CEE brings together asset-based forwarders, while the Priority Cargo Network links general freight forwarders.The events included presentations and discussions about the past, present and future of networks as well as the market outlook.There were changes to the CEE network’s board of advisors, with Rudiger Glanzel of Direct Intercontinental and Carlos Guimet of Multitrade Spain elected to join SAL Heavy Lift’s Kai-Stefan Vogel and Sergey Ovsienko of Beluga Projects.After the conference and meetings between members, delegates enjoyed a guided tour of the Beck’s brewery, followed by dinner onboard the Alexander von Humboldt on the River Weser.Both conferences will take place in Bremen again next year, a day ahead of the annual Breakbulk Europe exhibition held in the German city.www.cargoequipmentexperts.comwww.prioritycargonetwork.com
NETHERLANDS: National passenger operator NS has reached agreement with AnsaldoBreda and its parent company Finmeccanica to settle the ongoing dispute over the V250 trainsets supplied for the aborted Fyra high speed services linking Amsterdam with Brussels and Breda.Under an agreement announced on March 17, AnsaldoBreda will take back all 16 V250s ordered by NS and return €125m to the operator, which says its loss on the debacle is now capped at €88m. Having taken legal advice, both parties agreed that a compromise would be more beneficial than continuing the protracted legal action, and allow them to ‘fully concentrate’ on their normal business. AnsaldoBreda is currently building 50 V300 high speed trains for Trenitalia in partnership with Bombardier.Ordered as long ago as 2004, the V250s were withdrawn in January 2013 after little more than a month of international service, following a series of technical failures. Belgian operator SNCB subsequently cancelled its contract for three trains which had not been delivered, and NS decided in June 2013 to abandon the Fyra project despite having already accepted several trains and put them into operation.Both parties accept that the trains could have been repaired and returned to commercial service. According to a joint statement, ‘the disagreement between the parties concerned a different assessment of the conditions under which this recovery would be possible. Basically it was not about the robustness of the design, but about acceptable deadlines for repair and employability that failed to meet the needs of NS, and about the financial consequences.’AnsaldoBreda will take responsibility for recovering the V250s that have been stored near Amsterdam. The supplier will then be free to refurbish or modify the trainsets to meet the needs of another operator. In the event of a successful sale, the agreement provides for additional payments to NS up to a maximum of €21m.Finmeccanica expressed its satisfaction with the agreement, which it said represented ‘a significant step forward’ in defining the level of risk at AnsaldoBreda. The effects of the deal have already been reflected in the company’s 2013 results.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInHalloween is here and the only place to be is conservation charity the National Trust for Scotland’s Threave Garden and Estate. A spooktacular time is promised for all the family on Friday 28 October, all inspired by the heritage and history of a traditional Scottish Halloween.At Threave, there will be dookin’ for apples, a ghastly fancy dress competition, blood-curdling walks in the garden, a merry-go-round and a terrifying turnip lantern competition.Plus, new for this year, the Haunted Threave House throws open its doors to share the secrets of an ancient curse and other ghostly stories.Halloween at Threave Garden begins at 6pm on 28 October and finishes with a bang with a fabulous firework finale at 9pm.Tickets for the event including Haunted House entry cost £8 per adult and £4 per child (ages 8 and over) and excluding Haunted House cost £2 per adult and £1 per child. Advance booking is advised – call 01556 502575.Halloween at Threave Garden is produced by the National Trust for Scotland in partnership with Castle Douglas Development Forum. Parking at Threave is limited – but a free bus service runs from Castle Douglas.Image result for ghost emoji (family fun)Hallowe’en at Threave Garden Fri 28 Oct, 6 – 9pm Threave Garden & Estate, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway DG7 1RXTo find out more about ghost stories at the National Trust for Scotland’s places, watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FW2sfzxDavEThreave’s wonderful garden showcases different styles and is a fine example of landscaped beauty. Wander among the rockery, uncover the secret garden and take in the soothing sound of water sculptures. The wider estate caters for a more adventurous taste and includes our flagship bat reserve. Take a trail to spot these rare, beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. Guided tours can be booked in advance and make sure to save time for some freshly baked treats in the main Terrace Cafe or more intimate and quirky Stables Café.
A second hand clothing market in Tanzania. Millions of Tanzanians rely on the clothing due to financial constraints.Tanzania has rolled back a ban on the importation of second hand clothing in the country, joining four other East African countries that had banned the clothing in reverting their decisions.Access to second hand clothes from the U.S. was made possible under the African Growth and Opportunity Act.The East African region accounts for 22 per cent of the U.S. second hand textiles industry exports.A ban on such imports was however proposed by East African heads of state, prompting condemnation from vendors of the clothes.For many of them, the second hand clothing business was their sole source of income and as such, ought to have been protected by the governments rather than scrapped off.Their concerns were shared by millions in the East African countries, who said they were unable to afford new clothing and as such had to rely on the second hand clothing that were much cheaper.It is however hoped that the second hand clothes will still be banned in the future, but Tanzania should fist develop and boost its own textile industry.
