Listening mode

first_imgIt’s been a turbulent month in politics. The near certain prospect of five years of a strong and stable Conservative government with a big majority and a purposeful prime minister has been swept away without notice. It’s been replaced by the reality of a minority administration with a weakened leadership trying to deliver an enfeebled programme and likely to last only a few months more. It’s certainly stunned the commentators and the politicians (including Labour, the main beneficiaries of the upset), and left everyone scrabbling to guess what will happen next.One thing we do know is that the Brexit negotiations started this week and must end by March 2019. Another thing we know is that construction is rated in the bottom tier of industrial sectors to protect when those talks get under way. And one thing we can predict is that the dramatic rise in political uncertainty, coupled to the rise in inflation and a weakening economy, will slow down investment decisions, and in turn lead to delays in construction projects in the coming year (except perhaps in Northern Ireland, where money may be no object).So it really matters to the construction industry what happens next in Whitehall, who pulls the levers, and how hard they pull them.The good news is that a minority government has no choice but to listen more, not least to what those of us in the House of Lords may have to say. But what is it we should say?The Building a Better Brexit campaign brought many of the key issues into focus. Right across the industry roundtables, teams and workshops of many shapes and sizes have been beavering away since at the same questions. There is now broad agreement on the key outcomes needed to retain and grow the industry’s capacity and prosperity. I’d list these as:Make sure the industry has the skills. Brexit has made unmissable the big problem no one has faced up to: an ageing workforce, acute labour shortages, insufficient recruitment and training, low morale and productivity, and poor retention. There has to be the biggest step forward on skills training for 70 years.Make sure the industry has the time. March 2019 is only 21 months away. There is not the slightest chance that an additional 200,000 skilled and professional British workers will have trained and joined the industry by then to replace our current EU27 workforce. So the government must agree a timeframe for any changes to migration rules to provide sufficient time for that gap to be filled over the next decade.Make sure the industry has the certainty it needs. Improved productivity, investment in skills and value for money all become far more achievable if there are steady forward work streams. They are gravely compromised by current expectations of repeated cycles of boom and bust. Which means the National Infrastructure Commission, the Treasury, and Department for Communities and Local Government’s housing programme planners have to pull together a credible counter-cyclical investment programme for the next decade to make that possible.That all remains in dreamland unless a united industry can put a convincing case forward to the UK Brexit negotiating team that construction is at least as important to the government, and as deserving of their consideration, as banking or aerospace or agriculture when talking in Brussels.From housing to hospitals, from schools to energy generation, from flood defences to HS2, not to mention the whole Brexit assumption of an export-led boom, nothing will be delivered if the industry is left crippled by a hard BrexitThat case has a simple core message: construction is a strategic industry. Without a strong construction industry, key government policies are doomed to failure. From housing to hospitals, from schools to energy generation, from flood defences to HS2, not to mention the whole Brexit assumption of an export-led boom, nothing will be delivered if the industry is left crippled by a hard Brexit.Unless the government gets that vital point, no amount of worthy “asks” by the industry will have traction in Whitehall.The industry needs to be very insistent on its strategic value when making its case to the government. A healthy sector is a prerequisite for the delivery of its manifesto – and even if it is now obliged to deliver an enfeebled version of that manifesto, the infrastructure and housing imperatives remain.Further, construction needs to demonstrate mature behaviour that befits an industry claiming to be strategic. Squabbling with each other over training levies when actually we all know we need to spend at least three times as much as we are doing on skills development is not a sign of that. Rather, there needs to be a frank message to government: we know our record has been poor but we are now ready to get stuck into training and skills, and we need your help to deliver a fully trained and capable UK workforce.Only with that done can the construction industry expect to be listened to, and get down to the detail on skills investment, on the timeframe for Brexit-related changes, and for a long-term investment programme, all of which we know are urgently needed if a healthy, capable and productive industry is to emerge after 2019.Andrew Stunell is a member of the House of Lords and a former minister with responsibility for building regulationslast_img read more

