News / IMO announces new global fuel sulphur cap – CO2 emissions next on cleaner air agenda

first_img By Gavin van Marle 28/10/2016 © Paul Vinten The maximum sulphur content of ship fuel is set to be reduced from 3.5% to 0.5% by 2020.Despite warnings from shipping analysts that the new regulations on the sulphur content of heavy fuel oil (HFO) could cost the container shipping industry $35-40bn, observers at this week’s marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) meeting at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) said representatives of the world’s ship registers were unanimous that the industry had to adopt cleaner fuel types.And the decision was welcomed by groups lobbying for greener fuel types in shipping.Bill Hemmings, shipping director at Transport & Environment, said: “This is a landmark decision and we are very pleased that the world has bitten the bullet and is now tackling poisonous sulphuric fuel in 2020.“This decision reduces the contribution of shipping to the world’s air pollution impact from about 5% to 1.5% and will save millions of lives in the coming decades.“Now the focus should shift towards implementing this decision, which is a big issue since it’s not yet clear who should police ships on the high seas, and how.”The date of implementation was made dependent on the results of a study to determine whether enough fuel below 0.5% sulphur content would be available by 2020. The study, commissioned by the IMO and completed last August, showed there ought to be sufficient clean fuel available in 2020, and paved the way for this week’s decision. If it had been found that enough fuel would not be available by 2020, postponement to 2025 would have been on the cards.John Maggs, senior policy officer at Seas at Risk, said: “The world has waited a long time for the shipping industry to clean up its act and move towards cleaner fuel. That moment has come.“Cleaner shipping fuel will become a legal reality in 2020. Thousands of premature deaths will be avoided and millions of people around the world will quite literally be able to breathe easier.”Attention will now turn to what position the IMO decides to adopt on CO2 emissions from shipping, also under discussion this week.As of today, the IMO has yet to report its position. MEPC observers from environmental groups told The Loadstar the language used by delegates this year was markedly different from last year, when flag states – particularly those representing so-called flags of convenience – appeared intent on limiting any restriction on CO2 emissions.“What we witnessed this week in London was an acceptance by flag states that something has to be done, and it has to be done quicker than previously appreciated – while there wasn’t a consensus as such on actual emission levels, the language being used in the plenary discussion was very encouraging,” one said.The IMO has previously called for a three-step approach to reducing emissions – data collection, followed by data analysis, followed by decision-making on further measures – but this week there seemed to be step-change in that approach, calling for a working group to discuss possible solutions, which would run parallel with data collection and analysis.However, the source also warned that this could be a move to stall the introduction of new CO2 emission regulations away from the public eye.He said: “There is always a danger of this being a strategy to kill any regulation by strangling it at committee stage – these people tend to pick their battles.“Why oppose it in the public eye when you can silently strangle it in a working group?”last_img read more

Sanofi dengue vaccine was supposed to be a blockbuster; now, it’s the focus of a scandal

first_img STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. [email protected] An effort by Sanofi to transform its dengue vaccine into a blockbuster product has, instead, turned into a scandal for the drug maker and a public health crisis in the Philippines, where the government is investigating why the vaccine was so widely adopted, despite studies suggesting its use would not be appropriate for everyone.The issue erupted last week when the company disclosed that a new analysis found its Dengvaxia vaccine could actually make future cases of the mosquito-borne virus more severe in people who were not previously infected. And so, Sanofi changed the product labeling to limit use to people who were not exposed to Dengue in the past. Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. GET STARTED By Ed Silverman Dec. 4, 2017 Reprints Ed Silverman Sanofi dengue vaccine was supposed to be a blockbuster; now, it’s the focus of a scandal What’s included? Log In | Learn More center_img What is it? Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Pharmalot Herman Lumanog/Pacific Press/Sipa via AP Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. About the Author Reprints Tags pharmaceuticalsSTAT+Vaccines @Pharmalot last_img read more

