Odds & Ends: In Advance of Broadway Bio-Musical, Tina Turner Named to Memphis Music Hall of Fame & More

first_imgTina Turner(Photo: Robert Vos/Getty Images) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed today.In Advance of Broadway Bio-Musical, Tina Turner Named to Memphis Music Hall of FameAs if we couldn’t be more excited about the Broadway premiere of Tina—The Tina Turner Musical, we just word that the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll herself, Tina Turner, has been named to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. Turner will be officially inducted the night after the Olivier-nominated musical opens on Broadway. In addition to this latest honor, Turner’s many accolades include 11 Grammy Award wins and the sale of 180 million records worldwide. In the Broadway musical based on her life, Turner will be played by Tony-nominated actress Adrienne Warren, who earned an Olivier nomination for the show’s West End premiere. Broadway previews kick off on October 12 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.Oklahoma! Visionary Daniel Fish to Direct Acquanetta at BardDaniel Fish is going back to his roots. The Tony-nominated director of the 2019 Tony-winning Oklahoma! revival will lend his talent to the new work Acquanetta this summer from July 11-21 as part of Bard SummerScape, the series which housed the original staging of Fish’s innovative Oklahoma! Written by Michael Gordon and Deborah Artman, the show is inspired by the obituary of Mildred Davenport (aka Acquanetta), who headlined a series of 1940s horror films. The catalyst for Acquanetta is a scene from the 1943 cult classic Captive Wild Woman in which a mad doctor conducts a doomed experiment to create a woman by transplanting a human female’s brain and glands into a gorilla. The cast of Acquanetta will be led by Rebecca L. Hargrove in the title role, with Amelia Watkins, Christopher Burchett, Eliza Bagg and Timur.Kristine Nielsen, Rosdely Ciprian & Thursday Williams Set for Reading of One Giant Leap, 50 Years OnTwo-time Tony nominee Kristine Nielsen (Gary) is teaming up with Rosdely Ciprian and Thursday Williams, the two young stars of What the Constitution Means to Me, for an upcoming reading of the newly commissioned play One Giant Leap, 50 Years On by J.T. Rogers (Oslo), based on original New York Times coverage of the moon mission. Directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher (who helmed Oslo), the public reading will be held at New York City’s Town Hall on July 21 at 7:00pm. The cast will also include Tony nominees Lauren Ambrose, Jeff Daniels, Danai Gurira, LaTanya Richardson Jackson and Arian Moayed, along with Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson and Drama Desk winner Dakin Matthews. Before the reading and a discussion, attendees can experience an interactive VR module, created with photographs taken by Apollo 11 astronauts, which will transport them into a simulated re-creation of the moon’s surface. View Commentslast_img read more

Vermont attorney general settles consumer protection claims against Amerigas Propane for $545,000

