News / Forwarders eyeing major US airports with dread as peak season looms

first_imgAirline executives acknowledge that last year saw serious bottlenecks. For United Airlines, the hubs at Newark and San Francisco were the biggest problems, said Jan Krems, president of United Cargo.“We had to change infrastructure, we had to build in height as opposed to width,” he added.However, according to him, both gateways are ready for this year’s peak surge.American Airlines has made changes at Miami and Dallas/Fort Worth to boost capacity, such as installing additional racking, reported Roger Samways, vice-president of cargo sales.The carrier has also obtained new equipment and hired more staff to get ahead of volume growth, steps that have paid off, not only in terms of boosting capacity but also improving performance. To date, in every month bar one, American’s operational performance has been better than in the corresponding month in 2017, Mr Samways added.At Chicago O’Hare, Nippon Cargo Airlines invested over $3.5m in equipment, such as main deck loaders, transporters and racking, and it expanded its ground lease to include three parking spots for 747-8 freighters behind its facility. It also obtained dedicated labour from its ground handler.“This will allow us to avoid any congestion issues at O’Hare,” said Shawn McWhorter, president for the Americas.Team has taken a number of steps to cope with capacity issues. According to Mr Imbriani, this aspect is less of a worry now.“What is becoming a bigger concern is retrieval from the airlines upon arrival in the US. Even before peak season, waiting times at airlines across the country have been increasing significantly. A waiting time of four to six hours at major airports is not uncommon and is spreading to secondary airports as well,” he said.“We are trying to address this by putting trucks in very early morning or, if possible, late evening, working with the airlines directly to see how they can improve the situation,” he continued.One forwarder said more infrastructure work was needed to resolve these issues and airports have failed to address this.But Mr Samways says the airlines cannot resolve the problem on their own.“There are a number of airports where infrastructure is becoming congested. We need to work in partnership with airports,” he said.One of the strategies Team has embraced is trying to find alternative routing for traffic to avoid the congested hubs. Rickenbacker Airport, which has attracted a number of international freighter operations in recent years, has been one alternative gateway, but there is still limited lift from many origins, Mr Imbriani noted.Moreover, alternative gateways often do not sit well with consolidation programmes, so they are mostly of interest for ad hoc charters, one forwarder added. As the peak season approaches, apprehension is on the rise.Securing enough lift may be the biggest concern for forwarders, but many fear this is only part of the battle; they are looking nervously at big airports which buckled under the volume of cargo a year ago.Major gateways like Frankfurt or New York JFK suffered lengthy delays in the 2017 peak season: at Germany’s premier airport, trucks waited up to 20 hours for a slot to collect freight, one forwarder recalled.“We definitely do have concerns and have been taking some actions both with our partners and clients,” said Bob Imbriani, executive vice-president, international at Team Worldwide. © Patrick Coopercenter_img By Ian Putzger 07/09/2018last_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Sunday, May 17, 2020

