The Panama Canal is celebrating a century of operations connecting the world, committed to completing its Expansion, the largest infrastructure project of the waterway since its opening.“Going forward, the Panama Canal will continue to connect the world, supported by all the modernization efforts since its construction,” said Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano. “The Expansion will change trade patterns just as the Canal opening did a century ago.”The Panama Canal opened to world trade on August 15, 1914 with the passage of SS Ancon. Ever since, the 80-kilometer waterway has registered over 1.055.000 transits reducing distances, time and shipping costs.During the past 100 years, the Panama Canal has left a legacy of innovation, connectivity, cultural diversity and sustainability having an impact on world maritime trade.[mappress]Press Release, August 15, 2014
Blue Water Shipping and A2SEA have completed the loading, transportation and installation of three transformer units at the 400MW Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm in the Danish part of the North Sea.Blue Water loaded the three transformer units onto A2SEA’s installation vessel, Sea Installer, in the Port of Esbjerg last week. The units had been shipped to Esbjerg by Blue Water, and stored at the port during assembly.“Before we commenced the operation, we went through the safety procedures. We always do that to ensure a smooth and safe operation. Each of the units weighed 185 tons so we used the vessels own crane to lift the heavy elements. After a few hours of work, the ship set its course to Horns Rev,” said Mikkel Puggaard, Project Manager for Blue Water.Prior to the start of the project, Sea Installer underwent upgrades at Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam, including the the extension of the main crane boom. The upgrades will help the vessel with the installation of MHI Vestas V164-8.0MW turbines at Horns Rev 3, scheduled to start in 2018.Developed by Vattenfall, Horns Rev 3 will be the largest offshore wind farm in Danish waters once commissioned in 2018.Energinet.dk is the developer and owner of the infrastructure which will transport the energy generated by Horns Rev 3 to the Danish grid.
BigLift Shipping will commercially operate two pairs of sisterships under the agreement: BigLift Barentsz and BigLift Baffin, along with CY Interocean I and CY Interocean II.The deck carriers are almost similar with respect to deck space. The CY vessels have a shallower draught, which allows the vessels to call at a wider range of ports.The two companies said that they are ready to meet the future demands of the LNG, oil and gas markets, and handle cargoes for renewable energy projects, while adhering to the highest quality, health and safety standards.BigLift Barentsz and BigLift Baffin are 21,675 dwt deck carriers designed for the transportation of modules and equipment for energy projects both on and offshore. The open-stern ships have a deck space of 42 m x 125 m.Click here for the specifications of the BigLift MC Class ships, and here for the CY-Type specifications.www.bigliftshipping.com
FINLAND: Greater Helsinki transport authority HSL has received two bids for a contract to operator commuter train services for 10 years from June 27 2021. It did not name the bidders, although national operator VR – which currently provides the services under a directly-awarded contract – confirmed it was one.Arriva, FirstGroup, Go-Ahead Group, MTR Nordic, SJ, Transdev and VR had prequalified in 2018; FirstGroup and Transdev told Railway Gazette International they had not bid, while Arriva, Go-Ahead, MTR Nordic and SJ declined to comment.Evaluation of the bids is now underway, HSL said on February 5, with the selection of the winning bidder expected to be approved by the HSL board at its meeting on May 5.HSL said the process would focus on the quality of the bids and their financial sustainability. The tendering process also aims to give the authority more control of commuter services as part of the wider transport system in the Greater Helsinki region.If the rival bidder is selected in place of VR, the existing staff running the commuter services would transfer to the new operator.
