Share New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he will allow boatyards and marinas to open, noting the COVID-19 “situation is improving,” though cautioning the seriousness of the still-present novel coronavirus.There are restrictions, to that end. According to state directive, businesses “will be open for personal use as long as strict social distancing and sanitization protocols are followed.”Chartered watercraft services or rentals will not be allowed, and restaurant activity at these sites must be limited to takeout or delivery only.Connecticut and New Jersey adopted the same guidelines. Earlier in the week, Cuomo announced states in the Atlantic corridor would work together to maximize enforcement and efficiency. Rhode Island is expected to open its marinas as well. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a similar directive.“Throughout this pandemic, we’ve worked closely with our friends in neighboring states to implement a uniform regional approach to reducing the spread of the virus,” Cuomo said April 18. “Aligning our policies in this area is another example of that strong partnership, and will help ensure there is no confusion or ‘state shopping’ when it comes to marinas and boatyards.”Following a second appeal by operators since the virus struck, some golf courses will also reopen, according to a state decision issued April 17. Private courses can now allow golfers to walk the fairways, but they must carry their own bags. State and other public courses are still closed, but municipally-owned courses can open under restrictions, with local officials making those final determination. State officials said no employees — caddies, bartenders, or others — can work on any course unless involved in essential services like grounds firstname.lastname@example.orgMontauk Park PatrolBy Jessica Mackin-CiproAfter voicing concerns about the numbers of visitors to state parks within the Town of East Hampton, and urging New York act to ensure adherence to safe social distancing requirements in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc was notified April 18 that additional state park police and state police officers will be deployed to monitor parks in Montauk, according to a press release.Officers have begun enforcing social distancing, limiting visitors, and closing the parks when they reach social distancing capacity, according to Theresa Santoro, Cuomo’s regional representative for Suffolk County. The enforcement officers will be working increased hours to address the crowds, she said.“I applaud Governor Cuomo and his staff for their leadership and responsiveness to my request and our residents’ concerns,” Van Scoyoc said. “As spring weather continues drawing people outdoors to use parklands and beaches, town officials will be implementing additional measures, as needed, to reduce risk and insure compliance with social distancing and other mandates.”email@example.com
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Aspi Rostami, who recently held the position of president, will stay on as an advisor.Evans most recently worked as director, sales and marketing. In his new role, Evans is responsible for the overall direction of FESCO Agencies North America. He oversees management of the company’s liner, intermodal, logistics and container operations servicing the regions of North America and the Far East, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Korea, China, Australia, the Baltic region and the Black Sea.Fesco Agencies North America, a division of multimodal transport holding company Fesco, carries project cargo and breakbulk items worldwide.
CNAN MED, part of the Compagnie Nationale Algerienne de Navigation (CNAN) group, deploys a fleet of general cargo and ro-ro vessels capable of carrying heavy lift and project cargo shipments.Initially the service will be offered by inducement calls only, with the aim to establishing a regular fortnightly service, said the Port of Koper.It is expected to call on a regular basis at the Algerian ports of Skikda, Bejaia, Annaba, Djendjen, Oran, Arzew, Mostaganem and Ghazaouet.In June 2015, CNAN signed a cooperation agreement with the COLI Group of Companies in order to offer comprehensive shipping services from Asia, Europe and North America to North Africa.Back in September 2014, Clipper Group confirmed that it had sold three multipurpose vessels to CNAN. www.luka-kp.siwww.cnangroup.com