Trinidadian Trumpeter Etienne Charles Performs in Miramar This Weekend

first_imgMIRAMAR, Florida – The music magic of Trinidadian trumpeter Etienne Charles and his band Creole Soul will take center stage at the Miramar Cultural Center on Saturday, September 21 at 8:00 pm. His concerts easily and usually morph into a carnival celebration with the audience on their feet, singing and dancing. This is a concert not to be missed.Hailed by Jazz Times as “A daring improviser who delivers with heart- wrenching lyricism,” others say that Charles’ music defiantly creates magic, while his exceptional talent folds and curls sound waves together, resulting in new and eclectic notes that accept kongo and rock, as well as the influence of Motown and R&B.‘Creole Souls,’ the album he will be feature, is diversely complex and smooth for its blend of New Orleans ragtime-style horns and trumpets, delicately layered with earthy tones of African rhythms -Calypso, Haitian Voodoo music, drums, and reggae.Hosted by Miramar Commissioner Maxwell B. Chambers, the concert entitled “Kaiso” is a celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Caribbean Riddims radio show.“We are delighted to be able to present such a talented musician as part of our anniversary celebration,” says Eddy Edwards, co-host of Caribbean Riddims radio show aired on WZAB 880 am, Saturdays at 3:00 pm. “Our audience is a diverse mix from the islands and the music of Etienne Charles is influenced by a variety of genres from the French, Spanish and English-speaking Caribbean, of which we all can relate and love.”last_img read more

Tunisian parties seek to oust parliament speaker, Islamists want new government

first_imgTunisian parliament rejects proposed government Somalia Parliament elects new Speaker Rached Ghannouchi, leader of Tunisia’s moderate Islamist Ennahda party, casts his ballot at a polling station during the parliamentary elections in Tunis,Tunisia October 6, 2019. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi FILE PHOTO: Tunisian parliamentary speaker Rached Ghannouchi. REUTERS/Zoubeir SouissiAt least five Tunisian parties plan to launch a vote of no confidence in parliamentary speaker Rached Ghannouchi who has been accused of partisan interests, while members of his moderate Islamist Ennahda party have called for a new government, escalating the country’s political crisis.The no-confidence motion poses the biggest challenge yet to Ennahda, which first took power following the Arab Spring uprising, but was forced to step down in 2013 after a series of protests.Pressure on the government has mounted in recent weeks after opponents called for the resignation of Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh over an alleged conflict of interest.On Sunday, Ennahda, the main party in the ruling coalition, said it supported calls to change the government.Ennahda said that it wants “to hold talks to form a strong new government because this government lost credibility after suspicion of conflict of interest involving the prime minister,” Imed Khmiri a senior official in Ennahda told Reuters.Fakhfakh has rejected accusations of corruption after an independent member of parliament published documents last month indicating that companies the prime minister owns shares in had won deals worth 44 million dinars ($15 million) from the state.Mohammed Ammar from Attayar party, said that a group of parliamentary blocs agreed to start the process of withdrawing confidence from the speaker, citing numerous violations, poor management and unilateral decisions that serve partisan interests.These blocs include the Tahya Tounes, Attayar, Chaab and Reform parties, which are in the coalition with Ennahda.The Free Constitutional party led by Abir Moussi, a supporter of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali overthrown by the 2011 revolution, has campaigned to oust Ghannouchi for weeks.Moussi’s party accused Ghannouchi of serving the Muslim Brotherhood’s agenda and foreign allies, including Turkey and Qatar.Ghannouchi has rejected these accusations, arguing that Tunisians want a government focused on economic and social policy, not political in-fighting.Procedures for withdrawing confidence require the signature of 73 members of the house for it to be put to a public vote. To succeed, 109 lawmakers will need to vote for no-confidence.The five parties have about 90 members.Relatedcenter_img Nigeria elects new parliament speakerlast_img read more

