Russian project forwarder announces merger

first_imgThe two companies are in advanced negotiations and anticipate that the final agreements will be concluded by the end of the month. Consolidated annual revenues of the new business structure will be at least US$300m and the company says it will employ more than 1,500 people. STS focuses on international multimodal freight forwarding and customs brokerage services, typically for clients in the oil and gas, construction and automotive sectors, whilst RLS specialises in pan-Russian logistics for FMCG clients.last_img read more

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Crowley delivers Tubular Bells

first_imgCrowley’s ocean class tug Ocean Wind towed the production deck, while invader class tug Pilot towing the barge Marmack 303, delivered the construction deck – in both cases the cargo was received at the sea buoy Cat Island Pass before being transported to Mississippi Canyon Block 725.”The Ocean Wind was particularly suitable for the Tubular Bells deck section tow out and lift due to its dynamic positioning capabilities,” explained Ocean Wind captain, Ward Davis. “The Ocean Wind was able to position and hold the barge alongside the SAIPEM 7000 semi-submersible crane and pipe-laying vessel with light tension on the tow wire while they prepared for and made the lift of the deck section,” added Davis.Tubular Bells is expected to begin production in 2014 and should peak in the range of 40,000 to 50,000 barrels of oil a day.  www.crowley.comlast_img read more

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Call to limit litres at Albion Springs

first_img 1 of 2 Concerns were raised when a bakkie pulled up with a load of empty bottles to fill with water, holding up the queue and raising suspicions that the water might end up being sold. Concerns were raised when a bakkie pulled up with a load of empty bottles to fill with water, holding up the queue and raising suspicions that the water might end up being sold. With talks of water shortages putting people on edge, many have been flocking to the Albion Springs in Newlands to stock up on the fresh water supply to keep them hydrated.However, plenty of individuals have been hogging the springs by filling several bottles of water at a time, with increasing concerns that some people may be selling the water.Liz Futeran regularly visits the Albion Springs to collect water, but when she noticed the spring being used by one man with a bakkie-load of empty bottles, she raised the question as to how many litres one is allowed.She snapped some photos of the man, who became somewhat hostile. Ms Futeran said: “The photos were taken within a second of each other and show the full extent of the bottles this gentleman had come to fill with a queue of others and their respectably sized containers behind him. The size and quantity of his containers strongly suggest an intention to exploit less fortunate folk by selling the water to them.”She added that she always considered it to be on private SAB Breweries property as a community offering on their part, but when she tried to contact SAB’s number listed in the local directory, it was not working.“A sign recently appeared on one of the three water outlets stipulating priority for those collecting under five litres. My suggestion would be to limit the other two to a maximum of 50 litres per vehicle, per entry,” Ms Futeran added.But the recent antics of the man with his bakkie-load of bottles had Ms Futeran fuming: “There is a parking bay right next to the outlet that others avoid as one has to drive through the queue. This gentleman forced everyone out of his way to access it.”Newlands resident, Fiona Lawson, had similar experience, saying it was “unethical” for people to be taking something that is free to the public and then selling it.She too had had run-ins with a number of people who had occupied the Albion Springs for hours to fill a bakkie-load of water bottles.“People can stand and wait all day, these guys will not even open one point to allow the people in the queue to use the facility. This is a free public space that I feel is being abused by certain individuals. We all are going through this water shortage thing together, but you don’t see everybody trying to take advantage of the situation,” Ms Lawson said.In September last year, Ms Lawson notified the City of Cape Town about the actions of these people and received a response that the City were not able to monitor the Albion Springs as it was open to the public. “Nobody is saying that there should be a cost attached to this spring. What people would like to see is everybody using it systematically and take into consideration that this water is actually for everybody and it’s free. If there are people selling the water, that is so unethical, because the Albion Springs has been beautified for all to use and not for individuals to turn it into a business idea,” Ms Lawson added.However, it turns out that there is really not much the City can do about the situation unfolding at the collection point, which can be accessed in Letterstedt Road, opposite the Newlands Sun Hotel.Ward councillor Ian Iversen confirmed that the Albion Springs collection point was located on City-owned land and added that if the water was not collected, it would only run to waste.“I am surprised with the current drought conditions that more and more people are not lining up to collect free water. It is not illegal (I don’t think) to sell the Newlands spring water and I doubt that ‘less fortunate folk’ will be buying the bottled water, but rather well to do folk,” Mr Iversen said.He said the collection point was at SA Breweries and catered for those people who intended on collecting large quantities of water and while he understood that some people might be inconsiderate by hogging the water supply, “I am not sure if the people want the City of Cape Town, at the ratepayer’s expense, to monitor this collection point”.center_img Left: The Albion Springs in newlands is one of the most frequently used springs in Cape Town, but users are concerned that some might be abusing the resource.last_img read more

