Faculty discusses new Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science degree

first_imgAt the beginning of March, the College of Arts and Letters announced that it would be introducing a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science (BACS), distinct from the Bachelors of Computer Science (BCS) already offered through the College of Engineering.Dr. Aaron Striegel, a professor in the College of Engineering and the first director of the new BACS, said the program is an attempt to allow students with interests in computer science and the humanities study both fields and still graduate in four years.“The Bachelor of Arts sort of arose out of the fact that we had a fair amount of students who wanted to double major,” Striegel said. “And because of how heavily structured the BS and CS is, [it] was often fairly difficult unless you had a fairly significant amount of advanced placement, but even then, it was still a pretty heavy lift.”Though the program was announced just last month, Striegel says the program has been in the works for the last few years.“This had been in the works or under consideration for a fair amount of time, [and] I think the the reason why this had happened now is that sort of things aligned appropriately and we’d seen sort of as a department continued interest in the digital humanities,” Striegel said. “This was kind of a culmination of multiple years of work all coming together into this program: the data science, new CDT program, all kind of helped pave the way in terms of some of the partnerships that had gone on.”BACS programs are becoming more popular around the country, Dr. Patrick Flynn, the chair of the College of Computer Science and Engineering, said. Flynn said Notre Dame looked at other schools as a guideline for implementing the program.“We certainly did a lot of background reading about how BA programs are executed at other universities and certainly our BACS program has a lot in common with a national movement,” Flynn said. “…There are some universities that really emphasize the other discipline sciences. We and a number of schools are focusing more on the arts and humanities. The idea of combining computer science with some other discipline has been looked at in a lot of different ways and the initial collaboration that makes the most sense to us is the one with Arts and Letters.”The new program, though housed in the college of Arts and Letters, will still feature College of Engineering computer courses and does not have any plans to have exclusive classes from the rest of the computer science program.“Right now we don’t envision any particular classes [that] are only for BACS students,” Striegel said. “We’ll probably have some programs or speakers that might be targeted at the BACS students, but those will be open to all students to attend,so we don’t envision restricting anything along the way or having degree-specific coursework.”BACS students being required to take some of the same classes as the current BCS students paired with the current number of faculty is creating a bottleneck limiting the number of students who can participate in the program, Flynn said. This in turn may limit future interdisciplinary programs with the other colleges.“We’ll probably be working with other colleges down the line, [but] it’s going to depend on having the ability to identify resources so that we can meet the courses and teach the students that enroll in them, with the faculty that we have or grow the faculty to accommodate more students,” Flynn said. “The major constraint on the program right now is that our courses are quite full, and so we have to create new sections of existing courses of required courses that are required of the BS in computer science, the BS in computer engineering and the BA in computer science. There are 11 classes like that, so if we can get the staffing, we can definitely grow our capacity to teach and that means we can offer more interdisciplinary programs down the road.”Due to the constraints on the program, there are only a limited number of slots available to those who apply, making the application process competitive, Striegal said.“It involves writing a fairly short essay of why do you want to do the BACS, [and] what you want to bring from Arts and Letters together with computer science; basically, why does this degree make sense for you, coupled with your past coursework that you had done in the freshmen of your fall year and any programming experience that you might have as well,” Striegel said. “For both the the class of 2023 and the class of 2024, we’re envisioning somewhere on the order of 10 to 15 slots, and then the class of 2025, we’ll probably evaluate what the sizing might be, probably next spring.”The program made decisions on who the first batch of BACS students will be as of the first week of April. The class of 2024 will be able to apply for the program in the spring of next year.Tags: bachelor of arts, College of Arts and Letters, Computer sciencelast_img read more

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Honda signs large renewable energy deal to offset emissions at three U.S. automobile factories

