CARICOM Flag Raised at Barbados Government Headquarters Oct 1, 2020 CDF, IRENA Collaborate to Boost Low-Carbon Investments in… (Barbados Today) CARICOM has re-established a CARICOM Commission on the Economy, with Special Envoy to the Prime Minister of Barbados on Investment and Financial Services, Professor Avinash Persaud, returning as its chairman. This announcement came from Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM, David Comissiong, at a press conference, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade on Thursday, about issues pertaining to the just concluded CARICOM Heads of Government meeting. He said that Professor Persaud presented an interim report at the conference that gave broad outlines on how the commission identified the problems facing the region, and what solutions they believed were appropriate for economic development. “Professor Persaud was very clear that we now have to pursue a people-centred developmental model, where the emphasis will have to be on education, skills and innovation. He was very clear that we have to take concrete measures to solve the problems of intra-regional transport, [and] freight, as well as people. And the fundamental thinking of the commission is that we have to create greater access. Read more at: Barbados Today Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Jul 27, 2020 You may be interested in… Jul 1, 2020 Tributes Pour in for Former Barbados Prime Minister PM Gonsalves Praises CARICOM Achievements, says Challenges… Jul 3, 2020 ST ANN’S DECLARATION ON CSMEWE, the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), meeting at Port of Spain Trinidad and Tobago 3-4 December, 2018 on the occasion of the 18th Special Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM; Recalling the 1989 Declaration of Grand Anse which initiated the process towards…December 4, 2018In “CARICOM”‘I AM CARICOM’ Schools’ Campaign Launched in Barbados (Barbados Government Information Service) Fourth, fifth and sixth form students of the Alleyne School in Barbados now have a better understanding of the history of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and how it has evolved over the years. They were given a perspective at a ceremony to kick off the Barbados leg…February 14, 2020In “Barbados”CARICOM Heads: Addressing trade and economic issues (Commentary)By Elizabeth Morgan CARICOM Heads of Government will be concluding their intersessional meeting in Barbados today. This Meeting is chaired by Prime Minister Mia Mottley, who has responsibility for the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) in the quasi-Cabinet. Articles leading up to this meeting, give the impression that Heads…February 19, 2020In “31Intersessional”Share this on WhatsApp
The event took the duo six days to complete and took them over numerous high mountain passes, along via ferratas, to the mountain Refugios and across glaciers. All of which have amazing views of Mont Blanc and many other high peaks of the Alps. In August 2019, Geist and his teammate Jason Halladay participated in a 180-mile team run with a cumulative elevation gain of 80,000 feet. The race, called the Petit Trotte à Léon (PTL), traveled around Mont Blanc through the Alps of France, Italy and Switzerland. The Mountaineers’ meeting begins at 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings. This event is free to attend and open to the public. PEEC News: Vienna allowed for easy weekend exploration of the peaks, via ferratas and everything else the Austrian and Italian Alps have to offer. At this presentation, Geist will describe the PTL run interspersed with some of the many adventures he had while living in Europe. Hear about Bill Geist’s adventures in the Alps 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22. Courtesy/PEEC Hear about Bill Geist’s adventures in the Alps at the October Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22. For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505.662.0460. They experienced some of the best features that the Alps can offer along the PTL course. During this experience, Geist was reminded of the many other adventures he had in Europe when he and Rebecca Stevens lived in Vienna, Austria for three years while working at the International Atomic Energy Agency. PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.
Fairplayer, equipped with two cranes with a combined lift of 1,800 tonnes, loaded ten heavy lift items and 700 cu m of general cargo associated with the movement.Six of the heavylift items were loaded from the quayside while the remaining items were loaded from a barge. All loading was completed in 20 hours.Cargoes for a second project, the Shuifu revamp project in Shanghai, was also loaded at the same time on Fairplayer, another J-class ship, at Mumbai Port.The cargoes included three reactors, along with general cargo and accessories, weighing 800 tonnes each, and destined for Map Ta Phut in Thailand. Each reactor, transported for CTCI Taipei Taiwan, were identical at 36 m length and 12.6 m width. Their destination was a PTTAC (PTT Asahi Chemical Company) chemical plant in Map Ta Phut.
