WTO Approves Extension of Waiver of Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act

first_img Pamela Coke-Hamilton Named New Head of International Trade… Caribbean Trade Legislation Passes United States Senate – On… You may be interested in… Heeding PM Mottley’s Clarion Call for Vulnerability Index CARICOM/US Relations: Overlooking Our Connections Oct 1, 2020 Jun 10, 2020center_img Jul 27, 2020 (Guyana Ministry of Foreign Affairs Press Release) On Wednesday October 16,  the World Trade Organisation’s General Council approved the extension of the Waiver of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA), which allows for continued duty-free access to the United States market for eligible Caribbean products, up to September 30, 2025. Through CBERA, 17 countries including the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, are beneficiaries of preferential tariff treatment intended to support the development of regional economies. The trade programme was set to expire at the end of the year. In a statement today to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) noted that, “The CARICOM Region values its trading relationship with the United States and, through initiatives such as the CBERA, views it as a partner in pursuance of export diversification, spurring foreign direct investment, building competitiveness, and the economic resilience of the region.” US/CARICOM Relations: WTO CBI waiver secured, but …By Elizabeth Morgan The US request for the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) waiver for the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) was approved at the General Council Meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) held October 15-16. The CBI comprises the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) and the Caribbean Basin Trade…October 30, 2019In “Business”CARICOM/USA Relations: What of CBI?By Elizabeth Morgan, Specialist in International Trade Policy and International Politics You will recall from previous articles that the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) comprises the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) and the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBPTA). CBERA’s duration is indefinite, but CBPTA, which amends provisions of CBERA,…June 7, 2019In “CARICOM”US/CARICOM Trade: Caribbean support required for Bill to extend Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI)By Elizabeth Morgan Countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) continue to export goods to the USA under the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) comprising the 1983/1990 Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) and the 2000 Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA), which grant duty free access to the US market for…February 20, 2019In “Featured”Share this on WhatsApp In 2018, CARICOM exports to the United States accounted for 32 percent of its global exports while imports from the United States into CARICOM amounted to 36 percent of CARICOM’s imports from all sources. Among products eligible under this act are textiles and apparel, energy-related products (e.g. petroleum and methanol), agricultural produce and processed foods. The Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) was launched in 1983 through CBERA and further expanded in 2000 under the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… May 13, 2020last_img read more

Read More →

CB FOX Celebrates 40 Years Of Business In Los Alamos!