first_imgAmeriGas Propane, LP, America’s largest propane retailer, has agreed to pay $254,986 to Vermont consumers, $190,000 to LIHEAP — the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program — and $100,000 in civil penalties to the State of Vermont, to settle claims that the company violated Vermont consumer protection laws. The Attorney General found that for many Vermonters, AmeriGas delayed in removing propane storage tanks or issuing refund checks after consumers terminated propane service, and charged a fee for reading propane meters without proper disclosure.‘Starting December 2010, my Consumer Assistance Program received over 100 propane complaints,’ said Attorney General William Sorrell. ‘As a result, we successfully lobbied the Legislature to amend our propane laws to better protect consumers and promote fair competition. Unfortunately, AmeriGas failed to pay close attention. Vermonters were harmed, and now AmeriGas will compensate consumers and the State of Vermont.’Current Vermont law requires companies to remove propane tanks within 20 days of a customer’s request to terminate service (or from the disconnection date), and to issue refund checks within 20 days of disconnection. Statutory penalties apply for delays beyond the allowable timeframes.AmeriGas identified 169 consumers who, between January 1, 2010, and June 30, 2013, experienced delays in propane disconnection, whether in removing the tank or providing a refund. This group of consumers will receive an average of $500 for tank delays, and in excess of $1,000 for refunds. Another 817 consumers may have experienced either a tank or refund delay, and will receive either $50 or $125, respectively. Both groups of consumers will receive a payment and explanatory letter.Sorrell added, ‘If you receive an envelope from the Attorney General in late November or December, open it. If it’s about AmeriGas, it will include at least some money to help with winter heating or holiday expenses.’Attorney General Sorrell also noted that, ‘AmeriGas’s decision to stop charging the meter read fee is another good outcome. Clear and conspicuous explanation of fees is a bedrock principle of Vermont consumer protection laws.’Vermont Consumer Protection Rules prohibit the billing or collection of any charge that is not clearly and conspicuously disclosed through contract or writing at least 60 days prior to the charge. Between January 1, 2010, and February 29, 2012, AmeriGas collected meter read fees from over 800 consumers without proper disclosure. As of May 1, 2013, AmeriGas stopped charging any meter read fee in Vermont, and has refunded all customers who were charged a meter read fee.Regarding the money contributed to LIHEAP, Governor Shumlin said, ‘I appreciate the Attorney General’s efforts to protect a program with the sole mission of helping low-income Vermonters heat their homes in the winter. As the State continues to fight for every dollar for LIHEAP, this settlement not only provides money for the program, but sends a message that Vermont will not tolerate violations of our consumer protection laws.’AmeriGas released the following statement: ‘The Company and its employees take great pride in our service; it was unfortunate that some of our customers were inadequately informed of fees for meter reading, or, did not receive timely refunds for unused propane fuel after the disconnection of service,’ said Bob Young, Vice President of the Eastern Region of AmeriGas. ‘We are no longer charging meter read fees, have taken steps to ensure updated Fee Disclosure Forms are provided to our customers, tanks are picked up as required by CF-111 regulations and refunds are issued on a timely basis going forward.’ ‘AmeriGas values its customers and all of our employees are committed to providing safe and reliable propane service every day,’ Young said. ‘We look forward to the opportunity to build relationships with new clients and re-establish relationships with former clients.’ ‘We welcome the resolution of this matter so that we can continue with the important business of ensuring that our customers have the heating fuels they need, especially heading into the cold winter months.’Under the terms of the’ settlement, AmeriGas will now: record all dates and other information necessary to comply with timeframes for terminating propane service; make payments of $255,000 to almost 1,000 Vermont consumers to resolve any actual or potential delay in propane service termination for the time period January 1, 2010, through June 30, 2013; revise its Fee Disclosure Form to reflect that meter read fees are no longer charged in Vermont; and promptly review any future consumer complaints regarding propane service termination. Vermont’s LIHEAP program will also receive $190,000 from this settlement.Consumers who have questions about the settlement (or to file a complaint) may contact the Attorney General’s’ Consumer Assistance Program, by phone: (802) 656-3183 or 1-800-649-2424, by email at’ Consumer@uvm.edu(link sends e-mail), or by mail to: Consumer Assistance Program, 146 University Place, Burlington, VT 05405.Vermont Attorney General, November 4, 2013last_img read more