Steve Meighan with one of his snakes. Snake wrangler Steve Meighan’s life is all about the love of snakes. The Glencairn resident is a certified snake handler and has made it his life’s work to educate people about the reptiles we walk among in the interests of keeping both people and snakes safe. Steve has been taking a collection of kept snakes to schools across the peninsula to educate kids and has now bought a piece of land in Noordhoek to establish a reptile conservation and education centre. The land has a river running through it and will provide respite for reptiles while doubling as a place people can visit to learn more and experience reptiles up close. The Deep South Reptile Rescue Sanctuary is still being built but it’s already home to its first resident, Ninja, a helmeted turtle Steve rescued after its pond dried up. Steve was called out on Sunday November 10 to remove a highly venomous Cape cobra (Naja nivea) from stables in Noordhoek. “These are the most venomous cobras in Africa, and they are the snake responsible for the most human fatalities,” he says. “Unfortunately for the snake, their habitat is widespread and they come into conflict with humans because our crops and animals attract their favourite food: rodents.” The Cape cobra is quick to flee but equally quick to strike if threatened, he says. However, in the hands of a professional snake wrangler, it is calm and reluctant to bite. Never try to remove them yourselves, he warns.In January, he had a call-out to remove a boomslang (Dispholidus typus). The boomslang is also highly venomous and is haemotoxic. Steve was able to safely remove this specimen as it digested the bird it had just eaten. He keeps the snake long enough to check it is healthy, then re-releases it back into the wild. “Nothing feels as good as giving a healthy snake a second chance,” he says. His call-outs put him in touch with all kinds of snakes. Herald snakes (Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia) are harmless to people and are often confused with cobras because when cornered they posture similarly and flatten their heads to look more dangerous. Recently Steve was able to remove a rhombic egg-eater (Dasypeltis scabra) from a local home. This one is all smoke and mirrors: although they use their scales to make a rasping sound, and pretend to bite, they actually don’t have any teeth. He often sees mole snakes (Pseudaspis cana), which are not a threat to people although their bites can be rather nasty, Steve says. It is generally people, Steve says, who pose a greater threat to his scaly buddies. Not just by accident or by encroaching on their habitat, but sometimes with cruel intent. He talks about the rattlesnake roundup in Sweetwater, Texas, where rattlesnakes are captured in vast numbers and then have their mouths sewn shut before being released to be hunted. “The obvious cruelty aside, it’s those who are not killed in the hunt that die slowly of starvation or thirst in the heat that I think about,” he says.Steve will be attending the upcoming Cape Town Reptile Expo in Bothasig on December 7 and 8. The expo opens at 10am and closes at 4pm. Entry for adults is R50 at the door and kids under 16 pay R20. “It is the first time that this expo is being held in Cape Town and all the top reptile folk will be there with all the latest knowledge and equipment – not to mention of course – lots of reptiles.”He says he will exhibit at the expo this year, but there is already talk that it might be held at his sanctuary next year. Steve has a Facebook group, which shares the name of his sanctuary, and fans post pictures of their own rescues and pet reptiles. Steve says there are different types of venom, and it’s what some snakes use to help them catch and then digest their food.“Important for people to know is that snake venom moves through the lymphatic system, not in our bloodstream. This is why tourniquets are no longer used in first aid.”South Africa has 151 known species of snakes that are technically venomous, but only 16 have venom known to be potent enough to be medically significant, to pose a risk, or be life-threatening to humans. Snakes considered dangerous to us in South Africa are the boomslang; six species of cobras, of which we only have the Cape cobra in Cape Town; the puff adder; the berg adder; the coral shield cobra, which is not a true cobra and which we get in Cape Town; two species of mambas; the rinkhals, which is also not a true cobra; the gaboon adder and two species of vine snakes, although the latter do not live in Cape Town. The most common venomous snakes we encounter in Cape Town are the Cape cobra, the puff adder and the boomslang. Venom, says Steve, can be neurotoxic (nerve destroying) cytotoxic (tissue destroying) haemotoxic (which affects your blood) and myotoxic (which paralyse muscles). Steve says that in South Africa there are, on average, only 10 deaths a year from snake bites because of better access to medical facilities and broader general knowledge. This is one of the factors driving his work. Steve has launched a BackaBuddy campaign to help raise the funds for his sanctuary. Details can be found at www.backabuddy.co.za/steve-meighan For more information, contact Steve at Steve the Venom Man on Facebook or for snake removals call him at 064 681 0779.