UWP supporters at a rally in St Joseph on Sunday 30 November 2014Political leader of the Opposition United Workers Party (UWP), Lennox Linton has invited his supporters to join him on a visit to the Electoral Commission later today.Mr Linton, during a radio program on Thursday 11 December 2014, called on his supporters especially those from the Grand Fond Constituency to join him on the 2:30PM visit to seek clarification on the winner of the Grand Fond/Morne Jaune/Riviere Cyrique seat.“There are a number of questions that the Electoral Commission must answer now about the conduct of the election in the Grand Fond/Morne Jaune/Riviere Cyrique Constituency and why are things the way they are right now,” Mr Linton said. He said the UWP needs answers regarding the manner in which the election was conducted in the Grand Fond Constituency “because as far as we know, all of the agents, all of the poll clerks and the presiding officers and the returning officers and the election clerks and so on around Dominica, get the same training, they’re supposed to be doing the same thing”.He said returning officers and election clerks cannot act as either a presiding officer or a poll clerk; however this occurred in Monday’s election.“There was one such example of an elections clerk involving herself in functions that the law prohibits her from involving herself in, the Electoral Commission, the Chief Elections Officer must explain to us the people of Dominica why was that allowed to happen,” Mr Linton said. Additionally, he said the Electoral Commission could have sent “an independent group that had nothing to do with the Constituency” to manage the recount of the votes “when it became obvious that we were dealing with people who were not being fair and not being impartial in their conduct of the count”.“Where are the other returning officers and the other election clerks around Dominica? Why couldn’t you get one or two of them to come in and to look about this instead of leaving it to people who were obviously partisan,” Mr Linton questioned.“So we have questions about those observations and those impressions we have we want to pose to the Chairman of the Commission and the Chief Elections Officer and I will be going to the Commission’s office tomorrow afternoon”.“I am inviting the people who share the concerns that we have in United Workers Party Team Dominica; whether you are from Morne Jaune, Riviere Cyrique, Grand Fond or you’re from somewhere else around Dominica because that fight is the people’s fight,” Mr Linton noted.Moreover, Danny Lugay, the winner of the Roseau North Constituency, who was also on the radio program with Mr Linton, invited his supporters to join today’s meeting.“Roseau North; your new Parliamentary Representative, I am inviting you out to join our captain to get answers from the Commission”.Mr Lugay informed that the Roseau North Constituency will join the meeting since they too have “concerns” about the manner in which the election took place there.“Sometimes you wonder if it’s a conspiracy why there’s so much inefficiencies in the Electoral Office and certainly Roseau North will be coming out to join our team captain to get answers from the Commission,” Mr Lugay said. Chief Elections Officer, Stephen LaRocque declined to comment on the matter. 497 Views 5 comments Share Share LocalNews UWP supporters to visit Electoral Commission by: Dominica Vibes News – December 12, 2014 Tweet Sharing is caring! Share
Learn what foster parenting is all about at Warm Hearts Open House, an Oakland Family Services event held from 5–7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, at the agency’s Pontiac office, 114 Orchard Lake Road.Staff and current foster parents will answer questions about becoming a foster parent, adoptive parent, or volunteer with the agency.“There are thousands of foster children in Michigan in need of loving temporary homes, where they can feel safe, comfortable, and secure,” said Luna Phetmisy, director of Family Preservation at Oakland Family Services. “Across the United States, more than 1,000 children enter the foster care system every day. These are children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect.”Oakland Family Services is looking for people who are willing to open up their hearts and homes to welcome children in crisis and make a difference in their lives. The agency also is seeking volunteers to help with transporting children from the foster home to the agency for parenting visits and providing childcare for training and other events.Anyone interested in the event should RSVP to Teresa Spong, 248-858-7766, ext. 1236 or email@example.com. Light refreshments will be served. Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
Dr. Betz King brings her dogs every day to William Grace Dog Park in Farmington Hills.Dr. Betz King takes her three dogs – Willow, Bodhi, and Rowan – to the William Grace Dog Park in Farmington Hills every morning, even before she’s fully awake.“I roll out of bed and get into my car,” said King, who recently conducted a pilot study about how dog parks affect pet owners. “It’s a real community here.”The park on Shiawassee Road, which in 2018 served more than 430 dogs from 369 households, also makes King happy. As a researcher, she started to wonder if it made other people happy and how that could be measured.King, who holds a doctoral degree in psychology from Farmington Hills-based Michigan School of Professional Psychology, presented the results of her study during an American Psychological Association conference in Chicago. She explored “the biopsycho-social impact of dog-park membership on the human companion.”Combining quantitative and qualitative methods, King created and posted a QR code that dog park visitors could scan to pull up a survey, and she interviewed her dog park compatriots. She said participants reported feeling “highly satisfied” with life and see the dog park as a place that benefits not only their pets, but also their own physical and mental well-being.