SHARE Email Facebook Twitter August 29, 2018 Infrastructure, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced new funding for the renovation and expansion of a public works building in the Borough of Fountain Hill that will increase safety for workers while providing the space necessary to store borough equipment.“I am proud to make this investment in the Fountain Hill community,” said Governor Wolf. “The public works employees perform a vital service to the borough, and this expansion project will ensure the workers and the equipment have a modern and efficient building.”The Borough of Fountain Hill was approved for a $750,000 grant to add a 40 by 75-foot addition to its existing public works building. The renovation will alleviate issues caused by numerous additions made to the original 100-year-old public works building. The completed $1.5 million project is expected to house borough street department vehicles, a salt shed and stone bins, an environmentally safe fueling station, locker, shower and break rooms for employees, and areas for storage of the borough’s equipment.“I have been working closely with Fountain Hill officials, particularly Executive Administrator Tony Branco, for several months on this revitalization project,” said state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh. “I am excited that Governor Wolf has supported this project. The commonwealth’s partnership will be a big help and a positive step for the borough.”“It’s an honor when I get to work with the municipalities in my district on projects I know will improve the quality of life of their residents,” said Senator Lisa Boscola. “The Borough of Fountain Hill has made this project a priority due to their concerns with the current structure and the need to better provide more efficient services to their residents. I want to thank the Governor for recognizing that as well, and I’m looking forward to watching the project advance.”Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), funding will support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development. Governor Wolf Announces Renovations and Expansion of Public Works Building in Lehigh County
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Not all aircraft landed so safely yesterday though with a flybe plane crashing off the runway at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport during high winds when its gear collapsed.The FlyBe flight from Edinburgh was pictured with collapsed landing gear. All passengers were brought to the terminal by bus and no one was injured. This amazing video shows a skilled pilot landing Monarch flight MON503 from Innsbruck into Manchester whilst being battered by Storm Doris’s 50mph winds.The flight can be seen swooping into the airport as winds shake the flight from side to side. Upon landing the pilot gave a cheeky wave through the window.Capt. Simon Brown, Monarch Base Pilot Manager, Manchester & Leeds Bradford said to the Manchester Evening News: “This was a normal landing given the weather conditions today thanks to storm Doris.“Landing in heavy winds is one of the many skills this Captain, who landed perfectly in the conditions today, and all of our pilots are highly trained in.”
Photo: Sydney Airport Australia’s busiest airport is planning a significant expansion, including a new “Terminal 4”, as it moves to address robust aviation growth and competition from a second airport.Outgoing Sydney Airport chief executive Kerrie Mather told the airport’s annual meeting on Tuesday that a major investment program would provide additional aviation capacity for business expansion as the airport capitalises on what she described as a natural competitive advantage in terms of geography.“Airlines serving Asia are able to fly to Sydney and return within 24 hours,’’ she said. “This is highly attractive from an aircraft utilisation perspective.’’She noted the airport had been particularly successful in attracting Chinese carriers but said it was a “Pan-Asian story” that was not reliant on one or two particular countries for growth.“In fact, passengers to and from Asia are forecast to contribute more than half of Sydney Airport’s volumes by the end of this year,’’ she said.After a boost in international travel in 2016, Mather said the airport was “off to a great start’’ in 2017 with 7.2 per cent growth so far.Sydney already serves 94 destinations, including those in Australia, on 44 airlines.Passenger numbers have grown 14m in 1990 to more than 42m in 2016 but this has not been without angst from surrounding communities.The airport will be working over the next 12 months to release a new Master Plan that looks at development to 2039.This is well beyond the proposed start-up date of a second airport at Badgerys Creek, south-west of Sydney, that the company which operates Sydney Airport declined to build despite having first call on it.Mather said the planning had accounted for the opening of the Western Sydney Airport in 2026 and had identified areas available to develop its facilities,“These include an expansion of our international Terminal 1, by adding new gates, baggage system expansions and apron capacity,’’ she said. “Also a new Terminal 4, which will provide new international gates adjoining (terminals) T2/T3. And also new aeronautical facilities in the south-south- east sector, south of General Holmes Drive.’’The new terminal will mean the relocation of a Qantas maintenance facility to another part of the airport and appears in keeping with a plan launched some years ago to relocate alliance partners to different terminals to improve efficiency.That plan was shelved after protests by Virgin that it would be disadvantaged by the move to the T1 international terminal because it was further away from the central business district and harder to access.
