President Obama on right side of history in US-Cuba relations – Jamaica PM

first_imgJamaica Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller and US President Barack Obama (Photo via Jamaica Information Service) Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller, on Thursday told President of the United States Barack Obama that he was on the right side of history in US-Cuba relations. She said the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads fully embraced the recent positive developments on the matter. “We commend you Mr. President and President Raul Castro for this bold and courageous move to renew USA-Cuba bilateral relations for the common good of all our peoples,” she said during the brief opening ceremony of the CARICOM-US Summit in Jamaica at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. CARICOM says new US$70M initiative could spur youth… Apr 10, 2015 Apr 10, 2015 The Jamaican Head of Government stated that the United States and the Member States of CARICOM were uniquely positioned as strategic hemispheric partners united by fundamental values. She said there was a shared interdependence and desire to address common concerns including the threat to the security and well-being of citizens. Prime Minister Simpson-Miller noted that trade and economic relations remained vital to the sustainable development of the Region. She also emphasized the importance of joint action on the environment including climate change. “Our dialogue today reaffirms our strong partnerships and signals our desire to take CARICOM-US relations to a higher level, capitalizing on the gains of the past and exploring new opportunities for the future,” Prime Minister Simpson-Miller said. Turning her attention to the youth, Prime Minister Simpson-Miller said that the young people were the driving force behind increased cultural contacts in the hemisphere and served as a reminder that through advancement in technology the world had become a global village. She also encouraged the President to think about additional ways in which he could continue to inspire the youth. In her remarks, the host Prime Minister said that the CARICOM Heads of Government were deeply appreciative of the US President’s initiative to engage with CARICOM on Regional and international issues of interest to both sides. She said they were encouraged by his engagement, and voiced continued commitment to a partnership between CARICOM and the USA. “We anticipate fruitful and productive exchanges at our meeting today to move the development process forward in the Caribbean Region and the hemisphere of the Americas,” she said. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… US-Jamaica bilateral meeting                 April 9, 2015In “CARICOM”CARICOM Heads to meet US President in JamaicaCARICOM Heads of Government will hold discussions with US President Barack Obama on Thursday, 9 April 2015, during  a State Visit by the President to Jamaica. Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, in making the announcement in Parliament Tuesday, said the discussions will focus on issues…March 18, 2015In “CARICOM”‘We have to act now’ – President Obama on energy, climate changePresident of the United States of America Barack Obama said a key focus of the CARICOM-US Summit would be to discuss issues related to energy. He said the CARICOM Region had some of the highest energy costs in the world and noted that Caribbean countries were particularly vulnerable to the…April 9, 2015In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp You may be interested in… Energy, Security, Competitiveness commitments: CARICOM-US… Apr 23, 2015 President Obama’s Town Hall Meeting with young leaders… Apr 13, 2015last_img read more

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The Pain in Spain

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Cut VAT on housing to get ‘white van man’ – and our economy – motoring

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NASA plans for more SLS rocket boosters

first_imgSource: NASA“This initial step ensures that NASA can build the boosters needed for future Space Launch System rockets that will be needed for the Artemis missions to explore the Moon,” said John Honeycutt, SLS Program Manager at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. “The letter contract allows us to buy long-lead materials in time for manufacturing boosters for the fourth flight.”The twin solid rocket boosters, which are mounted on the side of the SLS core stage, will produce more than 75% percent of the thrust for each SLS launch. The boosters were based on the design of the space shuttle solid rocket boosters but include a fifth segment to produce the extra power needed to send the larger SLS rocket to space.“We’re ready to process and stack the boosters for the Artemis I mission, and we are making great progress producing boosters for the Artemis II and III missions,” said Bruce Tiller, manager of the SLS Boosters office at Marshall. “NASA is committed to establishing a sustainable presence at the Moon, and this action enables NASA to have boosters ready when needed for future missions.”Northrop Grumman has delivered the 10 solid rocket booster segments  to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. There they will be stacked with other booster components outfitted at Kennedy and readied for launch. Casting is complete for the solid rocket motor segments for Artemis II and is underway for the Artemis III crew lunar landing mission. The US space agency is continuing to work with Northrop Grumman of Brigham City, Utah, the current lead contractor for the solid rocket boosters that will launch the first three Artemis missions, including the mission that will land the first woman and next man on the Moon in 2024.Under this letter contract, with a potential value of $49.5m, NASA will provide initial funding and authorisation to Northrop Grumman to order long-lead items to support building the twin boosters for the next six SLS flights. The full Boosters Production and Operations Contract is expected to support booster production and operations for SLS flights 4-9.  Source: NASA/Kevin O’Brienlast_img read more

