Box House / Ming Architects

first_img “COPY” Area:  640 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ArchDaily Tan Cher Ming Architects: Ming Architects Area Area of this architecture project Manufacturers: AGC, Kawajun Singapore Pte, Lumber Mart Pte Save this picture!Facade. Image Courtesy of Ming Architects+ 18Curated by María Francisca González Share Singapore Box House / Ming ArchitectsSave this projectSaveBox House / Ming Architects 2017 Box House / Ming Architects Year: center_img “COPY” CopyHouses•Singapore Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Projects C&S Engineer:JS Tan & AssociatesQuantity Surveyor:CST ConsultantsCountry:SingaporeMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Main Door. Image Courtesy of Ming ArchitectsRecommended ProductsWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsWoodEGGERLaminatesMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumText description provided by the architects. The whitewashed boxy architecture stands out conspicuously along a street of nondescript houses, differentiating itself from the neighbors with its clean white façade with precise edges. Home to a floriculture enthusiast and her family, this house sets out to fulfill the brief of amalgamating both quality living spaces and ample outdoor areas all around the house.Save this picture!Roof Garden. Image Courtesy of Ming ArchitectsSave this picture!1st Floor PlanSave this picture!Entry. Image Courtesy of Ming ArchitectsInspired by the fundamentals of block building, the architecture is conceived by the thoughtful placement of volumes stacking upon one another. Besides creating bold spatial depth to the façade, the dynamic composition of such volumes also resulted in pockets of lush greenery intertwining with various living spaces. This deliberate planning bridges nature and living, and blurs the indoors and the outdoors.Save this picture!Staircase. Image Courtesy of Ming ArchitectsThree elements – whitewashed walls, timber and greenery, are present throughout the house, tying them closely to the given brief by the client – minimal, earthy yet impactful. The balance of material establishes a cohesive outlook – with the greens softening the robust edges of the stacked volumes and timber complementing both elements overall. Tropical chengal hardwood cladded steel canopies were placed strategically at various openings to frame the intended views of the lush surroundings, while chengal screens were deployed to filter the harsh sunlight as well as to provide privacy for the family.Save this picture!Kitchen. Image Courtesy of Ming ArchitectsSave this picture!Roof Garden. Image Courtesy of Ming ArchitectsWith gardens and terraces peppered throughout the house on all levels, each indoor space overlooks onto an accompanying green area that brings tranquility and nature right into the house.Originally published on August 15, 2017Save this picture!Facade. Image Courtesy of Ming ArchitectsProject gallerySee allShow lessIguana House / OBRA BLANCASelected ProjectsBuilding D(emountable) / architectenbureau cepezedSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Lead Architect: CopyAbout this officeMing ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesIcebergSingaporePublished on March 28, 2020Cite: “Box House / Ming Architects” 28 Mar 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogBathroom AccessorieshansgroheBath & Shower ThermostatsGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ NaturalPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Mirage®WindowsVitrocsaSliding Window – Mosquito NetSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Verge LVG-SeriesMetal PanelsTrimoQbiss One in Equinix Data CentreSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Q-ClassMetal PanelsLongboard®Aluminum Battens – Link & Lock – 4″Sports ApplicationsPunto DesignPunto Fit in Ekaterinburg Public SpaceWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsKnobsKarcher DesignDoor Knob K390 (50)TablesVitsœ621 Side TableMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?白盒与绿叶相伴 Box House / Ming Architects是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Police challenge to confidentiality of sources on World Press Freedom Day