first_imgBy CAROL A. CLARKLos Alamos Daily Postcaclark@ladailypost.comCB FOX is celebrating 40 years of business in Los Alamos with a big party, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 and the entire community is invited to attend.The celebration will include free hot dogs and brats “as long as they last”, cotton candy of which donations support Chamisa athletes, henna tattoos, and music by Trouble Cliff Jazz Ensemble led by Joey Farish and William Finn of Los Alamos. The community also is invited to stop by the roulette wheel for a chance at 10, 15, and 20 percent discounts of furniture. There will be $200 coupons for men’s and women’s Kuhl clothing and opportunities to test rest $1,800 Beautyrest mattresses for a chance to win one. “Over the last 40 years we’ve done our utmost to support the community and they’ve paid us back in spades,” co-owner Andy Fox said during an interview, together with his parents and co-owners Dave and Anne Fox, Tuesday at the Los Alamos Daily Post. “We want to take this opportunity to thank the community.”In reminiscing about the last four decades, the Fox family recalled many generous gestures they received from community members.“One time we ran a ‘We’re not going out of business … we just need cash!’ advertisement. Betty Souder saw it and wanted to be sure we were okay, so she came in and purchased $1,500 worth of gift certificates to give us some cash,” Dave recalled fondly. “While we are remembering the great people we’ve met over the years, we want to salute Bill Enloe and LANB for all their years of support.”They also spoke about the importance of the support small businesses give to the local community.“It matters,” Andy said. “So many of our local small businesses contribute, I don’t know how many hundreds of thousands of dollars. We have been contributors of nonprofits and organizations that support youth for years … it’s so important.”Anne told the story of how they finally took the plunge 40 years ago to own their own business.“Dave was always saying he wanted to own his own business and one time my sister got tired of hearing him say it and told him to just do it … and he finally did,” she said laughing.Following is a chronological history Dave has compiled of the family’s journey over the last four decades:CB FOX HISTORY Written by Dave Fox, Jan. 1, 2011.Modified with addition of mission statement, July 16, 2015Updated July 2019.We came to Los Alamos from St. Louis, MO, 40 years ago as of this writing – my wife, Anne, our three children and me. That we got here was a “collision” of more coincidences than we could ignore, all of which lead to our purchasing our predecessor, the Clement & Benner Department Store … despite the fact that we’d really been trying to buy a hardware store in the then-obscure town of Eagle, Colo.But the coincidences we encountered commanded our attention, such as: our young daughter being best friend to the daughter of Mr. Clement’s son, Buck Clement, who lived within a block of us in St. Louis while his father lived within a mile of us – and had for 40 years, although we hadn’t the remotest idea he owned a Los Alamos store. And coincidences such as the Clement girl’s other grandparents being our next door neighbors!At any rate, before we even knew of Clement & Benner, we’d gotten our sights set on a hardware store in Eagle, Colo. – a rough-at-the edges place with what looked like a good future, thanks to the expensive Beaver Creek development being built just to the east. But making a decision to move to Eagle, a grease spot in the road at that time, was not easy, and by the time we convinced ourselves that Eagle would work out for a young family, a call to the Eagle bank that was to finance the deal, resulted in the devastating news they – the bank – had just snatched the rug out from under us and bought the place for their own purposes. A bank robbery in reverse! Definitely not nice.That dastardly deed got me pretty warm. So, to cool down, I simply began some yard work, when down my driveway came this Buck Clement (He’d come to pick up my daughter for a slumber party with his daughter). Buck knew about “Eagle”, asked how the deal was going, quickly sympathized that it had collapsed, picked up my daughter, and drove away … but no sooner got home than he phoned me, asking, “Would you be interested in my dad’s department store in Los Alamos, NM?”Well, coincidentally (again!), I’d been to Los Alamos exactly 30 days before, because a hardware chain executive for New Mexico had been showing me potential sites for stores in Santa Fe, and in the process, on my visit to New Mexico, he and I made a swing up to Los Alamos so the folks at a hardware store there could give me general encouragement about business in northern New Mexico. That store was/is Metzger’s – so we could have hit our future with a snowball then and there, had we known where the future would lead.There was just so much coincidence involved, that despite not being superstitious (at the time, anyway!), we visited the store within a week of Buck Clement’s question. But still being employed in St. Louis meant we had only a Saturday to scope out Clement & Benner and only half a Sunday to find a house we thought maybe we could afford after we made a down payment on the store! By Saturday evening, we agreed with Dick Clement to purchase the store, and by noon Sunday, we identified the one