INTRO: Joachim Gaissert, Executive Vice President of Adtranz, discusses with Murray Hughes the implications of his company’s move to a sales and production policy based on ’modular product platforms’COMING from the car and trucking giant Mercedes-Benz, Joachim Gaissert ’did not use trains’. He does now, and is as critical as any railway professional. He has seen a lot of the business since he was appointed Executive Vice President of Adtranz in January 1996, but he has not always been impressed. His comment that ’frankly, this industry is not performing well’, indicates a belief that far-reaching change is needed. He has been instrumental in bringing about that change at Adtranz, and he expects major benefits to follow for both his company and its customers.Asked about the concept of modular product platforms (below), Gaissert looks back to the time when the EU put the Adtranz merger on hold for six months while monopolies implications were investigated. ’We used that time to work in teams – it was the best invested time we ever had.’Gaissert says it was then that ’we defined the basic structure, and we defined the problems too.’ His management team brought in specialist business expertise from the aeronautics and car industries, where ’similar structures had been in place for many years’.Giving his impressions of the railway industry, he was surprised ’to see that the railway people are really in love with the technology’, which in practice meant that ’the operators were driving the industry and not the suppliers.’ In the past this ’allowed a customer to introduce changes when we were already about to deliver.’ He believes that customers can no longer afford the high cost of products incorporating changes like this.The problem is illustrated by what Gaissert calls ’quality costs’. By this he means the extra cost of delivering products late and having to rebuild or re-engineer them before they work properly. This cost, he says, is running at about 15% of the capital cost, whereas in the car industry it is about 1%. He says ’it needs to be below 5% – if we can do this, we will be a profitable business.’The launch of the MPPs follows ’nearly two years of hard work to bring people together using totally new processes for this industry.’ It needed ’a hell of a structural process’ as the company sought to define where flexibility was needed and where standardisation would bring benefits. ’People in this industry are quite good, but they need a structured approach’, was how Gaissert put it.An intelligent startOne of the key objectives was to free engineers from traditions so that they could ’start out intelligently’. Gaissert said the MPP concept hinges on the development of ’clear interfaces so that we don’t need to change the whole vehicle to meet customers’ demands.’ It is a process that has been ’used in the car industry for decades’, and ’incorporating techniques from other industries is now much easier than in the past’.Asked about the prime purpose of the MPPs, Gaissert says that ’we understand when we go into a tender that we can actively present something to a customer. It is like a catalogue from which he can choose. If he really has a special requirement, then we can say that it has this and this impact; we are in a much more responsive position.’Given the short history of Adtranz, with the potential clash of many languages and cultures – and a history of hard-fought competition – the MPPs also give all parts of the company a common strategic objective. This should help in the drive to give a fast response time, although Gaissert is already confident that ’we are faster than everyone else in the industry.’Driving down costsChallenged to explain how costs would come down if Adtranz continued to offer rolling stock designs outside the MPPs, Gaissert said that the highest share of costs is attached to ’front-end design’. Production costs were not the decisive factor – the aim is ’to make production so simple that anyone can do it’, with final assembly being carried out locally if a customer requires.Gaissert believes that the market is already forcing customers towards accepting products that are ’off-the-shelf’ but which can be adapted simply to customers’ needs, in the same way that a Boeing 777 can be customised for different airlines.Costs will also be cut by concentrating design and production – for example only two plants, in Derby, Britain, and Siegen, Germany, will supply the rest of Adtranz with bogies.To encourage Adtranz factories for systems and components to be competitive and efficient, Gaissert has set them targets of selling 10 to 20% of turnover to third parties outside the main consortia – ’then we know they are competitive; we are forcing them out into the market.’Quizzed on how much the switch to MPPs would save, Gaissert says ’we have to achieve cost reductions of between 10 and 30%, and we have to be open for further decreases. This is why we have begun product migration – you only achieve a big cost reduction by introducing new technologies.’He used the transversal flux traction motor as an example – it avoids the need for mechanical gears and can reduce costs by 30%. A prototype ’is now in the laboratory and the aim is to have a prototype installed on a light rail vehicle this year – we are starting with low-end technology.’More MPPs to comeThe seven MPPs do not represent the full range of Adtranz modular products. Other product platforms are being developed, and Gaissert says that ’there is more in the pipeline, but the short-term focus is on implementing the new approach in tenders and orders.’To the suggestion that names such as Turbostar and Electrostar would vanish from the Adtranz vocabulary, Gaissert replied that the MPPs would not eclipse local names. ’Everyone needs an identity’, he says, suggesting that he wanted to be rid of ’Class XYZ and so on, which has no identity from a supplier’s point of view.’ Citing the Blue Tiger diesel locomotives under construction for Pakistan, he felt ’it was good to have an emotional name – you have to understand the emotions of the first and the end customer.’ oCAPTION: On March 17 Adtranz Executive Vice President Joachim Gaissert launched the first train in the Crusaris modular product platform – Norwegian State Railways’ Gardermobanen Airport ExpressCAPTION: Adtranz anticipates significant growth in the Asia-Pacific market, and has opened a Group Corporate Centre in Singapore. This X2000 demonstrator is scheduled to run on China’s Guangshen Railway for the next two yearsSeven solutions in search of a marketThe Adtranz business strategy launched on March 16 is based on seven ’Modular Product Platforms’ which will initially complement rather than replace existing products. The MPPs are designed around advanced interfaces and modularity to offer flexibility in meeting individual customers’ demands.Innovia peoplemovers build on the successful AEG CX-100 range, whilst the Incentro LRVs are derived from the Variotram and Eurotram designs. Movia metro trainsets incorporate the Stockholm C20 concept, whilst the Itino regional multiple-units draw on the Flexliner family. The Crusaris inter-city multiple-units echo the Gardermoen trains, derived from the X2000; and Octeon electric locos build on German Railway’s latest designs. The Blue Tiger diesel locos harness the existing Adtranz/General Electric joint venture.
GAUGE conversion work on the Bangalore – Hassan – Mangalore corridor in southern India is to be completed by December 2004, following the decision to form a Special Purpose Vehicle to fund and manage the Rs1·5bn project. Indian Railways signed an accord in June with Karnataka’s state-owned infrastructure development corporation K-RIDE, covering gauge conversion work on the 142 km between Hassan and Mangalore (RG 6.02 p322). IR has already converted 189 km between Hassan and Sakleshpur. When completed, the route is expected to handle between 3 and 5 million tonnes of iron ore, manganese, granite and chemicals being shipped through Mangalore port by a consortium of industries including the National Mineral Development Corp. K-RIDE is currently working on four rail projects within Karnataka, including the Rs2·7bn Sholapur – Gadag line. The corporation hopes to form a second SPV to fund construction of the 58 km new new line between Hubli and Ankola, which is estimated to cost Rs10bn.H Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee laid a foundation stone on June 6 for a 2 km railway bridge across the Kosi river at Nirmali, in Bihar state. Expected to be completed in four years, the Rs3·2bn bridge is one of four being funded through the National Rail Vikas Yojana programme; it replaces a rail link washed away in 1934.
Share 117 Views no discussions Tweet Share Share BusinessCoronavirusLocalNews Dominica Business Forum Invites Private Sector to Discuss Business After Covid19 by: – May 5, 2020 The Dominica Business Forum has invited private sector businesses to a discussion intended to mobilise cooperation for business in the post-Covid era.The Dominica Business Forum Inc Is a registered umbrella business service organization with members: The Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association, The Dominica Manufacturers Association, The Dominica Employers Federation, The Builders and Contractors Association of Dominica and The Dominica Coalition Of Service Industries.The group issued a document last week on the subject of Covid-19 in Dominica, focusing on stabilisation and growth. The document title specifies health, livelihood, and the economy – embracing opportunities for growth.The Business Forum says that position document is not just on its members behalf but also for the broader private sector who are not represented by any organization since they believe coping with the impact of Covid-19 requires an all-inclusive approach of the public sector, the private sector and civil society.At the core of the presentation is the objective to inform and generate discussion on the most appropriate approach of coping with the Covid-19 pandemic and to chart a roadmap for future events.The details include support, commendation and recommendations to government, the business and medical communities and the public.Ultimately, the Dominica Business Forum says it will support a gradual relaxation of restrictions outlined in the SRO.The Business Forum has therefore invited first, the private sector, and then the public to participate in this discussion on Wednesday to chart a way for business after Covid19.The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 6pm via Zoom.Details will follow.View the position paper here: DBF Inc Covid19 – Health Livelihood and the Economy – 27 April2020 -FINAL Sharing is caring!