first_img May 4, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police challenge to confidentiality of sources on World Press Freedom Day June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders voiced dismay today at the action of plain-clothes police from Orleans in interrogating two journalists with Le Berry Républicain daily newspaper yesterday in an attempt to get them to reveal their sources for their reports about a murder investigation.”It is particularly shocking and untimely that, as World Press Freedom Day was being celebrated all over the world, gendarmes questioned two journalists and tried to find out their sources as part of a preliminary enquiry into a supposed breach of the secrecy of a crime investigation,” the press freedom organization said.”The confidentiality of journalists’ sources is an inviolable principle that allows no exceptions,” Reporters Without Borders said, stressing that it is recognized by article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights and article 109-2 of the French code of criminal procedure. Furthermore, in a famous ruling on 27 March 1996 in Goodwin v. United Kingdom, the European Court of Human Rights defined the protection of sources as one of the cornerstones of press freedom, the organization addedWithout previously notifying Le Berry Républicain, three plain-clothes members of the Orleans gendarmerie entered the newspaper’s bureau in Issoudun at around 10 a.m. yesterday and questioned a journalist for an hour in an unsuccessful attempt to get her to disclose the sources for the reports she and another journalist wrote for the 30 April, 2 May and 3 May issues about a local murder in which the body has never been found. The reports were headlined, “Body still cannot be found”, “Body’s scant traces” and “Details of the murder without a body.”The gendarmes also went to the newspaper’s head office in Bourges at 1:30 p.m. to talk to the other journalist, who is in charge of its crime section. As he had the day off, they then went to his home to question him about the sources for the reports.The deputy state prosecutor in Châteauroux ordered the interrogation of the two journalists because of a supposed breach of the murder investigation’s confidentiality. Le Berry Républicain editor Bernard Stéphan said he was “shocked” and added, “even if they had sources, they would obviously not give them.” News RSF_en News Organisation Help by sharing this information Two journalists with the provincial newspaper Le Berry Républicain were questioned yesterday by members of the Orleans gendarmerie in an attempt to get them to reveal their sources for their reports about a murder investigation. Reporters Without Borders is shocked at this attack on the confidentiality of journalists’ sources, which took place on World Press Freedom Day. RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story Receive email alerts News Follow the news on France June 4, 2021 Find out more FranceEurope – Central Asia News May 10, 2021 Find out more FranceEurope – Central Asia to go further “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EUlast_img read more

Cycle for the Smokies

first_imgTake on a summer challenge and cycle through scenic countryside and vibrant cityscapes at the fourth annual Gran Fondo Asheville hosted by New Belgium Brewing on Sunday, July 23, 2017.Friends of the Smokies welcomes cyclist of varying levels to experience the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina by riding the 30-, 60- or 100-mile scenic courses. There are timed sections along the routes for folks who would like to compete, but our motto is ‘pedal hard and party harder’ and that is exactly what we want the cyclist to do—enjoy themselves while celebrating America’s most-visited national park.The ride begins at New Belgium Brewery on the French Broad River and quickly transitions to winding roads in pastoral countryside near Marshall, North Carolina and then along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Beginners and avid cyclists alike will find a course to meet their individual goals, whether that’s competing to win or taking it easy and soaking in the views.After riders will cruise into the River Arts District and greeted by Friends of the Smokies volunteers, family, and friends at New Belgium’s Liquid Center. Riders will be provided with complimentary beer from New Belgium, lunch from Ingles and a great place to hang out as they wait for their comrades to cross the finish line. At the finish area, massage therapists, yoga instructors, and National Park Service rangers will be onsite.This event features stocked aid stations along the routes where volunteer’s handout food and water, bike mechanic stations for riders who might be in need, and a raffle and fun prizes for overall and age group winners.Register today to guarantee a spot at Fondo Asheville benefits Friends of the Smokies to raise money for Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Since its founding in 1993, Friends of the Smokies has raised more than $55 million to fund critical projects and programs for the Smokies.This event is made possible by Friends of the Smokies host sponsor New Belgium and presenting sponsor Ingles as well as The Glass Foundation, Asheville Radio Group, Best Buy, Webb Investment Services, Beverly-Hanks, Fletcher Warehousing, Ken Wilson Ford, Navitat Canopy Adventures, Roberts and Stevens Attorneys at Law, Equilibar, Saunders D.D.S., Blue Ridge Outdoors, Capital at Play, Smoky Mountain Living and ImageSmith.last_img read more