Three African countries are planning tobuild a new 400-megawatt power line toboost trade in electricity and ensuresecurity of supply across the continent.(Image: Graeme Williams,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos visit the image library) Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya are planning to build a new 400 megawatt power line to boost trade in electricity between them, and ensure security of supply across the continent.Officials from the three countries are currently securing funding for the project, which is due to start in 2011.Teddy Kasonso of the Zambian energy ministry confirmed that Zambia’s counterparts in Kenya and Tanzania have been authorised to sign the agreement and letters of introduction to formally present the project to potential lenders and donors.The power line will run from a sub-station in central Zambia, through Kasama in the northern part of the country, to Mbeya and then Arusha in Tanzania en route to Nairobi.The project, expected to cost R6.4-billion (US$860-million), will boost trade in electricity between the Southern African Power Pool and the East African Power Pool, which incorporates Ethiopia and Sudan.Kasonso said technical, economic, and financial studies have been completed and each of the countries would be equal partners in the project.The project management unit, incorporating staff drawn from all three countries, will be established in Lusaka later this year.Africa’s energy crisisOver the last few years many African countries – such as South Africa, Zambia, Uganda and Ghana – have experienced sweeping power blackouts, also known as “load shedding”.A combination of factors – including rapid economic and population growth, conflict, poor planning and drought – have been blamed for the shortages.In the past South Africa, with its large stocks of coal, enjoyed cheap and reliable electricity supply, and was able to export power to its neighbours, like Zimbabwe and Mozambique. But this has changed over the last three years.Government’s decision in 2001 to prevent the country’s electricity utility, Eskom, from building any new power stations meant that Eskom had to run its existing plant too hard, so the rate of breakdowns rose.This was compounded by a difficult relationship between the utility and the state, and leadership problems within Eskom. By the end of 2007 the country was experiencing a crippling shortage of power and by early 2008 widespread blackouts plunged the country into chaos.In January 2008 Eskom temporarily suspended its power supply to Mozambique and Zimbabwe to address the acute domestic shortages.Eskom and government have responded to the crisis by announcing a massive programme to expand power-generation capacity.These plans include spending a projected R343-billion (US$46-billion) over the next five years to fund new power stations, with the first one to start operating in 2013. Eskom has also started work on two new coal-fired power stations to meet rising demand.Zambia, by contrast, still has poor power-supply infrastructure. Only 17% of urban households have access to electricity, while in the rural areas it’s as little as 3%. Kasonso believes the new venture with Kenya and Tanzania will help provide more power for the people of Zambia.In Uganda and parts of West Africa recent droughts have depleted rivers, meaning less of a force of flowing water to generate hydroelectricity in those countries’ dams. This has led to further shortages and power outages.Ghana has resorted to using massive gas generators to produce emergency power following widespread load shedding, which has had a serious impact on the economy.The new project is expected to help avert the crisis by also encouraging investment in new hydropower schemes in Zambia. This will generate surplus power that could be exported to other African countries, like Ghana and Uganda.
3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#Big Data#Open Source#Red Hat Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Jim Whitehurst, CEO of Linux vendor Red Hat, has never been shy about sharing his vision of the future of enterprise technology. But at a recent lunch in San Francisco, Whitehurst extended his outlook well beyond the next quarter or two – he looked ahead two decades to predict big changes in the balance of power in enterprise technology – and wonder about how we’re going to get there.(See also 7 Open Source Questions With Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst.)Who Will Own Big Data?In 20 years, Whitehurst predicted, Big Data will have gone mainstream. We will be increasingly able to use analytics to better orchestrate how a business collects, analyzes and distributes information. Bascially, everything important about how it operates.Who will be the winners and losers in such a world, Whitehurst wondered?Will there be a couple of big winners? Giant companies like IBM, for example, that are able to supply that kind of analysis to a wide variety of customers?Or will we have lots of small, vertical applications that leverage insight into particular products and markets?Who Will Own Enterprise Technology?For the enterprise, Whitehurst said, the challenge is to use that Big Data to do everything from marketing to logistics and beyond. And then the question becomes who in the enterprise will be responsible for it? Will the Line of Businesss (LoB) owner get the data from something that resembles today’s IT organization? Or will Chief Marketing Officers buy the technology they need directly from those Big Data service providers mentioned above?If that’s the case, Whitehurst asked, Why have a CMO and a CIO? Why not have a single marketing/analytics organization? Instead of having a separate IT organization, they merge, leaving just a rump IT organization that is primarily in charge of support.Either way, Whitehurst predicted, it’s the data scientists who are in charge. The only question is whether they work in a central IT (or IT/marketing) department or directly in the Lines of Business. Whether those essential functions are company wide or organized around vertical markets. “The lines blur,” Whitehurst said.Big Changes For The IT “Factory?”How it plays out depends on which side does a better job of