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DSC Dredge Solutions at AGG1

first_imgLouisiana-based DSC Dredge, LLC, will have its experts on hand in booth #1558 at AGG1 Aggregates Academy & Expo, March 17-19, 2015, in Baltimore, Maryland, to discuss how its customized dredging technology ultimately results in precisely the right dredge for each unique application, boosting efficiency and lowering cost. For more than 20 years, the company has focused its expertise on the design and manufacture of customized portable cutter suction dredges of all sizes and applications for the dredging markets. DSC Dredge units are in use throughout the world in construction, environmental, mining, navigational, recreational, restoration and specialty applications.Every dredging application has unique characteristics, so DSC has honed its ability to customize its standard dredge platform lines to meet the challenges of each customer. Prior to making any recommendations, the company goes through a rigorous process of establishing the application parameters.This information may include factors such as dredging depths, types of materials, distance and elevation to discharge, portability requirements and access to power grids. Only then will the company recommend a specific solution based on the actual application and customer requirements.Units are then built to order in one of three manufacturing facilities to the exact specifications required. Customers are encouraged to visit the DSC facility at any time in the building process and to follow their unit through manufacturing, delivery, commissioning and on-site training completion.DSC’s dredging solutions are based on a number of application-specific platforms that are then customized to match the customer’s specific needs. The Marlin Class deep mining dredge has been designed as an efficient method for excavating deep mining deposits with its underwater pump system and high-torque cutter drive. The Shark Class cutter suction dredge is a tough, yet portable design most commonly used in the sand and aggregateproduction arena. Often called the contractor’s “dream machine,” the Barracuda Class dredge features a swinging-ladder design used most often in waterway maintenance and lake revitalization projects. DSC’s Moray Class conventional/swinging-ladder dredge was designed around the concept of a versatile design in a smaller portable package that is unmatched in the industry, and often used in the environmental cleanup and irrigation applications.Rounding out the line are the Badger Class and the Wolverine Class dredges, designed for the contractor with a compact, yet portable design that is fully functional by one operator. Several of the DSC platforms are available with electric power for applications requiring sustainable attributes.DSC dredges are in use throughout the world, from Chile to the Canadian Oil Sands, from the rivers of Nigeria to the heartland of America, helping customers to achieve maximum dredging efficiency through customized design to exacting specifications.DSC Dredge, LLC, advances the engineering, automation, manufacturing and quality of cutter suction and underwater pump mining dredges. The company operates from three major manufacturing facilities located in Reserve, LA, Poplarville, MS and Greenbush, MI.[mappress mapid=”19609″]Press Releaselast_img read more