UF basketball player did not collapse from COVID-19 complications, doctors say

first_imgRELATEDTOPICS Mobile pediatric clinic provides COVID vaccines for children 12+ June 15, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Covid-19Keyontae JohnsonUniversity of Florida COVID-19 restrictions likely kept kids out of swim class, putting them at risk June 9, 2021 Advertisement GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Men’s Basketball player who collapsed on Dec. 12 during a game did not fall to the court as a result of a COVID-19 complication, doctors said. A recent tweet from the Florida Gator’s Mens Basketball verified Twitter account announced that multiple physicians from different institutes across the country agreed that Keyontae Johnson’s medical emergency was not related to or a result of a previous or current COVID-19 diagnosis. Advertisement “Our hope is that the experts’ conclusion that this instance is not COVID-related will bring some peace of mind,” Johnson’s family said in a statement. The Johnson family said Keyontae will spend the remainder of the season “focused on being the best coach and teammate he can be.” Advertisement AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Health Matters: Managing the Stress of COVID-19 June 7, 2021 Florida Department of Health will no longer release daily COVID-19 data June 8, 2021last_img read more

Golf Classic in aid of Cuisle Centre aiming to raise much needed funds

first_img Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Wednesday, April 25, 2018Next articleFriends of beloved Portarlington teen to run marathon in her memory Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Home What’s On Golf Classic in aid of Cuisle Centre aiming to raise much needed… What’s On WhatsApp Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Twitter Community WhatsApp Twitter Council RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Pinterestcenter_img By Alan Hartnett – 25th April 2018 Golf Classic in aid of Cuisle Centre aiming to raise much needed funds TAGSCuisle Centre Facebook Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining SEE ALSO – One detained after overnight robberies in Portlaoise Rugby Competitors from the Cuisle Centre Golf Classic in 2017 The third annual Cuisle Centre Golf Classic takes place this Friday April 27 in The Heritage Golf Club Killenard.Last year the event raised over €20,000 for The Cuisle Centre in Portlaosie that is totally dependent on events like this to operate from year to year.In conjunction with the event is a raffle with some outstanding prizes including a King Koil Bed worth €1,500 and a Queen Anne Chair by event sponsors Finline Furniture worth €750.Also on offer in the raffle are nights away in some of Ireland’s top hotels, a dinner for two in the Exclusive Ballyfin Resort plus Shaw’s Department Stores and dinner vouchers.Raffle tickets, which are €5 each for anyone wishing to support the event, are available from Kilminchy Pharmacy Portlaoise or Finline Furniture Showrooms in Emo.Raffle prize winners will be drawn this Friday at 9pm following golf in The Heritage Hotel Killenard.Congratulations and thanks to the many sponsors that are supporting the event for a great local charity.The Cuisle Centre was founded in 2004. It is a registered charity offering professional support to people diagnosed with cancer and to their families. Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Facebooklast_img read more

Improving quality-of-life for North Korean defectors living in South Korean society