first_img Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Margaret (Rita) Fogarty (née Daly)Ballinakill, Clonaslee, Laois / Tullamore, OffalyMargaret (Rita) Fogarty, (nee Daly), Ballinakill, Clonaslee, Co. Laois, and formerly of Killurin and Healy Street, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Died on the 16th of May 2020, peacefully, at the Regional Hospital Tullamore. Predeceased by her daughter Moira. She will be sadly missed by her loving husband Joe, son Damien, daughters Monica and Claire, grandchildren, great-grandchild, daughter-in-law Michelle, sons-in-law John, Paul and Telford, sisters Maureen, Vonnie, Rose and Anne, brother Noel, sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.May Rita Rest in PeaceDue to Government advice and Covid 19 protocols regarding public gatherings, a private family funeral will take place on Monday at 11am in St Manman’s Church, Clonaslee. This can be viewed on on www.mcnmedia.tv under Clonaslee parish.Maura Kirwan (née Flanagan)Moutrath rd, Portlaoise, LaoisKirwan (nee Flanagan) “Shalom” Mountrath Road, Portlaoise, 2020. Peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, in the tender care of Deirdre and the staff of Droimnin Nursing Home, Stradbally.Maura, beloved wife of the late Edward and mother of the late Eileen and Eamon. Deeply regretted by her loving family. Breda, Lynn, Richard, Brendan, Siobhan, and Mark, brother Tom and sister Elizabeth, brother in law, sons in law, daughters in law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.Interment will take place is St John the Baptist Churchyard in Ballyfin. In accordance with Government and HSE recommendations regarding public gatherings, a private funeral will take place, for family only.The Family would like to thank everyone for their understanding and support at this sad time.Robert ListonKillenard, Portarlington, Laois/Thurles, TipperaryFormerly of Moyneard Moyne, Thurles, County Tipperary. Peacefully in his home in the loving care of his family after a short illness. Predeceased by his parents Kathleen and Billy Liston, his sister Pauline O’Gorman and brother Dick Liston.Greatly missed by his loving son Andrew, daughter Katie, wife Philomena, daughter-in-law Leanne, sisters Josephine, Marie and Frances, brothers Paddy, Willie and John, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.In accordance with Government and HSE recommendations regarding public gathering’s a Private Ceremony and Cremation will take place for family only.A celebration of Robert’s life will be held at a later Date. The family would like to thank everyone for their understanding and support at this sad time.Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, can be made to the Irish Cancer Society online at https://www.cancer.ie and the Midlands Hospice Build via relatives or the Undertakers.Mary (May) McAleenan (née Good)Corrig, Stradbally, Laois/DublinBeloved wife of the late Desmond and much loved mother of Peter, Hilda, Colin, Don, Enid, Raymond and Alex.Deeply regretted by her loving family, son in law, daughters in law, grandchildren, great-grandchidren, brother, brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews, extended family relatives and friends.A Mass to celebrate Mary’s life will be held at a later date. In accordance with goverment guidelines on public gatherings, a private funeral will take place.James (Jim) O’SullivanBroomville, Portlaoise, Laois/Crumlin, DublinJames (Jim) O’Sullivan, Broomville, Dublin Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois and formerly of Crumlin, Dublin. May 15th. 2020 (peacefully) at the Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise. Predeceased by his son James, Deeply regretted and will be sadly missed by his loving wife Margaret, Children Joanna, Julie, step-daughter Joanna, brother Eric, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives, all his pals at Peg’s and friends.In accordances with Government and HSE recommendations regarding public gathering’s a private funeral and cremation will take place for family only. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held at a later date.Áine Hetherington-HegartyClonkeen, Portlaoise, Laois/Rathdowney, LaoisÁine Hetherington-Hegarty, Clonkeen, Portlaoise and formerly Harristown, Rathdowney, Co. Laois. May 12th 2020. Unexpectedly, deeply regretted by her mother Josie and Paddy and family, Fiona, Sharon and Ger, her brother Patrick, sister-in-law Catherine, aunts, uncles, cousins and a wide circle of friends.As per COVID-19 Directive, house, funeral and burial strictly private. Details will be announced at a later date.Liam BurkeRathmoyle, Abbeyleix, LaoisPredeceased by his loving wife Margaret and sister Kathleen. Sadly missed by his hearthbroken children Richard and Michelle, daughter-in-law Julie and son-in-law Niall, grandchildren Tiernan, Isabelle and Siún, brothers Donal, Seán and Noel, sisters Sheelagh, Maureen, Margaret and Breda, extended family, nieces, nephews, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.Ardheis Dé goraibh a anamDue to COVID-19 Directive a private family funeral will take place. A memorial service for Liam will take place at alater date.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Saturday, May 16, 2020 Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Sunday, May 17, 2020 Deaths WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By LaoisToday Reporter – 17th May 2020 Pinterest Deaths in Laois – Sunday, May 17, 2020 Previous articleBREAKING: 15 more Coronavirus deaths as video on how to wear and make face coverings releaseNext articleFootball, The Leaving Cert and Twilight – It’s all in our Tweets of the Week LaoisToday Reporter Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role WhatsAppcenter_img News Twitter Electric Picnic Pinterest Facebook Electric Picnic Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