Minnesota grinds its way to sweep Bemidji State

first_imgGophers dig out of hole to take game oneMinnesota didn’t let two first period deficits stop it from taking game one of the series.The Gophers defeated the Beavers 6-3 on Friday at Ridder Arena, after trailing twice during the game. Minnesota scored four unanswered goals after allowing three goals in the first period. Gulstene stopped 19 shots to earn her sixth win of the season.Bemidji State took a 2-0 lead early in the first period. After Bemidji State scored at 6:31 of the period, Frost called a timeout. “I wanted to challenge them and get them back to playing how we know we can play,” Frost said. “It’s a long game. They scored two goals in seven minutes. We’ve got 53 minutes to figure it out.”Minnesota responded with two goals before Bemidji State center Clair DeGeorge gave the Beavers the lead back with a power play goal at 18:16 of the period.The Gophers took control of the game in the second and third periods. Defender Katie Robinson got her first goal of the season at 9:53 of the second period. Robinson beat Beavers goaltender Lauren Bench with a slap shot from just outside the slot. Right winger Alex Woken scored twice. Woken scored the game-winning goal at 11:48 of the second period and scored again at 10:02 of the third period.Woken said Minnesota didn’t sink after letting Bemidji State retake the lead. “After the first period, we had to pick it up,” Woken said. “[The first] was not the period that we had hoped for, but we started moving our feet. …Things started to fall into place.”Minnesota will have the weekend off before facing St. Cloud State (4-8-0, 2-6-0-0) in a home-and-home series Nov. 17–18. Minnesota grinds its way to sweep Bemidji StateThe Gophers defeated the Beavers 6-3 on Friday and 2-1 on Saturday.Jack RodgersSophomore forward Grace Zumwinkle eyes her opponent at Ridder Arena on Friday, Oct. 19. The Gophers beat Ohio State 3-0. Erik NelsonNovember 5, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintIt wasn’t pretty, but the Gophers found a way to win against a challenging adversary.No. 2 Minnesota (9-2-1, 7-2-1-0) swept Bemidji State (0-9-1, 0-5-1-0), winning 6-3 on Friday and 2-1 on Saturday at Ridder Arena. Head coach Brad Frost said Saturday’s game exemplified the rivalry between the Gophers and the Beavers.“They make it hard to play against,” Frost said. “They’re fast, strong … and take away time and space. They did that all to perfection tonight.”Minnesota struck first at 11:52 of the first period. Left winger Taylor Williamson took a shot that beat Bemidji State goaltender Kerigan Dowhy after center Catie Skaja won a faceoff. It was Williamson’s fourth goal of the season. The Gophers are undefeated this season during games in which they score the first goal. The Beavers tied the game at 7:26 of the second period when left winger Jacqueline Kaasa beat Gophers goaltender Alex Gulstene on a breakaway. Right winger Grace Zumwinkle scored the game-winning goal on a power play at 5:06 of the third period. Zumwinkle beat Dowhy with a slap shot that hit the inside of the crossbar. It was Zumwinkle’s fifth goal of the season.Zumwinkle said she was surprised that she scored on that opportunity. “I thought it had a chance,” Zumwinkle said. “I was caught off guard but I was happy it went in.”Minnesota killed off four Bemidji State power plays on Saturday. Gulstene stopped 25 shots for her seventh win of the season, and she remains undefeated.Frost said Minnesota’s penalty kill was a difference maker on Saturday. “Our penalty kill has been real good over the last couple of weeks,” he said. “It was something that we were struggling with early [in the season]. The players have dug in and found a way to kill those off.”last_img read more

CDC reports two swine-related H3N2 infections

first_imgNov 12, 2010 (CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced two human infections with a swine-related novel influenza A (H3N2) virus, both of which involved exposure to pig settings and fit the profile of the few similar cases it sees each year.The CDC detailed the two cases, one from Wisconsin and the other from Pennsylvania, in a special notice and mentioned them in its weekly influenza surveillance report, which shows that flu activity across the nation remains at low levels.Human novel influenza A infections are nationally notifiable in the United States, and the World Health Organization (WHO) under its International Health Regulations requires member states to report such cases to the global health community.Earlier this week, the Russian media picked up on the US cases, based on comments from their health officials who had been notified. Some Russian media reports appeared in English-language outlets, while the infectious disease message board FluTrackers identified and translated Russian-language reports on the cases. Early word of the two cases fueled Internet speculation about a possible new pandemic strain.For example, Russian health officials today held a press conference today to emphasize that no human-to-human spread of the novel H3N2 viruses from the US patients had been detected, according to a report from Itar-Tass, the country’s news agency.In its statement today, the CDC said the two novel H3N2 infections occurred more than 6 weeks apart, and the viruses have genetic differences that show no link between the cases. Ongoing investigations so far show no human-to-human spread. “The most likely scenario at this point is that these are two isolated cases of human infection with swine influenza viruses that, while very rare, do occur from time to time,” the CDC said, adding that it fully investigates each case to detect any possible human-to-human transmission.Laboratory analysis shows that the viruses are triple-reassortant H3N2 subtypes, common in North American pigs, that contain genes from human, avian, and swine influenza viruses. The CDC said the two novel H3N2 cases are similar to other swine-related human H3N2 infections reported in an Iowa patient in 2009, a Kansas patient in 2009, and a Minnesota patient in 2010.Since 2005 the CDC has recorded 18 human infections with swine-related viruses, and most have occurred in people who had direct exposure to pigs.In the latest cases, the patient from Wisconsin got sick on Sep 8, a few days after attending a state fair where pigs were exhibited. The patient was hospitalized and has since recovered.  The patient from Pennsylvania, who lives in an area where pigs are farmed, got sick on Oct 24 and has also recovered.The CDC emphasized that the swine-related flu viruses aren’t transmitted through pork and that the triple-reassortant H3N2 viruses are different from the 2009 H1N1 strain and the seasonal H3N2 virus. It said that in the past the agency received about one report a year of swine-related human flu infections, but over the past few years it has averaged about three cases per year. The increase could be linked to increased lab capacity and reporting.In other US flu developments, flu indicators in the CDC’s latest surveillance report suggest that levels are up slightly, though overall activity is still low. The percentage of laboratory specimens testing positive for influenza crept up from 1.6% last week to 6.8% this week.Hawaii, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina reported local flu activity, while 34 states reported minimal activity. Several states reported no flu activity.One pediatric death was noted, a child from Texas whose death from an unsubtyped influenza A virus was reported during the previous flu-season week.Of the flu specimens tested last week, 55% were the H3N2 subtype, nearly 40% were influenza B, 8% were 2009 H1N1, and the rest were not subtyped. The CDC said its tests on a selection of the virus samples suggest that the circulating strains closely match the ones including in the seasonal vaccine.See also:Nov 12 CDC statementNov 12 CDC weekly flu surveillance reportCDC flu vaccine distribution updatelast_img read more

