Corpus Christi enhances wind turbine movements by rail

first_imgWith this move, all three Class-I carriers are now competing for wind component business in the region as BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Rail Road (UP) began offering rail services to major manufacturers of wind energy components through Port Corpus Christi last year. KCSR worked with Port Corpus Christi to coordinate the move, and Kansas City Southern de México S.A. de C.V. helped coordinate transportation and car distribution. “We are very pleased to be able to work with KCSR. Having one more Class -I rail option to move the wind components from our port, along with our deep uncongested channel and strategically location in the Gulf of Mexico, gives the Port a better opportunity to serve the growth of wind energy components and other project cargoes.” said, John LaRue, executive director.last_img read more

Alstom ruling awaited

first_imgThe European Commission is expected to announce its verdict on Alstom’s restructuring plan on July 7, two days ahead of the company’s annual general meeting.Discussions on the restructuring of the company have continued since the basis of an agreement was brokered between French Minister of Finance Nicolas Sarkozy and European Competition Commissioner Mario Monti in May (RG 6.04 p369), much of the debate focusing on what partnerships Alstom must agree to in the future. While the Commission wanted a firm commitment, Chairman & Chief Executive Patrick Kron confined his comments on this in Alstom’s annual report filed on June 17 to a statement that ’we intend to implement, within the next four years, industrial partnerships to ensure our future development’.Alstom had announced on May 26 that it would not make any significant acquisitions in the transport sector within Europe over the next four years, and that it would dispose of businesses represent €1·5bn in sales. These include the locomotive factory in Valencia and the company’s transport activities in Australia and New Zealand.Alstom announced on June 11 that it had signed an agreement to co-operate in the manufacture of locomotives with CNR Datong Electric Locomotive Co in China. This was signed in Paris by Alstom Transport President Philippe Mellier, Cui Dianguo, President of China Northern Locomotive & Rolling Stock Industry (Group) Corp, and Datong President Shi Xiaoding in the presence of French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin and Vice-Premier of China Zeng Peiyan.last_img read more

Administrative professionals urged to ignite change

first_img Share Mayor of Roseau Irene JohnAdministrative professionals in Dominica have been admonished to be igniters of change in the working environment.That call came from Mayor of Roseau Irene John in her address to mark Administrative Professionals Week 2014, under the theme, ‘Administrative Professionals Igniting Change’.The week which runs from Thursday, April 17 to Friday April 25, 2014, will be observed by the Dominica Association of Administrative Professionals Inc. (DAAP).Administrative Professionals Day will be observed globally on Wednesday April 23.According to Mayor John, the goal of the administrative professional is to strengthen and capitalize on knowledge, skills and abilities, to get noticed and to stay competitive which can be achieved through a change of mental attitudes. “Imagine the change we want to ignite…Can you see it, hear it, feel it, touch it, and taste it? If you can, then believe in it. Our torch will awake dreams to becoming reality”.Mrs. John urged the professionals to become lifelong learners and embrace continuing education and professional development.“Join a professional association like the local chapter of the Caribbean Association of Administrative Professionals, discover the power of a mentor/coach relationship, be a champion for professional relationships especially team dynamics, build on what already exists and ensure commitment to a shared vision”.Instead of being a victim of change, she noted, administrative professionals must grasp change with both hands and feet and embrace it as this will be the testimony of their strength.Mrs. John urged the professionals to become lifelong learners and as such embrace continuing education and professional development.“We have to understand that we have to be change agents and recognize that change is constant, inevitable, and often times disparaging and stressful. Instead of being a victim of change, we have to grasp change with both hands and feet and embrace it. This will be the testimony of our strength,” Mrs John noted.Mayor John will be inducted as an honorary member of the Dominica Association of Administrative Professionals Inc. in addition to five other prospective members at a ceremony next week.A church service on Sunday, April 20 at the New Day Fellowship, a publicity drive on April 20 and a cocktail are some of the activities planned to commemorate the week’s observance.Dominica Vibes News Tweet Sharing is caring! LocalNews Administrative professionals urged to ignite change by: – April 17, 2014center_img Share 50 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ stars post heartfelt message calling for ousted director James Gunn to be reinstated

first_imgMarvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) — In a unified message posted to their social media pages, the stars of Guardians of the Galaxy — Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Pom Klementieff and brother Sean Gunn — have rallied in support of their ousted director James Gunn.The filmmaker behind the first two blockbuster Guardians movies was recently fired from Volume 3 by Marvel Studios parent company Disney, after offensive old tweets of his were unearthed.The firing sent shockwaves through Hollywood, and fans started a petition to ask Disney — Marvel and ABC News’ parent company — to reinstate him.This newest post from the film’s stars begins, “To our friends and fans: We fully support James Gunn.”The lengthy message continues, in part: “We were all shocked by his abrupt firing last week and have intentionally waited these days to respond in order to think, pray, listen, and discuss.”They say “being in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies has been a great honor in each of our lives. We cannot let this moment pass without expressing our love, support, and gratitude for James.”“We are not here to defend his jokes of many years ago,” but, they add, “The character he has shown in the wake of his firing is consistent with the man he was every day on set, and his apology, now and from years ago when first addressing these remarks, we believe is from the heart, a heart we all know, trust, and love,” the letter states.  “We believe the [movie’s] theme of redemption has never been more relevant than now.”The message concludes with a hope that, “what has transpired can serve as an example for all of us to realize the enormous responsibility we have to ourselves and to each other regarding the use of our written words.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more