Valuable lessons from Queens Moat fiasco

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50 down, 50 to go for Yo! Sushi

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Barbados reopening in earnest

first_imgBarbados Prime Minister Hon. Mia Mottley last night announced significant easing of Covid-19 related restrictions, including the reopening of businesses from Monday 15 June. More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… All businesses, except day care centres, can reopen from Monday, June 15. Day care centres can reopen from 22 June after appropriate training from the Ministry of Health;Parks and beaches will no longer have restrictions on hours;Public Service Vehicles and buses will operate at full sitting capacity and half of any stipulated standing capacity. All passengers must wear masks for their entire journey;Sporting activity will be permitted, with arrangements to be put in place for limited spectators, who will have to adhere to strict physical distancing and wearing of masks;Social events, for example dinners, weddings, receptions, banquets and parties will be permitted. However, events with more than 250 persons will need to consult with the Ministry of Health and Wellness for guidelines of operation;Gyms can reopen but they must have the capacity to deal with physical distancing. However, the Prime Minister pointed out that some restrictions will remain in place for the time being.These include restrictions on visits to hospitals, prisons, and senior citizens homes, to reduce the potential for any negative impact on the most vulnerable. CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak You may be interested in… Oct 15, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Prime Minister Mottley also used last night’s occasion to release the song “This is who we are” which she commissioned to help Barbadians through the COVID-19 pandemic.   St. Lucia records more cases of COVID Oct 16, 2020 Oct 15, 2020 The Prime Minister, in her national address, announced that: Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CARICOM SG commends regional response to COVID-19CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, has commended the health emergency response mechanism engineered by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) to keep the Community free of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Secretary-General LaRocque said the inter-agency collaboration that was taking place was another example of the co-ordination required to address the…February 18, 2020In “31Intersessional”Bahamas PM Urges Caution as the Country Enters Another Phase of its ReopeningCMC NASSAU, Bahamas – The Bahamas is moving into another stage of the reopening of its economy amid warnings that nationals and visitors alike could be fined as much as US$1,000 for failing to wear a mask in public, and an appeal to nationals to remain in the country for…June 29, 2020In “General”St. Kitts And Nevis Confirms Two COVID-19 CasesNATIONAL STATEMENT ON COVID-19 By the Hon Wendy Colleen Phipps Minister of State with Responsibility for Health March 25, 2020 In my capacity as Minister of State with Responsibility for Health, it is my duty to inform you that as of 11:03 pm on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the Federation…March 25, 2020In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