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion Although it remains to be determined whether the invitation is still valid, president Park Geun-Hye openly welcomed North Korean citizens to come to South Korea in her Armed Forces Day speech on October 1, announcing that they are, “always welcome in the land of freedom – the Republic of Korea.” She also emphasized that preparations are underway for an increasing number of defections. I have personally met many North Koreans who either defected or were dispatched for overseas work. These people leave North Korea because they want to, and many others hold a similar desire to leave the country. But not all wish to move to South Korea. Defecting from North Korea and moving to South Korea are two separate decisions that do not always coincide.Two forces drive North Koreans to move to South Korea. First, hardships in North Korea make it challenging to live there. The number of defectors arriving in South Korea reached a few thousand per year in the past, but these numbers have reduced by about half since Kim Jong Un came to power. Although the number of defectors increased in the first half of this year, it is unlikely to be sustained, as most of those defectors were restaurant workers, diplomats, and traders, who were already outside North Korea at the time of defection and therefore arrived in South Korea from abroad. Whether the declining number of defections is due to the improved economy or strengthened border surveillance must be further examined. There have also been prominent cases of defections by members of the elite, who have felt threatened by the frequent purges, including the execution of Jang Sung Taek. But the number of defections by ordinary citizens has waned. To attract North Korean people to settle in South Korea, incentives are just as important. For example, if the Chinese government welcomes those who cross the border and offers them protection, it would become a powerful motive for defection. Likewise, it will also incentivize defectors if the South Korean government invests in the well-being of the defector community. But the reality is quite different. China has never welcomed North Korean defectors since the 1990s, when massive numbers of refugees arrived in China. The defectors in China are still regarded as illegal immigrants, and are forcibly repatriated when arrested, despite the fact that they will receive severe punishments. The lives of defectors in South Korea, who undergo significant hardships to defect, can also be fraught with difficulty. Although the government’s support policies are systematically implemented, defectors often feel like strangers in society as they face discrimination and prejudice.North Koreans often desire to move to South Korea because it is believed to be an advanced society which is free and prosperous. But after arriving, some defectors choose to leave the country and move to Europe or China instead. There are even cases of re-entry into North Korea. Most defectors in South Korea still communicate with their family in the North via phone and send them money. The stories they tell their family members are far more influential on shaping opinions than the president’s words. If they suggest that it is better to stay poor in North Korea than to be a little better-off in South Korea but faced with discrimination, the former is likely to be more attractive. It is said that our defectors are the vanguard of reunification efforts, as they are previewing life in a reunified Korea. However, South Korea is currently neglecting to provide proper support for the current 30,000 defectors who reside here. However, if much larger numbers of defectors arrive, it may galvanize society to focus its efforts. Therefore, preparation for unification should start with making South Korean society a place to call home for its current defector community. We, as South Koreans, must also play our parts by empathizing with the defectors around us in our neighborhoods, schools, and at work. There must be consistent efforts from the government, the private sector, and the defectors themselves, to make social integration successful and avoid exclusion and segregation. The Ministry of Unification is reportedly developing a policy for social integration to emphasize the roles of regional governments and the private sector, thus creating a new opportunity to reshape the lives of 30,000 defectors. Hopefully, these new policies will create the social foundations necessary for making South Korea a true home country for North Korean defectors. Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? By Daily NK – 2016.11.04 2:40pm Improving quality-of-life for North Korean defectors living in South Korean society Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center center_img Analysis & Opinion SHARE Facebook Twitter AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Analysis & Opinion Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke”last_img read more

Canaccord Genuity names Dan Daviau CEO

first_img See: Canaccord Genuity CEO dies following triathlon Kassie will continue to serve as executive chairman, with a particular focus on client facing activities and strategic initiatives for the firm. “Dan Daviau has a proven track record as a highly successful investment banker, but more importantly, as a capable and strategic business leader,” said Kassie in a statement. “He has a deep understanding of Canaccord Genuity Group Inc.’s strategy and culture and I am confident he possesses the vision and expertise to expand our global market share and deliver increasing value for our employees, clients and shareholders.” In addition to Daviau’s appointment, the firm announced that Alexis de Rosnay has accepted the additional roles of senior executive vice president and global head of investment banking, where he will become increasingly involved in North American and global investment banking activities. de Rosnay will remain in London, U.K., and will continue to serve as CEO of Canaccord Genuity Limited (UK & Europe), which includes overall responsibility for wealth management operations in the region. Daviau has served as CEO of Canaccord Genuity’s North American capital markets business since February 2015. From 2012 to 2015, he was president of the firm’s U.S. Capital Markets business, where he helped to structure the firm’s investment banking, research, sales and trading operations in the region and improve cross-border capabilities. From 2010 to 2012, Daviau was head of investment banking for Canaccord Genuity. Prior to the Canaccord/Genuity merger that was announced in 2010, Daviau was a principal and founder of Genuity Capital Markets, where he held a variety of senior roles since 2005. Prior to 2005, he was co-head of investment banking at CIBC World Markets, a firm he joined in 1991. Daviau started is career as a securities lawyer with Goodman & Co. He holds an MBA from York University, an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall/York University and a B.A. (Math and Statistics) from the University of Western Ontario. IE Staff PenderFund names new SVP for investments Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Toronto-based Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. (TSX:CF) announced on Friday the appointment of Dan Daviau as the firm’s president and CEO, effective Oct. 1. He will also join the firm’s board of directors. Daviau succeeds David Kassie, who assumed the role of chairman and CEO in April following the death of Paul Reynolds. CETFA elects new board leader Related news Keywords AppointmentsCompanies Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planninglast_img read more