and only house that seemed maybe affordable with whatever money might be left over after the store was bought for an as yet unknown price! The house was only partly built – just sticks with a roof frame and standing in two feet of snow. Seemed breathless then. And it was. Seems breathless now. And it still is.What we didn’t have, oddly, was any retail experience whatsoever. None.What we did have was crucial: a robust customer-orientation, thanks to 17 prior years in marketing positions that inculcated the One Really Big Idea That Counts: customers’ needs and wants actually do come first. That’s if you actually want to succeed.Some Los Alamosans still call us Clement & Benner, which is okay by us, since the “CB” in CB FOX pays tribute to our Clement & Benner-past and especially to George Benner, individually.Speaking of George Benner, we wish he still lived in Los Alamos. He was the soul of good business sense and had a streak of generosity as wide as the Ohio River at full flood … next to which he moved (and now lies) in Evansville, Indiana.Milestones:July 1979: CB FOX buys Clement & Benner Department Store’s merchandise, fixtures and equipment (but not the building).November 1982: Dave Fox dons Santa suit, pretends to be him for next 38 years (so far), creating a permanent Holiday Season draw of traffic to the store and appreciation from several hundred parents annually, judging from the “patient” wait in the “Santa Claus line”.July 1987: create a special-order mattress section in just 100 square feet of space. Leads to full-scale mattress operations later on.December 1988: CB FOX buys building from Clement & Benner Dept. Store. (Note: Built to be a movie theater by AEC in ’52-’53, AEC later converts it to a department store by ’56 and sells it. It operates about a year as Hubbard’s Dept. Store, then becomes Spears Dept. Store for a couple years. In 1959 it’s bought by Richard Clement of St. Louis, Mo. Clement hires George Benner of Evansville, IN to run Clement & Benner Dept. Store.August 1989: expanded Shoe and Furniture Depts. (Shoe storage structure is built right on top of a sidewalk that had skirted east side of building.) Furniture Dept expanded into area that had been the projection room for the movie theater, a space that overlooks the atrium that rises from the Women’s Dept.)October 1992: expanded and upgraded entire store in response to adoption of the then-new Downtown Plan. In fact, CB FOX was determined to set an example during that very cautious time. And so, space was increased by 20%, selection was increased 40%, the Furniture Dept grew to include half of what had been rented offices on the third floor. It didn’t stop there: new departments were created for infants & children’s wear and toys, chocolates and candies of all kinds, New Mexico food specialties and giftware, soaps, lotions and gels. Total cost of construction, new fixtures, and new merchandise: $700,000.December 1992: Began the CB FOX Holiday Open House which featured our purchasing gift certificates from all the home-owned retail stores in Los Alamos, supplementing them with some $2000 in CB FOX gift certificates, and then holding a drawing for the winners immediately before the holding of the Mainstreet “Electric Light Parade” on Central Avenue, directly in front of the store.Aug. 1994: Andy Fox joins CB FOX after several years as sales rep for footwear companies. His experience immediately felt in much increased Shoe Dept. selections, sales, inventory management. Andy’s presence gives Dave time to address expansion plans, and the County Council’s impact on the town’s business environment.April 1995: Opened Pajarito Greenhouse as a “division” of CB FOX which had been started by the person from whom Dave and Anne Fox had purchased their Pajarito Acres home, i.e. the greenhouse stood just 50 feet from our house, ‘twas small at just 336 sq. ft. and spring of ’95 was its original season of operation.April 1998: Greenhouse is very successful, so “exploded” the greenhouse area from 336 sq. ft to 3,600 sq. ft.Aug. 1999: Expanded to Albuquerque, opening our own mattress stores (branded MattreSmart,) because that market appeared to be ripe two ways: (1) there were too few mattress stores; (2) existing stores predominately sold by misinformation and/or outright lies about competitive products and businesses. Our strategy: Actually, help customers by identifying sleep problem(s), and then providing straight-forward information so customer could genuinely compare mattresses on basis of their advantages and benefits across a range of choices. In other words, use the same approach that had worked so well for customers in Los Alamos. But we’d misjudged acceptance of the idea; but quickly we learned that not enough of that market’s population valued truthful selling of products.January 2000: began routine use of Comcast cable television to extend our advertising reach. The message: MattresSmart’s advantage for the customer plus Beautyrest sleep systems. Los Alamos understood, responded well. Albuquerque continued to not understand. The end of MattreSmart had begun. Fast!March 2000: Stock market’s “tech bubble” pops, recession ensues. Los Alamos sales not harmed. In Albuquerque, though, we hang on for a year then exit with financial tails between our legs, sub-leasing one location on Menaul Blvd at a loss from 2000 through 2007. Still, all the advertising we’d