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Spotlight remains on Olswang as MPs ask about BHS fees

first_imgInternational firm Olswang will be in the spotlight next week over its role in the sale of retail giant BHS.Last-ditch efforts to save BHS failed yesterday.  Frank Field MP (pictured), chair of the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee, has asked Olswang to disclose details of the fees it was paid for its work on the sale of BHS by next Monday.Olswang advised Retail Acquisitions Limited on its purchase of BHS from Sir Philip Green for £1. The firm has already faced questions about its role in the sale and whether it performed proper due diligence on the buyer.Following last week’s evidence session, Field has written to Stephen Hermer, general counsel at Olswang, asking for details about the total fees the firm charged for its services.The Labour MP has also asked how much Olswang charged for its services relating to the purchase of BHS, and how much of these fees were contingent on the successful completion of the sale.Field’s letter queried what due diligence process Olswang uses to establish the ‘ultimate source’ of any fees it is paid.Last week, while giving evidence to the committee, Arcadia Group finance director Paul Budge said Retail Acquisitions put £35m into escrow. Field asked what steps Olswang had taken to find out how Retail Acquisitions raised this money.Financial adviser Grant Thornton has also been asked to provide details of the fees it was paid for its role in the sale.Last week, the Work and Pensions Committee and Business, Innovation and Skills Committee heard evidence from Hemer and Owen Clay, a corporate partner at Linklaters. In one of the hearings Field claimed that Linklaters and Olswang had failed to carry out proper due diligence on the buyer of the retail giant. Retail Acquisitions is 90% owned by Dominic Chappell, who had previously twice been declared bankrupt. Hermer said Olswang had discovered details of one of Chappell’s bankruptcies during its due diligence work.Field said the hearings had so far prompted ‘more questions than answers’.last_img read more

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Wagon servicing precinct

first_imgGEMCO Rail Pty Ltd is to invest A$5·75m in a ’one-stop shop’ wagon maintenance facility in Forrestfield, Perth. After it opens in September, Managing Director Jim Ireland sees the facility becoming a ’railway service precinct’, with other companies leasing space at the site.Linked to Western Australia’s standard and 1067mm gauge tracks, the 5840m2 plant is being developed by PS Developments. Westinghouse Brakes is to relocate its Cannington operations to Forrestfield. Ireland said rail privatisation has ’created an increase in the amount of outsourcing of maintenance requirements, bringing opportunities for niche maintenance providers such as Gemco’.last_img read more

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This Day in History

first_imgFormer Prime Minister of Jamaica Donald Sangster Donald Sangster was appointed Jamaica’s Minister of FinanceOn this day in 1963 on March 11, the Hon. Donald Sangster, Minister of Finance, was appointed Deputy Prime Minister when the late Prime Minister Sir. Alexander Bustamante became ill. Born on October 26, 1911, Sangster was his own Minister of Finance for three years and officially became the Prime Minister on February 22, 1967, when the JLP (Jamaica Labor Party) won the election.He was the son of the late W. B. Sangster, Commissioned Land Surveyor of St. Elizabeth, and Mrs. Sangster.Read more: Jamaica’s 3rd Prime Minister, Sir Donald SangsterSangster attended Munro College from (1921-1929) and was admitted to practice as an attorney in Jamaica in 1937. He died on April 11, 1976, 48 days after being sworn in, at the age of 56 after suffering from Subarachnoid Hemorrhage. Hugh Shearer was sworn in as his successor. Sangster’s face appears on the Jamaica one hundred dollar note and in his honor the second largest airport located in Montego Bay, Jamaica, The Donald Sangster International Airport was named after him.The Jamaican one hundred dollar bill bears Donald Sangster’s face.last_img read more