FROM THE MAGAZINE: Airships and drones prepare for lift-off

first_imgCargo drones are about to take to the skies. In early June, Amazon unveiled a vehicle that takes off vertically, then tilts to fly horizontally, equipped with a battery of sensors and artificial intelligence to avoid other objects. It can fly up to 15 miles (24.1 km) and carry items of up to 2.3 kg.The e-commerce behemoth was set to start trial deliveries “within months”, having obtained a special airworthiness certificate that is valid for one year.In Canada, commercial cargo drone operations are expected to get under way around October, according to Tim Strauss, vice president of cargo at Air Canada. His outfit signed an agreement with Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) in early June to assume the commercial representation for the drone company, marketing its capacity.Neither development is going to rock the project cargo world. While Amazon’s drone is designed to lift small parcels, DDC has run trials moving medical shipments and supplies to remote communities in Canada’s north with a model that can carry up to 22.7 kg. Rather than focus on a particular drone model, DDC has developed an operating system akin to an airline operations control set-up that can accommodate a multitude of drones. In the future it will take on drones with larger payloads, said Strauss.“It is a small plane and a short distance, but it is a start,” said Tim Komberec, president of Empire Airlines. Empire chiefly operates feeder freighters for FedEx and Hawaiian Airlines, but it has also been active in drone development through a dedicated offshoot, Empire Unmanned. To date, this has fielded its models primarily for surveillance work. It recently signed a national firefighting contract that will see its drones operate beyond line of sight to monitor wildfires.“We are gaining some experience in beyond-line-of-sight work,” said Komberec, who is interested in project work in the longer term.While surveillance jobs are regarded as one possible use for drones in the project field, Colin d’Abreo, president of Rhenus Project Logistics, reckons they can also move smaller loads within large project sites, such as shuttling tools and parts from base camp to jobsites.Airship advancesUnlike drones, airships are not ready to start cargo flights this year, but they are getting closer. Lockheed Martin appears to be leading the race at the moment. Hybrid Air Freighters (HAF), its Paris-based operating offshoot, expects to start flying the first LMH-1 airships in 2020 or 2021. The LMH-1 is designed to carry payloads up to 21 tons (19.5 tonnes) in a cargo bay measuring 3.04 m x 3.04 m x 18.3 m.Flying Whales aims to make the first flight of its LCA60T airship in 2022. The unit will be able to carry up to 60 tons (54.4 tonnes) – far beyond the capability of even large military helicopters, pointed out market manager Romain Schalck. Among the company’s shareholders is the French Forest Authority, which has shaped the development of the aircraft. Aiming to operate in remote wooded areas, the LCA60T is designed to pick up and drop loads via a winch while remaining airborne.Several other concepts are moving forward, including Aeroscraft’s ML866 blimp that will have a payload capacity of nearly 60 tons; the company has plans for enhanced models capable of lifting 181 tons (163.3 tonnes) and 450 tons (408.2 tonnes). UK-based Airlander is also developing an airship, although the initial focus appears to be towards the cruise and travel markets.“At this point nobody knows what will be the dominant design,” said Barry Prentice, president of Canada-based Buoyant Aircraft Systems International, which signed a collaboration agreement with Airships do Brasil last year to build a 100-ton (90.7-tonne) capacity cargo airship.He thinks that airships have moved from “nice to have” to the “need to have” stage. He gave the example of northern Canada, where increasing temperatures have limited the time ice roads can be used; the astronomical costs of moving goods to remote communities; and the difficulties involved in moving large wind turbine blades over the surface. Airships could move blades that are twice the current maximum size allowed on the ground, he argued.With the exception of Airlander, the leading airship developers have cargo fully in their sights, and the project sector is most prominent there. “We are working closely with industries,” said Schalck. “The most advanced relationships we have today are with the wind energy industry, both with manufacturers and wind farm developers.We are working closely with the major players in Europe and North America.”The oil and gas sector has also shown lively interest, he added.For electricity companies, the airship also opens up attractive possibilities. Besides carrying large loads like cable reels, they will be able to lift entire electricity towers, which currently have to be moved in sections, Schalck said.HAF and Columbia Helicopters, which signed a collaboration agreement last November for the management and operation of 12 LMH-1s, are looking primarily to the oil and gas, mining and construction sectors.More optionsFor his part, d’Abreo welcomes the prospect of more options to move project loads. “In project logistics it is time we had some innovation or some different solutions in terms of airfreight transport. The Antonovs and Ilyushins will always be needed for super-heavy cargo, but for mid-to not-so- heavy [cargoes], airships could be an option,” he commented. They would be ideal to reach hard-to-access locations like mountaintops and for offshore sites.HAF has indicated that it sees a market for several hundred airships. Current plans at Flying Whales call for 150 units to be produced during the first ten years.Among its shareholders is AVIC, a Chinese aerospace and defence conglomerate. When commercial activities get under way, the LCA60T will be produced both in France and in China.Turning out airships is only part of the battle, though. At this point there are only a few pilots available, Schalck said. Flying Whales intends to set up its own pilot school.Jurisdictions like Canada lack certification processes for pilots and mechanics as well as for airships themselves, noted Prentice. Flying Whales has worked closely with the authorities in Europe and hopes that certification there will pave the way for accreditation elsewhere around the world.Prentice believes that stand-alone operators will have to emerge over time. Initially developers may have to set up their own operating arms to get commercial activities under way, but in the long run he sees a need for operators in their own right. “Developing and operating airships are two different things,” he said.The fact that such questions are now being asked reflects the progress that the airship concept has made in recent years.This article is taken from HLPFI’s July/August 2019 edition.last_img read more

Caldwell assists in Philadelphia

first_imgThe Philadelphia Department of Transportation (PennDOT) contracted James J. Anderson Construction (JJA) to construct a 2-mile (3.2 km) elevated roadway with ramps, drainage, and associated utilities.Caldwell Group delivered the two-piece beam to JJA, which was used beneath the hook of a 249.5-tonne capacity Grove mobile crane to lift the reinforcing bar cages.The cages weighed as much as 20.9 tonnes and measured up to 25.9 m in length.Caldwell also supplied a pair of two-leg chain slings that were installed above the beam and rigged at angles, and are designed to share the load when both sections of the lifting beam are bolted together. The synthetic slings above (connected to the crane’s hook) and beneath the beam (connected to the cages) were supplied by JJA.The project is due for completion next year.www.caldwellinc.comwww.jjaconstruction.comlast_img read more

