Twitter Interview: Nick Coote

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People Moves: Boyer, London & Cambridge Properties, Turner & Townsend etc

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Ocean Patriot discharged

first_imgFurther to the news published by HLPFI on June 11, reporting that the 22,174-tonne rig had set sail from Singapore, Dockwise has advised that its semi-submersible vessel Dockwise Vanguard has successfully discharged the cargo.The harbour master at Forth Ports explained that Dockwise Vanguard ballasted down in the Firth of Forth to allow the Ocean Patriot to be floated off, before the oil rig was towed to Hartlepool.He also explained that the vessel came to the Forth for the discharge operations, due to the deep water and sheltered location.After discharge, Dockwise Vanguard made its way to Rotterdam.

Intermarine plays the Trumpy card

first_imgGenoa-based Hugo Trumpy has more than 60 years of experience dedicated to this trade lane and customer base, as a former Nordana Line agent. Intermarine and Hugo Trumpy will increase the present liner service to the Americas, ensuring regular sailings from the Mediterranean to the Americas.”With Intermarine, we expect to offer our market an even more diversified and flexible liner service, now accepting heavy units up to 1,400 tons (1,270 tonnes),” said Hugo Trumpy’s Andrea Boesgaard.Since 2014, Intermarine has operated a bi-monthly sailing from the Mediterranean to Americas through a joint sailing agreement with Spanish shipping company, Marguisa. www.marguisa.comlast_img

Cancer is the Second-Leading Cause of Death in the Caribbean

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC -Cancer has become the second-leading cause of death in the Caribbean and despite this growing burden, many Caribbean small island nations have health systems that struggle to provide optimal cancer care for their populations.In a paper published in the Lancet, one of the world’s leading general medical journal, Dr. Glennis Andall-Brereton, senior technical officer for non-communicable diseases at the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) notes “cancer causes a fifth of deaths in the Caribbean region and its incidence is increasing”.In the paper titled ”Cancer Control in the Caribbean island countries and territories: some progress but the journey continues,” which she co-authored, it is noted that the incidence and mortality patterns of cancer in the Caribbean reflect globally widespread epidemiological transitions, and show cancer profiles that are unique to the region.“Providing comprehensive and locally responsive cancer care is particularly challenging in the Caribbean because of the geographical spread of the islands, the frequently under-resourced health-care systems, and the absence of a cohesive approach to cancer control.“In many Caribbean countries and territories, cancer surveillance systems are poorly developed, advanced disease presentations are commonplace, and access to cancer screening, diagnostics, and treatment is often suboptimal, with many patients with cancer seeking treatment abroad.“Capacity building across the cancer-control continuum in the region is urgently needed and can be accomplished through collaborative efforts and increased investment in health care and cancer control,” the paper noted.This third paper is part of a five-part series titled “Cancer Control in Small Island Nations” and places emphasis on the crucial role of collaborative approaches, including through funding and investment opportunities with more developed countries, to create comprehensive cancer control programmes to improve cancer planning, prevention, and treatment in these under-resourced small island nationsThe fourth paper is titled “Advancing cancer care and prevention in the Caribbean: a survey of strategies for the region” and it identifies several promising initiatives to improve cancer prevention and treatment that have emerged across CARICOM countries.last_img read more

