Mechanical Water Meters to Be Replaced Over Next Five Years

first_img Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, along with principals of the NWC and Diehl Metering, recently signed a US$43.9 million contract to supply 450,000 meters to the NWC. The signing ceremony was held at Jamaica House. Story Highlights Over the next five years, the National Water Commission (NWC) will be replacing mechanical water meters with new high-tech electronic devices, which will result in improved quality of service to consumers and a reduction in operational costs for the agency.The solid-state water meters, to be supplied by the German company, Diehl Metering, are rated among the best in the industry, utilising some of the latest technologies, and feature batteries that will last for a minimum of 15 years.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, along with principals of the NWC and Diehl Metering, recently signed a US$43.9 million contract to supply 450,000 meters to the NWC. The signing ceremony was held at Jamaica House.Dr. Chang said the signing is a continuation of a project, which saw the installation of 5,000 similar meters supplied by Diehl as part of the NWC’s efforts to improve efficiencies in its network.“We will be able to change almost all the meters (across the island)… and take care of additional metering over the next few years,” he said.He said a significant feature of the technology is that it will increase the NWC’s capacity to more accurately account for water supplied, which will reduce losses due to non-revenue water (NRW).NRW refers to water that has been produced and is lost before it reaches the customer. Losses can occur as a result of leaks, theft, or metering inaccuracies. According to recent reports, more than 50 per cent of the country’s water is lost in this way.“Having satisfactory metering systems (is important) so we can measure accurately what people buy. We want to ensure that (what we supply) is paid for and we can keep water rates reasonable,” Dr. Chang said.He noted that procurement of the new meters is part of the Government’s continued efforts to correct inefficiencies in order to improve water supply to Jamaicans while reducing costs.Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, His Excellency Joachim Christoph Schmillen, said the contract signing was the result of hard work and dedication by Diehl Metering and the strong belief of the Jamaican Government in the state-of-the-art technology offered by the company.“Soon, more or less everyone on the island will be in very close, direct contact with advanced, reliable and sophisticated German technology. For me as Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, it is of certain importance that such a huge company like Diehl is now engaged in Jamaica offering a convincing, unbeatable product, which was positively tested in an initial test phase,” he said.For his part, President, Diehl Metering, Frank Gutzeit, thanked the Government for trusting the company’s technology, assuring that Diehl is a reliable partner with more than 155 years of success in the business of engineering water meters.The new meters feature easy-to-read digital displays, which reduce the risk of erroneous readings.They also contain a tamper-resistant mechanism that leaves evidence of any attempts to interfere with the instrument. In addition, they can be read remotely, and can also detect leakages. Over the next five years, the National Water Commission (NWC) will be replacing mechanical water meters with new high tech electronic devices, which will result in improved quality of service to consumers and a reduction in operational costs for the agency. “Having satisfactory metering systems (is important) so we can measure accurately what people buy. We want to ensure that (what we supply) is paid for and we can keep water rates reasonable,” Dr. Chang said.last_img read more

Songkick Concert Technology Tool To Shutter Operations

first_img Songkick: Concert Technology Tool To Shutter Operations Why Is Songkick Shuttering Operations? songkick-concert-technology-tool-shutter-operations Ticket-selling platform to fold at the end of October 2017Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Oct 16, 2017 – 9:39 am Songkick, the British-based company that allows fans to track their favorite artists and purchase concert tickets in a direct, will cease operation by the end of October 2017, according to a Variety report.Recently, Songkick has been engaged in a legal battle with Ticketmaster and its parent company, Live Nation, over allegations of antitrust violations and anticompetitive behavior. Though the company will no longer be in business, the litigation will continue. “I’m sad to write that on October 31, Songkick will bow to pressure from Live Nation and Ticketmaster and complete the shutdown of all ticketing operations (including the design and maintenance of artist web pages) we began earlier this year when Ticketmaster and Live Nation effectively blocked our US ticketing business,” founder/CEO Matt Jones wrote in a letter to the company’s clients. “Our antitrust, trade secret misappropriation and hacking lawsuit against Live Nation and Ticketmaster will continue unabated.”Founded in 2007, the company made its mark by selling tickets directly to fans via artist websites and fan clubs. According to its website, more than 15 million music fans worldwide use Songkick. Some of the many artists who have used Songkick’s ticketing infrastructure include Adele, Paul McCartney, Metallica, and Mumford & Sons. Nielsen: Radio Reaches 98 Percent Hispanic Listeners WeeklyRead more Twitter Email Facebook News last_img read more