April Feeling Tiresome Already

first_img April Feeling Tiresome Already RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest By Choi Song Min – 2012.03.22 6:03pm Facebook Twitter News AvatarChoi Song Min NewsEconomycenter_img US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again SHARE News News There is widespread displeasure not only at mobilization for various events planned for April but also the growing funding burden being placed on households, sources have reported.One source from Musan in North Hamkyung Province told Daily NK on the 20th, “In all areas of North Korea including Pyongyang, everyone has been rushing around preparing for the upcoming birthday celebrations since the 15th. The authorities are collecting 20,000 won per household for the purpose of decorating streets and open spaces and to fund artistic performances.” People in Hamheung in South Hamkyung Province have received orders to prepare eight flower pots per family for the streets and verandas of each home, a source from the city said; those without flowers are apparently purchasing them from traders. “We are so busy trying to get ready for the April celebrations right now that we don’t even have time to breathe,” the source said. “Difficult times during Kim Jong Il’s regime were nothing compared to now.”A source from Wonsan in Gangwon Province agreed, saying, “It is tough for us to even make 2,000 won per day from trading, but the authorities are asking for 20,000 won from us to buy paint to do the exterior walls of apartments! I thought a new man would make the situation better but it has gotten worse.”In previous years, the preparation period for April events was called the ‘big cleanup’. The stairs and hallway of apartments and the doors and fences of homes had to be painted with lime, which in recent years came to cost around 5,000 won. Thereafter, students would gather leftover paint and do the walls of their classrooms. However, the cost this year is much higher. According to the source, “This year it is called the ‘total mobilization period,’ and they have told us that those who do not participate with sincerity will be evaluated politically.”The period has begun fifteen days earlier than normal, too, which appears to be an effort to heighten the atmosphere for this year in particular.The Musan source explained, “All organs, enterprises and schools are practicing songs and instruments during the afternoon, and women are using parks and public spaces to practice songs and dances until 7pm. Party cadres, to create a mood for celebration, ordered people to wear their outfits for the day, but the women all look disgruntled by the fact that they have to shiver in skirts all day in the cold.”“There are lots of fights because local offices have exempted the Union of Democratic Women from paying festival costs, instead putting that portion on other families,” the Wonsan source added, commenting that the measure has been taken because practice hours are in the afternoon when most women ordinarily go to the jangmadang to work. North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) last_img read more