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Jamaica seeks to reduce neonatal deaths

first_imgThe Jamaican government has allocated J$759 million in the 2018-19 national budget to fund upgrade of health facilities as it seeks to reduce neonatal deaths in the country.Under the Program for Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality (PROMAC), designs will be completed for 11 High Dependency Units (HDUs) at six hospitals, and the procurement of equipment for the HDUs, the Andrew Holness government has indicated.New healthcare centers and community hospitalsAccording to the details of the project outlined in the Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, other work to be done are the completion of designs for four healthcare facilities and two community hospitals; procurement of laboratory and ultrasound equipment for primary healthcare and community health centers; training of health workers, and research activities; and continuing training for doctors, nurses and other health professionals to support HDUs.Academic research on the cause and risk factors of premature births will also be undertaken and the Ministry of Health will also carry out national promotional activities for the program.The objectives of PROMAC, which is funded by the Jamaica government and the European Union (EU), are geared at reducing the incidence of neonatal deaths due to lack of access to high-dependency care, reducing maternal deaths due to lack of access to emergency obstetrics care, improving the quality of management of high-risk pregnancies at both tertiary and primary healthcare facilities.Enhance public awarenessPROMAC also seeks to improve the population’s approach to maternal and child health, enhance public awareness and understanding of healthcare processes and patients’ rights, and strengthen the institutional capacity of the ministry and the Regional Health Authorities (RHAs).last_img read more

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World slowly starts travelling again: UN Tourism Organization

first_imgFile: Camels and their guides, take a break from giving rides to tourists, at the famous ancient Egyptian pyramids of Giza. After months of lockdowns, countries are cautiously starting to ease travel restrictions put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19, according to research published Monday by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, stressed “the need for vigilance, responsibility and international cooperation as the world slowly opens up again.”Camels and their guides, take a break from giving rides to tourists, at the famous ancient Egyptian pyramids of Giza. /UNIn the fourth edition of its COVID-19 Travel Restrictions:  A Global Review for Tourism, the UN specialized agency reviews measures of 217 destinations worldwide, as of 18 May.The report finds that 3 per cent of all destinations have taken steps to ease restrictions.  Seven destinations have eased restrictions for international tourism purposes, while several more are engaged in discussions on the reopening of borders.Nowhere fully open for tourists, yetThe report notes that 100 per cent of all destinations worldwide continue to have some COVID-19 travel restrictions in place; 75 per cent are still completely closed to international tourism.  In 37 per cent of all cases, restrictions have been in place for 10 weeks, while 24 per cent have had controls in place for 14 weeks or more.“The timely and responsible easing of travel restrictions will help ensure the many social and economic benefits that tourism guarantees will return in a sustainable way”, Mr. Pololikashvili said.The more important tourism is to individual economies, the more likely it is that countries have responded with complete border closures.  In the case of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the report finds that 85 per cent continue to remain completely closed to tourists.In all UNWTO regions, more than 65 per cent of their destinations remain completely closed to tourism:  Africa (74 per cent), the Americas (86 per cent), Asia and the Pacific (67 per cent), Europe (74 per cent) and the Middle East (69 per cent).Global guidelinesThe report follows last week’s release of UNWTO’s Global Guidelines to Restart Tourism, aimed at helping the sector emerge more sustainably from COVID-19.Produced in cooperation with the Global Tourism Crisis Committee, the guidance highlights the need to act decisively, to restore confidence and to embrace innovation.UNWTO warns that international tourist arrivals could fall between 60 and 80 per cent, depending on when restrictions are lifted.  This could place 100 to 120 million jobs at risk and potentially lead to $910 billion to $1.2 trillion lost in exports.“These guidelines provide both Governments and businesses with a comprehensive set of measures designed to help them open tourism up again in a safe, seamless and responsible manner,” Mr. Pololikashvili said.Related Rwanda set to showcase tourism potential at world tourism summit Morocco to host 24th UN World Tourism Organization General Assembly in 2021center_img Happy World Tourism Day!last_img read more