done enhanced our reputation among Los Alamosans, and so sales here continued to grow, whereas they had not done so prior to our failed Albuquerque venture. Serendipity: alive and well.May 2000: Cerro Grande Fire destroys or severely damages 354 Los Alamos homes and burns to the ground 47,650 acres across the eastern face of the Pajarito Plateau, burns 28 percent of LANL’s lands, destroys 112 of LANL’s small buildings, causes evacuation of 18,000 Los Alamos residents, shuts down commerce in town and in White Rock. CB FOX makes deep price cuts for all who lost homes, possessions, especially on the expensive things, notably mattresses and bed linens. Price cuts result in major red ink. But we’d calculated we could survive that. And anyway at the time, with fire and smoke everywhere from May through June and smoke far into the fall, it very simply felt like the right thing to do. The Beautyrest factory in Denver charitably lessened the blow, making Beautyrest mattresses available to us at its own “Cerro Grande discount”. Years later we realized that very good goodwill was the very long-term result.July 2003: expand Furniture Department to entire third floor, eliminating spaces previously rented as office space.January 2004: begin sponsorship on PBS TV of BBC World News. Customers volunteered their surprisingly appreciative approval of this action.March 2004: Andy Fox establishes CB FOX KidZ store next door in the 1731 Central Ave. portion of CB FOX building, an instantly successful move. Reasons why: mom’s/kids now have “their own place” and because we now make space for a whole new category that had not existed since the voluntary closure after years of operation of The Hobby Bench: toys! Footnote: The Hobby Bench was the creation of Natalie Ownings, daughter of the Ownings of Skidmore Ownings & Merrill, NYC, architects of skyscrapers that changed the face of much of New York City in the “60’s and onward. Also, that cleared space for the next change below:June-September 2004: Andy expands Furniture Department again, displays new furniture lines (Simply Amish hardwood furniture, Omnia contemporary sofas, both made-in-America lines) in main floor space previously occupied by “KidZ” department. Now furniture gets full exposure through 60’ wide display window that’s virtually on Central Avenue sidewalk. Again, sales respond at rapid rate.August 2006: begin furniture advertising in “Pasatiempo” weekly magazine in New Mexican newspaper. Original purpose: use Pasatiempo’s high-quality graphics appeal to persuade simply those Los Alamosans who read the publication to think of us as a valid source for well-designed and made furniture. Success flows fast from sales traceable to Pasatiempo ads; includes unexpected significant sales to Taos, Santa Fe, on top of the Los Alamos surge.Recession of 2007-2010: sales grow every year of the recession at 8% average annual rate. We’re surprised, believe growth in recession means secular shift in customer perception of store’s value to the community.Spring-Fall 2010: New lines added: Carhartt workwear/safety footwear, North Face outerwear/sportswear, UnderArmour athletic wear, and trail-running footwear.September 2010: Repurchase all CB FOX shares from Jim McMillan. Jim was the first “outside” CB FOX stockholder: Jim/Dave together since grade school in Webster Groves, MO, same school Dave’s father/Jim’s mother went to. Jim owns Rolling Ridge Nursery in “Webster”, has been in that business 51 years by this time. Jim/Dave continue weekly phone contact as Jim remains on CB FOX Board of Directors. Conversations benefit both as by tacit agreement they’re designed to destroy “bigshot” notions of selves before they can get started. Mode of destruction: ego-pricking, generous-hearted, raucous good humor. Jim is radio voice of gardening in St. Louis, MO (KSTR-AM). Jim mentored Dave’s creation of Pajarito Greenhouse for hours by phone (at 1995-96 AT&T long distance land line rates!) The greenhouse became known as the place to buy many of the xeric varieties of perennial flowering plants, trees and shrubs that previously could be found only in Santa Fe.2017: is the final year for operation of the greenhouse when 79-year-old Dave decided that was a good run, which genuinely pleased a great number of very good Los Alamos gardeners. But CB FOX visibly offers its support to Petree’s Nursery when in the following year they open at the top of the Main Hill Road.Aug. 3, 2019: CB FOX celebrates its 40th Anniversary with a “full town’s” worth of great customers.CB FOX Mission Statement:Fine-tune our selection continually to the ways that Los Alamos actually works, plays, travels and lives.Emphasize comfort and casualness, good taste, durability, high functionality.Provide better quality at scrupulously competitive prices at all times, and do it on a brand-to-brand, item-for-item, strictly first-quality to first-quality basis.Support as many local organizations as possible, with consideration first and foremost for teams and other organizations created for children and youth.Conduct ourselves with the highest levels of good humor, openness, courtesy and helpfulness that we can muster every day. During a visit Tuesday at the Los Alamos Daily Post, from left, Andy Fox and his parents Anne and Dave Fox reminisce about the 40-year history of CB FOX. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.comlast_img read more