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Honda Motor Co. agreed to buy 320 megawatts of electricity from wind and solar farms in Texas and Oklahoma, marking the biggest clean-power purchase ever by an automaker.The Tokyo-based company will use the electricity to offset emissions from its factories in Ohio, Indiana and Alabama, according to a statement Monday. It will enable Honda to cut its greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing by 60% in North America.Honda is among a growing number of big companies turning to renewables as wind and solar become two of the cheapest sources of power available and as customers and investors push them to fight global warming. Corporate clean-energy purchases hit an all-time high of 13.4 gigawatts in 2018, according to BloombergNEF. They’re on track to break that record this year.“Within the last couple of years, we’ve begun to realize that there’s only so far that energy efficiency can take you,” Ryan Harty, manager for connected and environmental business development at American Honda, said in an interview. “If you want to make tremendous reductions in CO2 from energy use, you really need to delve into adopting renewable energy.”As part of the deal announced Thursday, Honda will begin buying power in the fall of 2020 from the Boiling Springs Wind Farm in Oklahoma. The following year, it will start buying power from an undisclosed solar farm in Texas. Honda currently sources about 20% of power for its North American operations from low- or zero-emission power sources.More: Honda strikes biggest deal ever by automaker to buy clean power Honda signs large renewable energy deal to offset emissions at three U.S. automobile factorieslast_img read more

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India’s JSW Energy changes course, now aiming for renewable energy-based expansion

first_imgIndia’s JSW Energy changes course, now aiming for renewable energy-based expansion FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ETEnergyWorld.com:Sajjan Jindal led-JSW Energy, one of the only private power utilities in India which was looking to expand its thermal power capacity through acquisitions has pulled the plug on the plan and aims to focus on renewable energy only, after calling off the deal to buy an asset from GMR.The company has a stated plan of scaling up its capacity to 10 megawatts in the next 3-5 years from 4,559 mw now. While the capacity addition plan does not change, the company will now focus on renewable energy projects to add renewable energy projects.The company aims to be carbon neutral by 2050, said Prashant Jain, joint managing director and chief executive officer, told ET. “We have realised that many of these existing thermal assets have ongoing litigations and the government is increasing taxes on polluting industries, so it will be a continuous struggle for the next 15-20 years for the balance life of the plant. Given all this, renewable is a better option,” he said.Jain said that the company was keen to acquire thermal power assets for the low cost of generation and firm power purchase agreements. Now with the renewable energy tariff declining to levels that are competitive with thermal power units, power distribution companies will not give preference to thermal power going ahead.On Friday, JSW Energy called off its deal to the 1,050 mw-GMR Kamalanga Energy project in Odisha, after five months of announcing the deal, citing uncertainties in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown. Two years ago, the company had to terminate its proposed acquisition of the 500 mw-Bina Power from Jaiprakash Power Ventures after months of delay in getting necessary approvals from lenders.[Rachita Prasad]More: JSW Energy pulls the plug on thermal asset expansion, focus on green energy nowlast_img read more

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Panama Intercepts Vessel Packed with Cocaine in Joint Operation with United States

