first_imgRelatedJamaica Offers Building Code to Haiti Government RelatedJamaica Offers Building Code to Haiti Government Jamaica Offers Building Code to Haiti Government Office of the Prime MinisterFebruary 27, 2010 RelatedJamaica Offers Building Code to Haiti Governmentcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaican planning and engineering professionals have offered the use of national codes and processes to the government of Haiti as part of institutional strengthening in that country’s rebuilding efforts.The Jamaican Institution of Engineers has made the Jamaican Building Code available and the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) has also offered their development application and approval procedures.The Minister of Tourism for Haiti, Patrick Delatour, was informed of this when he made a courtesy call on Prime Minister Bruce Golding at Jamaica House on February 25.The Jamaican Building Code, which was completed in 2009, meets international standards for energy conservation, fire safety, plumbing and fuel gas safety, among others. The Code will be enforced under the Jamaica Building Code Act when it is passed into law. It is expected to be of great use to Haiti as the code is specific to the geological and climatic conditions of the island, which would be similar to that of the neighbouring nation.Prime Minister Golding said that the Mexico-Caricom Summit held earlier this week in Cancun, resulted in a commitment by Mexico to support the Caricom presence in Haiti which would now go beyond relief to serve other areas of need.Mr Delatour noted that his government considered Caricom efforts to be central to their plans. Advertisementslast_img read more

first_imgA University of Colorado at Boulder conference April 3 and April 4 will feature contests for civil engineering students from the Rocky Mountain region who have designed and built concrete canoes and small steel bridges. As many as 200 undergraduates and teams of faculty advisers from 14 universities in the region are expected to attend the two-day event, said Stein Sture, chair of CU-Boulder’s civil, architectural and environmental engineering department. The Rocky Mountain Regional Conference of the American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter has been held annually since 1954. The event also will feature a Mystery Design Contest in the College of Engineering and Applied Science’s new Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory, a concrete canoe race at Boulder Reservoir, and the assembly of elaborate 25-foot-long steel bridges designed and built by students. All university teams competing in the events will consist of four students. The two-person concrete canoes generally weigh between 80 and 160 pounds, about the same as a traditional aluminum canoe, said Sture. The canoe presentations will be held at 9:15 a.m. on April 3 at Fiske Planetarium. A concrete canoe display will be from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 4, at Boulder Reservoir, followed by canoe races pitting teams from different schools against each other from noon until 5 p.m. The steel bridge competition will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Balch Fieldhouse, he said. The 25-foot-long bridges, which are about two-and-one-half feet wide, were created over the past several months by the student teams and designed to support up to 2,500 pounds. The bridges will be judged on their load-bearing capacity, deflection, aesthetics, weight and ease of assembly. “This is always an enjoyable event,” said Sture, who noted CU-Boulder last hosted the conference in 1989. “And it always is a good opportunity to showcase our department, college and campus. We have had students from previous competitions here come back to CU to attend graduate school.” The Mystery Design contest will be in the Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory at the engineering college from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 4. Teams of students will be provided with simple materials like balsa wood, paper, tape, drinking straws and pins, and then assigned to build miniature engineering structures. The mystery designs will be judged on such criteria as load capacity, creativity and functionality, said Sture. The conference, limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors, also will feature a number of general and technical paper presentations as well as tours of the ITLL facility and the civil engineering labs, Sture said. Last year, seven CU-Boulder civil engineering students drove to Rapid City, S.D., for the ASCE regional event in a blizzard, but still managed to compete in all of the events, including the outdoor concrete canoe races. Published: March 23, 1998 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Ten of the nation’s largest banks are set to return more than 34 percent of the TARP bail-out loans including  $1.8 billion in interest. The financial institutions, J.P. Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Capital One, American Express and Morgan-Stanley among them, will pay back $68 billion of the $199 billion in taxpayer money, beginning as early as next week. The decision is a milestone for the Obama administration’s financial rescue plan, reflecting new confidence that some large banks have returned to stable profitability. (Read More in the Washington Post) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

first_imgSeventy-two hours after emerging as champion at the All African games trial, Fatimo Bello showed her quality to dominate the maiden Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) National Women Singles Open Championship concluded at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium.She fought her way into the final brushing aside the likes of national player, Cecilia Otu-Akpan as well as returnee Ganiat Aruna to set up a final clash against former junior champion – Tosim Oribamise.Despite not having the chance to compete in international tournaments like her opponent in the final – Oribamise, Bello made nonsense of the experience of her opponent.Oribamise who is considered to be Nigeria’s most travelled and experienced player in recent times, was no match to Bello who thrashed the Ekiti State-born Oribamise 4-0 (11 -7, 11-6, 11-8, 11-4) to cart home the N200,000 star prize money.An excited Bello said she is determined to make the Nigeria team to the 2019 All Africa Games in Morocco.“I’m very happy and excited about the victory. This is going to help me a lot because I won’t stop training and continue to work hard. Training is the key to my success and hopeful I will continue to win. I actually started training two months ago for the trials and this Women Singles championship and I was expecting to win, so it is not something surprising. As the first winner of this tournament which means I’m one of the best players in Nigeria, I will like to play abroad and do all my possible best if I get the opportunity. I’m looking forward to play for the National team and excel with the team,” she said.The tournament sponsored by the NTTF President, Engineer Ishaku Tikon was to rate female players and select team for major championships and the NTTF boss admitted that the objectives of the tournament were achieved.“We have gotten the result of why we staged the competition. A new queen has emerged and the line-up according to their ranking have also been established, we are good to go and we are prepared to conquer Africa and we are on our way to dominate table tennis in the region,” Tikon said.For the former President of NTTF, Wahid Oshodi, the performance of the players was encouraging and with constant training and regular competitions, the players would be ready to compete with the best.Relatedlast_img read more