DeSantis commits to play softball at Villanova

first_img“The coach was telling me, they were trying so hard there was so much going on and no one’s in office, so it took awhile to finalize it,” said DeSantis. DeSantis is staying ready for softball by hitting multiple times per week, playing casually with her teammates and playing on her travel softball team, which recently began. DeSantis missed out on her junior softball season, and said missing her senior season is a possibility that has crossed her mind. “It’s something you don’t see often, to have that many talented girls all in one group. So they challenge me to be better.” DeSantis announced her decision last night on Twitter. DeSantis said when she first visited Villanova last fall, it felt like home. She said she looked at a few other schools, but Villanova was her top choice. Through the unknowns of the year, DeSantis said knowing where she’ll be playing in college has been a huge relief. center_img “I felt like this was going to be my year, I was so excited.I worked so hard for it and the whole year I just spent looking forward to softball.” DeSantis plays soccer and basketball in addition to softball, but knew she always wanted to play softball in college. She said she had been waiting to make the announcement, but the pandemic pushed things back. TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) — Maine-Endwell senior Amanda DeSantis will continue her softball career at Villanova University in 2021. “It’s just something that I’ve been so looking forward to. And I’ve always known I wanted to play college softball,” said DeSantis. “It still hasn’t sunk in. It’s just my dream school and I’m so excited.” Committed!— Amanda DeSantis (@adesantis34) July 22, 2020last_img read more

B&H Youth Basketball Players at Tournament in Germany Starting Tomorrow

first_imgThe B&H junior basketball team will travel today to Mannheim (Germany), where they will participate at the tournament “Albert Scweitzer”.16 selections will participate at the unofficial world championship from 19 to 26 April and B&H young basketball players will play their first match tomorrow with the selection of Spain at 16:30.Their second match will take place on Sunday against Italy and on Monday against China.The two best teams will continue the competition in the quarterfinals.The B&H team in the last few days has been training in Vogošća and the coach Dragan Bajić has the following players at his disposal: Đorđe Aleksić, Sandro Gačić, Damir Hadžić, Nedim Đedović, Milenko Predić, Alija Pirić, Enis Memić, Edin Atić, Đorđe Beronja, Mirsad Pilavdžić, Srđan Ružić, Luka Jovanović, Ivo Garić and Rijad Smajlović.The young B&H basketball players played yesterday a preparatory match in Vogošća against Bosna Royal. The final result was 60:50 for the B&H team.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

Woman caught with forged €20 notes took rap for boyfriend

first_imgA woman who was caught with a number of forged €20 notes claimed they belonged to her ex-boyfriend.Courtney Coyle, aged 22 was stopped by Gardai in Co Donegal on June 14th last after a counterfeit note had been passed at a shop. Eagle-eyed staff at the shop took her car registration number and Gardai stopped her at Townsparks in Convoy.When stopped a total of ten €20 forged notes, all with the same serial number were found in a purse in the middle of the car.Solicitor for Ms Coyle of Summer Meadows Manor, Waterside in Derry, Mr Donagh Cleary said the notes belonged to her boyfriend but she had taken responsibility for them.Judge Paul Kelly asked if the accused had helped Gardai with their investigation and was told she had not.Mr Cleary added that the forged notes were technically in her possession because they were in her car but she had since split with her boyfriend and has no previous convictions.Letterkenny District Court heard that Ms Coyle is due to start work with a private ambulance company.Judge Kelly said that if Ms Coyel paid €200 to the Letterkenny Youth group he would dismiss the charge.Woman caught with forged €20 notes took rap for boyfriend was last modified: July 2nd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Legend Slater rules J-Bay again