42 Jamaican Students Receive Scholarships from JN Money

first_imgSeeri Palker (centre) first form student of Marymount High School poses with Horace Hines (right) general manager, JN Money Services and her mother Sashauna Smith after receiving an educational grant from the remittance company recently. Seeri was one of several students who were awarded a grant for her outstanding educational performance. KINGSTON, Jamaica – Some 42 students were awarded scholarships totalling more than $1 Million during the JN Money back-to-school ‘Winning Skoolaz’ promotion which ran from July 1 to August 31.During the months of July and August, JN Money customers sending funds from the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, the Cayman Islands and select Caribbean territories, were automatically entered in the JN Money Winning ‘Skoolaz’ back-to-school promotion. One winner from each territory, was given the opportunity to nominate a student in Jamaica, to receive a scholarship courtesy of JN Money.“This time of year is always a stressful period for parents, with many having challenges in covering back-to-school expenses. JN Money Services strongly advocates and recognizes education as a driver of social advancement, and we used this opportunity to assist families by award students with grants towards their educational expenses,” said Miss Sanya Wallace, senior manager, strategic planning and marketing, JN Money Services, owners of the renowned JN Money brand. “As a result of this effort, some 42 students received scholarships valued at $25,000.”In addition, another five students were awarded JN Money Back to School grants as part of the remittance brand’s corporate social responsibility initiative.The students, Shanoy Smith of St. Elizabeth Technical High School, St. Elizabeth; Ricardo Warren,  Paradise Preparatory School, Westmoreland;  Seeri Parker,  Marymount High School, St. Mary; Dean Gentles,  St. Mary Technical High School, and Tienna Williams, St. Andrew Technical High School in the Corporate Area, each received $30,000.“This year, as a special addition to our usual Back to School initiatives, we invited our customers in the Diaspora to make a donation to assist students in Jamaica who were excelling academically. Through this initiative, we were able to raise $150,000 to assist these students,” she added.Miss Sashauna Smith, whose daughter Seeri Parker was among the five additional students who received a grant said she was proud of her daughter.“She just started at Marymount High School and had always done well in school. I am proud of her because she worked hard and it has now been rewarded,” said Ms Smith. “The grant will definitely assist with purchasing books and the different costs that come with attending a new school.”last_img read more

Saudi Arabia to lift curfew, resume economic activities from Sunday

first_imgChina and Saudi Arabia agree to lift bilateral ties Saudi Arabia strikes Yemen Rebels A worker wears a protective suit, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), sterilizes the tables before the customers sit down at a restaurant, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia June 13.2020. /REUTERS. Tunisian PM begins Saudi Arabia visit FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, September 18, 2019. /REUTERSSaudi Arabia will end a nationwide curfew and lift restrictions on businesses from Sunday morning after three months of lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, state news agency SPA quoted a source in the interior ministry as saying on Saturday.The curfew will be lifted as of 6 AM local time on Sunday. Restrictions will remain, however, for religious pilgrimages, international travel and social gatherings of more than 50 people.The kingdom introduced stringent measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in March, including 24-hour curfews on most towns and cities.In May, it announced a three-phase plan to ease restrictions on movement and travel, culminating in the curfew completely ending on June 21.The number of coronavirus infections has risen in recent weeks following a relaxation of movement and travel restrictions on May 28.The kingdom has recorded 154,223 cases of COVID-19 and a total of 1,230 deaths, the highest in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council.(With input from the Reuters)Relatedlast_img read more

Five dead, 19 missing after Haiti rains, flooding – officials

first_img(Photo Credit: Grejeen News)(Reuters) Five people were killed and 19 went missing after torrential rains and flooding hit Haiti, its Department of Civil Protection said on Thursday.Streams, rivers and ravines overflowed causing the casualties and some damage to infrastructure, the government authority said in a statement.Nineteen fishermen were missing from two towns in the coastal Grande-Anse region of southern Haiti, it said, adding that in the same region 322 people were staying in shelters and 20 people sought shelter in the Nord-Ouest department.Haiti has been grappling with a heavy rainy season this year and is recovering from Category-4 Hurricane Matthew, which devastated much of the country’s southwest last October.The impoverished nation is in a hurricane-prone area and is especially susceptible to natural disasters because of poor infrastructure and a lack of government resources. 115 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Share InternationalNewsRegional Five dead, 19 missing after Haiti rains, flooding – officials by: – May 19, 2017 Sharelast_img read more