Carnival Cruise Line returns to Dominica with 11 calls

first_img 233 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share Carnival Cruise Line, which stopped service to Dominica in 2010, will return this 2015/2016 Cruise Ship season with eleven (11).The season is scheduled to commence on Monday 5 October 2015 with the Royal Princess docking at the Woodbridge Bay Port at the Deep Water Harbor.Shipping Agent, Gary Aird said at a press conference on Friday 2 October at the Dominica Festivals Commission, although the number of cruise ship calls this year are less, the highlight is the eleven calls from Carnival Cruise Lines.“For the record, we have about eleven calls from Princess, we have fourteen calls from P&O, we have twenty-five from Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, and we have ten from AIDA. For me the nicest thing of all of the season is that we have eleven calls from Carnival,” Mr Aird said.Mr Aird, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of H. H. V Whitchurch, stated that there has been a tremendous amount of clamor from all sectors for the community for Carnival to come back.“They are back [and] I really want to appeal to everybody that we cannot play games with these people. They are the biggest and when they call at a particular port others who may have had some doubt will come,” he informed. Mr Aird warned the general public that they should put bad habits aside for this cruise season which will be critical for the country.“All the bad habits that we are all familiar with, no need to mention them today, we need to put them behind us. Let us do not use Tropical Storm Erika as an excuse for our bad behavior and our bad manners.”Mr Aird noted that Costa Cruises will make no calls to the island this season but are booked for the 2016/2017 cruise ship season.He further informed that there will be nine (9) inaugural calls for the season. “Out of that nine we have three Carnivals; we have the Carnival sunshine, Carnival Dream and Carnival Liberty,” Mr Aird stated. The latest P&O cruise ship, The Britannia, will also make a first time stop to the Nature Island. Mr Aird said the ship has a lot of new features and it’s a great plus for the island.center_img LocalNews Carnival Cruise Line returns to Dominica with 11 calls by: Dominica Vibes News – October 2, 2015 Tweet Sharelast_img read more

JR Shipping adds two vessels to container feeder fleet operation

first_imgHarlingen-based JR Shipping Group has expanded its container feeder fleet by purchasing a vessel and entering into a new management contract. The two vessels were transferred to the shipping company. They will be registered under the flag of Madeira and sail under the names MV Expert and MV Energy. Confeeder Shipping & Chartering is responsible for the commercial management. The MV Expert and the MV Energy have now been formally transferred to JR Shipping and are ready to operate services in the container feeder market. The operational management is covered by Harlingen-based JR Ship Management. Rhoon-based Confeeder Shipping & Chartering oversees the commercial operation. Author: Baibhav Mishra Opportunity purchase financed through issue of bonds and participations For the purpose of raising the remaining investment sum, the shipping company started issuing MV Energy participations last August. They also found their way to a diverse group of investors in a short space of time. Thus the total funding was complete in early September. JR Ship Investments, the shipping group’s issue specialist, were in charge of the issues of both the bonds and the participations. The new management contract concerns MV Expert. She is an 800 TEU short-sea feeder and was built by Damen Shipyard Group in 2011. This vessel is specifically equipped for 45-feet containers and, with her ice class 1A, she can operate in Baltic waters in winter. The purchased vessel, MV Energy, is a 750-TEU feeder which is suitable for all container shapes and sizes, including 45-feet ones. Because of her good manoeuvrability and limited draught, this vessel is particularly well-suited for deployment in relatively small ports. Including the 2 new vessels, JR Shipping currently operates 20 container feeders, varying in size from 750 up to approximately 1,500 TEU. Sea News, September 25 The management contract is compatible with the shipping company’s course, which focuses on all-round maritime service provision to outside parties, in parallel with the operation of container feeders and offshore service vessels. The MV Energy, the recently purchased vessel, was acquired in the market for existing vessels as a remarkable ‘opportunity purchase’. In July of this year, JR Shipping made a competitive bid for the 750-TEU container feeder. At that point in time, the vessel was in a state of bankruptcy. In a short space of time, a €1.7 million purchase price was agreed on for the vessel. In order to be able to act rapidly, the shipping company immediately issued a bond loan with the aim of attracting borrowed capital to fund half of the acquisition. The ‘Opportunity Bonds’ available (64 at €25,000 per piece) were placed in a short space of time. The bondholders take the place of the bank and, accordingly, have the right of first mortgage.last_img read more