first_img19 July 2008American surfing legend Kelly Slater added yet another chapter to his storied career by convincingly winning the 2008 Billabong Pro at Jeffreys Bay. The victory puts him in prime position to lay claim to an unprecedented ninth ASP World Title after his fourth win in five events this year.Unfazed by the difficult conditions created by the fresh onshore wind that chopped up the waves at Supertubes, Slater’s superior wave selection and decision-making on the waves he rode left reigning ASP world champion Mick Fanning still needing to improve both of his counting waves when the siren sounded to end the final.‘I was lucky’“I was lucky in the final; I got a wave under Mick’s priority that turned out to be my best score,” Slater said on the podium. “In conditions like that you need to go on anything that looks like you can get three manoeuvres in.”Slater earned $30 000 (approx R225 000) and 1 200 ratings points, giving him a lead of 1 268 points over second placed Joel Parkinson in the 2008 rankings.With six events still to be run, the Floridian has yet to be beaten by any of his World Tour opponents, having lost to a wildcard in the Billabong Pro Tahiti – the only event he didn’t win.Mandela sculptureSlater’s name went onto the Billabong Pro J-Bay trophy for a record fourth time and was presented with a sculptured bust of former South African President Nelson Mandela, chosen by the organisers to celebrate Madiba’s 90th birthday.“What an honour,” Slater exclaimed when presented with the trophy. “Happy birthday Madiba, you’ve been an inspiration to us all.”Despite feeling that he could have won the event, Fanning was gracious in defeat, congratulating Slater on his victory. He vowed to use his second place finish, and jump from seventh to fourth on the ratings, as a springboard to challenge for honours in the upcoming events.“I guess it’s not over ’til it’s over,” Fanning said of the 2008 world title race. “But it’s going to be like climbing Everest and he (Slater) is halfway up the hill.”Biggest wavesAfter three days of awesome conditions for the opening rounds of the 2008 Billabong Pro, the final day started out with the biggest waves of the event, giving the 12 remaining contenders the opportunity to perform their entire repertoire of manoeuvres on rides lasting more than 300 metres.Fanning and former world champions CJ Hobgood and Andy Irons were joined by defending event champion Taj Burrow in making it a clean sweep of the top eight seeds into the quarterfinals.In round four, Burrow eliminated Jordy Smith, the last South African left in the event, sending the Durbanite home with equal ninth place overall. Smith, in his rookie year on the ASP World Tour, jumped from 19th to 16th on the ratings.After a windless start, a north-east onshore breeze started ruffling the faces of the waves during the quarterfinals where current world number two Parkinson got the better of world number three Bede Durbidge. Slater overcame world number four Adriano de Souza, Fanning eliminated Hobgood, and Burrow stayed on track for a second successive victory by edging out Irons.SemifinalsBy the semifinals the wind had increased in velocity and, despite Parkinson starting out with the highest score of their match-up – an outstanding 9.17 out of 10 – Slater chipped away at the lead with rides of 8.0 and 7.0. When the Aussie failed to find anything better than a 5.0 for his second counting ride, Slater was into the final.The second semi went Fanning’s way thanks to an opening 7.67, followed by an excellent 9.17, while Burrow’s best two rides in the 30-minute encounter earned 6.0 and 5.83.Californian Taylor Knox was the recipient of the WTA prize of a custom handcrafted Nixon timepiece valued at US $10 000 for the highest heat tally of the event. He racked up 19.70 points out of a possible 20 in Round 1 action last Thursday, claiming the winner-takes-all award for near perfect rides of 9.90 and 9.80.SA’s nemesisTaj Burrow’s spectacular form throughout the event prevented three of the five South African contenders from posting a serious challenge in their home event. Burrow beat wildcard Rudy Palmboom Jr. in round one, eliminated Royden Bryson in round three, and Jordy Smith in round four.Travis Logie was a victim of Slater’s victory charge, bowing out in round three, while Ricky Basnett, who has yet to win a single heat in 2008, was sidelined by Jeremy Flores in round two.Billabong Pro Jeffreys BayFinal Kelly Slater (USA) 16.73 def Mick Fanning (AUS) 9.40 Semifinals SF1: Slater 15.00 def Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.17SF2: Fanning 16.84 def Taj Burrow (AUS) 11.83 Quarterfinals QF1: Parkinson 17.74 def Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.00QF2: Slater 15.17 def Adriano de Souza (BRA) 9.84QF3: Fanning 14.27 def C J Hobgood (USA) 9.60QF4: Burrow 13.57 def Andy Irons (HAW) 8.47 2008 ASP World Tour Ratings 1. Kelly Slater (USA), 52102. Joel Parkinson (AUS), 39483. Bede Durbidge (AUS), 37824. Mick Fanning (AUS), 37535. Taj Burrow (AUS), 36386. Adriano de Souza (BRA), 35407. C.J. Hobgood (USA), 34608. Andy Irons (HAW), 33389. Bobby Martinez (USA), 302810. Adrian Buchan (AUS), 2884 South Africans 16. Jordy Smith, 224534. Royden Bryson, 168039. Travis Logie, 149544. Ricky Basnett, 1125 SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Tsvangirai calls for unity in Zimbabwe