“If you walk the perimeter three times, it’s one mile,” King said. “People get their steps in. A couple of people said it helped with their depression.”Those ages 60 and older reported the highest levels of satisfaction, but King noted folks in that age group are retirees or winding down their work lives, which may affect the results.However, she added, “Lots of studies show that being with dogs lowers blood pressure and reduces cortisol. Just being here really does make people feel better.”Not all the stories are positive. People also reported dog fights, which are rare but frightening. Pet owners are occasionally injured; King once suffered a broken ankle.The biggest complaint, though, is the lack of shade and running water inside the fenced area. “All summer long, by 11 a.m., it’s too hot to come,” King said.Because she surveyed a small number of people, she called the results “statistically insignificant.”“This would be considered a pilot study,” she said. “I am curious enough to want to do it again.” Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
Rohde & Schwarz has announced that its eCall test solution is now certified from an independent test house, CETECOM. eCall is a European initiative that brings rapid assistance to motorists involved in a collision anywhere in the European Union. From April 1, 2018 onward, car manufacturers are required to equip new vehicles for sale in the EU with an eCall module. In the event of a serious accident, this emergency call system automatically sends data to the uniform European emergency phone number 112 to facilitate faster response by emergency services.The R&S CMW-KA094 test solution is the first independently certified test public safety answering point (PSAP) system based on a wireless communications test platform. CETECOM has examined the implementation of the eCall test public safety answering point (PSAP) in the Rohde & Schwarz solution for the pan-European emergency call system and certified it as compliant with the CEN EN 16454:2015 standard. This is a prerequisite for tests compliant with Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/79. CETECOM has been officially designated as a technical service for eCall by the German Federal Motor Transport Authority.This certified eCall test solution can be used to simulate a public safety answering point, in accordance with the EN standard. This puts manufacturers and suppliers in a very good position for acceptance tests of their installed emergency call systems, and the Russian emergency call counterpart ERA-Glonass can also be tested with an extension.Rohde & Schwarz offers a compact solution for reproducible end-to-end functional tests and standard-compliant conformance tests of eCall and ERA-Glonass modules. The prescribed conformance tests can be performed with the test solution. Manufacturers and suppliers use these tests to check whether the installed modem properly initiates an emergency call in the event of a motor vehicle accident, correctly acquires the relevant data and sends it via the mobile network, and is able to establish a voice connection to the PSAP. Test houses and vehicle manufacturers use this solution for type approvals and for other tests requiring the emulation of mobile networks, such as location-independent testing of a car telephone.Currently the company is also developing test features for the next generation eCall over LTE system and making the corresponding solution fit for the future and for testing new vehicle telematics units. Along with eCall, Rohde & Schwarz supports the automobile industry with test solutions for e.g. V2X communications (from a vehicle to other users).The R&S CMW-KA094 application software specifically developed for eCall is based on the R&S CMW500 platform in combination with the R&S SMBV100A GNSS simulator. The software simulates a PSAP and controls the R&S CMW500, which emulates a mobile network in the lab. It also controls the GNSS simulator, which provides the position data of the accident location. The R&S SMBV100A additionally supports the GNSS receiver performance tests in accordance with Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/79 Annex VI. The eCall test solution can be fully automated with the R&S CMWrun sequencer software for further conformance tests, enabling users to directly utilize ready-made test sequences for eCall and ERA-Glonass modules compliant with ETSI TS 103 412, CEN EN 16454 or GOST 33467. This additionally facilitates demonstration of the functional capability of the overall system in accordance with Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/79. For more information on how to test eCall and ERA-Glonass system modules, click here.
Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti, has queried the source of former president Olusegun Obansanjo’s wealth, claiming that he siphoned public funds.Speaking in an interview with Osasu Igbinedion on The Osasu Show, Fayose also said President Muhammadu Buhari is clueless about the state of Nigeria’s economy. “I am the longest-serving governor, I’ve served in Obasanjo’s administration. I told everybody, when Obasanjo left prison, did he declare his assets? The library now today, where did the money come from,” he asked.“His house that he built in Abeokuta, where did the money come from? Even Buhari himself, he declared cattle herds and mud houses, he said he doesn’t have money. From which account did the money for the campaign come from? “We are fooling ourselves, because he’s in power today, to say he’s the one prosecuting; somebody else might be there tomorrow. It’s unfortunate that men of honour of yesterday are quiet today.”
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