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Riot Micro Introduces Industry’s Lowest Power NB-IoT and eMTC Baseband Chip

first_imgRiot Micro a developer of purpose-built silicon for wireless IoT applications has made its market debut with the industry’s lowest power baseband modem chip for the cellular Internet of Things (IoT). The Riot Micro RM1000 is built using an innovative approach that applies BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) and Wi-Fi architecture techniques to deliver a cellular IoT solution with the low power and cost levels characteristic of short-range wireless systems. It is available now to module manufacturers and OEMs designing NB-IoT and eMTC systems including asset management, home automation, industrial, point-of-sale, smart energy, vending and automotive applications.To develop the RM1000, Riot Micro assembled a team of engineers with extensive expertise in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and LTE design to create an LTE PHY and L2/L3 protocol stack specifically optimized to meet the 3GPP Release 13 requirements for Cat-NB1 NBIoT and Cat-M1 eMTC. By providing granular control over system resources, the innovative hardware-based architecture minimizes active power consumption in all use cases. This design approach significantly reduces silicon area and active power consumption compared to alternative signal processor-based solutions. Riot’s RM1000 is a hardware-centric baseband controller, tightly coupled to an optimized LTE protocol stack running on an ultra-power efficient integrated processor. The PHY layer implemented completely in hardware enables minimal eDRX cycle power consumption and extremely fast wake/sleep transition times. These power savings mean that IoT modules based on the RM1000 can run longer on lower capacity batteries, further saving on system cost.Riot’s hardware-based architecture assures that power consumption is always minimized regardless of traffic patterns and use cases. Alternative solutions typically require a 100 MHz+ processor speed, external memory, and on-chip PLLs for a high-speed clock, increasing silicon area, power consumption, and cost. Software-based PHY solutions also have longer startup and shutdown due to firmware load and processing, which ultimately costs battery life.The RM1000 is available now, supplied to OEMs and module manufacturers developingcustom solution, in an 8 mm x 8 mm 68 pad QFN package or a 3.5×3.2 mm WLCSPpackage. Riot Micro will offer a full-range of customer support services, including reference designs, for evaluation and module design.last_img read more

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AFCON 2019: Ex-Nigeria international, Akanni tells Super Eagles how to score more goals

first_imgWaidi Akanni, an ex-international, on Thursday, urged the Super Eagles midfielders to create more scoring chances at the ongoing 2019 Egypt Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) to enable the strikers to score more goals.Akanni, who gave the advice in an interview with the Newsmen in Lagos, said that he was impressed with the team’s performance in the continental football tournament.Newsmen reports that the Super Eagles won their first match against Burundi with a 1-0 scoreline and subsequently won their match against the Syli Stars of Guinea with a similar scoreline on Wednesday.“I’m impressed but I want more scoring opportunities that will give me and a lot of Nigerians more confidence.“The midfield is the engine room of the strikers and I need them to do more. They need to intensify their efforts and create more scoring chances.“We need to ensure that we keep playing cohesively in order to sustain the winning momentum,” the former midfielder said.With the six points garnered from the two matches played so far in the AFCON, the Super Eagles have already qualified for the next round of the tournament.Nigeria’s will trade tackles with The Barea of Madagascar in the last Group B match at the Alexandria Stadium on June 30.The former Chairman of the Lagos State Football Association also urged the players to continue to take the proceedings at the tournament one-game at a time in order not to lose focus.“Taking each game at a time will help us focus on our game. We should be focused and shun distractions.“Also the team should watch video clips of their next opponent so that they will have a depth of their opponent’s playing pattern,” Akanni said.Newsmen reports that Kenneth Omeruo scored the vital winning goal in the 73rd minute of the keenly-contested match and also won the CAF man-of-the match award.last_img read more

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