Study: Lab-made H5N1-H1N1 viruses spread in guinea pigs

first_imgMay 2, 2013 (CIDRAP News) – Chinese scientists report that lab-generated hybrid viruses combining genes from avian H5N1 and pandemic 2009 H1N1 (pH1N1) influenza viruses can achieve airborne spread between guinea pigs, a finding that seems likely to renew the debate about the risks of creating novel viruses that might be able to spark a human pandemic.Writing in Science, the researchers say that 5 of 127 hybrids they generated by shuffling genes from the two subtypes showed “highly efficient” transmission in guinea pigs. None of the guinea pigs died, but some mice that were infected with the reassortant strains did succumb.Guinea pigs are not regarded as the best experimental model for human flu, a distinction that belongs to ferrets. The Chinese team did not test any of the hybrid viruses in ferrets, because a voluntary moratorium on “gain of function” research on H5N1 viruses—studies involving the creation of potentially dangerous new strains—intervened in January 2012 and lasted a year.The moratorium was prompted by the controversy that erupted in late 2011 over two earlier studies in which researchers generated novel H5N1 strains that spread among ferrets via respiratory droplets. One of the studies involved an H5N1-H1N1 reassortant; while the other involved an H5N1 virus in which specific mutations were induced. The US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) sought to prevent publication of full details of the two studies, but eventually reversed itself, and the studies were published in May and June of 2012.In a statement to reporters, the editors of Science said the new Chinese study “provides evidence that H5N1 viruses spread by air between mammals can be generated by reassortment. Reassortment as it occurs in nature, however, is much slower.”In another study on H5N1 transmissibility, also published today in Science, another team of Chinese researchers examined how hemagglutinin (HA) from H5N1 attaches to human cell receptors. They identified a mutation, Q226L, that enables a mutant form of H5N1 HA to bind to both avian and human receptors.Safety precautionsIn the reassortant study, the team focused on H5N1 and pH1N1 because both viruses can infect pigs, suggesting the possibility that reassortants could arise naturally. The researchers, led by Ying Zhang of the Harbin Veterinary Research Institute, conducted their experiments in enhanced animal biosafety level 3 (ABSL-3) conditions at that institute. They say all the experiments were done before the moratorium began.The scientists used an H5N1 virus isolated from a duck in China in 2001 and the first pH1N1 strain that was identified in China during the 2009 pandemic. Using reverse genetics, they generated 127 reassortants that combined the H5N1 virus’s HA gene with all possible combinations of the other seven genes from the pH1N1 isolate. The reassortants were easily generated and all grew efficiently in chicken eggs, the report says.The authors used genetically modified mice to test the virulence of the hybrid viruses. They found that 54 of the reassortants had about the same virulence as the original H5N1 duck virus, killing some of the mice; 38 viruses were less pathogenic than the H5N1 strain; and 35 viruses were more virulent, killing all the mice.The researchers say guinea pigs are comparable with ferrets as models of human flu transmission. Although guinea pigs have both avian and mammalian types of airway receptors, flu viruses that bind only to avian receptors (alpha2,3-linked sialic acids) don’t spread by respiratory droplets in the animals, they report.The team used the original H5N1 and pH1N1 viruses and 19 of their reassortants to test for airborne transmission in guinea pigs. For each strain, three guinea pigs were dosed with the virus, and three other guinea pigs were placed in cages near them but not close enough for direct contact.The scientists found “highly efficient” airborne transmission of the pH1N1 virus in 5 of the 19 reassortants. The results indicated that the PA (acidic polymerase) and NS (nonstructural protein) genes of the pH1N1 virus can make H5N1 highly transmissible by respiratory droplets in guinea pigs and that the NA (neuraminidase) and M (matrix) genes from the pH1N1 also promote such transmission of H5N1.”These transmission studies indicate that many of the H5N1 hybrid viruses bearing one or more of the PA, NA, M, or NS genes of 2009/H1N1 were transmissible in guinea pigs,” the report states.The scientists say they previously showed that a mutant strain of a duck H5N1 isolate, with changes at HA positions 226 and 228, bound exclusively to human receptors (alpha2,6-linked sialic acids). They found that this mutant, which contains the same combination of mutations as reported in the ferret-transmissible H5N1 virus reported by Ron Fouchier, PhD, and colleagues in 2012, did not transmit in guinea pigs.”Our studies provide evidence that H5N1 viruses that are capable of respiratory droplet transmission between mammals can be generated by reassortment between mammalian 2009/H1N1 and avian H5N1 viruses,” the report concludes.”Since the internal genes of these reassortants can already replicate efficiently in mammalian hosts, we predict that similar reassortants could infect humans and subsequently acquire mutations that improve binding efficacy for alpha2,6-linked sialic acids,” it states.The Science statement says that studies in a more human-like animal model, such as ferrets, were halted by the research moratorium, “but these are the potential next step if the influenza research community decides it is important to quantify the degree of threat from avian influenza viruses.”Mixed