Share 17 Views one comment Education Trust Fund’s Chairman, Willie FevrierThe Education Trust Fund (ETF) was just about $7000 short of its intended $40,000 target at its annual radio-thon held on Saturday, 27th April.At the end of the five hour radio-thon; three hours at DBS and two hours at Voice of Life, approximately $19,000 was raised.Chairman of the Board of Directors Willie Fevrier told Dominica Vibes, prior to the radio-thon persons pledged approximately $14,000 by calling or visiting the Fund’s office, which brought the overall total to roughly $33,000.Mr Fevrier said, although the ETF didn’t quite meet its target, the event was a “very good” one and “maybe one of the better years for the ETF in terms of pledges”.“The most important thing now, is for people to honor their pledges. If you have made a pledge, please bring the money in to the ETF’s office on Cornwall Street. You will receive a receipt which can be used to get a tax rebate,” he said.Mr Fevrier said he remains hopeful that the ETF will meet its intended target.“The people of Dominica understand the importance of education and given the response from the radio-thon there are people who still want to pledge and didn’t get the opportunity to call. There are also people who didn’t call but make a donation anyway,” he stated.He also noted that the corporate community has been assisting the ETF in a huge way and made particular mention of the Dominica Electricity Services Limited (DOMLEC) who contributed $5,000.The funds will go towards assisting needy children by providing them with text books, examination and registration fees and in some cases transportation fees required for secondary school.“If they continue to be in need of assistance throughout the five years in secondary school we assess their situation based on their application, we do our background checks and if we feel they are really in need of assistance then we assist them,” Mr Fevrier said.For the past two/three years, the ETF has on average assisted about 600 students.The ETF raised approximately $15,000 at the 2012 radio-thon.People wishing to pledge are advised to call the ETF’s office on (767) 266-5578 or visit them.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! LocalNews Education Trust Fund raises funds to assist students by: – April 29, 2013 Share Tweet Share
Selagi belum tersedia vaksin, tak ada yang bisa dilakukan masyarakat dalam mencegah penyebaran virus corona kecuali menerapkan protokol kesehatan, seperti memakai masker dengan benar, menjaga jarak, dan rajin mencuci tangan sebelum menyentuh area wajah. Dari ketiga itu, para peneliti menyebut masker menjadi kunci dunia dalam menahan laju penyebaran corona.Atas dasar tersebut, dunia pun berpacu dengan waktu untuk terus mengkampanyekan penggunaan masker dengan beragam cara, salah satunya lewat media pesawat.Belum lama ini, sebuah pesawat Boeing 747-8 Cargolux Airlines terlihat mengenakan ‘masker’ dalam upaya melawan virus corona. Pesawat dengan nomor penerbangan CLX 7952 tersebut kedapatan mengenakan ‘masker’ yang menutupi hidung pesawat, saat mendarat di Bandara Changi, Singapura, pada Kamis, 27 Agustus lalu; atau empat bulan pasca penggunaan masker diwajibkan di seluruh dunia sejak 14 April.Dilansir straitstimes.com, pesawat mengenakan ‘masker’ tersebut merupakan yang pertama mendarat di Bandara Changi. Sebelumnya, Boeing 747-8 Cargolux Airlines terlebih dahulu melaksanakan perawatan rutin di Taipei dan transit di Changi sebelum kembali ke basis mereka di Luksemburg via Baku, Azerbaijan.Momen pesawat Boeing 747-8 Cargolux Airlines mengenakan masker ini benar-benar spesial sampai Perdana Menteri Luksemburg, Xavier Bettel dan Wakilnya, François Bausch, menyempatkan diri untuk melakukan prosesi penyambutan pesawat secara sederhana.Dalam sebuah pernyataan, juru bicara Cargolux mengatakan, pesawat bermasker tersebut untuk menujukkan partisipasi perusahaan dalam “mengkampanyekan penggunaan masker bersama pemerintah Luksemburg di tengah-tengah pandemi corona seperti sekarang ini,” jelasnya.Baca juga: Duuh.. Penumpang Pesawat ini Gunakan Pakaian Dalam Sebagai Masker WajahSebelum pesawat dengan livery dominan putih bertuliskan “Not Without My Mask” dan dilengkapi cat biru menyerupai masker di bagian hidung ini tampil, sudah lebih dahulu marak di media sosial pesawat menggunakan masker di bagian hidung, persis menyerupai ‘masker’ Boeing 747-8 Cargolux Airlines saat ini. Hanya saja, gambar (pesawat bermasker) yang beredar di media sosial merupakan hasil editan, bukan fakta di lapangan.Penggunaan masker pada pesawat Boeing 747-8 Cargolux Airlines tentu bukan yang pertama di dunia. Sebelumnya, Pobeda Airlines (anak perusahaan Aeroflot, Rusia) dan United Airlines sudah lebih dahulu mengenakan masker di bagian hidung pesawat.