‘Activist’ tweet deleted – as Number 10 targets ‘loudmouthed lawyers’

first_imgThis story has now been closed to comments. The Home Office has deleted its tweet claiming that ‘activist lawyers’ were undermining the deportation of migrants – but the clash between government and the legal profession shows no signs of easing.The official Twitter feed of the Home Office had posted on Wednesday that current immigration regulations were ‘rigid and open to abuse allowing activist lawyers to delay and disrupt reforms’.By Thursday evening, the post had been taken down, with the Home Office permanent secretary Matthew Rycroft vowing it will not be used again.In an email response to a complaint from Jonathan Fortes, professor of economics at Kings College London, Rycroft agreed the ‘activist lawyer’ phrase should not have been used on an official government channel. He made clear the post should not be used again from Home Office accounts or anywhere else by civil servants.The 21-second Home Office video prompted an outcry from across the legal profession, which argued that immigration lawyers were simply enforcing parliament’s own rules and upholding the rule of law. Law Society president Simon Davis said: ‘We should be proud that we live in a country where legal rights cannot be overridden without due process, and we should be proud that we have legal professionals who serve the rule of law.’Amanda Pinto QC, chair of the Bar Council, said these ‘irresponsible misleading communications’ from the government were damaging to society and that lawyers were ‘merely doing their jobs, enabling people to exercise their statutory rights and defend themselves against those in power’.But while the Home Office tweet has been taken down, it appears that efforts to undermine the legal sector from sections of the government have been ramped up.A ‘government source’ told the Times today: ‘There’s a bunch of particularly loudmouthed lawyers and barristers who seem to spend more time on social media than representing their clients, who think even the mildest criticism of their profession will bring about the destruction of democracy.‘It’s patently absurd and they’d be better off leaving this kind of hysterical ranting to Her Majesty’s Opposition.’last_img read more

Driving green trains

first_imgUK: At the Railtex exhibition in London held on March 10-12, Corys TESS exhibited a Class 350/2 Desiro driving simulator for train operator London Midland. The simulator was due to move to Birmingham after the show for commissioning in June. A simulator for the Class 172 Turbostar DMU is also included in the contract. Bombardier is building 27 trainsets for the TOC.In addition to conventional driver training technology, the simulator includes ‘eco-driving’ software.The contract reinforces the supplier’s UK presence following the supply of a Class 395 simulator to Southeastern, three simulators for London Underground’s Northern Line and ongoing contracts with Network Rail for 41 GSM-R cab radio simulators. Corys TESS is also providing eight driving simulators to Iarnród Éireann.‘We are working together to develop a specific “eco-assessment” of power usage, not only for energy used but energy regenerated, to ensure our drivers are fully aware of how their technique actually relates to “eco-driving”, and allowing them to practice the specific techniques required’, explained Paul Owen, Head of Operational Standards at London Midland.last_img read more

UK and Italian operators order Vossloh locomotives

first_imgEUROPE: Vossloh España announced two more orders for its Eurolight family of four-axle AC-transmission diesel-electric locomotives on July 27. Dinazzano Po has ordered one freight locomotive, in what Vossloh España says is its first contract from an Italian operator.British operator Direct Rail Services has ordered seven UK-profile Class 68 UKLight mixed-traffic diesel locomotives through Beacon Rail Leasing. This is DRS’s third order for the UKLight, with an initial 15 now in service and a second batch of 10 due to be delivered in the coming months.last_img

Canadian court rules extradition case against senior Huawei executive can proceed

first_imgMTN withdraws case against Nigerian regulator VANCOUVER, BC – JANUARY 20: Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou walks with her security personnel as she leaves her house on her way to a court appearance on the first day of her extradition trial on January 20, 2020 in Vancouver, Canada. The United States government accused Wanzhou of fraud after HSBC continued trade with Iran while sanctions were in place. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images) FILE PHOTO: Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou walks with her security personnel as she leaves her house on her way to a court appearance on the first day of her extradition trial on January 20, 2020 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)A Canadian court has just released a decision on the hearing of the Meng Wanzhou case.The judge has ruled the U.S. extradition case against senior Chinese Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou can advance.Earlier, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said the United States and Canada abused their bilateral extradition treaty and arbitrarily took compulsory measures against a Chinese citizen without cause, adding that the Chinese government is steadfast in safeguarding the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens.The Huawei senior executive’s detention is seen by China as a serious political incident.Related Namibian court dismisses case against voting machinescenter_img MTN withdraws case against Nigerian communications regulatorlast_img read more

‘Ma Boyd’ wins 2013 Madam Wob Dwiyet

first_img 174 Views   3 comments Tweet Share EntertainmentLocalNews ‘Ma Boyd’ wins 2013 Madam Wob Dwiyet by: – October 18, 2013 Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Veronique “Ma Boyd” NicholasVeronique ‘Ma Boyd’ Nicholas, the proprietor of Ma Boyd’s snackette on Goodwill Road, has been crowned the 2013 Madam Wob Dwiyet.She won the title from a field of five contestants at the Arawak House of Culture on Friday evening.The ladies performed in two rounds; talent round and the Wob Dwiyet appearance. Ma Boyd won both awards to attain the title.Huguette St Hilaire of Goodwill took the second runner up position while Maslyn Massicott of Paix Bouche placed 1st.There were no places for Joan Frampton of Pointe Michel and Germain Letang of Pichelin, the other contestants.Ma Boyd was crowned by 2012 winner Anette Bates from Mahaut.[nggallery id = 371]Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more