Each column section weighed 160-tonnes and measured 10 m in diameter. Sabine Baumann-Duvenbeck, managing director at Viktor Baumann, said that the components were manufactured in Belgium by Ellimetal, and due to their wide diameter they were shipped to Germany by barge.The offloading operation was achieved using two floating cranes, owned by Hebo Maritime, in Mühlheim on the Ruhr River. Each column section was then moved to the project site on a combination of 8-axle self-propelled modular transporters (SPMT), and 2×6 axle DC coupled SPMT.Turntables were necessary to manoeuvre the loads on site, due to space limitations. Viktor Baumann then assembled and positioned the column on its foundations using a Terex SL 3800 super lift crane, alongside a Liebherr LTM 500 all-terrain crane. The column will form part of a petrochemical complex under construction by Ineos. www.viktor-baumann.de
VIBRATION: Huntsman Polyurethanes has introduced its Acoustiflex V MDI-based foam in combination with Trackelast pads produced by Edilon Sedra to provide better noise reduction for urban railways.Huntsman’s Acoustiflex foam is widely used in a range of vibration-damping applications in the automotive and construction industries, and initial deployment on urban rail networks in cities including Madrid and Warszawa has indicated significant potential benefits where noise is a particular issue. The two companies believe that the combination of Acoustiflex V and Trackelast pads can also increase the life of ballasted track by mitigating track movement and reducing ballast attrition.
NORWAY: Acting Director General of Jernbaneverket, Gunnar Løvås, said on October 8 that he was ‘very pleased’ with the government’s budget which allocates a record NKr17·7bn to the infrastructure manager in 2015, an increase of NKr1·5bn on this year. Nearly NKr11·3bn is for capital investment and NKr6·5bn for operations and maintenance. However he warned that the maintenance budget is still too low, and as a result the backlog would continue to increase.As well as spending on ongoing projects, the budget allocates NKr741m to planning and land acquisition for future schemes. NKr810m will be used to increase capacity on the existing network, including the provision of passing loops and stabling facilities, power supply strengthening and GSM-R deployment. Stations have been allocated NKr440m, with plans including the further roll-out of information systems, accessibility works and platform lengthening.Safety and environment projects allocated a total of NKr530m include landslip protection works, level crossing upgrading or removal and tunnel fire safety improvements.Among the major projects now underway are the 22 km Follobanen between Oslo and Ski, two new double-track alignments for the Vestfoldbanen totalling 36·9 km and the double-tracking of a 17 km section of the Dovrebanen main line between Oslo and Trondheim.Transport Minister Kjetil Solvik-Olsen said the government was looking to make rail more attractive for commuter travel in and out of the largest cities.
For nearly two decades, Pastor Dorothy Roberts and her husband Scott have reached out to forgotten souls in South Florida. Through their Harvest Reapers Outreach Support Ministry in Hollywood, they have fed and counselled thousands of people, many of whom had given up on life.Empowering struggling single parentsOn Mother’s Day (May 12), the Roberts will expand their goodwill program with the Single Parent Ministry, a day-long event aimed at empowering struggling single parents. Throughout the session, experts will educate them on procedures like securing Medicaid and Medicare, as well as how to sign up for public assistance like food stamps.Pastor Roberts, who is from Mandeville in central Jamaica, is hoping for a major turnout, but would not be surprised if that does not materialize.“There’s a lot of pride involved. A lot of them (single parents) don’t want to be seen in a certain crowd,” she said.Roberts and her husband, who is from Illinois, will be assisted at Single Parent Ministry by two prominent Caribbean Americans who live and work in South Florida – Dr. Rosemarie Lewis, a Jamaican psychiatrist, and Yolet Apostle, a Haitian official with the Department of Children and Family.Though it takes place on Mother’s Day, Single Parent Ministry is open to fathers or ‘Mr. Mom’ as they are affectionately known. Pastor Roberts said no matter their gender, the single parent reacts similarly to perceived handouts.“That’s not something we look at. They have to realize that things happen in life,” she stated.Harvest ReapersScott and Dorothy Roberts have been making things happen in South Florida through ‘Harvest Reapers’ for years. Their non-denominational church operates a daily counseling and feeding program from their location at 46th Avenue in Hollywood. According to Pastor Roberts, “We help the hungry, the homeless, the indigent…People who can’t help themselves.”Their needy ‘clientele’ transcends demographics. Most of the beneficiaries are from Fort Lauderdale and Miami-Dade County, “a vast mix”, is how Pastor Roberts describes them. Saturdays see the biggest rush for items such as food, toiletries and tinned products, most of which are sourced from Feeding South Florida, a food bank that services Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.Dorothy Roberts is confident the inaugural Single Parent Ministry will be successful and just as gratifying and enduring as her outreach initiative.“These kids got to know that there’s someone there for them. The most satisfying thing about our feeding program is knowing that nobody goes to bed hungry. They know where to call,” she said.