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedAhli: Penggunaan Masker yang keliru Justru Dapat Sebarkan Virus Corona04/02/2020In “Featured”Inilah Berbagai Macam Masker, Diantaranya Bisa Menghalau Virus Corona02/02/2020In “Featured”Akibat Virus Corona, Tiada Lagi Handuk, Makanan Panas, Selimut, Bantal, dan Majalah dalam Penerbangan11/02/2020In “Destinasi Udara” Boeing 747-8 Cargolux Airlines pakai masker. Foto: straitstimes.com Update kasus virus corona di dunia semakin mengkhawatirkan. Per hari ini, sudah ada total 25,8 juta orang terjangkit Covid-19 di seluruh dunia, dengan 17,1 juta di antaranya sembuh dan sisanya, 859 ribu jiwa meninggal dunia.Baca juga: Dorong Warga Pakai Masker, Jerman Larang Penggunaan Deodoran di Transportasi UmumSetelah enam bulan, perkembangan pandemi virus yang diduga berasal dari Wuhan, Cina ini belum ada tanda-tanda melambat atau bahkan musnah dari muka bumi. Betapa tidak, belakangan, laporan mutasi virus corona yang disebut 10 kali lebih kuat terdengar dimana-mana. Belum lagi vaksin virus corona yang masih belum tersedia hingga temuan reinfeksi (terinfeksi dua kali) di beberapa negara, mau tak mau makin membuat dunia menjadi waspada.
#ARGOS#Print Friendly Version PENSACOLA, Fla. – No. 10 West Florida will host the NCAA South 1 Regional Tournament this week, beginning with a 1:30 pm first pitch against 8-seed Claflin at the UWF Softball Complex. The Argonauts enter the tournament at 40-13 after a 1-1 showing in last week’s rain-shortened Gulf South Conference Tournament in Huntsville, Alabama. FULL PDF NOTES PACKETSOUTH 1 REGION HOMEPAGESTATS/VIDEO The NCAA Tournament It’s A Team Effort Tickets for the tournament can be purchased at the gate. Daily passes can be purchased for $5, while seniors, youth (6-17) and non-UWF students with a valid university ID can buy tickets for $3. Children and the first 100 UWF students with a valid ID will be admitted free. West Florida outscored its opponents 171-68 in the first three innings last season, and went an impressive 31-2 when leading after 3 frames. That trend has continued this year, as UWF has outscored opponents 152-52 in the first three innings and is 30-0 when leading after 4 innings. Additionally, UWF is 30-0 this year when leading after four innings. 2017 marks the 12th trip to the NCAA Tournament for UWF, and the Argonauts hold a 22-23 all-time record in tournament play. Most recently, UWF made the drive to Valdosta, Georgia, for the NCAA South 2 Regional last year, going 2-2 and taking wins against Gulf South Conference rivals Shorter and Valdosta State. That ended a five-year NCAA Tournament drought for the Argos. This weekend’s tournament will be a four-team, double-elimination affair beginning on Thursday and running through Saturday. This is the first time since 2005 that UWF has earned the 1-seed in the region, and the first time since 1998 that UWF will host a regional tournament. At The Fork Who Is In Our Bracket? Senior pitcher Becca Taylor has earned All-South Region and All-GSC honors this year for the first time in her career, taking first team spots in both. The Panama City, Florida, native leads the conference and region with 24 wins, and she would be the first UWF pitcher to lead the league in wins since Amber Browning tallied 35 victories in 2005. Taylor has used her senior campaign to catapult up the UWF record books. Her 76 starts rank 8th in UWF history, her 53 wins rank 10th, and her 481.2 career innings are 9th. The senior was a four-time GSC Pitcher of the Week selection, tying her for the most weekly honors in the conference this year. UWF senior Becca Taylor