St. Catherine Gearing up for Labour Day

first_imgSt. Catherine Gearing up for Labour Day UncategorizedMay 20, 2007 RelatedSt. Catherine Gearing up for Labour Day RelatedSt. Catherine Gearing up for Labour Day Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Residents of St. Catherine are gearing up to clean and beautify their communities on Labour Day, May 23, with 45 projects registered so far with the parish’s Labour Day Secretariat.“Based on the feedback we are getting from the civic community meetings, people are just rearing to go on Labour Day,” said Administrator at the St. Catherine Parish Council, Shirleen Greenland. She noted that residents of the parish are always eager to participate in projects, which help to improve their communities.Miss Greenland told JIS News that three parish projects will be undertaken this year in keeping with the Labour Day theme of ‘Honouring our ancestors, Strengthening our communities.’The projects are: cleaning the grounds and painting the perimeter fencing and walls at Sligoville Park, the site of the island’s first free village, and mounting a plaque at the monument; painting and clean-up of the Cenotaph located next to the Anglican Parish Church in Spanish Town; and general cleaning and refurbishing of Emancipation Square. The Labour Day Secretariat has contributed $100,000 for the projects.In addition to the main parish projects, residents will participate in general clean-up and beautification of public spaces, refurbishing of public facilities and the building and repair of schools and clinics. Miss Greenland informed that WINDALCO has volunteered to undertake the painting of the clock in Old Harbour Square.Labour Day observances this year will mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the trans-Atlantic trade in enslaved Africans. The refurbishing of the Bath Botanical Gardens in St. Thomas is the national project.Communities and groups across the island are being urged to continue registering projects with the local offices of the Social Development Commission, the parish councils, Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), the parish offices of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, or the Labour Day Secretariat. Persons can also register on-line @ www.jis.gov.jm/special_sections/labourDay2007. RelatedSt. Catherine Gearing up for Labour Daylast_img read more

Minister Falconer Hails Ken Jones as PR ‘Titan’

first_imgRelatedRoads in Sugar-Dependent Areas to be Upgraded RelatedOffice of National Rapporteur for Trafficking in Persons to be Strengthened STATEMENT BY SENATOR THE HON. SANDREA FALCONER, MINISTER WITH RESPONSIBILITY FOR INFORMATION IN THE OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER, ON THE PASSING OF KEN JONES Advertisements Jamaica has lost one of its finest communications/public relations practitioners and journalists with the passing of Ken Jones, on Thursday, July 1. His passing marks the end of an era, as he was the last of the triad of public relations titans who founded Jamaica’s first full service public relations company, Public Relations Associates; the other two being Desmond Henry and Ralston Smith.In his accomplishment-filled, multi-faceted career, Ken Jones has been reporter, publisher, editor, photographer, columnist, author, company founder and public relations practitioner. He has served both the private and public media and was the first Jamaica Information Service (JIS) producer and presenter in the 1960s.He later went on to become Executive Director of the JIS for four years in the 1980s.  Between 1984 and 1990 he served in the Foreign Service as Information Attaché in the Jamaican Embassy in Washington, D.C. as well as Community Relations Director for North America, based at the consulate in New York. Between 2008 and 2009 he was Director of Communications in the Office of the Prime Minister. Minister Falconer Hails Ken Jones as PR ‘Titan’ InformationJuly 3, 2015Written by: OPM COmmunications Unit center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedMinister Falconer to Represent Prime Minister at Regional Roundtable on Adolescent Pregnancy in the Caribbean Story HighlightsJamaica has lost one of its finest communications/public relations practitioners and journalists with the passing of Ken Jones, on Thursday, July 1.His passing marks the end of an era, as he was the last of the triad of public relations titans who founded Jamaica’s first full service public relations company, Public Relations Associates.In his accomplishment-filled, multi-faceted career, Ken Jones has been reporter, publisher, editor, photographer, columnist, author, company founder and public relations practitioner. A committed nationalist with a keen, unquenchable interest in public affairs, he continued writing up to a few months ago. Ken Jones had  a passion for research and could always be depended on to unearth little-known , even counter-intuitive information.  He was a diligent journalist who was an example to media colleagues of professionalism, rigour and civility. He was a gentle soul, gracious and affable.He loved Jamaican history and was a deep, abiding believer in  the awesome potential of the Jamaican people. His books on National Heroes, the Rt. Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey and Sir Alexander Bustamante as well as Lady Bustamante demonstrated his unflinching interest in heightening Jamaicans’ appreciation of their history and the struggles for nationhood and dignity.  It was no surprise that he was one of the Friends of Liberty Hall during the period of its restoration.A rounded person, he also had strong interest in sports and actually began his journalistic career as a sportswriter for the Jamaica Daily Express  68 years ago. He also served on  the first  Executive of the Jamaica Football Federation . Ken Jones was an ardent believer in voluntarism and active citizenry and was no armchair journalist. That was why he was founding President of the Harbour View Citizens Association and an active member of the Buxton High School Past Students Association.We have lost a fine patriot, public relations practitioner and journalist. Our condolences go out to his children Jennifer, Peter and Suzanne as well as to other members of his family and his large circle of friends and journalistic and public relations/communications colleagues.last_img read more