PM Golding Concludes Washington D.C Visit with US $50M IDB Loan

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Bruce Golding has ended his visit to the US Capital, Washington D.C, with a commitment from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to provide a US$50-million infrastructure and rehabilitation loan.The funds will enable the government to undertake critical repairs following the damage caused by Tropical Storm Gustav. The loan agreement is expected to be signed in Washington within the next few weeks, by Finance Minister Audley Shaw.The IDB loan agreement was reached when Prime Minister Golding met yesterday (Sept 29) with the President of the IDB, Luis Alberto Moreno at the IDB Headquarters downtown Washington DC.Mr. Golding said the IDB has given an explicit commitment to working towards a positive net flow of resources to Jamaica. To achieve this objective, the IDB will seek lending approvals ranging between US$100 to US$200 million per year over the next three years. This will be aligned with the pace at which Jamaica implements it own set of policy reforms in the areas of taxation, public sector, and private sector development.This afternoon, (Sept 30) Mr Golding also held extensive high level discussions with the President of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick, at the Bank’s headquarters.The talks with both banks focused on Jamaica’s portfolios and general relationships. Discussions covered the current turmoil in the global financial market, the dramatic increases in oil and commodity prices and their effect on the Jamaican economy.Mr. Golding sought assurances on the role the Banks could play in helping the country during this difficult period. He noted that the decision of the new administration to engage the Multilateral Institutions more intensely during the last year, had been timely given the present fall out in the financial markets and the difficulty that Jamaica might encounter in accessing the global market.The Banks assured the Prime Minister of their willingness to increase their support for Jamaica along three broad paths: expanding social, welfare and anti-poverty programmes, expanding the supply side of the economy by focusing on infrastructure, energy and agriculture and providing greater access to liquidity by expanding budgetary support via policy based loans.Both the World Bank and the IDB have given firm commitments to expanding Jamaica’s portfolio of projects in critical development areas and very importantly to provide technical support to iron out any implementation difficulties.The IDB and World Bank discussions also focused on some specific development challenges faced by Jamaica. These include crime, the impact of climate change and the limitations posed by the country’s high debt stock. The World Bank undertook to work with the Jamaican authorities in addressing these issues.Discussions were also held on the frequency of weather related disasters and the inadequacies of the Catastrophic Risk Insurance Scheme. The World Bank has already commenced an evaluation of these arrangements with a view to offering more accessible insurance coverage.The Prime Minister is scheduled to return to the island on Thursday. PM Golding Concludes Washington D.C Visit with US $50M IDB Loan UncategorizedOctober 2, 2008 RelatedPM Golding Concludes Washington D.C Visit with US $50M IDB Loan RelatedPM Golding Concludes Washington D.C Visit with US $50M IDB Loancenter_img RelatedPM Golding Concludes Washington D.C Visit with US $50M IDB Loan Advertisementslast_img read more

International air passenger arrival caps

first_imgInternational air passenger arrival caps The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications administers passenger caps applying to arrivals into Australian airports.These caps are set by National Cabinet based on advice about state and territory hotel quarantine and related resourcing capacity.The following arrival caps are in place until 30 April 2021:Adelaide: No more than 530 arrivals per week.Brisbane: No more than 1,000 arrivals per week (with additional capacity of 300 passengers per week for the return of vulnerable Australians).Melbourne: International passenger arrivals suspended until further notice.Perth: From 1 March 2021 to 25 March 2021: No more than 900 arrivals per week, then from 26 March 2021: No more than 1,025 arrivals per week.Sydney: From 15 February 2021: No more than 430 arrivals per day.Individual arrangements for the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory and Tasmania settled between the Commonwealth and those jurisdictions.National Cabinet will continue to monitor the ongoing appropriateness of quarantine arrangements and caps on international passenger arrivals in light of the global and local COVID-19 situation. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Adelaide, AusPol, Australia, Australian, Brisbane, commonwealth, communications, covid-19, Government, infrastructure, Melbourne, Northern Territory, Perth, quarantine, regional development, Sydney, Tasmania, Tassie, Transportlast_img read more

