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EU grants US $4m for northern Kenya infrastructure development

The European Union (EU) has donated US $4m grant for infrastructural development in the northern region of Kenya. Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) CEO Tom Lalampaa, received the grant and said that the ......

  • Kenya
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 03 Apr 2019
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Description The European Union (EU) has donated US $4m grant for infrastructural development in the northern region of Kenya. Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) CEO Tom Lalampaa, received the grant and said that the fund will improve access to essential services and facilities within community conservancies across the landscape. Northern Kenya infrastructure development The grant will facilitate construction of 21 airstrips within 39 community conservancies and open up internal roads to boost tourism, security, economy, livelihoods together with the conservation of nature and wildlife across 10 counties. The CEO was speaking during the commissioning of a road maintenance unit, comprising of a tractor, grader, backhoe, fully operating state-of-the-art workshop trailer with a 10,000 litre water tank and a functional drilling machine at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. The equipment will be used for the development projects. EU Head of Co-operation Hubert Perr described the grant as boost to economic increase in the country more sore the northern region which has been marginalized with its road networks being largely poor hence hindering infrastructure projects, tourism products and other social development initiatives. “Northern Kenya is a gem that is waiting to be discovered. There is a very high potential for tourism in the region but accessibility has been a huge challenge. That is why we are working with partners like the European Union and NRT in helping us achieve our national and county aspirations,” said Mr Perr. NRT’s CEO also affirmed that they will liaise with rural communities in building sustainable economies lined to conservation and improve their livelihoods across the landscape.The equipment will be shared across the 39 conservancies in Garissa, Isiolo, Marsabit, Samburu and Laikipia among other regions supported by the NRT.
Industry Administration & Marketing
Source https://constructionreviewonline.com/2019/03/eu-grants-us-4m-for-northern-kenya-infrastructure-development/
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BMC invites bids for deodorant to mask Deonar dump stench

MUMBAI: The BMC has once again started the process of procuring a herbal deodorant to be sprayed upon mounds of waste at the citys largest dumping ground in Deonar, which has been operational since 19 ......

  • India
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 14 Mar 2019
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Description MUMBAI: The BMC has once again started the process of procuring a herbal deodorant to be sprayed upon mounds of waste at the citys largest dumping ground in Deonar, which has been operational since 1927. In July 2016, it had similarly tabled a herbal deodorant proposal before the civic standing committee for approval. "That deodorant stock is depleted," said a civic official. Currently, solid waste is dumped at Deonar round the clock. Civic staff said the waste decomposes rapidly and releases gases which emanate a foul smell. In an effort to control the stench, the BMC has once again decided to procur the herbal deodorant at an estimated cost of Rs 30 lakh. On Wednesday, the BMC floated tenders for procuring the deodorant for a period of 200 days. On an average, around 300 litres of this deodorant, which also acts as an insect repellent, are required in a day. Civic officials said the spraying equipment is installed on a tractor. It comes with an inbuilt water tank which has a 500-litre capacity and accessories such as a water pump and a hose pipe to enable uniform spraying.
Industry Administration & Marketing
Source https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/bmc-invites-bids-for-deodorant-to-mask-deonar-dump-stench/articleshow/68398042.cms
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Strong provincial investment in machinery to re-equip Santa Fe Viality

They seek to continue with the maintenance of routes. More than 55 million pesos for works. They will also open 664 modules for purchase culverts. Through seven tenders, the provincial government wil ......