leveraging Big Data: “Will marketing get tech or will tech learn business?” Whitehurst asked.The challenge for CIOs, if they want to remain in the picture, is to find a way to bring in business people – not just tech people, Whitehurst said. And to change the structure of their organization to deal with the new reality.Fact is, Whitehurst said, most IT shops today feel like factories. They look like manufacturing operations, organizationally and culturally in terms of process and quality. “Marketing organizations don’t work like that,” Whitehurst noted.Of course, marketing has its own challenges: “IT vendors try to hide the complexity,” Whitehurst said, but “dealing with Big Data is still a different skill set from traditional marketing.”Information Changes Who Gets RichThese aren’t merely academic questions. In fact, Big Data is likely to become the core of many businesses, Whitehurst said.He cited the CEO of a big retail chain who told him that, “my entire business is about ‘How many red sweaters in size XXL should we have in a store in zip code  in March.’ Everything else is seconday to that kind of interactive data query.”There’s more. The creation of true information businesses leads to a massive bifurcation of wealth, Whitehurst said. As we build a new productivity system around information, more wealth goes to companies that produce the data-collection and analytics expertise – and less to the end customers, who end up being genericized. (Whitehurst credited Marc Andreessen for the idea that “Software Eats The World.”)Where will that expertise come from? Most companies will use outside sources, unless they can create a competitive advantage by doing it themselves.And in that scenario, who is supplying the competitive advantage? Who makes the money when the real value is in the information analysis, not the end-user organization?“In 20 years, I think it’s decentralized,” Whitehurst said. “Right now, XYZ industries may have a source of competitive advantage. But data analytics pulls value away from that.”Whitehurst came to Red Hat from Delta Airlines, and he uses the airline industry as an example. In the era of value management and global distribution, he said, airlines are losing the ability to gain competitive advantage. In an online booking system, “Your brand is reduced to a two-letter code at the moment of purchase.” It’s barely a factor in the buying decision, it’s all about price.That kind of wealth and power transfer will play out in industry after industry over the next 20 years, Whitehurst predicted. The share of GDP in software keeps growing very quickly, he said, and “very few companies can invest in IT that is better than what the leaders offer.”That means that the technology industry’s share of global profit will grow, Whitehurst said, even as the industry becomes less structured, predictable and controlled. Instead, it becomes a more chaotic, wide-open marketplace, like Silicon Valley… or the open source community.Not an entirely surprising viewpoint for the head of an open-source software company.Bonus Question: Who does Red Hat Really Compete Against?Forget Microsoft’s ongoing battles against Linux. According to Whitehurst, “We rarely compete with Microsoft.” The two companies address “different workloads” and address “different parts of the datacenter.”“We never compete on deals, Whitehurst said, “If they hate us, I’m not sure why.” After all, “If it weren’t for Linux, they would probably have massive Department of Justice issues.”So who does hate Red Hat?Whitehurst fingers Oracle. “They’re turned their guns on Linux,” he said, “so we don’t go to market much with them.”But Whitehurst claims that he doesn’t think a lot about Red Hat’s market share vs. competitors. Instead, he says, he looks at larger issues like Linux vs. UNIX, free vs. paid and how to address new enterprise IT workloads.Lead image by Fredric Paul. fredric paul IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts
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Best Netflix series: There’s no shortage of original Netflix series to binge.Movie Magic: The secrets behind the scenes of your favorite films and filmmakers. Share your voice Comment 2019 movies to geek out over 1 TrackR Atlas Preview • TrackR Atlas maps your home, finds your stuff 77 Photos TV and Movies Netflix Warning: Spoilers for Bird Box ahead.The monster you never get to see is always the scariest, and Netflix’s post-apocalyptic hit Bird Box is no exception. Viewers never see the creatures that drive humans to violent deaths merely by being glimpsed, except in some dark and disturbing sketches by Gary (Tom Hollander).But in a now-deleted Instagram post, Howard Berger, Emmy-winning co-owner of special-effects company KNB EFX Group, shared a few images of one concept for the creature. Berger and Netflix didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.According to multiple screengrabs of the images, including the one below posted by SFX Atlas, Berger shared three views of the creature. “It’s always a bit disappointing when so much effort goes into something that ends up in the cutting room floor, but I get it and it’s always what is best for the final product,” the original post said, according to SFX Atlas. While it probably would’ve been scarier in context, to this Bird Box watcher, the images appear to be of a bald, veiny adult baby with crushed ears.”Seems almost comical in concept,” wrote Instagram user jsfx79. “Not what I envisioned.”But some found them to be unnerving. “Yeah I think the not knowing is scarier, but these are still wigging me out,” wrote ronnieeaves. Tags More Bird Box Screenwriter Eric Heisserer told Bloody Disgusting he was “forced” to write a nightmare scene where Sandra Bullock’s Malorie sees one of the creatures, which is presumably what the special-effects images were for.Bullock wasn’t exactly terrified.”I turn and he’s like this [growling at me,]” she said in the Bloody Disgusting interview. “It’s making me laugh. It was just a long fat baby.”In Josh Malerman’s 2014 novel of the same name, the creatures are never described. Netflix thriller Bird Box flutters into nonsense All the ways Bird Box is like A Quiet Place Netflix issues danger warning over Bird Box Challenge