Wilmington Police Is Raising Funds For Breast Cancer Research Foundation

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Police Department has joined the Pink Patch Project to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer and to support breast cancer research organizations. The Wilmington Police Patrol Officers Union created the patches. Patches can be purchased at the Public Safety Building’s Front Desk for $10. All proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington Police Department’s Facebook page.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Police Patrol Officers Union Conducting Annual Telephone FundraiserIn “Police Log”REMINDER: What To Expect At TONIGHT’S Wilmington Police’s National Night OutIn “Police Log”NEMLEC Police Foundation Raises $9,500 Through All Pro VIP Season Ticket DrawingIn “Community”last_img read more

VIDEO Shawsheen Tech Knocks WHS Boys Basketball Team Out Of Playoffs

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch WHS vs. Shawsheen Tech Boys Varsity Basketball Game At Shawsheen TechIn “Videos”WCTV News & Notes: Registration Now Open For Popular Weekend Youth ProgramIn “Community”Greg Bendel Announces He’s Stepping Down As Head Coach Of Shawsheen Tech’s Boys Varsity Basketball TeamIn “Education” WILMINGTON, MA — The Shawsheen Tech Boys Varsity Basketball team defeated Wilmington High, 70-56, on Tuesday night in first-round state tournament matchup.Read the Wilmington Town Crier‘s coverage of the game HERE.Watch the full game, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more

Delayed payments hit small medium Indian manufacturers hard

first_imgIn the office of the small paint factory he helps run, Pramod Patel is clear on the problem holding back India’s manufacturing growth: cash, or a lack of it.Clients, he said, are taking months to pay, sometimes 150 days as compared to the standard 30, choking up businesses like his “Reliable Paints” and hampering the creation of much-needed jobs.”We have a lot of potential in our business, but we have no confidence in the payments,” Patel said. The workers around him prepare paint to be decanted by hand into cream and grey coloured cans.While there is no comprehensive data for the cash cycle of India’s manufacturing industry, manufacturers interviewed in the industrial heartland of Gujarat have said that cash is moving at a glacial pace.They reported that clients delaying payments, sometimes for the best part of a year, is evidence of an uneven recovery and of India’s credit drought as banks tackle $100 billion of troubled loans.Central bank data shows that loans to medium-sized industrial companies were down 10% by mid September, compared to the start of the financial year in April. Loans to small companies dropped more than 3% in the period.Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Chief Minister of Gujarat, India, has sought to improve life for manufacturers. He wants to boost a sector that accounts for under one-fifth of the economy, compared to one-third for China — the world’s largest manufacturer.But, the reality on the ground is tough.Even India’s industrial bellwether, Larsen & Toubro, has reported deterioration. Chief Financial Officer R Shankar Raman has said that payments take around 100 days after they fall due, compared to a standard 60-75 days.That is hovering around the longest payment period in over a decade, he added.”MADE IN INDIA”India badly needs manufacturing to fuel its recovery and create jobs. After all, India will be home to a working age population of 900 million people by 2020, roughly one-fifth of the world’s potential workers.Modi’s government has promised to make it simpler to operate in the country, with plans for a unified bankruptcy code, a unified goods and service tax, and more flexible labour laws. Last week, it lifted restrictions on foreign investment in 15 sectors, including defence.But, this part of Gujarat — a state that was ranked top in a World Bank-supported study on the ease of doing business in India’s 29 states — manufacturers have said that the smallest and weakest among them could be pushed to the wall, unless reform is implemented and recovery arrives swiftly.A plethora of different taxes still wrap small firms like “Reliable Paints” in red tape. Others have reported battling outdated factory rules: some are fined for a lack of spittoons, for example, in areas where spitting on the floor is forbidden.There are signs of hope. L&T’s Raman said that he expects the numbers to hit the bottom, provided promised government spending kicks in and banks pass on lower rates.”The way the recovery is structured right now, it is not broad based,” said economist Sonal Varma at Nomura. However, government spending could improve cash flows even for smaller firms within 6 to 12 months, she estimated.Gujarat, for one, has pushed taxes online, cutting down on the paperwork and opportunities for corruption, and manufacturers have said that that had made processes smoother.But, until reforms come in, the bureaucracy is overhauled and real spending starts, factory managers in this baked corner of Gujarat – where paints, pumps and engineering parts dominate production – have said that their clients will continue to struggle.last_img read more

Four Days In An Update On Texas Legislatures Special Session

first_img Share Day four of the Texas Legislature’s Special Session is drawing lots of attention. As we’ve been reporting, three Senate committees are holding meetings on closely watched legislation, including the so-called “bathroom bill.”Brandon Rottinghaus, political science professor from the University of Houston and co-host of Houston Public Media’s podcast Party Politics, brings us the latest developments out of Austin.last_img