  • Argentina
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 13 Feb 2019
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Description They seek to continue with the maintenance of routes. More than 55 million pesos for works. They will also open 664 modules for purchase culverts. Through seven tenders, the provincial government will invest heavily in machinery and equipment necessary to improve the maintenance of the routes. In addition, bids for the acquisition of 664 sewer modules will be opened. The total investment exceeds 55 million pesos. "The provincial government carries out an important road transformation in the Santa Fe routes, with a deep reach in the 19 departments. In this context, the opening of bids for seven public bids was carried out, for a sum of 38,160,000 pesos, to equip the Provincial Road Department with equipment and machinery, "the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport announced in a statement. The act was carried out at the headquarters of Vialidad, boulevard Muttis 880 (Santa Fe), where bidders were known for the acquisition of seven 4 × 4 tractors, drag graders, trucks and rolling boxes, among other wheels and machines work. The Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, José Garibay, remarked that at the beginning of the administration "the governor proposed a strong investment in infrastructure and that goal was advanced. The province invested more than 20 billion pesos to boost the Santa Fe routes because we understand that by optimizing the trafficability of each route, competitiveness and production are improved, and at the same time employment is generated; equipping the management is one more way to support the commitment of Governor Miguel Lifschitz, "he said. For his part, the manager of Roads, Pablo Seghezzo, said: "In a context of devaluation and inflationary escalation, from the provincial government carried forward the most important road works plan of the last 50 years", and stressed that it is executed " with a federal vision "and with" clear accounts and transparency ". In addition, he said that, due to the water emergency scenario, a price contest was called for the acquisition of 664 sewer modules of various sizes, which have a budgeted value of 17 million. Re-equipment plan The first of the planned tenders has an official budget of 3.2 million pesos and will allow the acquisition of a semi-trailer car with 35 tons of payload capacity (latest model), without use. At the next opening of envelopes will be known the offers for the purchase of five new draggers, for an amount of 4.7 million. This will be followed by the tender to acquire 10 fuel tanks of 1,500 liters capacity; with an official budget of 1.3 million. And the fourth carries the highest investment; will be for 19.6 million pesos and will allow the Provincial Department of Roads to have seven new 4 × 4 tractors with closed cab for road use. Then we will know the economic proposals to achieve the acquisition of four new rolling boxes, for an official budget of 3,320,000 pesos. The purchase of a truck type tractor unit will be the subject of the sixth opening of envelopes of that date, for a value of 4.9 million. And the last tender that will take place this month will allow the acquisition of three other haulers, for a budget of 1,140,000 pesos. Road transformation "The management of Governor Lifschitz has given an important role to investment in infrastructure, since in the first three years of management the government of Santa Fe has invested more than 20 billion to enhance provincial routes," they say from the Ministry of Infrastructure. "An impressive road plan executed with own funds that include the construction of 240 kilometers of new pavements, 1,030 kilometers of repaving and 2,400 kilometers of integral repairs, in addition to 250 kilometers of enripiado to guarantee that the towns can have a safe access in any condition climatic ", the official statement was added. For the authorities, it is "a road project of magnitude, taking into account that the province has an extension of the network of four thousand kilometers of paved roads. Roads that are of great importance, since more than 80 percent of the countrys agricultural exports go through the ports of the provincial south, where one of the most important oil complexes in the world is located. " In this way, it was also specified that "a large part of the provinces network acts as a national network. Transporters from Salta, Tucumán, Chaco, Formosa, Santiago del Estero, Córdoba, San Luis, and Buenos Aires choose the provincial network before the national one to transfer the exports of grains and their by-products ".
Industry Administration & Marketing
Source http://www.construar.com.ar/2019/02/fuerte-inversion-provincial-en-maquinarias-para-reequipar-a-vialidad-de-santa-fe/
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Baghdad Firm wins UNOPS Order

8th October 2018 in Iraq Industry & Trade News, Iraq Public Works News By John Lee. A Baghdad-based company has won a tender to supply and deliver garbage compactors, loaders and truck tractor with l ......

  • Iraq
  • Automotive
  • 25 Oct 2018
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Description 8th October 2018 in Iraq Industry & Trade News, Iraq Public Works News By John Lee. A Baghdad-based company has won a tender to supply and deliver garbage compactors, loaders and truck tractor with low-bed trailer to the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Iraq. The contract with Al-Nuwaira Trading Agencies Co. is valued at $320,000.
Industry Automotive
Source http://www.iraq-businessnews.com/2018/10/08/baghdad-firm-wins-unops-order/
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"Arafat" and "Al-Assar" discuss the project of manufacturing and supplying 1300 Railway Vehicles

Dr. Hisham Arafat, Minister of Transport, met with Dr. Mohammed Saeed Al-Assar, Minister of State for Military Production, to discuss a number of issues of joint cooperation between the two ministries ......