first_img“CBP Air and Marine Operations agents are truly the best of the best and work in concert with international and interagency partners to disrupt the flow of illicit trafficking destined for the United States,” said Director of National Air Security Operations Center, Jacksonville Robert Blanchard. “CBP Air and Marine Operations will continue defending our nation’s borders against all manner of threats.” The P-3 aircrew supporting the operation is based at CBP Air and Marine Operation’s National Air Security Operations Center in Jacksonville, Florida which recently completed its most successful counter narcotics operational year since its inception in 1999. In Fiscal Year 2015, Air and Marine Operation’s aircrews contributed to 198 seizure, disruption, or interdiction events in the transit zone resulting in the interdiction of 206,844 pounds of cocaine. On March 8th, CBP Air and Marine Operations agents aboard a CBP P-3 detected a suspicious vessel in international waters and relayed actionable information to Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-South) partners operating in the area. Panamanian authorities intercepted the vessel, recovered the drugs and arrested two suspected drug smugglers. Operation Martillo is an international operation focused on sharing information and bringing together air, land, and maritime assets from the U.S. Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and Western hemisphere and European partner nation agencies. U.S. military participation is led by Joint Interagency Task Force South, a component of U.S. Southern Command. Operation Martillo is one component in the United States government’s whole-of-government approach to countering the use of the Central American littorals as transshipment routes for illicit trafficking. By Dialogo March 16, 2016 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) aircrews detected a vessel carrying more than 1,200 pounds of cocaine in the Caribbean Sea as part of a targeted anti-drug effort in the region. The drugs have an estimated wholesale value of more than $16 million. CBP Air and Marine Operations P-3 aircrews from Jacksonville, Florida, and Corpus Christi, Texas are the leading provider of airborne maritime radar surveillance to Joint Interagency Task Force South operations throughout the Americas and have been an integral part of joint successful counter-narcotic missions targeting illicit smuggling operations, weapons and human smuggling in the hemisphere. I think it’s sad that, instead of collaborating with this control, we in Venezuela are in reality seen as collaborators of drug trafficking because we are controlled and governed by an administration of all corrupt politicians and drug traffickers These news make me glad…Anti-Narcotics…Especially given the Mutual Collaboration of Neighboring Countries…which shows Us that A good Union of Officials,…Loyal,…Prepared,… and having good Logistics….can Throw these Bastardly Drug-Trafficking Societies in the Trash…. applause excellent work, they should come here to Venezuela UNFETTERED WAR AGAINST THIS ABOMINABLE CRIME OF DRUGS, I WOULD APPLY CAPITAL PUNISHMENT The cooperation between governments to counteract drug trafficking is good. Good morning, God bless you. Excellent work given the outcome and the transparency of the operations. Recommendable, increase the search radius over costal areas of Venezuela-Guyana-Brazil. Much success. Congratulations to this intelligence network, to put an end to drug trafficking. I congratulate all the anti-drug agencies in the world for fighting against this world wide nightmare which destroys our society I would like to learn more about the subject and how to combat drug trafficking Aya, I hope these small planes are not used for the opposite, because there is already a powerful, clandestine mafia army that intends to control all of South America, where coca, opium, marijuana, san pedro, ayahuasca and other numbing lianas grow. This fight grows more and more and billions of dollars are invested to exterminate it, but it will never be completely eradicated, that is almost impossible, given that both good and evil will be energetic memories in perpetual opposition. Faced with this powerful truth, the best way to control both omnipresent and opposing memories would be to legalize the manufacture and sale of weapons and alkaloids all over the world, fully knowing and broadcasting the causes and the effects of this major social issue, which, by leaving them to their own devices, democracy and world peace will certainly increase, in contrast, violence and irrational, premature death will be reduced to nothing without any doubt. A big hug to all, OK. Hmmm let’s see about Nicaragua when they donate one or better yet let El Chapo go free and send him to that country Just like all other reports on drug seizures, short, no depth.According to an online report, a judge released the 5 accused who were caught in the act, in the Dominican Republic.I don’t believe there are articles in the laws that, for as many benefits as they give, would allow that. Article that does not reveal the nationality of the ship carrying the drugs, it just reports that Panama collaborated with the U.S…………………………………. In light of the decision made by a Dominican judge who released some Venezuelan traffickers caught in the act, all these anti-narcotic efforts are in vain. Such is the reason the dead, lying, cheating Hugo Chávez Frías, cut ties with the DEA, because they could avoid the huge trafficking of drugs thanks to advanced technology for the fight against drug trafficking. It is shameful that today, we are the bridge country for drug traffickers. So why don’t they work with the Venezuelan authorities on this matter? Is it because they don’t trust that the product might come from the “Los Soles Cartel” and the operation could fail? Bravo Hi it’s great they’re fighting this activity, but when are we going to hear about big American drug sellers falling, just the foreigners is not valid either I request through this means of communication to receive reports concerning this renowned digital magazine.I would like to subscribe,Best regards,Cicero Romão de Araujo Really good, but here in Venezuela we aspire to have all these criminals also fall and pay and to be able to bring the stolen money back to our country there we have Diosdado heading the list Cilia Flores Elisami and an untold number of those criminals help us for the love of God I support this initiative. Congratulations to the members of the counter drug trafficking task force I am very interested Good Yadira Mendez Registry:BA-16-10070The Costa Rican National Coastguard Service and Southcomm of the United States, strengthen the connection in the fight against drug trafficking, building bases and the financing by the United States of new police posts.Costa Rica donated the necessary land for the facilities which will be built by U.S. engineers in collaboration with a private company. It is expected to be done by 2017. Being informed is important in these new times and with your newsite it’s marvelous Glory to God Praying, praying, the chains are brokenPraying, Praying, life is renewed To show a button it is not in any way of interest to legalize or stop fighting in any country against every kind of evil since for instance some of their population is not heard from except as a cry and life has been affected in many ways and this country has been challenged because of its sin and the corruption of its leaders and statesmen and Ay when the population’s cry reaches heaven Very good USA Enough. They need to put an end to drugs. Excellent The optimism is very good and the information on everything going on around us great guc I like you a lot very interesting thank you for informing melast_img read more