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Greece to Sell Two Largest Ports under Identical Terms

first_imgGreek ruling party Syriza has proposed a change in the terms of the sale of the country’s second largest port – the Port of Thessaloniki – to mirror those of the Piraeus Port, according to local media.Back in May, the government of Greece invited China’s Cosco Group, Maersk Group’s APM Terminals, and Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) to present their bids for a 51% stake in the Piraeus port.The companies are to present their bids by September, with an option for the stake to increase up to 67% if the chosen company invests EUR 300 million in the port over a period of five years.This Thursday, Greece plans to float the same scenario to potential bidders for the Thessaloniki Port Authority (OLTH), which is expected to get a new owner by June 2016, according to the latest plan.Greece recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with its international lenders which stipulated that the binding bid dates for the ports of Piraeus and Thessaloniki must be announced by October.The proceeds from the sales and privatization of national assets are expected to reach EUR 6.4 billion by 2017, Reuters reports. The MOU is a prerequisite for Greece if it wants to gain access to around EUR 85 billion offered through a new bailout program.World Maritime News Staff; Image: OLTHlast_img read more

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Speaking volumes

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Christchurch: The £14bn development no-one wants to build

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PCN round-up

first_imgItalian PCN member, Fortune International Transport has completed the delivery of a turbine and its machinery to India, from Florence.PCN member in Qatar, Conxion Logistics & Heavy Equipment, has transported 628 pieces of concrete segments for the Qatar Rail – Doha Metro Red Line North Elevated Project.The pieces had measurements of up to 7.5 m x 4.5 m x 2.0 m and weighed between 55-70 tonnes.PCN member in Oman, Muscat International Shipping & Logistics (MIS) has completed the transportation and installation of four Voltamp 20mva transformers (approximately 40 tonnes each) as well as their accessories from Sohar to the Khasab RAECO Power Station.The offloading and assembly of the transformers were performed using a 500-tonne capacity crane, while the accessories were installed using a 25-tonne capacity crane.Australian PCN member, Project Shipping has transported a 170-ton (154-tonne) workboat, which had dimensions of 23.16 m x 7.23 m x 8.70 m, from Jurong Port, Singapore to Port Hedland in western Australia.The boat was lifted onto the vessel’s deck using its own cranes and then lashed by chains before beginning the ten day voyage.Meanwhile, FREJA Transport & Logistics (PCN member in Denmark, Finland and Norway) has completed the third shipment of engines from Japan to Europe.The engines were loaded in Japan on a chartered heavy vessel.In a separate project, Canadian PCN member, Convoy Logistics Providers, in cooperation with Ukrainian member, Farcont Project and German member, Intertransport GRUBER, has arranged the shipment of two transfer casks from the USA to Ukraine, destined for the Chernobyl Power Plant’s dry storage systems.Convoy Logistics Providers along with its fellow PCN members, transported the two transfer casks, each weighing 68.5 tonnes, as well as two top lids, two frame plug and parts, two alignment rings and two shielding rings. www.projectcargonetwork.comwww.fortuneitaly.itwww.conxionlogistics.comwww.mismuscat.comwww.freja.comwww.convoylogistics.cawww.farcont.comwww.eng.gruber-logistics.comlast_img read more

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Bridge inspection platform

first_imgTHE BCR 100 bridge inspection and repair platform provides ready access to the underside of multi-track spans, avoiding the need for hanging scaffolding, or permanent rails supporting a travelling platform for inspecting each structure. The machine was designed specifically to meet a requirement set by substantial new bridges being erected under the project to convert ÖBB’s Wien – Salzburg main line into a four-track route suitable for 200 km/h. The elevated working platform can accommodate three people and their power tools, for which supply outlets are available. The reach is remarkable, thanks to the double jib and two swivelling rings. The maximum working height above rail that can be reached is 23·7m, and this extends 10m either side of the track centre. Maximum lateral reach at lower levels is 17m.The most remarkable feature is the ability to reach far underneath a span on which the BCR is standing. Work can be undertaken as far as 8m beyond the centre of track supporting the BCR in the direction away from the parapet over which the supporting arms must reach. At track centre, the platform can reach down almost 22m below rail.The platform rotates through 180í, and the vehicle’s movement at 0 to 5 km/h can also be controlled from this location. An intercom links the platform with the vehicle operator.Plasser & Theurer, AustriaReader Enquiry Number 141last_img read more

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