ranks fourth in program history in fewest walks per seven innings (1.14), following last year when she walked less than a batter per game and ranked fifth in single-season UWF history last year with 0.83 walks per seven. That mark was the second-best in the Gulf South Conference and the 15th-best in Division II. A Look at Becca Taylor The UWF lineup has been particularly deep this year and has had the luxury of not needing to rely on just one player to contribute offensively. To this point, seven Argonauts have at least 20 RBI, seven qualified hitters are batting .300 or better, and seven players have an on-base percentage of .390 or better. Valdosta State and Alabama Huntsville each have six batters with 20+ RBI, and only UAH has more qualified hitters with a .390 on-base percentage. Score Early, Win Often All games will feature a live video broadcast and live stats, and links for those can be found on the tournament homepage or GoArgos.com/Live. Joining UWF in the South 1 Regional bracket are 8-seed Claflin from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and fellow Gulf South Conference members Mississippi College and Valdosta State, which are the 4 and 5 seeds, respectively. Mississippi College presents a familiar challenge for UWF. The teams have met 10 times over the past three seasons, including last week in the Gulf South Conference Tournament Semifinal when Mississippi College used a six-run fourth inning to take an 8-5 win. UWF has the upper hand in the all-time series, with a 6-4 record. The Lady Choctaws are the #4 seed in the region after winning the GSC Tournament last weekend to claim the school’s first softball conference championship. The team was led last weekend by Kristen Qualls, who was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. MC’s Katherine Lee, Carly Crawford and Tylan Buckley all earned All-South Region honors from the NFCA. UWF also welcomes 5-seed Valdosta State to the UWF Softball Complex this weekend. Despite a lengthy series history, the teams have met up just twice in NCAA Tournament play and hold a 1-1 record against each other. The Lady Blazers had five All-South Region selections announced on Wednesday, in Hayley Cruthers, Jessica Mohl, Taylor Hartenbach, Chelsea Canara, and Brandy Morgan. VSU boasts one of the top offenses in the country, averaging 6.7 runs per game (14th in DII), and leading the GSC in batting (.325), slugging (.503), and home runs per game (0.96). Claflin enters the NCAA Tournament as the South Region’s 8-seed, having won the SIAC Tournament last weekend. The Lady Panthers bring in a tremendous offense led by first team All-South Region outfielder Chelsea Hall, who has hit .418 with 12 doubles, 12 triples, and 9 home runs, with 49 stolen bases in 50 tries. As a team, Claflin has hit .334 and slugged .561, while stealing 126 bags on the season. Tiaria Norman has had a strong season in the circle for the Lady Panthers, with a 2.39 ERA to go along with a 19-5 record. She has struck out 193 batters in 152 innings while allowing a .213 opponent batting average. West Florida has gone 16-1 in the team’s last 17 games at the UWF Softball Complex, dating back to a March 7 doubleheader against Barry. The Argonauts have held opponents to just a .223 batting average and 2.2 runs per game in 24 total games at The Fork. The pitching staff has struck out 137 batters in just 164 innings at home. Several Argos have really made The Fork feel like home this year. Tiona Hill leads UWF with a .393 batting average, a .574 slugging percentage and 14 RBI in the friendly confines, Caitlin Steel has hit .360 and stolen four bases at home, Jacey Castro has hit .355 and leads the team with 27 hits at home, and Rhiannon Sassman has led West Florida with 17 runs scored, 8 doubles, and 37 total bases at the UWF Softball Complex. Becca Taylor and Sarah Maloney have especially stood out at home, with a 1.73 and 1.61 ERA, respectively. Taylor has picked up 11 wins and thrown three shutouts, allowing a .230 opponent batting average and striking out 56 batters over 85 innings. Maloney has completed 6 of her 10 starts at home, with 65 strikeouts and a .209 opponent batting average in 61 home innings.