reactionsThe report drew varied reactions from other experts consulted by CIDRAP News, with one hailing it as a useful contribution and others questioning whether the findings were worth the risks involved in the experiments.Andrew Pekosz, PhD, a virologist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, said the study provides new information about the kinds of genetic combinations that can lead to flu transmission, which is useful for flu surveillance. He is an associate professor in the departments of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology and of Environmental Health Sciences.”The more we understand how wide-ranging those combinations of genetic changes are that can lead to this kind of transmission, the better off we’ll be,” he said. “That knowledge helps inform us what we should be looking for regarding viruses that are potential human pathogens.”He commented that the study doesn’t provide “any kind of lightning-strike or light-bulb observations, but it helps tell us what to be looking for in terms of viruses acquiring transmissibility.”Pekosz said he thinks the findings justify any risks involved in the experiments: “As far as I could tell from reading this and being familiar with the group and how they do their research, everything falls under the guidelines that apply to labs in the US regarding biocontainment, respiratory protection, and monitoring . . . . I think the safety concerns are well taken care of.”He also commented that it’s difficult to make “direct leaps” from the guinea pig findings to what would happen in the human population, but the results suggest the possibility that the reassortants could spread in humans. He noted that guinea pigs are not as widely used as ferrets in flu transmission experiments because they’ve only been rediscovered in that regard in the past decade or so.”I think another important thing about this paper is this is a directed or systematic creation of reassortant viruses, which makes it hard to say if these would occur in natural infection,” Pekosz said. “You’re not allowing for the natural competition that would take place in an infected animal.”David Relman, MD, a microbiologist and infectious disease expert at Stanford University, expressed concern over the biosecurity implications of the study.”It clearly has biosecurity concerns,” he said in an interview. “I would have liked to see these experiments discussed by a wider community of scientists and nonscientists before they were undertaken. . . . I would have some grave questions about doing these without having a clearer idea of how exactly the results would lead to tangible real-time benefits.””Having a BSL-3 lab and not working during the moratorium does not address the issue,” he said.Relman is a professor of medicine and of microbiology and immunology at Stanford and also chief of infectious diseases at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Palo Alto. He also co-directs Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, and he is an NSABB member.He said he believes that the issues raised in the controversy over H5N1 gain-of-function research have not been fully resolved.”The year of the moratorium yielded some progress in the form of some much greater awareness in many kinds of people and much useful discussion, but also resulted in some antipathy and polarization,” he said. “I don’t feel . . . we’re at a place where we can say we know how we’re going to approach this now. And yet work has been resumed with a lot of scientific enthusiasm.”Simon Wain-Hobson, PhD, a veteran HIV researcher and an opponent of gain-of-function experiments, was more sharply critical of the study. He is a professor at the Pasteur Institute in Paris and chairs the board of the Foundation for Vaccine Research, a privately funded group that recently asked President Obama’s Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues to review the ethics of experiments designed to increase the transmissibility of H5N1 viruses.In a written statement, Wain-Hobson said this study, along with the earlier ones by Fouchier and Yoshihiro Kawaoka, DVM, PhD, show that many different starting points and different experimental protocols can lead to a flu virus capable of airborne transmission. He said it’s impossible to predict the pathway that might lead to a pandemic flu virus in nature.”Which evolutionary trajectory will nature take?” he said. “We don’t know because there are simply too many. So what is the use [of the findings] for surveillance?””What we learn [from the H5N1 transmissibility studies in general] is that qualitatively flu can exploit a huge fraction of sequence space and can adapt to almost anything given time,” Wain-Hobson said. “But this we knew, not only from flu work, but also from RNA virology in general. . . . The benefits are general knowledge which we basically knew, while the risks are increased by this work.”Wain-Hobson said the authors did “a super piece of work” from the science standpoint and undoubtedly meant well. But he labeled the study “very dangerous work disguised as big science. Given this, one wonders why it is published in Science.”Zhang Y, Zhang Q, Kong H, et al. H5N1 hybrid viruses bearing 2009/H1N1 virus genes transmit in guinea pigs by respiratory droplet. Science 2013 May 2 (Early online publication) [Abstract]Zhang W, Shi R, Lu X, et al. An airborne transmissible avian influenza H5 hemagglutinin seen at the atomic level. Science 2013 May 2 (Early online publication) [Abstract]See also: Jun 21, 2012, CIDRAP News story “Fouchier study reveals changes enabling airborne spread of H5N1″May 3, 2012, CIDRAP News story “Report details changes that may boost H5N1 spread in mammals”last_img read more

