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Japanese Officials Visit EPB in Chattanooga
EPB recently played host to a group of Japanese representatives of Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corporation East. The company is Japan’s premier provider of phone, television and Internet services.
The delegation met with EPB’s team that led the design and construction of our Smart Grid. As NTT-East continues rebuilding it’s legacy and fiber optic networks following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, engineers wanted to see first-hand how the Chattanooga community took advantage of the latest fiber optic technologies.
The magnitude 9 earthquake and resulting tsunami of March 11, 2011 was the worst natural disaster to strike a developed country in modern history. More than 15,000 lives were lost and more than 100,000 buildings were destroyed. Electric power distribution and communication systems in northeastern Japan were left in ruins.
But the resiliency of the Japanese people was amazing. Most services were restored within 50 days. As Japan continues rebuilding it’s communities and core infrastructure engineers with NTT-East want to ensure their systems will be compatible with future demands and technologies.
While learning how EPB’s team integrated multiple platforms of communication with a fiber optic Smart Grid, the Japanese delegation said they were most impressed with EPB’s management style, which is “horizontally” structured. That means boundaries between EPB’s departments and managers are erased as people work together to achieve common goals.
“It’s an all-hands on deck approach,” EPB President and CEO Harold DePriest said. “You can’t solve problems just with automation, you need people in work groups who are collaborative and work as a team with boundaries removed.”
The Japanese delegation’s visit included time spent at EPB’s new operations center to see first-hand how EPB technicians work to install fiber optic services in homes and businesses. They said they were truly impressed with EPB’s commitment to customer service and satisfaction. Equally impressive was to see how EPB Fiber Optics can deliver one-gigabit Internet service to all of it’s more than 170,000 customers in it’s 600 square mile service area.
The NTT-East team included Mr. Gaku Yamda, Manager of Core Network Center, Network Business HQ; Mr. Junichi Kagesawa, Assistant Manager of Service Management and Network Technology Core Network Center; and Ms. Sayaka Sekiya, Assistant Manager of Service Management and Network Operation Core Network Center.
The NTT-East delegation will make its presentation on what it learned from EPB to senior management in Japan in March.
The NTT-East team is the latest international group to visit Chattanooga and EPB. The growing list includes representatives from Ireland, Israel, Denmark and Columbia.
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Japan's benchmark Nikkei, Hong Kong's Hang Seng and South Korea's Kospi saw slight declines. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 tumbled. In mainland China, the Shanghai Composite edged up.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Investors are hoping for some positive news to halt the downward slide in the financial markets.
The Labor Department will issue the July jobs report today. In June, the economy added 288,000 jobs.
The Commerce Department will release personal income and spending figures for June. In May, consumers boosted their spending modestly after no gain in April.
Also, the University of Michigan will issue its index of consumer sentiment for July. For June, the index showed that strong job growth lifted overall sentiment.
The Commerce Department will report on June's construction spending today. For May, the figure barely rose as increased spending on non-residential projects such as office buildings and public construction was largely offset by a drop in home building
Also today, the Institute for Supply Management will release its manufacturing index for July.
On the corporate side, automakers will report July's vehicle sales numbers. And Procter & Gamble will report quarterly financial results before the market opens. Berkshire Hathaway will report earnings after the closing bell.
HONG KONG (AP) -- An official report says Chinese manufacturing rose to the highest level in more than two years in July.
Friday's survey is the latest sign that the world's No. 2 economy is perking up after a series of mini-stimulus measures unleashed by authorities.
The purchasing managers' index compiled by the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing rose to 51.7 last month from June's 51.0.
The index is based on a 100-point scale on which numbers below 50 indicate contraction.
It's the index's highest reading since April 2012 and follows an early version of a similar measure of factory activity by HSBC that rose to 52.
Communist leaders in Beijing have used small-scale stimulus in recent months to keep China's economy on track to meet its 7.5 percent full year growth target.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress has approved a bill to prevent a 28 percent cut in federal highway and mass transit aid at the height of the summer construction season.
The Senate voted Thursday night for a House-passed measure to augment the federal Highway Trust Fund with in infusion of $10.8 billion from the general Treasury -- enough to keep the fund solvent through May. The Transportation Department set Friday as the date the fund would no longer be able to provide all the aid promised from incoming gasoline and diesel fuel taxes.
The two houses played legislative ping pong with the issue in recent days over what critics called a "gimmick" to fund the measure by letting companies defer government-required contributions to their employees' pension plans. The bill now goes to the president.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Canadian owner of a company that won nearly $1 billion in contracts to provide steel for the construction of the World Trade Center's tallest building and an adjacent transit center has been arrested on fraud charges.
Larry Davis was released on $100,000 bail Thursday. His lawyer said he will fight charges of wire fraud and conspiring in a scheme to cheat a program that provided contracts to minority- and women-owned businesses.
Court papers say Davis from 2009 through 2012 caused false payroll records to be sent to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
The government says a Davis-owned company was awarded a $256 million contract to work on the trade center building and $330 million to help construct the transportation center.
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