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Cuomo Appoints AG to Prosecute Certain Police-Involved Slayings

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wednesday signed an executive order naming the state attorney general as special prosecutor in cases involving certain police-involved deaths.Cuomo’s decision to appoint Attorney General Eric Schneiderman as the chief prosecutor in such cases, which often become politicized, comes months after the governor failed to secure enough votes to pass a state law that would permanently address the issue, and days after the mothers of two civilians killed by police wrote a scathing op-ed in a local tabloid blasting Cuomo for “backtracking.”“It’s a day of action, it’s a day of fairness, it’s a day of justice,” Cuomo said at the signing at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, where he was joined by families who previously lost loved ones in police confrontations. He added that his executive action would go a long way to “restoring people’s trust” in government.Cuomo’s executive action is in response to a growing chorus of community and civic leaders critical of local prosecutors’ handling of controversial police-involved deaths, such as the grand jury investigation into Eric Garner’s death in Staten Island, which occurred nearly one year ago. Similar calls for special prosecutors have been made nationwide as a handful of deaths of black men by police officers spurred protests and accusations that prosecutors sidestep normal prosecutorial practices when an officer is suspected of wrongdoing.With a stroke of the governor’s pen, Schneiderman’s office assumed the responsibility of investigating the often-politically charged cases. The AG’s office now has the power to prosecute cases in which an unarmed civilian is killed by police or if there’s conflicting accounts as to whether the individual is armed and dangerous.The governor repeatedly referred to “perceived” conflicts of interest between prosecutors and police departments, the latter of which is charged with building cases before passing the probe off to local district attorneys.“There are far too many Americans that feel the system isn’t providing equal justice for all people, particularly for people of color,” Schneiderman said. “Pretending a problem isn’t there doesn’t help solve the problem.”Bypassing district attorney’s addresses a “crisis of confidence,” Schneiderman said.“When there is a crisis of confidence in the justice system, the system cannot work,” he said.The New York Civil Liberties Union cheered the news.“The designation of a special prosecutor to handle cases involving police killings of civilians is an important first step toward helping restore public faith and trust in our justice system,” New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman said in a statement through the group’s Nassau County chapter. “A special prosecutor along with other long-term criminal justice reforms should help promote police accountability and better ensure protection of civil rights and liberties.”To Frederick Brewington, a prominent Hempstead-based civil rights attorney and board member of Syosset-based nonprofit Erase Racism, Cuomo’s action signaled further progress in the pursuit of justice.“I think this is step in the right direction,” he said, but it is “by no means a complete and thorough answer.”“Everything has its evolution,” he added. “It has taken a long time for people to realize the need for this, however, the journey of a thousand miles starts with a first step.”Amy Marion, a partner at the Garden-City-based law firm Barket Marion, and the head of the firm’s civil practice group, was less enthusiastic. She acknowledged that circumventing local prosecutors is an important first step but said, “unfortunately, I don’t think it’s enough of a move” forward.Marion, who last year filed a notice of claim signaling her intention to file a lawsuit against Nassau County police in an alleged police brutality case, disagrees with the limitations on the attorney general’s ability to get involved only when a civilian is killed or if the circumstances are shrouded in ambiguity.“Make the executive order mean something and have it enforced when there’s a shooting,” she said. “Why do we have to wait for deaths to happen?”“Wouldn’t it be better to investigate when there’s questionable shootings or questionable police brutality?” she continued.James Carver, president of the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association, is also skeptical, but for different reasons.“I think this gives the appearance that the governor believes that the district attorneys are not doing their job as they were sworn to do, and it gives the perception to the public that police officers have not been held up to the standard of the law,” Carver said.The union boss questioned why Cuomo didn’t request a special prosecutor last year when Garner’s case was being investigated by then-Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan, who last November was elected to Congress. Garner died after an officer wrapped his arms around Garner using a prohibited chokehold. The encounter was caught on video and posted on YouTube, prompting several days of intense protests in New York City and nationwide.Asked about criticisms that prosecutors often give police officers the benefit of doubt when there’s questions of wrong doing, Carver said that’s how it should be.“I happen to think that police officers should be given the benefit of the doubt due to the fact that the police officer is the person protecting citizens from criminal activity,” he said. “And the fact that police work is dangerous work and that there are multiple occasions that we are confronted with someone who just doesn’t want to comply with the law and sometimes that does result in some type of incident that injuries can be sustained.”In many high profile cases—such as the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Garner’s chokehold death—the lack of an indictment, coupled with a perceived conflict of interest, has spurred activists into action.“Too many New York families continue to suffer due to this police brutality epidemic,” Garner’s mother, Carr, and another mother who lost her child in a police-involved shooting, wrote in a searing rebuke of the status quo in the New York Daily News Tuesday. “Even in cases with video evidence, local DAs have failed—an abysmal track record that spans decades.”Some prosecutors, however, have secured indictments in such cases. A Brooklyn grand jury indicted a rookie NYPD officer in the death of Akai Gurley, and in Baltimore, six police officers have been indicted in the death of Freddie Gray.Locally, former Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice dropped charges against a then 20-year-old Westbury man accused of resisting arrest during a traffic stop in April 2014. Video of the incident allegedly shows an officer beating the man, who is represented by Marion, inside his car. One of the officers, Vincent LoGiudice, was charged with assault after Rice’s office re-examined the case. He has since pleaded not guilty.In a request for comment, Rice’s appointed successor, acting-Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas, said in a statement that she has “great faith in the professionalism of our local police departments and prosecutors across the state.”“Governor Cuomo’s executive order appointing a special prosecutor to handle certain police shootings responds to a crisis in public confidence in how some of the cases have been handled in New York,” she added. Singas said her office stands ready to assist the attorney general if called upon.A spokesman for Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota did not respond to a request for comment.last_img read more