Linde plc announces $1bn share repurchase programme

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first_imgGet your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited access To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

The Friday Flyer – April 3rd 2015

first_imgThis week saw a clear demonstration that infrastructure assets are attractive to institutions like pension funds because of the long-term investment opportunity and stable returns that they represent.The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and Hermes Infrastructure announced that they are to buy a 30 percent stake in Associated British Ports for about GBP1.6 bn (USD2.4 bn), and may acquire a further 3.33 percent, depending on pre-exemption rights.Cressida Hogg, managing director & global head of infrastructure at CPPIB says that “she is excited about this unique opportunity to invest in a significant portfolio of landlord ports with a proven track record of steady operational performance”.And so she should be since ABP has had a fairly decent track record for delivering long-term predictable inflation-linked cash flows, with robust cash yields, since it was privatised in the early 1980s. In businessShipping confidence slides againOverall confidence in the shipping industry fell to its lowest level for two and a half years during the three months up to February 2015, according to Moore Stephens’ latest Shipping Confidence Survey.ABP gets new shareholderThe Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and Hermes Infrastructure will acquire a 30 percent stake in Associated British Ports (ABP) for about GBP1.6 bn (USD2.4 bn), and may acquire a further 3.33 percent, depending on pre-exemption rights.Meriaura sells PernotransMeriaura Group has sold logistics and transport company Pernotrans to its managing director Mika Suomalainen and his brother Jari Suomalainen. Contractual obligationsCameron LNG win for MammoetMammoet has been awarded the heavy lift and heavy haulage contract for the Cameron LNG project in Hackberry, Louisiana.Swire Tasmania deal falls throughA memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the Tasmanian government and Swire Shipping has expired, due to the economic case for a direct international service linking Tasmania to global markets no longer being sustainable. Capacity developmentsSpliethoff doubles upSpliethoff has increased the frequency of its Cleveland-Europe Express (CEE) service between Antwerp and Cleveland from one to two sailings per month. HighwayTrailer MES makes US debutScheuerle – a member of the TII Group – has introduced a new heavy-duty trailer into the North American market – the HighwayTrailer MES (Modular Extra Strong).ABC adds Hanoi and Los AngelesAirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) launched a twice-weekly freighter services connecting Hanoi, Vietnam and its Moscow Sheremetyevo hub, effective April 1. It also launched a new service connecting Moscow and Los Angeles.Qargo adds straddle carrier at RotterdamQargo Packers says it has become the first company at the Port of Rotterdam to operate a Combilift straddle carrier (Combi-SC).Meriaura Group adds twoMeriaura Group has signed a contract with Dutch shipyard Royal Bodewes for building two 4,700DWT VG EcoCoaster general cargo vessels. Shipment of the weekSAL Heavy Lift’s multipurpose vessel Svenja loaded and unloaded eight Damen tug boats and an E-house (electrical house) on a voyage from Vietnam to the Netherlands. On the moveDVB Bank adds shipping expert Bart Veldhuizen has joined the Board of Managing Directors of DVB Bank SE. Network and association developmentsLeman has joined the Project Cargo Network (PCN) as its newest representative in the USA.The XLProjects (XLP) network welcomed Beijing Oriental Fortune International Transportation Agent (BOFIT) as a new member in China. All about EvieAs a keen animal lover, Evie was touched when she saw IAG Cargo safely transport four endangered white rhinos from Johannesburg to Miami, via London, as part of a conservation project.last_img read more