CES: EVs and autonomous cars beginning to steal the show

first_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS RELATED TAGSAuto ShowsCESAuto ShowsCESNew VehiclesAB VolvoAudi A4Audi AGAudi Q7BMW AGChrysler LLCChrysler PacificaConsumer ElectronicsDetroitElectronicsEuropeFord Motor CompanyHonda Motor Co. Ltd.Hyundai Motor CompanyInternational Consumer Electronics ShowJean-Marc StronLas VegasMicrosoft CorporationMicrosoft XboxNorth American International Auto ShowScience and TechnologySkype Ltd.TechnologyVolkswagen AG Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. ‹ Previous Next › Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 BMW’s HoloActive Touch interface system. Trending in Canadacenter_img Amazing, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this week in Las Vegas. That means it’s seen world debuts of stuff such as the videocassette recorder, camcorder, CD player and Xbox. And while we’ll see more modern gadgets here today, a more recent trend has had carmakers make a larger and larger footprint on the floor. No wonder, really, as cars get more and more computer-driven. Here is a rundown of some of the more notable car companies at CES this year.HondaBy April 2018, every car in Europe will be equipped with eCall, an emergency service that automatically dials 112 – the continental version of 911 – in the case of an accident.Of course, this connectivity requires a telematics communications. Honda plans to start a lineup-wide roll-out of something called MyHonda in 2017. As Honda Europe’s general manager, Jean-Marc Stron explains, “The dongle [required by the eCall system] will give us many more applications we can provide for the customer.” BMWThe German luxury brand debuted its touchless gesture control at CES in 2014, which allows the driver six different functions – such as adjusting the radio volume – with a simple wave of a hand or twirl of a finger. Now, it takes that a step further with the HoloActive Touch system, which combines the gesture control with a free-floating display that seems to hover in the air. The commands are confirmed to the driver with tactile feedback. Electric and autonomous vehiclesFaraday Futures had tweeted it will “unveil the future” at CES this week, though with company struggles of late – such as the exit of two of FF’s top executives recently – it’s a wonder the company itself has any future. On the more mainstream front, Chrysler has chosen to make the reveal of its fully electric Pacifica minivan at CES, rather than at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week. Both Hyundai and Volkswagen are also at CES to showcase their future EVs, which will also focus on autonomous driving and more connectivity. Ford is revealing the latest version of its Fusion Hybrid with a more developed autonomous driving system, with better sensors and more processing power. advertisement Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Skype for Business in-car app in a Volvo. “This will include vehicle information, data streamed from the car and the ability to call directly into dealerships in the event of an emergency so we will be able to understand exactly what has happened to the vehicle. This will also allow us to communicate with the customer in terms of maintenance.” Most importantly, says Strong, is that MyHonda will allow a bespoke customer-dealer relationship “where we can have a tailored approach with communications for every individual customer.”One additional benefit that was particularly appreciated in beta testing, says Strong, is the ability to “geo-fence” the car in question. By limiting the area in which the car can be taken or the hours it can be driven, theft and the driving habits of children can both be controlled.AudiThat’s the promise of Audi’s Traffic Light Information (TLI) feature, North America’s first vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) that Audi launched in Las Vegas just in time for the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show. Sin City’s municipal traffic management centre will transmit traffic light data to Traffic Technology Services, Audi’s communications supplier. From there, the pertinent information via Audi’s 4G network to A4 and Q7 onboard computers where it is displayed on the company’s latest Virtual Cockpit display, relaying the info to the driver in real time.Although basic, TLI is just the beginning of the “internet of cars” age, as more automobiles are able to communicate with the infrastructure (V2I) and each other (V2V). Audi’s “time-to-green” information is just the tip of the iceberg as such V2I systems will soon be recommending alternate routing based on favourable green light.VolvoFor all of you who thought they could duck out of that dreaded conference by faking a sudden need to drive to a client emergency, Volvo is bringing the conference call to its 90 series of cars. Specifically, they’re making Microsoft’s Skype for Business standard in its S, V and XC90s.“We’ve all been there,” says Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz, Volvo’s vice-president for consumer connectivity services, “Sitting in a car trying to join a conference call. You either fumble with or drop your phone while trying to connect or forget the long pin code to join. It’s not the best way to start an important call and, on top of that, your attention is not where it should be — on the road.”With the dawn of autonomous cars, Tylman-Mikiewicz sees “a future where flexible in-car productivity tools will enable people to reduce time spent in the office.” This productivity may soon see Volvo extend its Microsoft association to include Cortana, the software giant’s intelligent personal assistant, which combines voice recognition and contextual insights to predict the driver’s needs ahead of time.  last_img read more

