that teams playing at an all-time level are seldom flukes.Net rating isn’t the only factor in which Houston is dominating, and as Benjamin Morris wrote for FiveThirtyEight a few seasons back, margin of victory is actually far less predictive in the playoffs than it is in the regular season. In fact, it’s Houston’s wins that make it a playoff force. In the postseason, the difference between two teams’ win totals is much more predictive than margin of victory. If the Rockets finish with 67 wins and the Warriors finish with their projected 61, Morris’s data from his 2016 article suggests that given home court advantage, Houston would win a series 70 percent of the time — even if the two teams were dead-even on margin of victory.The Rockets may not be quite as good as the Warriors were in that first season or as Golden State was in the 73-win 2015-16 campaign. But, then, neither are this year’s Warriors. The team’s injury troubles and continuing sloppiness have turned it into a merely dominant team, not an all-time one. Even if we grant the Warriors a few extra victories because their injury problems have been worse than Houston’s, it would make a prospective series between the two a coin flip, not heavily slanted toward Golden State.And like the Warriors, the Rockets aren’t simply unguardable as a team: They have a player who has mastered an unguardable manner of playing. Harden doesn’t have the same switchblade release as Curry — he can’t dart around a ball screen and have a shot in the air before his man can turn his head. What Harden can do is get just about any switch he wants, thanks to the level at which he and Paul are running the pick and roll, and then, in isolation, he can walk into his now-trademark step-back threes.The pull-up three is increasingly a staple of modern offenses, as defenses have adjusted to the off-ball maneuvering that good offenses use to free up shooters. Harden leads the league in pull-up threes per game, taking 8.0 and making 39.0 percent of them. Paul is third on the list, taking 5.2 per game and making 38.5 percent of them.2The Blazers’ Damian Lillard sits between the two at 5.4 pull-up threes per game. As a team, the Rockets are taking 16.5 pull-up threes per game and making 35.9 percent. The next-closest team, the Los Angeles Clippers, takes 10.0 per game. Even if its primary pick-and-roll engine sputters, Houston has an entire extra, independent dimension to carry its offense through dry spells, like Curry’s pull-ups or like Kevin Durant’s mastery of contested shots in last summer’s finals.Nothing the Rockets could do this season would make them meaningful favorites to most NBA fans against a healthy Warriors team in the playoffs. Nothing the Warriors could do would do that, either. That’s probably correct: There are many things most projection systems, like FiveThirtyEight’s CARM-Elo, can’t spot, such as player injury, which undermine the edge Houston holds by the numbers. Golden State is a dominant champion with what is now a considerable track record of excellence. It’s tough to be favored heavily against that. But there is also now sufficient evidence to declare that Houston is squarely in Golden State’s weight class, just as there was for Golden State when it arrived on the scene.Check out our latest NBA predictions.CORRECTION (March 22, 2018, 5:15 p.m.): A previous version of this article mistakenly said that James Harden played in Houston’s Jan. 4 loss to Golden State. He was out with a strained hamstring. read more

InterCaribbean Airways encourages ESTA registration

first_img Star Studded Stop in Dallas for #TeamTCI Recommended for you Related Items:airline, flights, international, travel Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppIt only takes seconds for the 38 countries affected by the recent US Border Control ESTA notice to register themselves online.CEO of InterCaribbean Airways, Trevor Sadler said those holders of Turks and Caicos e-passports will continue to enjoy the unique relationship where they can travel on a TCI Police record; and that it is fine for e-Passport holders who have a US Visa to travel in the States as is, but for those who are on the list of countries apart of the Visa Waiver Program, including the UK, they will need to get an ESTA else they will not be processed by airlines for travel into the United States.The change has been in effect since April 1, 2016 according to online notices issued recently.Sadler said their ICA flight into San Juan, Puerto Rico is affected by the new requirement and this means unless the traveler from one on the list of 38 countries has their Electronic System for Travel Authorization or ESTA; interCaribbean Airways would not be able to check them in and explained that even if they did, US authorities in San Juan are likely to turn the traveler back.Sadler said it literally takes seconds to register for that ESTA, online.It only takes seconds for the 38 countries affected by the recent US Border Control ESTA notice to register themselves online.CEO of InterCaribbean Airways, Trevor Sadler said those holders of Turks and Caicos e-passports will continue to enjoy the unique relationship where they can travel on a TCI Police record; and that it is fine for e-Passport holders who have a US Visa to travel in the States as is, but for those who are on the list of countries apart of the Visa Waiver Program, including the UK, they will need to get an ESTA else they will not be processed by airlines for travel into the United States.The change has been in effect since April 1, 2016 according to online notices issued recently.Sadler said their ICA flight into San Juan, Puerto Rico is affected by the new requirement and this means unless the traveler from one on the list of 38 countries has their Electronic System for Travel Authorization or ESTA; interCaribbean Airways would not be able to check them in and explained that even if they did, US authorities in San Juan are likely to turn the traveler back.Sadler said it literally takes seconds to register for that ESTA, online. Road Show delegation starts in the Western USA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Tourism Pitch In Houston Impresses 45 Year Travel Agentlast_img read more

Bahamas Reports to UN Human Rights FNM Govt plans to Amend Nationality

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, January 23, 2018 – New York City – The FNM Administration plans to even the law when it comes to the nationality of children born to Bahamians, the Attorney General during his report to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations last week said that what a 2016 referendum failed to do for equity’s sake, the Minnis Administration will do when it amends The Bahamas Nationality Act.“The minor child of a Bahamian male or female, wherever born, in or out of wedlock, will be entitled to be registered as a Bahamian upon application by the parents.”There have been mixed reactions to the presentation by Bahamas Attorney General, Carl Bethel who led a delegation at the Universal periodic review in Geneva, Switzerland.  The AG’s legal posture and comments on behalf of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas as it relates to hot button issues like marital rape and equality for transgender residents of The Bahamas was met with some backlash but equally interesting was his comments on how The Bahamas will now aim to deal with ‘statelessness’.“The Government plans to introduce an Independent Review Committee chaired by a retired Chief Justice, to review all pending applications for citizenship in an effort to clear the enormous backlog that currently exists, allowing those applicants who qualify for citizenship to receive and enjoy the citizenship promised by the constitution.  The committee will make recommendations in all cases to the immigration board and the minister, which recommendations will ordinarily be followed, unless there are compelling reasons of National Security or public safety.”While the Attorney General on Jan 17 2018 reported on progresses like criminal cases more quickly reaching trial stage, cut down from a year to two months, he also reported on challenges including improvements necessary at the migrant detention center and highlighted areas where Bahamians were not culturally or democratically prepared to budge.   Among them: capital punishment, the death penalty will stay as Bahamians see it as lawful though an execution has not happened in 17 years … and corporal punishment which will remain legal within schools and homes once reasonably carried out.#MagneticMediaNews#BahamasNationalityAct#IndependentReviewCommittee Related Items:#BahamasNationalityAct, #IndependentReviewCommittee, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more