The National Water Commission (NWC) is reporting that at the end of November its monthly billing for areas in Stony Hill, St. Andrew, reflected a 56 per cent increase, due to improvements in the water supply to six communities there. This has been facilitated through improvement in the Stony Hill distribution network, under the Category A1 works of the Jamaica Water Supply Improvement Project (JWSIP), which is at an advanced stage of completion. The communities include Stony Hill; Sherbourne/Kingswood; Golden Spring; Diamond Road; Wireless Station Road; and Mannings Hill Road. According to the NWC, non-revenue water in Stony Hill was reduced from 70 per cent to 60 per cent. “What this means for the NWC is that 2,350 households are currently receiving 24 hours of reliable water supply. This is a commendable achievement,” Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill said, as he addressed the official signing of the contract for the Category B phase of the JWSIP, at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on December 20. Additionally, the project allowed for 760 new customers in informal settlements to be added to the NWC database. This resulted in an additional $683,000 in revenue, also in November. The Category B component will begin next month and is scheduled for completion in two years. The scope of works include: replacement of the second segment of the Rio Cobre pipeline between Content District and Ferry with 14,000 metres of ductile iron pipes; and supply and install 20,000 electronic water meters for domestic service, and 3,000 for commercial customers. Also to be undertaken are: the development of ground water sources to produce three million gallons of water per day; refurbishment of the Bogue water treatment plant in Ocho Rios; upgrading of the water supply system which serves Linstead and Ewarton; upgrading of the Norwood water supply system in St. James; and refurbishing of the Great River water treatment plant, also in St. James, as well as the treatment plant in Martha Brae, Trelawny. The US$68.85 million project is being financed by the Bank of Nova Scotia, National Commercial Bank, and First Caribbean International Bank/CIBC, with the works contracted to Vinci Construction Grand Projects, which has partnered with the Government on a number of other projects. Under Category A of the project, several other initiatives, in addition to the Stony Hill distribution network, have been successfully completed. These include: replacement of the first segment of the Rio Cobre pipeline in the Bog Walk Gorge; rehabilitation of the 18-million gallons per day Constant Spring water treatment plant, and the Seaview water treatment plant was restored. Additionally, 70,000 water meters were installed in the parishes of Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Ann, Clarendon, St. Mary and St. Catherine, while water supply systems were constructed for Kitson Town and other adjoining areas in St. Catherine.
2019 Acura NSX review: Hitting its stride Tags If at first you don’t succeed, recall ’em again.Honda has issued a recall for approximately 1.1 million Honda and Acura vehicles. The list is positively huge, spanning a wide variety of cars both new and old, in varying body styles. The full list can be seen at the bottom of this article.The issue stems from the airbags. All the vehicles mentioned in this recall were part of an earlier wave of Takata airbag inflator replacements. These vehicles were repaired with desiccated Takata inflators that were not subject to recall. Those replacements, however, were eventually deemed faulty as well, after Honda received a report of a person being injured by shrapnel from a replacement inflator. Enlarge ImageIf you’re not sure if your call falls under the recall or not, give your dealer a ring — they can help you out. Honda Thankfully, a remedy can be had quickly. Honda has replacement parts at the ready — this time, from alternative sources — so owners need only head to the dealership, where technicians will swap out the faulty parts. To give you an idea of the Takata scandal’s scope, Honda alone has had to deal with 21 million recalled Takata inflators across 12.9 million Honda and Acura vehicles.The desiccant, or moisture-absorbing material, is central to understanding this deadly defect. The first batch of airbag inflators that spurred the recall used ammonium nitrate to inflate the airbag but lacked a desiccant. Over time, exposure to humidity could cause the inflator to fail, shooting out shrapnel instead of inflating the airbag as intended. There have been both deaths and injuries linked to these parts, which Takata sold to a significant number of automakers. Takata offered replacement parts with desiccants, but that clearly did not resolve the issue in its entirety. Thankfully, these new replacement parts come from different suppliers altogether.Here’s the full list of vehicles included in this latest recall:2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL2003 Acura 3.2CL2004-2006, 2009-2014 Acura TL2013-2016 Acura ILX2003-2006 Acura MDX2007-2016 Acura RDX2010-2013 Acura ZDX2001-2007, 2009 Honda Accord2001-2005 Honda Civic2002-2007, 2010-2011 Honda CR-V2003-2011 Honda Element2007 Honda Fit2002-2004 Honda Odyssey2003-2008 Honda Pilot2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline Originally published March 12 at 7:42 a.m. PT.Update, at 1:54 p.m. PT: Clarified the underlying issue with Takata’s airbag inflators. Recalls Honda Acura Honda Acura 2019 Nissan Maxima review: The ‘four-door sports car’ that isn’t Review • 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid: The efficient sedan that does it all, and well Comment 20 Photos 2019 Honda Accord: The midsize champ returns with minimal updates 1 More about 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid More From Roadshow Share your voice Car Industry Trucks SUVs Coupes Sedans 2020 Toyota Supra review: A solid sports car that’s rife with controversy
Map of ChuadangaAn officer-in-charge (OC) of Damurhuda police station was withdrawn to Chuadanga district’s police lines on Monday following various allegations including taking bribe from drug traders.Several allegations were filed against OC Akram Hossain including taking bribe from a listed drug peddler of Darshana promising not to arrest him, said officials at the police station said.Quoting the officials, a UNB report says, the OC also helped the drug trader to flee away from the area.Following the allegations, Akram was withdrawn to district police lines on Monday night around 11:00pm, said Mahbubur Rahman, superintendent of Chuadanga police.A three-member committee has been formed to investigate the incident, he added.