Jamaica looks at Castor Oil as a Biofuel

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedJamaica looks at Castor Oil as a Biofuel RelatedJamaica looks at Castor Oil as a Biofuel CONTACT: ALECIA SMITH FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A $10.3 million research partnership agreement for a small scale biodiesel pilot project, using Jamaican oilseed bearing plants to produce fuel, was signed Friday February 11 between the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica’s Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy (PCJ’s CERE) and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI). The project seeks to assess the viability of producing biodiesel for the automotive industry from locally grown jatropha and castor. Six acres of the plants are to be cultivated at CARDI’s Sam Motta Demonstration Farm, Manchester, to supply the seeds. The agreement was signed at the PCJ’s Resource Centre, New Kingston. Jatropha is an oilseed-bearing tree that grows on marginal lands in tropical and sub-tropical regions. When the seeds are crushed, the oil derived from it can be processed to produce a high-quality biodiesel fuel used in standard cars. Castor is an oilseed plant, also used as a laxative by Jamaicans, which can produce biodiesel from the castor oil. Acting Group Managing Director at the PCJ, Nigel Logan, said he hoped the partnership will help Jamaica to forge ahead with its development of biofuels and, by extension, its energy diversification. He said that due to the country’s dependence on oil, it must remain committed to diversifying “the energy mix”, using natural resources which are feasible and economical. “This is the direction in which the PCJ is moving with this Research Partnership Agreement,” he explained. The research and development phase of the project will involve the cultivation and harvesting of six varieties of the oil nuts, to determine their oil content, harvesting potential and relative productivity. The oil nuts will be cultivated on mined-out bauxite lands between April, 2011 and March, 2014. Mr. Logan noted that if the feedstock varieties are productive, a biodiesel blend becomes a serious possibility and, with the continued support of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and a framework of a (draft) biofuels policy, Jamaica should be able to introduce biodiesel to the transport sector. He stated that Jamaica has made huge strides, in recent years, in the biofuels industry, with the successful introduction of ethanol into the fuel mix, and with E10 87 and E10 90 octane gasolines being sold at service stations. He pointed out that biodiesel is a cleaner-burning diesel replacement fuel made from natural, renewable, agricultural resources and, like petroleum diesel, can operate in combustion-ignited engines, including cars, trucks, heavy equipment and boats. It can also be used in oil-based home heating systems. Acting Manager at CERE, Denise Tulloch, noted that the biodiesel pilot project is in its second year of implementation. She said that the PCJ will invest 60 per cent of the funding, while and CARDI will provide the remaining 40 per cent in “kind” support. PCJ has already procured plant seeds from Brazil, India, China as well as Jamaica. CARDI’s Entomologist, Dionne Clarke Harris, explained that the entity would be providing the six acres of land needed for the project, as well as provide technical assistance. The project is expected to run from February 2011 to January 2014. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has also provided funding support of US$50,000. PCJ’s CERE was established on November 15, 2006 to support the implementation ideas and methods in renewable energy, in recognition of Jamaica’s abundant supply of natural resources. CARDI was established in 1975, through the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), to serve the agricultural and development needs of member states. RelatedJamaica looks at Castor Oil as a Biofuel Jamaica looks at Castor Oil as a Biofuel EnergyFebruary 14, 2011last_img read more