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Prism picks LTS EMU suppliers

first_imgBRITISH passenger train operator Prism Rail PLC announced on March 4 that it had selected Porterbrook Leasing and Adtranz to supply 44 four-car EMUs for its LTS Rail Ltd subsidiary operating the London – Tilbury – Southend route. The 160 km/h air-conditioned units are expected to cut journey times by around 10%.Under the LTS franchise awarded in May 1996, Prism was required to order new trains by October this year, or the 15-year concession would be cut to seven. The EMUs are due to enter service by November 1999, and Prism will pay around £17m a year for them over the remaining 12 years of the franchise. Seven builders and three rolling stock companies bid for the order, under a procurement process managed by Mott MacDonald.The trains will be built by Adtranz at Derby and leased to Prism by Porterbrook under an operating lease which includes maintenance at the LTS East Ham depot. Each coach will be around 20m long, with bodyshells welded from aluminium profiles and pre-wired bolt-on crashworthy cab modules. 2+2 seating will accommodate around 250 passengers per unit. The AC drives are likely to be subcontracted to Holec which has the only Railtrack-approved AC traction package. International banking group HSBC Holdings plc announced on February 19 that its wholly owned subsidiary Forward Trust Group had agreed to purchase ex-BR rolling stock leasing company Eversholt Holdings Ltd, which was sold to a managment buy-out team in February 1996 for £500m. The £726·5m sale price includes debt repayment of £273·1m, and values the shares at £453·4m compared to their original face value of £69·6m. olast_img read more