China tries to flip the pandemic script, starring a ‘reborn’ Wuhan

first_imgThe PR blitz plays out daily in comments by Chinese officials and lavish state media coverage of a “reborn” Wuhan that trumpets China’s epidemic-control efforts and economic recovery while the United States struggles. “This testifies to Wuhan’s triumph over the virus and that (the city) is back in business.” It’s a common complaint in Wuhan, blamed by many business owners on lingering fear of going out in public and the widely expressed belief that millions who fled the city early in the pandemic have still not returned. The growing confidence was displayed at a Wuhan pool party attended by thousands of mask-less people last month that prompted overseas accusations of recklessness after images of the event went viral. “There are few places in the world today where you don’t need a mask and can gather,” a Chinese official, Lin Songtian, told the executives, implying that Wuhan was one of those places. Lost in this retelling, however, is that a wet market in Wuhan is widely believed to be ground zero for the pandemic. And memories of a subsequent virus cluster in May, which triggered a citywide effort to test millions, remain fresh. China countered that the party indicated the nation’s success in taming the coronavirus. “The economy has really declined. The benefit of even coming to work is questionable,” said Yi Xinhua, 51, who sells tofu from her stall at a Wuhan wet market. “Beijing wants the narrative to be: we handled it, we can help you handle it and (hopefully) we’re the first to have a vaccine that works,” said Kelsey Broderick, Asia analyst with Eurasia Group. “That’s really the only way China can come out ahead of the idea that a wet market in Wuhan started this crisis.” “Everyone is afraid the epidemic will return, you know? The summer is over, and winter is coming,” said Yi. The three-day Wuhan tour also included foreign media outlets and ended Saturday. “The fact that the US is not only not doing enough, but actually doing things that go against American interests, is a big help to China,” she said. WUHAN, China — China is recasting Wuhan as a heroic coronavirus victim and trying to throw doubt on the pandemic’s origin story as it aims to seize the narrative at a time of growing global distrust of Beijing. Face masks sag from the neck or are abandoned altogether. The city of 11 million — which suffered more than 80% of China’s 4,634 Covid-19 deaths — has come a long way since the pandemic’s grim early days, when a suffocating weeks-long lockdown rendered it a ghost town. ‘Absolutely safe’ No new local transmissions have been reported in months, traffic jams are back, shoppers cram malls, and al fresco diners gobble up the city’s signature spicy crayfish dish. The drive peaked in the past week as Chinese primary schools welcomed back students with considerable fanfare and Wuhan hosted executives from dozens of multinationals, from Panasonic to Dow and Nokia, on a highly choreographed tour of the central Chinese city. The drive indicates China recognises Covid-19’s damage to its brand and wants to leverage its relatively successful recovery to counter growing international challenges, analysts said. Blocks of tofu were neatly arranged by shape and size, but there few buyers — Yi says her sales are only half of the pre-pandemic level. “I think now Wuhan should be absolutely safe.” ‘Winter is coming’ China’s foreign minister suggested on August 28 during a European outreach trip that the virus might not have emerged in China. Many Wuhan citizens express persistent concern over an uneven recovery and fear of new outbreaks. It featured primary-school students performing traditional Chinese opera and ballet, a renovated food market presented as a model of sanitation, and a Yangtze riverfront cruise underneath a skyline ablaze with towering light displays referencing the virus recovery. But not everyone is taking a victory lap. “What risks can there be?” asked Wuhan factory worker Xie Ailiang while speaking to AFP. Wuhan employers complain online that the exodus has also reduced the local labour pool. The fumbling US pandemic response provides a clear opening, said Yun Jiang, director of Australian National University’s China Policy Centre. China faces foreign bitterness over the virus and an initial cover-up attempt by Wuhan officials, plus criticism of Beijing’s tightening grip on Hong Kong and generally more aggressive international posture. “We’ve recovered a bit. But if the virus comes back, we’ll be hit again.” (Philippine Star)last_img read more

Ateneo cops PCCL crown

first_imgThe Blue Eagles immediately showed its dominance in the opening quarter behind Go, Berjay, Andrade and Bacolodnon guard Samjosef Belangel to surge to a 19-8 advantage.The Green Lancers attempted to make it a close contest early in the second period but the Blue Eagles were just too much as it quickly pull away to build its largest lead at 84-51 in the fourth period.Rey Suerte, who is set to play for Che’Lu Bar and Grill Revellers in the PBA D-League, top-scored with 26 points, while Bassieru Sackor tallied a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Green Lancers./PN Ilonggo Ferdinand “Thirdy” Ravena III of Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles attempted to stop the dunk of Bassieru Sackor of University of Visayas Green Lancers in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League finals on Monday night at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. TIEBREAKER TIMES MANILA – Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles made a quick work of the University of Visayas Green Lancers to capture the crown of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League on Monday night at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.George Isaac Go led the way with 15 points, while BJ Andrade added 13 markers, while Ilonggo Ferdinand “Thirdy” Ravena III and RJ Berjay had 12 markers each for the Blue Eagles.This was the Blue Eagles’ sixth championship for the last two years after winning two UAAP titles, the 2018 SMART City Hoops Summer Classic, the 2018 Filoil Chooks-to-Go Preseason Cup, and the 2018 SMART Breakdown Basketball Invitationals.“These guys have achieved a lot. It feels funny playing games that now we’re representing the 2018 team. Coaching staff’s already planning for 2019, but it’s nice to cap it all off with a couple of wins,” said Blue Eagles head coach Thomas Baldwin.last_img read more