Even though India is a vast country, India barely has anything of its own. From various vegetables, fruits to spices, almost everything was brought to India and became a part of the culture. The same goes for the rugs and carpet industry in India. “Most of the designs of rugs that we see in the market are either inspired by middle-eastern, Nepalese or Indo-Tibetan cultures. You don’t get to see something that is inspired by our own contemporary Indian culture,” said Angelique Dhama, President of OBEETEE. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIndia’s largest luxury carpet maker, OBEETEE, has launched the second edition of the ‘Proud to be Indian’ series with Abraham & Thakore, one of the most successful and respected design houses in India. The new handcrafted collection of rugs fuses timeless traditional techniques with a bold, contemporary colour palette and edgy artistry. The initiative is aimed at bringing the loom to the modern Indian context.The new ‘Proud to be Indian’ collection touches upon India’s fascinating elements: The borders of vintage saris from Kanchipuram, block prints from Sanganer and the timeless tie and dye Bandhani from Kutch. The designs are also influenced by the geometry of double Ikat Telia Rumals and the art of calligraphy; the ornate lettering techniques. Other vintage elements like old handwritten letters, faded ink and calligraphic strokes have also been used in this labour of love. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOn the launch of second edition of Proud to be Indian collection, Rudra Chatterjee, Chairman, OBEETEE, said “We are proud to partner with Abraham & Thakore to create rugs that represent design, material and craftsmanship that are local, yet exceptional in heritage and quality. What attracted us was their mastery of design, which is both cutting-edge yet tied intricately to India’s ethos.”Elaborating on the association, Angelique Dhama, President, OBEETEE, said, “We were aware of the strong Persian and Central Asian design language of most carpets, we felt the time had come to showcase rugs influenced by India’s own textile traditions, but with an evolved design vocabulary. Though the inspiration comes from India’s rich heritage, the elements and colours are fresh and fun, making the whole compilation very contemporary. This collection reaffirms the ingenuity of the human hand.” With some of the finest weavers to this task; it took more than a year to weave one carpet, hence, providing a year’s employment. The carpets are all hand-knotted using different yarns and finishes. The finest silk was procured and rugs were woven with a knot density of about 200 knots per square inch. “Each rug is made of exquisite material with almost 65-70% of silk and 30-35% of wool. Even the washes that have been applied are either gold or silver finish so as to elevate the product. The carpets are also customised for our patrons. Each buyer can scan a QR code embedded in the tapestry of the carpet and read details about its weaver,” explained Dhama.”When we were approached by OBEETEE, we were excited to be developing carpets with India’s finest carpet weaving company. We found the premise of the project, which focuses on combining the finest carpet weaving skills of India with an Indian design sensibility both challenging and timely,” said designers Abraham & Thakore.”The beauty of this collection lies in the technical virtuosity of a hand knotted carpet, where millions of threads are individually knotted together to create the complex surface of matt and sheen. The design sensibility is low key yet highly distinctive, with a strong respect for material, form and craft,” said the designers.After unveiling the Abraham & Thakore collection in Delhi, OBEETEE will showcase the collection in Germany, followed by New York.