Ampleon Introduces Rugged 2 KW LDMOS Transistor for ISM Applications

first_imgAmpleon has released the first series of RF power devices based upon its Advanced Rugged Technology (ART), a derivative of the proven 9th generation high voltage LDMOS process technology. The process has been developed to enable the implementation of extremely rugged transistors with operating voltages of up to 65V.The first product to use the process is the Ampleon ART2K0FE, is a 2 KW transistor with a frequency response from 0 to 650 MHz, offered in an air-cavity ceramic package. The transistor is designed to withstand the harshest conditions often found in Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) applications, in roles including driving high-power CO2 lasers, plasma generators, and some MRI systems. The ART devices are suitable for use in these applications because they can handle very high voltage standing-wave ratio (VSWR) mismatches of 65:1 at 65V, which CO2 lasers and plasma generators can exhibit in operation.Devices built on the ART process have high impedances to make them easier to integrate into products during the development phase, and to ensure greater product consistency in mass production. The process also enables devices to be built that have greater efficiency than competing LDMOS offerings. This reduces the operating costs of end applications by wasting less of the input electrical energy as heat. It also allows the devices to have greater power density, which means they can be offered in smaller and lower-cost packages, which in turn reduces their board footprint and so cuts systemic costs.The ART devices also have a high breakdown voltage, which helps ensure that they will work consistently and reliably throughout their intended lifespan. Ampleon is also guaranteeing that the devices will be available for 15 years, to enable product designers to plan for the long term. The ART2K0FE in an air cavity ceramic package is now sampling with reference circuits available at different frequencies. Ampleon is also offering a lower thermal resistance over-moulded plastic version, the ART2K0PE. Production for both variants is expected in the second half of 2019.last_img read more

Konvensi Montreal 1999: Nilai Pertanggungan Asuransi Penumpang Penerbangan Internasional Lebih Dari Rp2 Miliar

first_imgDengan besarnya angka pertanggungan untuk penumpang menimbulkan pertanyaan, apakah nilai tersebut akan memberatkan maskapai penerbangan? Adhy Riadhy Arafah, Direktur Pusat Kajian Hukum Universitas Airlangga menjelaskan bahwa pasal dalam MC 99 juga memuat perlindungan bagi perusahaan penerbangan, salah satunya dalam pembatasan gugatan penumpang di pengadilan. MC 99 memberi unifikasi dan kepastian hukum serta menyederhanakan penanganan klaim dan proses litigasi.Meski ada nilai positif bagi maskapai penerbangan, harus diakui pihak maskapai akan mengeluarkan tambahan biaya untuk membayar premi asuransi karena ada kenaikan nilai pertanggungan.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Related Berangkat dari harga tiket yang lebih mahal, perjalanan yang relatif lebih jauh, serta risiko yang lebih tinggi, maka asuransi kecelakaan pada penumpang pesawat pada penerbangan internasional punya nilai yang cukup besar, dan pastinya jauh lebih tinggi ketimbanga asuransi dari Jasa Raharja yang maksimal memberi santunan kematian Rp50 juta per penumpang. Berdasarkan Konvensi Montreal 1999 (MC 99) yang sudah diratifikasi Indonesia pada 21 November 2016 lalu ternyata memberi jaminan yang signifikan dalam besaran pertanggungan asuransi maksimal dalam penerbangan internasional.Dari Konvensi Montreal 1999 disebutkan untuk kecelakaan yang menimbulkan kerusakan fisik (body injured), bahkan kematian, maka besaran santunan asuransinya jadi lebih besar. Dikutip dari situs (22/2/2017), Kepala Seksi Tarif Jasa Angkutan Udara Ditjen Perhubungan Udara, Melliana Nur menyebut bahwa dalam Konvensi Montreal 1999, santunan asuransi kematian bagi penumpang pesawat udara internasional besarannya mencapai US$152.550 (sekitar Rp2,029 miliar). Bandingkan dengan Konvensi Warsawa 1929 yang besarannya hanya US$21.250 atau setara Rp282.625.000.Bagaimana dengan Peraturan Menteri No 77 Tahun 2011? Melliana menyebut peraturan tersebut lebih spesifik. Dalam peraturan Menteri Perhubungan, penumpang yang mati karena kecelakaan dalam penerbangan, santunan asuransinya Rp1,25 miliar dan cacat total Rp500 juta. Bahkan body injured lainnya ada angkanya, seperti kehilangan pendengaran dan satu mata masing-masing Rp150 juta. Kehilangan jari lebih spesifik lagi, seperti kehilangan ibu jari tangan kanan Rp125j uta dan satu ruas jarinya Rp62,5 juta. Peraturan ini berlaku untuk penerbangan domestik. MC 99 juga melindungi penumpang jika penerbangannya tertunda (delayed) atau dibatalkan (canceled). Begitu juga kehilangan bagasi dan kargo.last_img read more