first_img12 February 2009New Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has pledged to rebuild the country, and has called for unity of purpose among its people to help the transitional government deal with the country’s many challenges.In his first public address since taking up the post, Tsvangirai said there would be no turning back on the political agreement the country’s top political parties had entered into.“We know it is not a perfect agreement, but it is a workable one,” he said in Harare this week, to the applause of thousands who braved the rain to witness a historic moment for the country.“It will take time, commitment and unity of purpose to rebuild our country,” he said, warning that without national healing, there could never be progress in confronting the seemingly insurmountable challenges Zimbabwe was facing.The party leaders are expected to put together a 31-member cabinet by Friday this week, a timeline set for them by the Southern African Development Community, which helped broker the power-sharing deal.Transitional government goalsTsvangirai said the transitional government would prioritise democratisation first, deal with the humanitarian crisis, beginning with the cholera outbreak and food crisis, and ensure the rejuvenation of the economy, which was once one of the most robust on the African continent.“The economic collapse has caused many people to flee the country and seek menial jobs elsewhere, for which they are over-qualified,” he noted, adding that serious efforts would also be made to deal with problems in the health and education sectors.Tsvangirai further pledged to promote a free and democratic society and rid the government of corruption, adding, however, that this could only be achieved with the support of the region, the African Union and the international community.In addition, he said that as prime minister, he would ensure the separation of party and government business: “We must look at the problems facing Zimbabweans first,” he said, adding that transparency and openness, beginning with the leadership of the government, would ensure its success.He added that everyone had to play a part and support the all-inclusive government to ensure that the power-sharing deal signed by President Robert Mugabe and the two MDC factions was a success.Payment in foreign currencyTsvangirai said that all civil servants would be paid in foreign currency starting this month, in a move aimed at cushioning workers against hyper-inflation. Civil servants, he said, were the backbone of the government, hence the need for the all-inclusive government to urgently address their concerns.“By the end of this month, all civil servants will start receiving their salaries in foreign currency until a situation where we are able to sustain ourselves,” he said, adding that most civil servants, including nurses, soldiers and the police, had in recent years stopped going to work as their salaries were not enough to cover their daily needs.Tsvangirai urged all civil servants, particularly teachers who had stopped working over meagre salaries, to report for work on Monday, as the transitional government would address their needs.Source: BuaNews-NNNlast_img read more

Non-Traditional Exports Doing Well – JEA President

first_imgStory Highlights Non-traditional export sector continues to perform well despite the economic challenges facing the country President of the Jamaica Exporters’ Association (JEA), Andrew Collins says the non-traditional export sector continues to perform well despite the economic challenges facing the country.“We have been seeing a decline in traditional export products, what is noteworthy however is that non-traditional exports in Jamaica have grown consistently over the past few years. In 2008, the sector saw earnings of US$949.1 million but due to the recession in 2010, this figure had dropped to US$595 million,” he said.“The sector was able to rebound to US$827 million in 2012 which is very close to the pre-recession figure of 2009. This means that there is demand for our products globally and especially in the products which were not traditionally considered export products such as art, craft, gift wear- these are some of the products that there is a demand in the export sector,” he explained.The JEA President was speaking at a closing ceremony for graduates of the JEA and St. Andrew Settlement Income Generating project at the association’s offices in Kingston yesterday (September 12).The objective of the five-month project was to provide skills training to unemployed residents of Majesty Gardens aged 18 to 35. Training areas included: the creation of craft items (jewellery, paintings) from recyclable materials; dressmaking and tailoring; carpentry and woodwork.Mr. Collins added that the JEA stands ready to assist with the continued development of their product line.  “When you are ready to break into targeted niches in the export market directly or indirectly, the JEA stands ready and willing to assist,” he said.Advisor to the Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Reginald Nugent encouraged the participants to hone their skills while ensuring that the standards of their products remain the highest.“With the skills acquired, (you) can now start (your) own businesses and, indeed, become employers of other youth. In essence, this is empowerment. This project has demonstrated the tremendous potential and what can be achieved by our youth, given the necessary support,” he said.He said that another critical component to a establishing a successful venture is ensuring that their intellectual property (IP) in their designs and creations are protected.“In this connection, you will find that the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office, is ready to assist you in registering your IP. We believe, therefore, that engaging the youth in organized activities directed towards the creation of an entrepreneurial culture will not only serve to harness their enthusiasm, but also lead to the germination of more innovative ideas across our society,” he said.Project beneficiary, Tashia Henclewood expressed gratitude to the developers of the programme, noting that they are now equipped to earn from the skills they have acquired. Ms. Henclewood received training in crochet making.Approximately 40 residents of Majesty Gardens received certificates and tool kits having participated in the ‘Income Generating Opportunities For Young Unemployed People, Through Linkages With Established Micro, Small And Medium Entrepreneurs’ project.The project, which is a collaboration among the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Jamaica Exporters’ Association, the European Union, and the St. Andrew Settlement, sought to empower them to earn and establish their own businesses.The project also included a component for job readiness where the beneficiaries received training in the development of business plans for their respective areas, basic accounting, records keeping, marketing and sales, inventory management, business communication and computing.In addition to the skills training, an intensive programme of internship and vocational training followed which prepared the graduates for careers in entrepreneurship including improved access to start-up capital and business development support. The objective of the five-month project was to provide skills training to unemployed residents of Majesty Gardens In 2008, the sector saw earnings of US$949.1 million last_img read more