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MISC Reaps Fruit from LNG Fleet Additions

first_imgMalaysian shipping group MISC Berhad (MISC) has posted a net profit of RM 680.5 million (USD 160.8 million) for the third quarter of 2017, more than quadrupling last year’s equivalent of RM 134.2 million.Group revenue for the quarter came at RM 2,315.8 million, a 1.0% higher than the last year’s corresponding quarter’s revenue of RM2,292.8 million. The increase in revenue was contributed to the lease commencement of three new LNG vessels delivered in October 2016, January 2017 and August 2017.The company’s offshore segment also contributed to the increase with the favorable adjudication decision on Gumusut-Kakap Semi-Floating Production System (L) Limited (GKL) variation works and construction revenue from Floating, Storage and Offloading Vessel (FSO) Benchamas 2 that commenced construction in January 2017, MISC said.The revenue growth was, however, dampened by the lower earning days and freight rates reported by MISC’s petroleum arm as well as lower revenue from heavy engineering segment as most on-going projects are nearing completion.“Petroleum shipping demand continues to be affected by global production cuts in response to high crude inventory levels and low oil prices. This has also been exacerbated by the delivery of new tankers during the year. Nonetheless, seasonal demand during peak winter months will end the year on a firmer note for the petroleum shipping sector,” MISC said.Group revenue for the nine-month period stood at RM 7,603.2 million, 7.4% higher than last year’s equivalent.MISC’s profit before tax for the 9 months reached RM 1,961.5 million, down by 15.1% year-on-year.On the LNG shipping front, spot charter rates remain sluggish as a result of the tonnage oversupply driven by higher vessel deliveries and older vessels coming off charter, the company noted. However, spot charter rates are expected to pick up as countries start building up inventories to meet the winter heating demand.MISC said that long term charters in its LNG shipping business along with long-term contracts secured by its offshore business division will continue to support the financial performance of the group.In July, MISC took delivery of its new LNG Carrier, Seri Cempaka from Hyundai Heavy Industries. The 150,200 CBM Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carrier is the third in a series of five MOSS-Type LNG carriers ordered at HHI.In addition, Seri Camellia has joined MISC’s LNG fleet as the 27th active LNG carrier.Meanwhile, in its heavy engineering business segment, the group is working on cost management and improving operational efficiency to combat the challenging environment.“Replenishment of orderbook from the marine segment and offshore services is progressing and remains a priority. While the segment has successfully secured several offshore fabrication projects during the period, the majority of the contribution will only be realised in 2018 and beyond,” MISC said.“MISC will continue to pursue sustainable growth guided by MISC2020, our 5-year masterplan, with emphasis on advancing the growth of our core business segments,” MISC’s CEO Yee Yang Chien said.“We continue to accomplish notable milestones during this quarter and the recent months which includes MISC becoming a Strategic Partner of the Global Maritime Forum, a platform that is dedicated to unleashing the potential of the global maritime industry and is committed to shaping the future of global seaborne trade. MISC was recently acknowledged as the Tanker Operator of the Year at the Lloyd’s List Asia Pacific Awards 2017, highly regarded as a global mark of recognition within the shipping industry.”last_img read more

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Sand Replenishment Plans for Matapouri Beach Unveiled

first_imgMatapouri Beach is in line for sand replenishment work, Whangarei District Council said in its latest release. Council is planning to take sand that has become trapped in the estuary and put it back on the beach, mimicking a natural process that has been restricted since the road bridges went in many decades ago.Parks manager Sue Hodge said that the proposal is very similar to the successful replenishment project undertaken in 2007 and incorporates several ‘lessons learned’ from the earlier project.She said that coastal erosion is a natural process that has always occurred at Matapouri Beach, with storms washing sand from the beach and into the estuary.“But before the area was developed, floods would flush sand out of the estuary and it would settle again in the bay – there was a natural equilibrium between the estuary and the beach,” Hodge said.“When roads were built across Te Wairoa and Parangarau Streams, the bridge abutments narrowed the stream channels and confined flood flows, reducing the amount of sand flushed back into the bay.”As a result, more and more of the beach sand started clogging up the estuary.“Our aim is to take up to 15,000 cubic meters of sand out of several spots in estuary, transport it to the beach via Matapouri Road and Te Wairoa Street, place it and re-contour the beach,” Hodge said.“We do not want to impact the ecology of the estuary so we have engaged a highly-experienced ecologist to produce an ecological report. We will not be excavating below the low tide mark, instead taking the sand above that level that has fewer species living in it. Areas with sea/eel grass present will be avoided.”Local consulting firm Richardson Stevens Ltd performed the cost-benefit analysis and provided the engineering design for the work. Due to the complicated nature of the project, the engineering design was then peer reviewed by Labonte Coastal Consultants Ltd (Waipu).last_img read more