  • Egypt
  • services
  • 02 Oct 2018
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Description Dr. Hisham Arafat, Minister of Transport, met with Dr. Mohammed Saeed Al-Assar, Minister of State for Military Production, to discuss a number of issues of joint cooperation between the two ministries at the Ministry of Military Production. The Minister of Transport stressed that the war production is a strategic partner in the implementation of the contract number of "1300" railway vehicle, pointing out that the contract of manufacture and supply of new vehicles comes in implementation of the directives of the political leadership to develop all elements of the railway system and make a significant leap for the fleet of the Railways to provide a distinctive service for passengers , Pointing out that the cooperation between the ministries in all projects has resulted in a remarkable output during the past years in the fields of cooperation, stressing the need to unite and work on the completion of projects under study and implementation so that citizens feel remarkable progress in the field of transport. For his part, the "Assar" that, based on the contract signed between the Ministry of Transport and the Hungarian company TransMach to supply the number of "1300" passenger train and the memorandum of understanding signed between the National Organization for Military Production and the company to manufacture the local component vehicles 40% of the final product Through the Ministrys 200 war factory, which will provide all requirements for implementation and manufacturing with the required quality and on time. During the meeting, Al-Assar reviewed a number of projects being implemented with the Ministry of Transport, including the development of railway tracks, the construction of a part of the regional ring road which was opened two weeks ago, the manufacturing of 100 tractor units for the Railways Authority, For the railway tractors - the establishment of ice factories, desalination plants and sewage treatment plants for the ports of Shalatin and Abu Redamad, "as well as a review of projects under study between ministries At the end of the meeting, the two sides agreed to form a joint committee to supervise and follow up the implementation of the supply contract of "1300" railway vehicles.
Industry services
Source http://www.almasdar.com/83792
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Sener selected to design LNG unit for Ponfido

Spanish engineering and technology group Sener has been contracted by Rimorchiatori Riuniti Panfido & C.s.r.l for assistance in the construction of an LNG SBBT unit. Sener will provide basic enginee ......

  • Spain
  • services
  • 25 Sep 2018
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Description Spanish engineering and technology group Sener has been contracted by Rimorchiatori Riuniti Panfido & C.s.r.l for assistance in the construction of an LNG SBBT unit. Sener will provide basic engineering and technical assistance for the vessel that Ponfido will operate in Italy and the Adriatic sea. This project is co-funded by the European Union through the Poseidon MED II program, Sener said. The SBBT unit’s design is a combination of a LNG fueled tractor tug (powered unit) and a LNG bunkering non-propelled pontoon of 4,000 cubic meters. (cargo unit). The tug will be designed and constructed as a dual fuel driven, towing, escorting, rescue, supply, and salvage tug, propelled by Voith and with 65 tons of bollard pull. For its part, the pontoon will have a storage capacity of 4,000 cubic meters of LNG and 1,000 cubic meters of marine diesel oil (MDO), and it will be used for bunkering service.
Industry services
Source https://www.lngworldnews.com/sener-selected-to-design-lng-unit-for-ponfido/
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Cong probe push into tractor scam

Guwahati: The Opposition Congress on Friday demanded that the state government constitute an Assembly committee to probe allegations of corruption in distribution of tractors among farmers under the C ......

  • India
  • Automotive
  • 13 Feb 2018
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Description Guwahati: The Opposition Congress on Friday demanded that the state government constitute an Assembly committee to probe allegations of corruption in distribution of tractors among farmers under the Chief Ministers Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana (CMSGUY). Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly and Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Debabrata Saikia alleged massive corruption in distribution of tractors and sought an inquiry by a House panel comprising MLAs from all parties into it as well as other graft charges against the BJP-led government in the state. Saikia told reporters outside the Assembly that a senior bureaucrat has shown "undue favour" to a particular company manufacturing tractors though insolvency proceedings have been initiated against that company at the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT). "The particular bureaucrat is also building a resort in Himachal Pradesh," he said. Saikia added that the state government has accepted the price of Rs 5.83 lakh per tractor offered by that particular company whereas the Government e-Marketplace (GeM) portal shows price of the same tractor as 4.53 lakh.
Industry Automotive
Source https://www.google.co.in/search?q=Guwahati&oq=Guwahati&aqs=chrome..69i57&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
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Consumer Watchdog demands transparency from Uber for autonomous vehicle test

Automotive industry stakeholders have touted autonomous cars as being much safer than human drivers. According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 94 percent of crashes a ......

  • United States
  • Automotive
  • 15 Oct 2016
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Description Automotive industry stakeholders have touted autonomous cars as being much safer than human drivers. According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 94 percent of crashes are caused by human error, so it seems that obvious that adding more automation will make cars safer. However, nonprofit public interest group Consumer Watchdog warns that the rush to deploy self-driving cars is dangerous.

"We're very concerned that there is a real press to rapidly deploy these things too quickly," Consumer Watchdog Privacy Project director John Simpson tells ZDNet. "There needs to be very adequate safety precautions and procedures in place."

On Wednesday Simpson, on behalf of Consumer Watchdog, sent a letter to Uber urging the transportation company to disclose the details of its self-driving vehicle fleet, which is about to be tested on public streets in Pittsburgh . He wrote, "You have opted to use public roads as your laboratory and with that comes a responsibility to fully disclose exactly what you are doing both when things go right and when they inevitably go wrong."