4,800 New Students for ASTEP

first_img By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporter Related4,800 New Students for ASTEP Related4,800 New Students for ASTEP Related4,800 New Students for ASTEP FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail When school re-opens in September 2012, some 4,800 new students will join the Alternative Secondary Transitional Education Programme (ASTEP). They will be the second batch of students to benefit from the intervention programme, which began last year. Project Director, Novelette Denton Prince, says Government has allocated some $200 million towards the ASTEP for the new academic year. She tells JIS News that the Ministry of Education is making the necessary preparations to welcome these new students. The ASTEP is for students who have not qualified to sit the Grade Six Achievement Test for placement in secondary schools. A two-year transitional programme, it offers a modified secondary education syllabus with a focus on literacy, so that they can make the transition to the full secondary programme. Currently, there are 163 operational ASTEP centres across the island. Each centre has a trained specialist teacher and a maximum class size of 25 students, thereby catering to the child’s individual needs. Mrs. Denton Prince says that “additional centres have been identified, especially in existing ASTEP schools, to accommodate the added number for this year.” She explains that some centres had far less students than others, so they will be able to accommodate the new students. “A few students will be able to transition into Secondary Schools and so additional spaces would also be created. Therefore, class sizes will continue to remain within the stipulated (range).” Mrs. Denton Prince describes the programme as “unique and designed to impact learning in a positive way.” The curriculum was designed by the Institute of Education at the University of the West Indies, Mona. Students are taught subjects, such as Communication Skills, English Language, Mathematics, Social Studies, Integrated Science, Music, Drama, Physical Education and Personal Empowerment. Mrs. Denton Prince explains that students in ASTEP are tested and a combination of strategies is used to address their existing needs. She notes that testing for the new set of students has already begun. “Psychological assessment of students to enter the programme in September is well underway and almost completed in all regions,” she tells JIS News. This information will be used to guide teachers in their preparation for delivery of the curriculum, she explains. The Project Director also notes that the programme has “specially trained teaching staff, with continuous training support, and adequate, appropriate and relevant resource materials and technology for students and teachers to facilitate the learning process.” Further, the Ministry is currently distributing learning aids, such as mimios, which are interactive devices used on white boards, and other technological aids to the ASTEP centres. Asked about the progress of the current crop of students in theprogramme, Mrs. Denton Prince says that so far, “the centres are reporting improvements in students’ academic performances and also students’ social growth.” “The programme is meeting its intended objectives,” she says, adding that the response of all stakeholders, including parents, teachers and principals, has been “very good throughout all regions.” Mrs. Denton Prince points out that the Ministry will bedoing a comprehensive analysis, to determine how well the programme is meeting its overall objectives. 4,800 New Students for ASTEP EducationJuly 17, 2012 Advertisementslast_img read more

Minister Nichoslon Heads Japan Ministerial Delegation

first_imgSenator the Honourable Arnold J. Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, will lead Jamaica’s delegation to the Fourth CARICOM-Japan Ministerial Meeting, to be held from 14th to 15th November 2014 in Tokyo, Japan.The Jamaican delegation will also include H.E. Ricardo Allicock, Ambassador of Jamaica to Japan and Mrs. Angella Comfort, Director for Caribbean and the Americas in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.The Meeting falls within the context of the commemorative events to mark the CARICOM-Japan Friendship Year, as CARICOM and Japan celebrate their Twentieth Anniversary of relations in 2014. Notably, 2014 also marks the Fiftieth Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Jamaica and Japan.Discussions will be held on, inter alia, Japan-CARICOM Relations and Cooperation in the International Arena on issues such as Security Council Reform, Climate Change, Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Disaster Risk Reduction, Financing for Development and the Sustainable use of Marine Living Resources.The Meeting will also issue a Joint Communiqué which will highlight issues such as, the CARICOM-Japan Friendship Year 2014, cultural and people-to-people exchanges, cooperation in tourism, Japan’s hosting of the 2020 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, the vulnerabilities of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), climate change and sustainable development, natural disaster risk reduction, renewable energy and energy efficiency, waste management, fisheries, the sustainable use of marine living resources, UN Security Council reform, the Post-2015 Development Agenda, nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, and North Korea.The Government of Japan has also invited five (5) journalists from CARICOM Member States, including Jamaica, to provide coverage of the meeting. Mrs. Donna-Marie Hussey-Stewart, Journalist at the Jamaica Observer, will represent Jamaica in this regard.Minister Nicholson will depart on Tuesday, 11th November and will return to the island on Saturday, 16th November 2014. Minister Nichoslon Heads Japan Ministerial DelegationJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Minister Nichoslon Heads Japan Ministerial Delegation Foreign AffairsNovember 11, 2014Written by: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. A.J. Nicholson. RelatedMissions Abroad Protecting the Rights of Jamaican Nationalscenter_img RelatedJamaicans in Brazil Encouraged to Register on Diaspora Mapping Project Story HighlightsSenator the Honourable Arnold J. Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, will lead Jamaica’s delegation to the Fourth CARICOM-Japan Ministerial Meeting, to be held from 14th to 15th November 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. The Jamaican delegation will also include H.E. Ricardo Allicock, Ambassador of Jamaica to Japan and Mrs. Angella Comfort, Director for Caribbean and the Americas in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. The Meeting falls within the context of the commemorative events to mark the CARICOM-Japan Friendship Year, as CARICOM and Japan celebrate their Twentieth Anniversary of relations in 2014. Advertisements RelatedEmbassy in Brazil Prepares for Road to Rio 2016last_img read more