Olympic cycling legend David Weller has exhorted current Caribbean cycling champion Dahlia Palmer to persevere in her bid to qualify for the 2020 Olympics. Weller offered words of wisdom to Palmer on Saturday at the JAAA/JAMALCO Development Meet. He was among six Olympians honoured by the organisers of the meet. His tip to Palmer was to take her Olympic-bound journey step by step. Weller, who is the only Jamaican to win an Olympic medal in a sport other than athletics, understands better than most what it means to aim for cycling. “You know, when I look back at my own experience of cycling, and being against the odds, Jamaica is not traditionally a cycling country, [and] as we all know, [it] still isn’t,” he said. “Just persevere, put one foot in front of the next, and enjoy the journey, you know, enjoy the journey and live good, live clean.” In an inference to doping in sport during his era as an active athlete, the 1980 Olympic bronze medallist explained, “I had to say that because we’re now discovering that a lot of people didn’t, so encourage Dahlia to put one foot in front of the next and always stick to it, and the results will speak to themselves.” WELLER GRATEFUL Weller was grateful for the honour bestowed on him. “I’m amazed at what the promoters of this event have done over the years”, he said. “When I got an opportunity to come here, especially to get the award, I’m very pleased.” Notably, he was awarded the Order of Distinction after his historic bronze-medal rise at the 1980 Moscow Games. Weller competed for Jamaica in the 1976, 1980 and 1984 Olympics, closing his international career with sixth place in the kilometre time-trial event despite a painful pre-meet wrist injury. Since then, alongside his long career in aviation, the two-time Jamaica Sportsman of the Year has coached cyclists in the United States. In the 2000 Olympics, he served as coach to Jamaica’s Iona Wynter in the triathlon. The other honourees were Olympic sprinters Lennox Miller, Clifton Forbes, Errol Stewart, Horace Levy and Alfred Daley. Miller, the 1968 and 1972 Olympic 100m medallist, and Forbes were awarded posthumously. Stewart, Michael Fray, Forbes and Miller equalled and broke the 4x100m relay world record at the 1968 Olympics. Levy was part of Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team in 1972 and Daley, the 1971 CAC 400m champion, was part of three Olympic teams and helped Jamaica to fifth in the 4x400m relay in 1976.
BY BENNY GETENG PNG’s Nambawan Daily Newspaper Post Courier made the day for simple elementary school children on Friday by donating 200 plus Fun Run T-Shirts to Frierl Elementary School. The school located at Situm River at Nawaeb District received the shirts with huge smiles from Lae Bureau Manager Franco Nebas in the company of reporters Benny Geteng and Jerry Sefe. The small but significant donation with Post Courier prints is timely since it is the first time any organization had donated such items to the school since its establishment. The school has over 200 plus students from Elementary to Grade 3. Teacher in Charge Samson Borike said he was very thankful for Post Courier for choosing his school and that the students can now wear them during sporting activities at school as well. “We are very grateful for the donation however due to transport reasons we will not be able to bring students to take part in the Fun Run but they will wear the shirts and still promote the company anytime.” “Any other activities on Sunday in the area the students will still be able to take part.” On behalf of Post Courier Lae Bureau Manager Franco Nebas said that he was pleased the students have happily received the shirts and said most times town schools are selected and not the rural based schools. “We decided to bring the shirts to a rural school near the City to show that they may not miss out on such big occasions like the Fun Run in Lae City.” “When the shirts are worn by the students and people see them wearing them, they will know that Post Courier had given the shirts to them. That is the whole idea.”
A TOTAL of 188 transfers including 46 by the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) were facilitated during the mid-season transfer period, which ended on January 30.During the period, the highest number of transfers was recorded by the West Demerara Football Association (WDFA) with 49, followed by the Upper Demerara Football Association (40), Georgetown Football Association (30), Rupununi Football Association (19), Berbice Football Association (3) and East Demerara Football Association (1).The Elite Clubs with the highest number of transfers include Fruta Conquerors FC and Ann’s Grove FC with seven players.Nicholai Andrews, Gregory Richardson, Tefon Daly, Simeon Moore, Miguel Rojas, Sunil Logan and Job Caesar (Fruta Conquerors FC) and Les-Charles Critchlow, Dwight Peters, Gerald Sobers, Kevin Smith, Chavez John, William Europe and Justin Herod (Ann’s Grove FC) were among high-volume movement of players.Ian Alves, GFF’s Competition Director, said the fans are already seeing the impact of the transfers in the Elite League, stating that the “the mid-season transfer period has seen quite a number of player movements, among the Elite Clubs, and this has contributed to a more competitive League.”“The fans are benefiting from the transfers, as clubs were able to bolster their performance, which is reflected on the pitch. This augurs well for the League, which is a platform for the engagement of consistent football and for senior national team selection,” said Alves.For the non-elite clubs, the top three clubs with a high number of transfers were Pouderoyen FC (31) followed by Haynes-Winners Connection FC (11) and Beacons FC (10). The next transfer window is scheduled for June 1 – July 31.