Author: Priyanka Ann Saini The freight volume handled by the port of Antwerp continues to expand. After nine months, the total this year stands at 167.1 million tonnes, an increase of 3.3% compared with the same period last year.Strong growth has been recorded in practically all sectors up until the end of September: containers are up by 3.7% in tonnage (to 91.9 million tonnes), liquid bulk such as oil derivatives is up by 2.4% (to 54.4 million tonnes), conventional breakbulk such as steel is up by 7.7% (to 7.8 million tonnes) while ro/ro completes the progression with growth of 10.7% (to 3.7 million tonnes). The only slight decline was noted in dry bulk, such as coal and ore, down by 0.8% after nine months.The growth in containers is due in part to the sailing schedules of the new alliances who by choosing Antwerp as a port of call have confirmed the port’s position in North-West Europe. For the other part, new liner services have been started up which have opted resolutely for Antwerp. The result has been a sharp growth in container freight: over the past nine months the second quarter was the best ever for Antwerp with 2,663,590 TEU, followed closely by the third quarter with 2,654,711 TEU.Ro/ro freight is experiencing strong growth this year: so far it is up 10.7% to 3,752,577 tonnes. In particular there have been strong imports of paper carried as ro/ro, up by 250,000 tonnes or 89%. But in fact both imports and exports of rolling stock have expanded on most trading routes. In the meantime the number of cars handled has risen by 3.4% to 919,793 units. Conventional breakbulk for its part has made strong progress in comparison with the same period last year. At the end of September the volume stood at 7,829,415 tonnes, an increase of 7.7%. In this segment there was particularly strong growth in imports and exports of iron and steel, with coils doing especially well. There was also very strong growth in imports of raw iron and steel from India, (up by 190% or 600,000 tonnes). These figures contrast with a fall in imports from China (down by 38% or 420,000 tonnes). This development is explained by the anti-dumping measures taken by Europe to restrict imports of Chinese steel being sold below market price. Recently the EU has also imposed tariffs on imports of coils from Russia, Brazil, Ukraine and Iran. Steel imports from these countries have fallen sharply as a result.The volume of liquid bulk was up by 2.4% at the end of nine months, at 54,462,733 tonnes. The rise of 11.4% in exports of liquid fuels stands in contract with the decline of 12.8% in imports during the same period, so that the total volume is practically the same at 30,817,999 tonnes. The overall rise in the total volume of liquid bulk is driven by swelled imports of crude oil, up 28.0% to 4,360,575 tonnes. The volume of chemical products has risen by 2.0% to 10,638,133 tonnes.The volume of dry bulk handled during the first three quarters has declined slightly, by 0.8%, to 9,200,951 tonnes. The amount of fertilisers, the largest category of dry bulk, on the other hand has risen by 7.4% to 2,828,534 tonnes; with both exports (up 6.4%) and imports (up 9.5%) doing well. The volume of ore in particular has grown by 23.2%, to 1,840,806 tonnes, thanks to imports of iron ore being 2.5 times as large as in the same period last year. At the other end of the spectrum there has been a precipitous decline in the volume of coal handled, down by 55.6% to 396,518 tonnes.The volume of dry bulk handled during the first three quarters has declined slightly, by 0.8%, to 9,200,951 tonnes. The amount of fertilisers, the largest category of dry bulk, on the other hand has risen by 7.4% to 2,828,534 tonnes; with both exports (up 6.4%) and imports (up 9.5%) doing well. The volume of ore in particular has grown by 23.2%, to 1,840,806 tonnes, thanks to imports of iron ore being 2.5 times as large as in the same period last year. At the other end of the spectrum there has been a precipitous decline in the volume of coal handled, down by 55.6% to 396,518 tonnes.“In the last quarter too we are managing to maintain the same high pace of expansion as in the previous nine months,” says Port Authority CEO Jacques Vandermeiren. “In fact this trend is holding steady from past years. Antwerp has been performing extremely well for quite a time now in a market that is otherwise characterised by volatility and fluctuations. If in such a situation you manage to not only maintain but also grow your market share, that gives you confidence in the future.”Sea News, October 25
