News / Breaking the bottleneck: Egypt’s president opens expanded Suez Canal this week

first_img “Egypt’s gift to the world!” posters proudly proclaim at the arrivals hall of Cairo International Airport.While much of the international shipping community’s attention in the past few years has been on the Panama Canal expansion and plans for a rival canal through Nicaragua, Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi this week opens an expanded Suez Canal, just a year after announcing the project.The new canal will, effectively, allow convoys to pass both north and southbound simultaneously. Hitherto, the canal could only have traffic heading in one direction, limiting transits to one northbound convoy and two southbound each day. Southbound convoys would anchor at Bitter Lakes, an open expanse of water which is part of the canal, to allow a northbound convoy to cross.One of the key advantages to shipping of the new canal is that the transit time for southbound convoys will be reduced from 18 hours to 11 hours.“Eliminating that bottleneck at Bitter Lakes is very important,” Maersk Line Egypt MD Mohammad Shihab said in Cairo today. The capacity of the waterway will increase from 49 vessels per day to 97.Maersk is the canal’s largest customer, paying the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) around $523,000 per transit, with an annual bill of $729m for 1,400 transits annually. This represents around 14% of the SCA’s revenue, while the SCA itself is the Danish carrier’s single largest supplier.The expansion could also prove a considerable fillip to the Egyptian government’s plans to develop the Suez Canal Zone, a vast area adjacent to the waterway that is to be turned over industrial and logistics activity.At its heart is APM Terminals’ Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT), which in its 10 years of operation has carved out a healthy business as one of the Mediterranean’s most important transhipment ports, but still has a relatively small share of Egypt’s import and export volumes, largely because of its location on the eastern side of the canal.Klaus Holm Laursen, SCCT chief executive, said today he expected President Sisi to also use the opening ceremony on Friday to formally announce the dredging of a new side-channel at Suez’s Mediterranean entrance, which will remove another bottleneck at the entrance of the canal.Currently, ships calling at SCCT have to be part of a convoy and the dredging of a new access channel will remove that need.Mr Laursen said: “The side-channel will increase the ability to do business in Port Said East Port [where SCCT is located]. If Egypt does not go ahead with this we will not be able to handle any more traffic there.”In the original concession document between APMT and the Egyptian government, the new channel was due to have been completed by 2012, but was delayed due to the political and social upheaval that befell the country in 2011.“Having this channel is a very significant part of our business case, and if this isn’t fulfilled our business case looks very different, and a lot worse, and a major part of the East Port plan won’t be able to fly,” added Mr Laursen. By Gavin van Marle in Cairo 04/08/2015last_img read more

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Startups challenged to improve CoWIN network

first_img WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” By EH News Bureau on December 26, 2020 Related Posts COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution SystemCoWIN NetworkGrand Challenge COVID-19 Updates News Startups Comments (0) Rewards totalling Rs 3.85 crores from Grand Challenge launched by health, electronics & IT ministries, entries close on January 15To harness the talent and innovative ideas of new startups / new technology specialists, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Ministry of Electronics and IT, launched Phase-I of a Grand Challenge to strengthen the COVID Vaccine Intelligence Network (CoWIN Network).Participating start-ups stand to access rewards totalling Rs 3.85 crores across the implementation pathway.The Grand Challenge opened for applications on December 22 and will close on January 15, 2021.The aim is that governments and healthcare organisations start to think beyond the existing CoWIN Network and devise cost-effective mechanisms using emerging technologies including AI and ML to manage COVID-19, to check for better monitoring of vaccinated patients and public in general.As per a release, this initiative may be further extended to Phase-II to find solutions with respect to different aspects of COVID-19 in the future.The Phase 1 problem statements provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare includes seven areas of focus and technology development for charting out an effective mechanism of COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution System. The statements are followed by a detailed description and two examples of technologies which could solve this problem.The proposed Grand Challenge with seven pre-identified problem statements tries to tackle challenges relating to infrastructure, monitoring and management information systems, constraints of human resources-including technical capacities, gaps identified in cold chain and vaccine logistics management, massive vaccination of citizen, effective monitoring mechanism for vaccinated population (for adverse effects and appropriate COVID-19 behaviour).These identified parameters will holistically address the likely limitations associated with complete and effective vaccine distribution system (VDS) and administering across the country.Implementation mechanismIn the first step, the applications would be scrutinised initially. Based on the initial scrutiny, top 25 applicants from each thrust area will pitch their solutions before a Jury comprising experts in the area of IT and Health/ Immunisation etc. especially constituted to adjudicate the contestants.As a second step, the Jury would shortlist the top five applicants from each thrust area who will be provided the CoWIN APIs for showing the efficacy of their respective solutions for possible integration with the CoWIN platform. Each shortlisted applicant for the activity will be rewarded with Rs. 2 lakh each for covering their logistical needs.Third, the solutions as integrated with the CoWIN platform through open APIs will again be assessed by the Jury. Prior to this, STQC and iCERT will be entrusted to perform functional/ scalability/security testing of the solutions.In the fourth step of the implementation process, after the successful migration of the solution on the cloud on which the CoWIN is hosted, in addition to it being successful integration with CoWIN the Jury will select the top two contestants from each thrust area.The top two contestants from the initial six areas will be rewarded with Rs. 30 lakh and Rs 10 lakh respectively and for the seventh thrust area, (which entails the development of a logistics management information system for end to end logistic, supply chain and inventory management of vaccine) the top two contestants will be rewarded with Rs. 50 lakhs and 25 lakhs. Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services Add Comment Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Startups challenged to improve CoWIN network The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Share Read Articlelast_img read more