Consumer Watchdog asked Uber to publicly report all crashes involving the test vehicles, plus any technical data and videos related to any crash. The letter also requests monthly reports similar to Google's reports, although it doesn't imply that Google's self-driving program is perfect. In fact, Simpson says he previously sent a similar letter to Google, and he is disappointed that Google hasn't released all of the data and videos from its trials. Lastly, Simpson asked Uber to publicly release "disengagement reports," which are annual reports that describe each time the technology failed.

The letter also included a list of questions that he describes as "broader and more philosophical," in an effort to find out more about Uber's long-term vision for robotic cars. For example, "Will Uber's robot car prioritize the safety of the occupants of the vehicle or pedestrians it encounters ?" and "Does Uber have the technology to prevent malicious hackers from seizing control of a driverless vehicle or any of its systems?"

We spoke with Simpson about Consumer Watchdog's trepidation with self-driving vehicles. He says that the main concern is that autonomous features are being overhyped and rolled out too quickly, with minimal testing and oversight because everyone -- even NHTSA -- is too enamored with the idea of self-driving cars.

In reality, he says, the technology isn't ready yet, at least not with our current infrastructure. He explains:

"If every single car on the road was a robot car and they were communicating with each other you might have, in some ways, a safer situation than you have now. But that's not what we've done, and that's not what we'll have for a long time. Right now the average age of an automobile on the road is something like 11-and-a-half years, so people are going to be holding onto their cars for quite a while. As new vehicles out with more and more autonomous driving features, the problem is going to be how those vehicles interact with your traditional car."
He raises valid points, such as whether autonomous vehicles should be used in designated lanes. Industrial robots were fenced off from humans for decades, and they are only just now starting to become mobile and collaborative (able to safely work alongside people). So why should robotic cars be any different?

Still, Uber's self-driving cars are expected to start picking up passengers on regular Pittsburgh streets any day now. They will have human drivers who are expected to intervene if needed, but as we've seen with Tesla's autonomous features, people tend to expect self-driving cars to do everything. Simpson fears that drivers are ignoring "fine print" style warnings about drivers being ultimately responsible, and they are expecting the cars to do more than they can.

Regarding Tesla's autopilot feature, he says, "Even the name itself smacks of a promise that it can't keep." In June, a man was killed when a tractor trailer hit his Model S. Neither the driver nor the car's autopilot system noticed the truck against a brightly lit sky, so the brakes were not applied.

Simpson thinks NHTSA "fell down on the job when it came to Tesla," and let the vehicles onto the marketplace without adequate oversight. NHTSA is expected to publish an updated autonomous vehicle policy this year, and that has Simpson seriously worried. He says:

"I'm afraid that rather than remembering that their fundamental role is a regulator and protector of safety for highways, the top people of NHTSA have been kidnapped -- well, not kidnapped, but sort of taken over by the industry, and they're going to be out there promoting this whole policy. Mark Rosekind, the Administrator, and Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx are becoming promoters of the technology, rather than careful regulators, and I think that's a problem."
While Simpson may be right about the need to proceed with caution, that doesn't mean that self-driving cars should be abandoned altogether. They certainly have the potential to create safer roads, reduce traffic, and let's not forget the convenience factor. People with disabilities such as blindness could gain independence, and commuters could sit back and relax while a robot carries them to their destination.

As automakers continue to release new cars with more autonomous features, Consumer Watchdog suggests that drivers will need better training about the technology's limitations, and any company with a self-driving program must be completely transparent.

"Answering our ten questions will help the public fully understand what Uber is attempting to do and the risks that are involved," Simpson wrote to Uber. "Full transparency about your planned self-driving robot car testing activities is the only acceptable approach."

Consumer Watchdog has not received a response from Uber yet. ZDNet asked Uber and NHTSA for comment and will update the story if it receives one.
Industry Automotive
Source http://www.zdnet.com/article/consumer-watchdog-demands-transparency-from-uber/
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Aylestone Transport’s New FH-540 show truck majors on safety and payload capability

FORS Bronze-accredited Aylestone Transport’s latest tractor unit, a stunning Globetrotter-cabbed Volvo FH-540, is equipped with the full suite of safety equipment and driver aids available from the ma ......

  • Sweden
  • Automotive
  • 15 Oct 2016
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Description FORS Bronze-accredited Aylestone Transport’s latest tractor unit, a stunning Globetrotter-cabbed Volvo FH-540, is equipped with the full suite of safety equipment and driver aids available from the manufacturer.