Share 184 Views one comment The Ministry of Health is taking action to reduce the health risks associated with tobacco use. Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health Helen Royer, in an address to the nation on 4 June 2015 to commemorate World No Tobacco Day which was observed on 31 May, expressed concern about the high rate of exposure of non-smokers to the dangers of tobacco smoke.”In Dominica although smoking is prevalent among adults (the estimation is one in every ten adults), the 2009 survey shows that smoking among students 13-15 years stands at one in four,” Mrs Royer stated.“The survey also reveals that six of every ten non-smoking students and one of every five adults are exposed to tobacco smoke in public spaces. Clearly the youths of Dominica are at risk to diseases both caused by their own actions and from the actions of others,” she continued. Mrs Royer said the Ministry of Health and Environment is also in the process of making recommendations to the government to create policies which will contribute to the improvement of the health of the nation.She said the ministry acknowledges that it is the responsibility of all stakeholders to protect the health of both smokers and non-smokers from the poisons in tobacco smoke.Every year, on 31 May, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners mark World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.This year, the focus in Dominica is on the theme” “The Harmful Effects of Tobacco: Beware”.Mrs Royer informed that the ministry will be observing a month of activities which will include public education, media discussion, town hall meeting and poetry competition and encouraged the public to participate. Mrs. Royer said the ministry is also in the process of making recommendations to the government to create policies which will contribute to the improvement of the health of the nation.“The public, as a major stakeholder, also has important roles to play in: Advocacy, Provision of support to raise awareness on tobacco, Provision of support to quit tobacco and more,” she said. Mrs Royer has urged the public to take all the necessary preventive measures to reduce their risks associated to tobacco use.Some conditions which are the results of either direct or indirect tobacco smoke include Cancer of the lungs, mouth and throat, Chronic bronchitis and emphysema, Heart Disease, Miscarriages, Infertility and sexual dysfunction among others.According to the World Health Organization nearly 80% of the more than one billion smokers worldwide live in low- and middle-income countries, where the burden of tobacco-related illness and death is heaviest.Tobacco users who die prematurely deprive their families of income, raise the cost of health care and hinder economic development. Tweet Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Tobacco use remains a concern for health officials by: Dominica Vibes News – June 4, 2015 Share
In a CSA2020 Technical Conference held last week in Brussels, Dr. Elizabeth Lindstad, Chief Scientist, SINTEF Ocean, confirmed that the use of HFO+EGCS not only has a better air emissions quality than ships operating on compliant fuel, but also a greater positive effect on global emissions reduction, including greenhouse gases. The Malaysia Shipping Notice (MSN 07/2019), published on the 12th November, states that ships calling to Malaysian Ports are advised to change over to compliant fuel oil or change over to closed-loop/hybrid systems before entering Malaysian waters and ports. Sea News, November 22 Author: Baibhav Mishra Ian Adams, Executive Director, CSA 2020, said: “There are multiple credible studies just released during the last year that confirm the quality of washwater from exhaust gas cleaning systems, and clearly demonstrate that they have negligible environmental impact on the ocean or port environments” “We will of course comply with these national rules, however, we do not understand the reasoning or timing, with the global sulphur cap deadline just weeks away and with the IMO already embarked on a comprehensive evaluation of the environmental impact of exhaust gas cleaning systems in ports. “We don’t know what’s behind this decision by the Malaysian Marine Department, but it was not likely science-based, as there is no evidence that would clearly support it. There also were no collaborative discussions with their global shipping partners, many of whom are very experienced with these systems.” Members of the Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 have expressed disappointment in Malaysia’s decision to prohibit the use of open-loop exhaust gas cleaning systems in its coastal waters. “We are disappointed in this announcement,” said CSA 2020 Chairman Capt. Mike Kaczmarek. “The decision will impact not only our member shipping companies, but over 200 other international shipping companies that have announced their intent to install scrubbers as an accepted means of compliance under MARPOL Annex VI. “What makes this announcement so surprising is that the scientific evidence is there, and it is clear that the positive net environmental benefit from ships operating open loop in Malaysian waters would play an important role in Malaysian maritime sustainability plans.” Dr. Elizabeth Lindstad, Chief Scientist, SINTEF Ocean, confirmed that the use of HFO+EGCS has a better air emissions quality than ships operating on compliant fuels