Traffic Management Centre Ensures Improved Flow

first_img There are plans to expand the system by adding more cameras, new locations, monitoring additional towns across Jamaica, and by establishing a second monitoring centre in Montego Bay. Through its Traffic Management Centre, which utilises technology to monitor vehicular movement in the cities of Kingston and Montego Bay, The National Works Agency (NWA) is improving traffic flow, public safety and assisting the security forces to maintain law and order.With cameras linked via video feed to a central control room, the NWA is able to make “real time” adjustments to traffic signals or request police support, when necessary, to ensure smoother vehicular and pedestrian travel.There are plans to expand the system by adding more cameras, new locations, monitoring additional towns across Jamaica, and by establishing a second monitoring centre in Montego Bay.Housed at the agency’s Maxfield Avenue offices, the existing Centre, which has been in operation for 12 years, is manned by highly skilled and trained persons.The system has been helpful in the ongoing rerouting of traffic resulting from construction work on major road projects in the Corporate Area. The road projects are being implemented by the Government to improve physical infrastructure across the country.In an interview with JIS News, Manager, Communication and Customer Services, at the NWA, Stephen Shaw, says the system continues to be helpful to the authorities in their traffic management and public safety responsibilities.“We are able to provide real-time monitoring of the traffic… the police have been a part of it and they have been able to call in their resources where they are needed, because they can actually see what is taking place out on the road,” he notes.Citing specific benefits of the computerised system, Mr. Shaw explains that it improves the agency’s response time to effectively manage traffic.“It saves time, since we do not necessarily have to go out there and do physical counts; we can actually see what is taking place (from the Centre),” he says.Mr. Shaw tells JIS News that the intention is to link all the major town centres or to have satellite centres established over time.Meanwhile, Mr. Shaw says that while the NWA now remotely monitors and manages traffic in Montego Bay from its Kingston headquarters, a control room will be established in the resort city before the middle of next year.“We are going to be putting up one in Montego Bay, so that those persons there will be in a position to monitor traffic movement and make decisions. Of course, it will be linked to the main centre in Kingston. The cameras are up, and we can see the traffic in Montego Bay,” he adds.Mr. Shaw notes that the Traffic Management Centre has been outfitted and funded over the years with money from the Road Maintenance Fund, the NWA’s operational budget and through support from the Ministry of National Security.He explains that prior to the establishment of the Centre, a team would be dispatched to specific locations to collect the relevant data about traffic volume and flow. He notes that even with the technology-based system in place, the agency still carries out physical traffic counts to collect information.“A team will physically go to an intersection and do physical counts. They sit down with a clipboard and a form and they literally count the traffic. Another way is to put strips of rubber across the road with electronic monitoring, which capture data, but then we have to go back in, plug it into the system and have it analysed,” he shares.Mr. Shaw points out that the computerised system came out of a plan to link traffic signals in a way that would allow for real-time modification.“We can look at it in a more critical sense and determine whether it is that we need to provide more ‘green time’, what modifications we need to make at the intersections, (and) whether or not we need to get police assistance at the location,” he says.Mr. Shaw also notes that the camera-based video feed enables the roads and works agency to take decisions in a more timely and precise way. “It takes a bit of the guessing out of what we do in that respect,” he adds. With cameras linked via video feed to a central control room, the NWA is able to make “real time” adjustments to traffic signals or request police support, when necessary, to ensure smoother vehicular and pedestrian travel. Through its Traffic Management Centre, which utilises technology to monitor vehicular movement in the cities of Kingston and Montego Bay, The National Works Agency (NWA) is improving traffic flow, public safety and assisting the security forces to maintain law and order. Story Highlightslast_img read more