first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 29, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Minister of State with responsibility for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson recently toured the ongoing work at the Fishing Hole Road bridge.Accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Iram Lewis, and officials from the Ministry of Works, Minister Thompson got a firsthand view of the progress of the bridge, which is being constructed by All Bahamas Construction Company Limited (ABC).The tour of the work was led by All Bahamas Construction Company Project Manager Wolfgang Geiger.  Senator Thompson toured the buildings that will be the new Cultural Village; they toured the boat ramp and then moved to where the base of the bridge has been constructed.“We are satisfied with the progress that has been made on this bridge and we are working with the contractor to ensure that the project is completed in the shortest period of time,” he said.Senator Thompson urged members of the public to remember that the area surrounding the Fishing Hole Road is a construction site and therefore must use caution.  He noted that while touring the site he personally observed drivers passing at high speed.“The Ministry of Works, as well as the Grand Bahama Port Authority held a series of meetings about the work taking place on the bridge, and safety concerns was one of the primary issues addressed at the meetings,” said Senator Thompson.“There have been a number of additional measures that have been put in place to address those safety concerns.  Residents will be aware of additional signage and caution cones put in place to remind members of the public that this is indeed a construction zone.”Asked about the expected completion date of the project, he pointed out that once all of the concerns expressed by the contractor have been addressed, the date of completion could be early January 2018.Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Works Iram Lewis noted that from the Ministry’s point of view, he wanted to ensure that all of the technical aspects of the project were being carried out effectively.“Working along with the Grand Bahama Port Authority’s technical department and the City of Freeport, we are satisfied that all of those technical requirements have been met,” said Mr. Lewis. “We are here on a regular basis carrying out inspections to ensure that all safety measures are being taken.“I am satisfied that at the end of the day we will have a good project that’s going to make a difference on this island.”Contractor for the Project, Wolfgang Geiger said he was pleased to have the government officials visit the site and assured members of the public that his company was doing all it could to ensure that the new bridge was completed as quickly as possible.The cost of the project is approximately $7 million dollars and Geiger is confident that they will stay on budget, even in the face of a few minor adjustments.“The Cultural Village, which was the first stage of the Project, is completed and the bridge itself, we have completed all of the pre-cast elements for the bridge and so what we’re doing now is assembling those pieces to make a complete bridge,” said Mr. Geiger.He said that the project presently has ten workers on site (because they’re in the assembly phase), but hopes to hire more as the project moves closer to completion.Story by: Andrew Coakley (BIS)BIS Photos/Vandyke HepburnHeader Photo – Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson (second from left), along with Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Hon, Iram Lewis (third from left) gets a rundown on the work being carried out on the construction of the new bridge at the Fishing Hole Road, by Project Manager, Wolfgang Geiger (second from right) of ABC Construction.1st insert – Members of the public are being urged to drive carefully while passing on the temporary road at the construction site of Fishing Hole Road bridge.2nd insert – Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson, along with Mr. Iram Lewis and officials from the Ministry of Works meet with members of the press following a tour of scope of works on the new bridge at Fishing Hole Road. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

first_img May 31, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 5:24 PM City leaders announce proposed restrictions on foam containers Ed Lenderman, center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (CNS) – City Councilman Chris Ward today introduced a proposal to ban products made with Styrofoam, or expanded polystyrene, in San Diego, citing adverse effects on local waterways and the coastline.The proposal would restrict the sale and distribution of food service wares, fish and meat trays, egg cartons, coolers and beach toys made with expanded polystyrene, also called EPS. Take-out food containers made with the plastic foam would also become restricted.EPS threatens the health of San Diegans, wildlife and critical industries, Ward said at a news conference, where he was flanked by City Councilwoman Barbara Bry, environmental advocates and business leaders.“It’s time San Diego joins over a hundred cities throughout California that have already banned these harmful environmental pollutants and moves forward toward a more sustainable future,” he said.EPS doesn’t biodegrade for hundreds of years. Instead, it “photodegrades,” breaking down into small pieces that marine wildlife mistake for food.The material is one of the most abundant forms of marine and terrestrial litter.“Our growing reliance on disposable plastic to fuel our `culture of convenience’ is not without cost. Globally, an average of eight million tons of plastic ends up in the ocean,” said Roger Kube, a policy adviser with the 5 Gyres Institute. “Once there, sunlight and currents shred plastic debris into smaller particles called microplastics, which absorb and concentrate toxic chemicals up the marine food chain and into our bodies. From plankton to fish, and to humans that eat seafood, plastic pollution is changing the very chemistry of life.”Volunteers with the Surfrider Foundation collected 12,575 pieces of EPS-related waste from local beaches in 2017, according to Michael Torti, executive committee chair of the environmental advocacy nonprofit’s San Diego chapter.The ordinance introduced Thursday would mandate the city’s Environmental Services Department to provide a list of safe and affordable alternatives to EPS products. Staff would also develop a process to phase implementation of new rules to limit the impact on small businesses.In a formal memo, Ward requested the City Council’s Rules Committee consider his proposed ordinance. Posted: May 31, 2018 Ed Lenderman last_img