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Instructor, Limited Term – 2 years, Urban Studies & Geospatial, Department of Geography

first_imgThe University of Calgary has launched aninstitution-wide IndigenousStrategy in line with the foundational goalsof EyesHigh , committing to creating a rich, vibrant,and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supportsIndigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships,is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.The University of Calgary recognizes that a diversestaff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning, andresearch experiences of the entire campus and greater community. Weare committed to removing barriers that have been historicallyencountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruitindividuals who will further enhance our diversity and will supporttheir academic and professional success while they are here. Allqualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadiansand permanent residents will be given priority. At the time of yourapplication, please answer the following question: Are you aCanadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No) We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledgethe traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region inSouthern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nationof Alberta, Region III.The Department of Geography at theUniversity of Calgary invites applications for alimited-term instructor appointment (2 years) withan anticipated start date of July 1st,2021.  The successful candidate will hold a PhD in Geography or relatedfield with a demonstrated record of scholarship in Geography orUrban Studies. The successful candidate’s primary responsibilitywill be teaching in the Geography and Urban Studies programs,including teaching urban geography and geospatial (GIS, remotesensing, and/or quantitative spatial analysis) courses.  Thesuccessful applicant is expected to teach seven undergraduatecourses per year and participate in course coordination andcurriculum discussions. They will also have the opportunity to beinvolved in sustaining a vibrant undergraduate program throughextra-curricular activities and events on campus, as well as withinthe broader community. The successful candidate will have ademonstrated record of teaching effectiveness, pedagogicalinnovation, and engagement with students, as well as a demonstratedrecord of collaborations across disciplines.  The Department of Geography is a research-intensive departmentwith high standards in teaching and research. We valueinterdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to research andtraining, and we strongly encourage collaboration. Please visit theDepartment of Geography website for more information (http://geog.ucalgary.ca). Applications must be received by May 27, 2021. Interviewswill be organized by the Department of Geography. Interested individuals should submit an online application byvisiting https://ecs.ucalgary.ca/dept/hr/talent/recruitment/Lists/Marions%20List/AllItems.aspxand clicking ‘Apply Now’ at the bottom of the posting. Please beaware that the application process allows for only fourattachments. Your application attachments should be in pdf formatand organized to contain the following (which may require you tomerge documents):Letter of InterestCurriculum VitaA teaching portfolio that includes evidence of teachingexperience, teaching effectiveness, and statement of teachingphilosophy and methods  Expression of interest that identifies which courses in ourcurrent calendar that you would be most interested and qualified toteachA statement identifying the applicant’s contributions,or potential contributions, to equity, diversity, andinclusion (EDI) along with their ability to work with aculturally diverse and international student body Please also arrange to have three reference lettersemailed directly to: Dr. David Goldblum, Department Head and Search CommitteeChair Department of GeographyUniversity of [email protected]last_img read more

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New York is among the worst cities to save for a rainy day: study

first_imgMemphis earns the top spot as the best city for saving (Credit: iStock)Experts say you should squirrel away six months’ worth of expenses as a contingency for losing a job or a medical emergency. But in New York, it would take someone half a lifetime to save that much, according to a new study.The average New Yorker would have to save for 521 months – or more than 43 years – to save up a roughly $30,000 six-month emergency fund, according to the personal finance site Bankrate.That puts the Big Apple among the worst cities for those looking to save.Bankrate ranked U.S. cities by the amount of time required to save a six-month emergency fund, based on housing costs and other expenses including groceries, medical care, utilities and transportation.The best city for saving is Memphis, where a six-month emergency fund would require 11.6 months of saving, followed by Cincinnati (12.6 months), Cleveland (12.8 months), Pittsburgh (13.1 months) and Detroit (13.3 months).ADVERTISEMENTIn four California cities – Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose – the time required to build a six-month emergency fund is immeasurable.Bankrate used data from ATTOM Data Solutions, the Cost of Living Index compiled by the Council for Community and Economic Research and the U.S. Census Bureau. [CNBC] – Mike Seemuth This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