“Safety in operation was the prime consideration when specifying the company’s new Volvo tractor unit,” explains Aylestone Transport’s proprietor and director ‘Bodge’ Ward, before adding. “Although we have the highest possible level of additional Volvo safety equipment on the truck and an HMF 1300 crane and Kinshofer hydraulic grab, mounted on the trailer, we are still providing our customer with a 27,000 kg payload.”

In addition to the legislated requirement for Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS), the FH-540 is also fitted with Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping System, Lane Changing System and Cornering Lights. A Brigade four-camera system with cycle sensors and audible warning is also fitted. The Dennison trailer, to which the Volvo is coupled, is also fitted with a Cycle Minder sensor system.

Leicestershire-based Aylestone Transport’s latest FH tractor unit is the first the company has taken with the I-Shift Dual Clutch and the second in the fleet to be specified with Volvo Dynamic Steering – which ‘Bodge’ describes as ‘brilliant’. The company also opted for the ‘kick-down’ feature on the I-Shift Dual Clutch.

Aylestone Transport operates five Volvo trucks delivering pre-formed concrete products, including kerbs, pavers and sustainable drainage systems, out of Aggregate Industries’ production site at Bardon, Leicestershire.

Achieving the 27,000 kg payload is aided by the fitment of Alcoa Durabrite forged aluminium wheels and specifying no lead on ramps for the Fontaine SP2 fixed fifth wheel. However, there has been no skimping on the spec as the ten extra lights on Kelsa bars, twin air horns, beacons and additional working lights at the rear testify. The cab is equipped with heated and air-conditioned, leather upholstered seats, together with fridge freezer, microwave and television. The chassis mounted side skirts and chequer plate catwalk infill were fitted by SB Components of Wisbech.

Supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre East Anglia at Bardon, the convenience of the dealer location played an important part in Aylestone Transport’s decision to purchase the latest addition to the 100% Volvo fleet, says ‘Bodge’. The truck is on an R&M contract and will be maintained at the Bardon dealership overnight.

“We have tried both Swedish truck makes,” says ‘Bodge’, “and we prefer the Volvo. The trucks are specified exactly as you want them and the dealer service is marvellous – all our trucks are on R&M contracts with them. When it comes to Volvo, all we have to do is put fuel and AdBlue in them and drive away. Our next truck will be a Volvo too,” he concludes.
Industry Automotive
Source http://www.ukhaulier.co.uk/news/road-transport/fleet/aylestone-transports-new-fh-540-show-truck-majors-on-safety-and-payload-capability/
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Cover Crops Coming Through As Best Farming Practice

Ryan Perish of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture points out some of the experiments being done in Byron Township regarding nitrogen seepage. He said data is showing that cover crops are one of t ......

  • United States
  • Food & Agriculture
  • 15 Oct 2016
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Description Ryan Perish of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture points out some of the experiments being done in Byron Township regarding nitrogen seepage. He said data is showing that cover crops are one of the best practices for farmers to follow, using peas, soybeans, seed potatos and small grains such as barley to maintain a minimum amount of commercial fertilizer needed for corn crops.
Kent Solberg of the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota told the tour about some of the success stories in cover crops. For example, during a dourght year a North Dakota farmer’s corn field yielded 29 bushels per acre higher than the 10 year county average, using cover crops, grazing cattle, no till and no commercial fertilizer. He said a new enterprise in farming is for row crop farmers to enter mutually beneficial deals with cattle producers to grace their cover crops. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)

Brian Boyne of Minnesota Valley Irrigation demonstrates how an ipad can remotely control the irrigation system during the Central Lakes College Ag and Energy Center’s field day on Aug. 26. Boyne said the ipad can also gather data from moisture detectors in the soil and rain detectors. The system can also shut off individual sprinklers when it travels over a wet spot or can pulse the sprinkler to lower the water rate in that spot.
Boyne said the biggest advantage of the system is that farmers can save a lot of time by not having to drive to every field, and can operate the system from their truck, tractor or any remote location. From any location, the ipad can be checked to see that the system is still working and will send updates to say how far it has moved and when it has stopped.
There were other ag demonstrations as part of the field day, including CHS’s demonstration of precision agriculture, including electronic mapping of a field that can be programmed into a planter for specific in-furrow starter treatments.
Industry Food & Agriculture
Source http://www.staplesworld.com/news/cover-crops-coming-through-best-farming-practice

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