Read More →

Fuselier: The Seeking Emotional System

first_imgBy BOB FUSELIERLos AlamosSome thoughts from science, life, and ancient religious textsBy BOB FUSELIERLos AlamosSome thoughts from science, life, and ancient religious textsIn an earlier essay, I touched on the choice that we share with all animals: either to go forward towards resources that sustain us or to draw away from that which can cause us harm. The emotional system that controls our forward motion has been labeled the Seeking emotional system by the noted neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp. While it’s needed for life, this emotional system can lead us into a lot of trouble.Such is the way of all our emotional systems. They’re neither bad nor good. They’re simply neural circuits designed over time to help us survive the challenges of life by influencing our perspectives of our ever-changing world and, in turn, influencing our response to our world. And influence us they do.As humans, we have another area of our brain that allows us the potential to recognize that we are influenced by our emotional systems, which is a critical first step to reaching our true potential. Through this same area, our neocortex, we have the ability to influence our emotional systems. Thus, as humans, we have a choice: we can either let our emotional systems control our lives or we can take time to understand how they influence our thoughts and actions and, with more time, learn how to control that influence.The purpose of the Seeking emotional system is to set up a state of mind that allows us to endure hardships as we go about obtaining the resources we need to live. It’s an extremely pleasurable state of mind. The pleasure of the Seeking system is not derived from the goal we eventually obtain. Rather, it is simply the feeling of desire: what we sense when we decide we want something.Obtaining the goal sets off other reward systems in our brain that allow for a nice landing from the high of the Seeking emotional system, which shuts down immediately once the object is obtained. The Seeking system also shuts down immediately if the object of our desire becomes out of reach, leaving us with a withdrawal pain we know as frustration. We all know to be careful around anyone who has just lost a prized goal.The state of mind we call desire is fueled by dopamine, a neurochemical that also activates many neural systems we sense as extremely pleasurable. We don’t sense much pleasure when dopamine is at baseline levels. However, once we think of something we want, the levels increase rapidly, giving us the amazingly pleasurable feeling we call desire. Our fantasies are all about elevated dopamine levels.On the other end of the spectrum, without a normal baseline amount of dopamine, we become like zombies, barely responsive to the world around us. The patients of Dr. Oliver Sacks made famous in the movie Awakenings had lost the ability to activate their Seeking emotional systems as a complication of viral encephalitis. Dr. Sacks was able to revive them by using L-Dopa, which is a precursor to dopamine. Unfortunately, L-Dopa eventually failed to maintain sufficient dopamine levels and most of the patients returned to their earlier, non-responsive state. For a period, however, they were able to experience what we consider routine life.Dr. Sacks shared some of his patients’ thoughts in his book Awakenings. One patient known as Magda D. said this about her death-like existence before L-Dopa: “I ceased to have any moods … I ceased to care about anything. Nothing moved me – not even the death of my parents. I forgot what it felt like to be happy or unhappy. Was it good of bad? It was neither. It was nothing.”Another patient, Leonard L., described his awakening with L-Dopa: “I feel saved… resurrected, reborn. I feel a sense of health amounting to Grace… I feel like a man in love. I have broken through the barriers which cut me off from love.” The descriptions of a life without an operating Seeking emotional system as one close to hell and a life with it operating correctly as one of love and heaven are reasonable metaphors that highlight the critical importance of this emotional system in our experience of life.Those of us who don’t have a disease that leaves us without dopamine are always activating, consciously or not, our Seeking emotional system. Some of us make a conscious effort to activate it through external sources such as cocaine and amphetamines. Both chemicals increase pharmacologically the dopamine levels that activate the Seeking emotional system. But we don’t need external sources to activate the pleasurable Seeking system. We can do it on our own simply by thinking of objects to desire.We run into a lot of problems with our desires, especially when they are aimed at objects possessed by others. Societies across the globe and throughout time have worried about the desires of their members. In an attempt to control the consequences of unbridled desire, successful cultures, through their religions, created taboos against the most troublesome of desired objects (they also created sacrificial systems, but that’s a topic for later). The many taboos surrounding food and women suggest that our ancestral males’ desires for both have been a source of trouble throughout history.The wiser leaders of our great religions advised us to lose our attachment to our desire of earthly objects and to seek to give of ourselves to others. From a philosophical view of desire, seeking to help others could be seen as a desire for an object that is both always available (people in need) and is a desire that others can imitate without much risk for conflict. For us human, this avoids two problems that can worsen the consequences of desire: scarcity of resources and conflicts that arise from the imitation of another’s desire.Editor’s Note: See part two of the third essay of a series by author Bob Fuselier on emotional systems viewed through the lenses of science, life, and religion in next week’s print edition. These essays are based on his book, From Violence to Freedom: The Short-Term and Long-Term Survival Strategies of Our Emotional Systems. Fusilier also has written a children’s book that deals with loss called, Tip and Blue.last_img read more

Read More →

The Netherlands: Boskalis, VolkerWessels to Form Joint Venture

first_imgRoyal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) and Royal Volker Wessels Stevin N.V. (VolkerWessels) have signed a Letter of Intent to set up a joint venture combining their forces in the field of cable installation.Boskalis and VolkerWessels will each hold a 50% stake in Visser & Smit Marine Contracting Holding B.V. (currently a 100% subsidiary of VolkerWessels), which will continue its activities under the name VSMC.The two companies see opportunities for strengthening their proposition in the market for offshore cable installation works, with the joint venture primarily focusing on the installation of offshore power cables, for example for wind farms (both infield and export cables). Boskalis and VSMC already work together on a project basis. Given the well-filled order book and the possibilities for pooling knowledge and equipment, the two companies are enthusiastic about the collaboration.Through this cooperation VSMC will have access to two cable-laying vessels, the Stemat Spirit and the Ndurance. The Ndurance will be delivered in the course of this year. These vessels are fitted with DP class 2 equipment with a cable turntable capacity of around 5,000 tonnes and are wholly owned by the two parent companies.Boskalis and VSMC have already recently worked together on developing the Trenchformer, a multi-purpose cable trencher capable of dealing with many different types of soil and cables. The trencher is able to bury cables in water depths of up to 400 meters. As well as working alongside a cable-laying vessel the Trenchformer can also be deployed as an independent spread.An extensive testing program is currently underway in the Maasvlakte industrial area and the Moerdijk, after which the Trenchformer will be deployed on projects from the summer.[mappress]Press Release, June 4, 2013last_img read more