Race for Ghana’s Presidential seat

first_imgFollowing a peaceful election by the Gambians in the December 1st polls, all eyes will be on Ghana as they seek to elect a new government on December 7th.This years’ polls have generated interest in 7 presidential aspirants among them Ghana’s former first lady, Nana Konadu Rawlings, whose husband Jerry John Rawlings, served as president from 1992 to 2000.The race however is viewed as a two horse race between, Ghana’s incumbent president, John Dramani Mahama who is seeking re-election for a second term after winning the previous elections in 2012 and Nana akufo-Addo, leader of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) who is trying his luck for the third time after losing twice in 2008 and 2012.Other aspirants include:Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom, founder of the Patriotic Peoples Party and a seasoned politician.Ivor Kobina, a candidate of the Conventions People Party (CPP).Dr.Edward Mahama, who has contested for the seat five different times, unsuccessfully and vying on the People’s National Congress.Jacob Osei Yeboah, an independent candidate, who also is the youngest of them all.However, as the day of the poll nears, there are concerns about the legitimacy of the results after last elections were challenged by some, resulting to the dismissal of the case by the Supreme Court.Over 15 million Ghanaians are expected to cast their vote in the December 7th polls to elect a new president along with other 275 members of parliamentlast_img read more

Scholarship recipients urged to return to build Dominica

first_imgSome of the 2018 Cuban Scholarship receipientsDominican students, who will be leaving the island this week to pursue medical and other degrees in Cuba, have been urged to make the best use of the opportunity and return to assist in the country’s development.Fourteen more Dominicans were awarded scholarships from the Cuban Government to pursue tertiary education under the Cuban Scholarship Program on 13 July 2018.“I want to tell you take the opportunity; enjoy the good times but use the opportunity,”Cuban Ambassador to Dominica, Juan Carlos Frometa de la Rosa advised the students.“Always think of how many Dominican students would like to go to Cuba to do the same,” the Ambassador added. Kelsey Joseph, Jovina Lawrence, Lou Ann Lawrence, Sherniah Mills, Raquel Mills, Jessica Riviere, Krystal Williams and Jerome Auguiste will pursue undergraduate studies in medicine, while Tawiah Hunter will study Stomatology. Lucci-Ann Thomas and Joselle Casey will study Building and Civil Engineering and Walter Greenaway Jr. Computer Science while Jefferson Garraway and Yoland Prosper will pursue Post Graduate degrees in Medicine.The medical degree students are expected to leave island between by 25 July 2018 while the other recipients will leave in September 2018.“And then, when you are finished, come back. You have the task to rebuild Dominica, to help Dominica,” the Ambassador further advised.“Always think of your people in your land and in your family. So take the opportunity, use it and enjoy it,” Ambassador de la Rosa added.The Cuban Scholarship Program has been in existence here for over thirty-nine years.“We are not a rich country, but in Cuba you will receive hospitality; you will meet friendly people so you will have all the right conditions in Cuba to study,” Ambassador de la Rosa stated.He also expressed delight for the continued relationship between the two countries, especially post Hurricane Maria.The Cuban Government has been assisting Dominica in its recovery process through the supply of relief, building materials and skilled workmen to assist in rebuilding homes, schools and health centers among other public buildings.“I am very happy to see many Cubans working close with Dominica… Even after Maria, Cuba did not come to Dominica, we were here,” he said. Share EducationLocalNewsTertiary Scholarship recipients urged to return to build Dominica by: – July 24, 2018 278 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more