Alfred Russel Wallace and Wallace’s Giant Bee — In the News

first_imgCongratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Recommended Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Share “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis TagsAlfred Russel WallaceCharles DarwinDrudge ReportHope Entomological Collectionhuman exceptionalismIndonesiaintelligent designJohn van WyheMegachile plutoMichael FlanneryMoluccasnatural selectionNature’s ProphetThe Malay ArchipelagoThe ViewTucker CarlsonWallace’s Giant Bee,Trending Intelligent Design Alfred Russel Wallace and Wallace’s Giant Bee — In the NewsDavid [email protected]_klinghofferFebruary 21, 2019, 5:10 PM Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share It’s not every day that Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) appears in an article linked by the Drudge Report. Wallace co-discovered the theory of evolution by natural selection, only to break with Darwin over human exceptionalism, becoming a forerunner of intelligent design proponents.  The headline from CBS News says, “Giant “nightmare bee” that was once thought to be extinct is discovered alive.”The world’s largest bee is a big, black wasp-like insect as long as an adult’s thumb, and it was extinct — or so scientists thought. The massive bee was rediscovered alive in Indonesia last month, decades after it was last seen.Wallace’s Giant Bee was named after discoverer Alfred Russell Wallace, who found the massive species in 1958. The last time a specimen was spotted was 1981. In January 2019, a group retraced Wallace’s steps and journeyed to Indonesia to see if they could find the bee. Their long trek paid off.They found the bee.Not as Sensational as It SoundsTo say that it looks like something out of a nightmare is not as sensationalistic as that might sound. No offense to this bee, Megachile pluto, but it is a bit alarming to look at.Our colleague Professor Michael Flannery is the authority on Wallace. He comments, “The article, of course, is wrong in saying that Wallace discovered the bee in 1958. It should be 1858.” Oh, right. Good point. More:It was discovered by Wallace while at Batchian (today the Bachan Islands in the Moluccas, Indonesia). Wallace described it in his notes as having “immense jaws, flying round in mountain forest with loud beetle like hum!!” Wallace’s specimen with tag is in the Hope Entomological Collection, Oxford. Wallace noted in his travel narrative, The Malay Archipelago, that one of his best finds was “a large black wasp-like insect, with immense jaws like a stage-beetle, which has been named Megachile pluto by Mr. F. Smith.” John van Wyhe’s excellent annotated edition of The Malay Archipelago notes that F. Smith was Frederick Smith (1805-1879), entomologist of the British Museum. A color photo of Wallace’s Giant Bee is also printed on p. 412. See Alfred Russel Wallace, The Maalay Archipelago, edited by John van Wyhe (Singapore: NUS Press, 2015), p. 477. Because of the valuable annotations, introduction, chronology, and color plate photos, I consider this to be the definitive edition of Wallace’s classic travel narrative. I regard The Malay Archipelago as one of the finest works of this genre in the English language.Duly noted. Meanwhile, next time I want to see Alfred Wallace featured on the Tucker Carlson program or possibly The View. Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Evolution A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more