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Sheffield United keen on Emmanuel Dennis

first_imgRelatedPosts Arsenal reject £3m bid for Balogun Batshuayi double helps Belgium to massive win over Iceland Castagne signs Leicester City deal Sheffield United continue to be linked with Nigerian striker Emmanuel Dennis. Having already signed one of Belgium Jupiler Pro League’s star players in Sander Berge, United have been heavily tipped to return for another one of its leading lights. Club Brugge striker Dennis has been in exceptional form this season and scored twice at the Santiago Bernabeu as Brugge drew 2-2 with Real Madrid in the Champions League earlier this season. However, it appeared that a former Blades boss is willing to rival Chris Wilder for the striker’s signature. Reports in Belgium from media outlet Voetbalkrant claimed that Dennis is attracting “concrete” interest from Newcastle United. The report claimed the Magpies would go “to great lengths” to get the forward. Further, it references reports in Nigeria where it claimed reports are ramping up over a possible move to Tyneside. Just last month a Dutch news publication, Het Laatste Nieuws, claimed that the Blades were willing to go back in for the striker at the end of this current campaign after having a similar approach rebuffed last summer. The 22-year-old would fit the bill perfectly for Wilder in terms of price, age and potential but there is a danger United could not only face stiff competition from fellow English sides but also European heavyweights. German giants Borussia Dortmund is one of the sides that are believed to be considering a move for Dennis.Tags: BelgiumClub BruggeEmmanuel DennisSander BergeSheffield Unitedlast_img read more

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Dick Advocaat pays tribute to old adversary Van Gaal

first_img Press Association The Sunderland head coach, who celebrated his 68th birthday on Sunday, played with 64-year-old Van Gaal at Sparta Rotterdam but has locked horns with him throughout his lengthy managerial career, and more often than not come out on the right end of the result having lost just once in 10 meetings. However, he has the utmost respect for his fellow former Holland manager as he attempts to get the better of him once again. Advocaat said: “He’s one of the best coaches in the world, no doubt about that. He has worked at the highest levels in Europe. “He is a manager who does not just look for the easy way, he is always looking for the most difficult way. If you see his prize list, it is unbelievable, so I rate him very highly.” The pair forged their relationship in the Sparta team during the early 1980s with the older man nursing Van Gaal through. Advocaat said with a smile: “He played with me at Sparta for two years. You heard what I am saying … he played with me! “He was a different player to me. I would get the ball and give it to him. He had the eyes – and so did I later – but in the beginning, I gave it to him because he was a good player. “He was not the quickest. But he is a good guy. If you know him well, he is a good guy.” Sunderland will head for Old Trafford sitting at the foot of the table and without a win in their opening six league games to meet a United side sitting in second place. Advocaat has only once before come across the Red Devils in a competitive match during his illustrious managerial career, leading Russian side Zenit St Petersburg to a 2-1 victory in the 2008 European Super Cup in Monaco, before which the former Rangers boss shared a few stories with former Rangers striker Sir Alex Ferguson. He said: “I had a great conversation before the game with Ferguson. He wasn’t laughing after the game because I beat him.” Sunderland will have central defender Younes Kaboul back from suspension, but midfielder Jack Rodwell and striker Jermain Defoe are doubts with ankle and hamstring injuries respectively. center_img Dick Advocaat will take on “one of the best coaches in the world” when he goes head-to-head with old adversary Louis van Gaal on Saturday. last_img read more

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