KSRM Week In Review 06/06 – 06/10

first_imgTuesday 06/07 Wednesday 06/08 Monday 06/06 Lynx Closure Extended Again on Kenai Peninsula, Kenai Peninsula Air Fair Begins Saturday, New Rules Implemented on Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, UAA Reports 11.4% of Students Experienced Sexual Misconduct Lawmakers Reach Agreement on Oil Taxes, Permanent Fund, District, Unions Await Arbitrator’s Report, Dept Labor Highlights Contributions of Veterans to Alaska, ‘Free, Family, Educational Fun’ at Kenai River Festival Thursday 06/09 FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Borough Approves $80m Budget With Cuts to Landfill, CARTS, Soldotna Mill Rate to Remain at 0.5, Nikiski Family Loses Home in Wednesday Blaze, Kenai Library Couches Slashed Again Friday 06/10 State Licenses First Marijuana Business, Russian River Opener Tomorrow, June 11, Four Kenai Teens Arrested for Graffiti Prevent Wildfires Around Your Home, NTSB Supports Anti-Stall Tech for Pilots, District Unsure How to Proceed with Kachemak Selo School, Children Learn Entrepreneurship on Lemonade Day Saturdaylast_img read more

Roma worsen Fiorentina woes

first_imgFLORENCE, Italy (AP): Vincenzo Montella’s position as Fiorentina coach looks ever more precarious after they lost at home to Roma 4-1 in Serie A yesterday. Montella was given a reprieve after a stoppage-time equaliser secured a 1-1 draw against Inter Milan last week but Fiorentina head into the winter break with five defeats in six matches. Fiorentina remained 14th, four points above the relegation zone. Roma firmed up their position of fourth and moved a point behind city rivals Lazio, who are playing Juventus in the Italian Super Cup tomorrow. Bright start Fiorentina started brightly but were undone by two quick-fire goals. Roma opened the scoring in the 19th when Lorenzo Pellegrini turned a number of defenders before placing a pass over the top to Nicolò Zaniolo, who volleyed it back across for Edin Džeko to tap in from five yards. Roma doubled their lead two minutes later through an Aleksandar Kolarov free kick. Fiorentina pulled one back in the 34th when the ball ricocheted around the area and a Martin Caceres effort was deflected, turning into an assist for Milan Badelj to turn in from close range. But Pellegrini sealed the result in the 73rd, curling into the bottom right corner after a one-two with Džeko. Zaniolo added the fourth later. Teenager Dušan Vlahović, who scored the equaliser against Inter, hit the bar from a free kick in stoppage time.last_img read more

Manchester United ‘dream’ of signing star this summer – ‘Much more’…

first_imgYet since the Bundesliga returned following the Covid-19 break, Sancho has been a bit-part player for Borussia Dortmund. There’s been suggestions he’s not fully fit, and also that his head may be elsewhere ahead of a summer transferManchester United are the team to have been linked the most, with endless reports of their interest dating back a year. Other top clubs around Europe have also been the subject of rumours, but it’s always United who get edged out ahead.Sunday’s edition of L’Equipe has an article on Sancho and states Manchester United ‘dream’ of the signing this summer. They’re ‘much more’ serious than Bayern Munich, who are simply allowing the odd rumour to fester.Interestingly, there’s no mention of potential PSG interest, and if there was absolutely anything real in that regard then L’Equipe would report it.A week ago, Borussia Dortmund assistant coach Edin Terzic spoke to Turkish TV channel TRT Spor, quoted via Sporx, and suggested Sancho has been distracted. “He’s a young player and is one of our most important players. I have to say that, the transfer speculations are affecting him. We have to support him in a positive way. I want all of our players to be happy.”by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameBuild a City, Trade With Your Neighbors, Play With Your FriendsForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoDating.comWhere do attractive singles find each other in Tung Chung?Dating.comUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndo So far this season, Jadon Sancho has scored 17 goals and added 20 assists across 38 matches. It’s been an excellent campaign and has added to the hype around the player, who only turned 20 years of age in March.last_img read more