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Ocean City Moves Ahead on Dredging Projects

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiSince starting work in September, Ocean City has already completed two of the three dredging projects scheduled this year as part of a multimillion-dollar program to clear out lagoons and channels choked with muddy sediment, a top city official said Thursday night.Bayfront dredging work at Snug Harbor between Eighth and Ninth streets has wrapped up. Another dredging project at Glen Cove between 10th and 11th streets is expected to be finished on Friday, Business Administrator Jim Mallon told City Council.With those two projects now done, the dredging contractor will begin work during the first week of October at the entrance of South Harbor, a bayfront community between Tennessee Avenue and Spruce Road, Mallon reported.“We’re moving,” Mallon said of the multifaceted work completed so far.Snug Harbor, Glen Cove and South Harbor are the three areas the city has targeted for $10 million worth of dredging this year. Mayor Jay Gillian has proposed spending an additional $5 million in 2017 and another $5 million in 2018 as part of a program to unclog the shallow lagoons and channels along the back bays from one end of the island to the other.“This is a whole multiyear, multimillion-dollar project that we’re undertaking,” Mallon told reporters after the City Council meeting Thursday.Mallon, in a report to Council, detailed progress on other projects that are crucial for the dredging program’s overall success.In order to undertake a long-term strategy for unclogging the lagoons, the city must empty out a disposal site where the dredge spoils are stored temporarily before they are hauled off by trucks to a Wildwood landfill.Known as Site 83, the disposal area near the 34th Street Bridge can hold about 300,000 cubic yards of dredge material. Mallon said construction has been completed on a new temporary roadway that will allow more trucks to serve the disposal site, speeding up the removal of dredge spoils to the Wildwood landfill.Completion of the road project had been delayed because part of the road was sinking in the soft soil of the marshlands. Mallon explained that the road was reconfigured around the sinking section to finish the work.Mallon estimated that trucks will begin hauling dredge spoils out of Site 83 in a few weeks. He and Gillian toured the disposal site on Wednesday and came away pleased with the progress of the work, Mallon said.The construction contractor has also done some cleanup work and repairs at Site 83 to satisfy the demands of the environmental regulatory agencies, Mallon stated.Site 83 will be the centerpiece of the city’s dredging projects in 2017. A much-smaller disposal site underneath the Ninth Street Bridge-Route 52 Causeway has been handling dredge spoils this year.ACT Engineering, a consulting firm that is overseeing the dredging program for the city, has said the state and federal environmental permits for the temporary road at Site 83 are scheduled to expire next June. The city plans to seek an extension of the permits to continue using the roadway throughout 2017 and beyond.The process for removing the soup-like sediment from the lagoons and channels is both tedious and expensive. The bayfront is being cleaned out because boaters often can’t navigate through the shallow waterways. They have repeatedly complained that their boats scrape bottom or are trapped at the docks, particularly during low tide.Residents will be able to piggyback on the city’s permit to dredge their own boat slips. The city is not requiring residents to dredge their slips, so it will be an individual choice by the property owners, according to ACT Engineering.Previously, the mayor estimated that about 1 million cubic yards of silt must be dredged from the bayfront, the equivalent of 15 football stadiums filled with muck and mire. ACT Engineering has said at least 700,000 to 800,000 cubic yards of sediment must be extracted.Gillian has warned that property values could decline, taxes could go up and the marinas and other bayfront businesses could disappear if the city did not embark on such an extensive dredging program.Deeper lagoons will also help the city in its efforts to improve drainage in flood-prone neighborhoods, Gillian has said. Dredging, drainage and roadway projects are among the big-ticket items in the city’s five-year, $98.5 million capital plan proposed by the mayor.In other business at Thursday’s Council meeting, Mallon said the city is preparing for a busy weekend that will include a series of special events expected to draws thousands of visitors.In the aftermath of the terrorist bombings in New York City and Seaside Park, the city is asking residents and tourists to be vigilant for any suspicious activity, Mallon said. He urged people to contact police if they see anything troublesome.“Nothing is too small to bring to their attention, if warranted,” Mallon said.Highlighting this weekend’s special events are the city’s annual air show and an organized walk that benefits wounded soldiers.An airport festival and aerobatic show, free to the public, will take place on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s activities at the airport will include a display of historic planes and family-friendly activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Sunday, stunt pilots will take to the skies from 1-3 p.m. to perform aerobatic maneuvers above the ocean and the Boardwalk between Sixth and 14th streets.A Walk for the Wounded event on Saturday will raise money for Operation First Response, which helps wounded warriors make the transition from the military to civilian life.Members of City Council said they hope there will be a big turnout for the Walk for the Wounded event. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in front of the Music Pier“It’s a great, great time to show some respect for our veterans,” Councilman Tony Wilson said in comments echoed by other Council members.Also this weekend, Ocean City will host thousands of bicyclists who are riding in a two-day benefit event for multiple sclerosis. The cyclists will follow the back roads of South Jersey on Saturday and Sunday, ending their trek at the shore.Finally, the city will hold a half-marathon Sunday that winds through local neighborhoods, the downtown business district, the beaches and the Boardwalk. The race starts at 8:30 a.m.last_img read more

Tesco adopts ’Jedi’ approach to training

first_imgScratch baking will play a more important role at Tesco’s in-store bakeries as the supermarket rolls out a souped-up training programme across its entire estate.A new training regime is being put in place in Tesco’s 500 scratch-bake and 200 part-bake bakeries to address admitted failures in its bakery training programmes, category manager Neil Franklin told the autumn BSB conference last week.Training of coaches is under way and the programme will be implemented over the next year.”We didn’t feel we had the right level of capability in our training programmes,” he said. “One of the core things you’d expect of a training programme in an in-store bakery is how to make a loaf of bread from scratch. Rather embarrassingly, ours didn’t. So we’ve revisited the whole programme, putting in four levels from bronze to masterclass and it’s a bit of a Jedi programme. It’s vitally important that we seek to move to more scratch solutions, but, where we can, also have the right level of bake-off.”Some 83 people attended the conference, where speakers inc-luded Gary Gibbs, product develop-ment manager at British Bakels, who warned that the EU-approved health claims list, set for publication in 2008, is set to shake up new pro-duct development. He said: “People will move towards developing products around those approved health claims.” Addressing satiation – keeping you fuller for longer – will play a big role in developing bakery products, he added.l Full report next week.last_img read more

Google Choses Equinix for Curie Subsea Cable Landing Station

first_imgGoogle has selected Equinix for its Los Angeles area cable landing station (CLS) supporting the Curie subsea cable system, linking Los Angeles, California to Valparaiso, Chile. In the U.S., the cable will land directly at the Equinix LA4 International Business Exchange (IBX) data center located in El Segundo, California.The Curie cable is expected to go live in 2019.The system will add dedicated capacity to Google’s global network, enabling interconnection to other infrastructure in the region.Jim Poole, vice president, Business Development, Equinix, said: “With the significant increase in global data traffic, we see corporations running global businesses demanding access to high-capacity, low-latency networks capable of connecting them to data centers across oceans with stringent levels of reliability. Any user of a subsea cable system that lands inside one of our Equinix global data center termination points has instant, low-latency access to a host of vibrant industry ecosystems inside Equinix, and that’s a huge advantage.”The level of global data traffic is expected to reach 3.3 zettabytes by 2021, and almost every byte touches a subsea cable as cloud service providers, network service providers, content providers and enterprises push to move data globally in real time.last_img read more