Seanad leader urged to lobby ministers on Swan Park

first_imgHomepage BannerNews By News Highland – January 25, 2018 Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Facebook Pinterest The Seanad has been told it’s vital that a meeting take place between councillors in Inishowen and two key cabinet ministers to discuss funding for the restoration and reopening of Swan Park.Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn has called on the leader of the Seanad to contact Ministers Eoghan Murphy and Michael Ring, as well as Chief Whip Minister Joe Mc Hugh.He told the Seanad that a public meeting in Buncrana this week reflected the importance of the facility to the people in the town and further afield…………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/podswan.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Google+center_img Previous article30 people waiting for a bed at Letterkenny University HospitalNext articleCouncil launches app to highlight Donegal’s coastal heritage News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Seanad leader urged to lobby ministers on Swan Park Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic last_img read more

News / Will bigger ships and more transhipment compromise terminal efficiency? Discuss

first_imgModerated by Andrew Penfold, project director of Ocean Shipping Consultants, and featuring a team of experts including Ben Hackett, president and founder of Hackett Associates, the not inconsiderable task was to make key recommendations to help ease the problem of congestion.It was noted that both the above-mentioned European ports not only referred to the increased size of ships being a problem, but also laid significant blame on the unreliability of vessels in not meeting allocated berthing windows.Indeed, recent analyst reports by Drewry and SeaIntel have concluded that the schedule integrity of deepsea container vessels has fallen to an all-time low and, moreover, there seems little enthusiasm from carriers to improve schedule integrity.In the opinion of the panel, the reliability of a container vessel to make its berthing window is crucial to the smooth running of a terminal. Notwithstanding the vessel knock-on effect, co-ordinating feeders, barges, trains and trucks for a late-running vessel is a nightmare for terminal operators and, ultimately, forges a weak link in the supply chain.With slow-steaming the norm on most tradelanes of the world – ultra-large containerships generally operating at only 75% of maximum speed – a late-running ship would in theory speed up to make its slot at its first rotation port.In practice, however, their masters seem under strict instruction to maintain an economic speed regardless of any time lost – a directive that can only be overruled by the carrier’s head office, and given the extra cost the response will usually be in the negative.The round table team suggested that there could be a way of incentivising a carrier to speed up a ship by a reduction in port dues.However, improved communication between all stakeholders was thought to be the best way of avoiding pinch points at ports, although it was noted that the decision-making process regarding the operation of an ULCS was more complex the more vessel sharing partners there were – especially if extra cost was a factor.This complexity also applies to priority for feeders, where the interests of one partner may differ from another – as of course they are all competing for the same customer on the one ship.The tonnage centre concept that was an integral part of the stymied P3’s master plan would, arguably, have improved operational communication between all parties, but ironically this tight central control appears to have been one of the stumbling blocks for the Chinese regulators.The debate continues… By Mike Wackett 27/06/2014 Port congestion has started to creep back onto the agenda when talking container terminals at supply chain conferences. With bigger ships significantly adding to the exchange of boxes per call, there is a growing requirement for seamless landside and transhipment operations.Larger vessels are being blamed for bottlenecks at terminals, especially in North Europe, where the two biggest container ports, Rotterdam and Hamburg, have both experienced severe congestion in recent months.And on the US west coast, container ports, supposedly ready to handle the post-panamax ships cascaded down from the Asia-Europe tradelane, have had difficulties with landside congestion.At this week’s TOC Container Supply Chain event in London, “hot topic” industry round-table debates included a discussion on the challenges faced by the industry from the giant boxships.last_img read more