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Olmsted Falls converts trick play to stun Midview in closing seconds, 26-23

first_imgOLMSTED FALLS, Ohio– Round one of the OHSAA High School Football Playoffs started off tonight with incredible action all over the state. The Middies of Midview entered Olmsted Falls fresh off an 8-2 season and looking to avenge a 41-27 Week 8 loss to the Bulldogs less than a month ago.It was not to be, as once again the incredible rushing attack of the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs proved to be too much to contain. The Bulldog triple-headed rushing monster compiled 218 total rushing yards in a 26-23 victory over The Middies to advance to the second round of the state playoffs. The leading rusher was Michael Howard with 108 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.A trick passing play in the closing seconds secured Olmsted Falls one of the most dramatic wins in OHSAA Playoff history. Running back Jack Spellacy threw a 60-yard halfback pass touchdown to Braden Galaska with 42 seconds left on the clock to win the game. No one saw the play coming and it proved to be a genius call by Head Coach Tom DeLuca to win his team the game in shocking fashion.“We’ve been in four games in the last two years in which we had to come on a two-minute drive to win the game,” said DeLuca, who took us behind his thought process at the time of his gutsy call. “We’re not afraid to run the ball on those two-minute drives, thus a defense cannot just play us in a prevent defense and not account for the run. Their safety and their corner both bit on the halfback lead and we threw it over the top. We have been practicing it for the last four weeks and thank God we did!”The craziest part of it all was that only 90 seconds earlier, it was a trick play by Midview that gave them the 23-20 lead with two minutes left to play. Midview was down 20-17 at the time with a few tics over two minutes remaining on the clock when they ran a double reverse that allowed wide receiver Ben Gendics to break off a 64-yard touchdown run that appeared to seal the victory for the Middies.It was their first lead of the entire game, and for all intents and purposes appeared to be enough to vault the Middie’s into the second round of the playoffs. But, the Bulldogs were not done yet.“We were in our nickel personal and trying to play the pass so we were a little weak on the backside,” DeLuca said describing what could have been a back-breaking moment. “Credit to them because they saw that, and that is a good play to go to and he had the edge contained. Our backer pursued the way he was supposed to, but then they kicked him out and cut it up. It was a great play call on their end and put them in great position. They caught us on that play and did a good job there.”The Midview Middies did their best to counter with some of their best as well, but it wasn’t quite enough. Quarterback Seamus Higley finished with 128 yards passing on 10-of-23 attempts with one touchdown. He also rushed for 23 yards and appeared to lead the game winning drive, before the dramatic ending. Star tailback Connor Wolfe was held in check, only rushing for 44 yards on 19 carries with no scores.After the Olmsted Falls defense forced a three-and-out of the Middie’s offense to start the game, their offensive right went on the attack. On their second play from scrimmage it was Michael Howard breaking off a 70-yard rush down to the one-yard line of Midview. Luke Lombardo would punch it in on the next snap to put the Bulldogs up.It wouldn’t take Midview long to reply as they took the ensuing kickoff in for a touchdown. It was the speedy Isiah Johnson running it in from 90 yards out to tie the game.  As the first quarter was coming to a close, the Bulldogs went up again. This time, it was on a touchdown toss from Grenzynski to Galaska that should have been picked off, but instead, led to a touchdown on a missed chance by the Midview defender.The Middies did manage a field goal before the half was out to pull within three points at the break. They were playing without Isiah Johnson who got banged up on the next series following his touchdown. They were also without Seth Sanders who left the game injured as well. Despite missing two of their better playmakers, the Midview attack did manage to score in each quarter of the game.Olmsted Falls opened the second half with a 7 minute, 41 second touchdown drive. The long and impressive series of third and fourth down conversations was topped off by a 10-yard Michael Howard touchdown run. Midview would answer on their next series with a beautiful one-handed touchdown catch by Wolfe from Higley. The score would remain 20-17 until the wild closing minutes.Tonight’s player of the game goes to Braden Galaska with 114 yards receiving on seven catches including the dramatic game winner!Box ScoreMidview    7     3     7     6 = 23O. Falls     13    0     7     6 = 26Scoring Summary1Q 1-yard TD run Lombardo. XP Good @ 9:071Q 90-yard kickoff return TD Johnson. XP Good @ 8:521Q 16-yard TD pass Grendzynski to Galaska. XP no good @2:022Q 35-yard FG Roig. @2:423Q 10-yard TD run Howard. XP Good @4:413Q 25-yard TD pass Higley to Wolfe. XP good @1:024Q 64-yard TD run Gendics. XP no good @2:024Q 60-yard TD pass Spellacy to Galaska. XP no good @0:42 Related TopicsOHSAA Vince McKeelast_img read more

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