Read More →

Port Metro Vancouver in Growth Mode

first_imgPort Metro Vancouver, Canada’s largest port, recorded continued growth in trade through the Pacific Gateway, according to its 2015 mid-year statistics.Total cargo was 70.3 million metric tonnes, an increase of 1.5 per cent over the same period in 2014.“We are seeing continued growth of trade through Port Metro Vancouver as Canadian demand for foreign products and international demand for Canadian resources continue to increase,” said Robin Silvester, President and Chief Executive Officer, Port Metro Vancouver.“Our status as North America’s most diversified port is significant as overall cargo grew in the first half of 2015 despite some softening markets and global economic uncertainty.”Movement of breakbulk and bulk dry cargo rose 2 per cent and 1 per cent respectively, the stats show.Trade using containers showed substantial growth, with an 8 per cent jump in the number of twenty-foot-equivalent units.the port attributed the continued growth in container numbers on the west coast of Canada due to the impact of U.S. cargo diverted to Vancouver earlier this year in response to labour unrest at U.S. west coast ports, and deflated results last year due to the 28-day Vancouver trucking dispute in March 2014.“The port continues to grow in response to increasing consumer and international demand,” continued Silvester. “It remains critical that we continue working with government and other stakeholders to build related infrastructure and maintain the supply of available land to support trade and goods movement.”last_img read more

Read More →

Essential law: Variations, part one

first_imgGet your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY 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 community 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-newsletterslast_img read more

Read More →

Chongqing – Guiyang line opens

first_imgCHINA: A more direct Chongqing – Guiyang line which is suitable for 200 km/h operation opened on January 25, reducing the journey time between the cities from 10½ h to 2 h.Construction of the 347 km line had been launched on December 22 2010. The total cost of the project was 53·1bn yuan, including 2·2bn yuan for rolling stock. Trial running began on October 12 2017. The route is generally similar to that of the existing railway, but shorter with 75% of the alignment being in 115 tunnels or on 209 bridges. The minimum curve radius is 5 500 m.A full round-up of Chinese new line openings in 2017 and ongoing construction work will appear in the February 2018 issue of Railway Gazette International.last_img

Read More →

PAHO director outlines five-year platform

first_imgPhoto Courtesy of PAHO The director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, has presented her proposed platform for the next five years.The Dominican-born health expert will assume another five-year term on February 1, 2018, as director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau (PASB) following her formal election at the 29th Pan American Sanitary Conference to be held in Washington DC from September 25-29.Etienne has been PASB Director since February 1, 2013, and according to the PAHO Constitution, she can be re-elected for a second five-year term.PAHO said her candidacy was the only one that was presented by member states when they met on Friday, June 30.President of the PAHO Executive Committee, Ruben A. Nieto, of Argentina, moderated the forum on Friday, during which Etienne “presented her platform, her policy priorities and the financial and programmatic direction she proposed for the organization”.Etienne made a 30-minute oral presentation, which was followed by an hour question-and-answer session with member states, in accordance with the rules governing the election of the director.Etienne was elected PAHO director by member states of the organization on September 19, 2012, and began her five-year term on February 1, 2013.From March 2008 until November 1, 2012, she served as Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Services at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland.Prior to that, she led five technical areas: Health Systems and Services; Technology, Health Care and Research; Health Surveillance and Disease Management; Family and Community Health; and Sustainable Development and Environmental Health.During her tenures at WHO and PAHO, Etienne led the efforts to renew primary health care and to strengthen health systems, based on primary health care, promoting integration and improved functioning of health systems.last_img read more

Read More →

In Milestone, Three LNG Vessels Transit Panama Canal in Single Day

first_img Author: Priyanka Ann Saini The Panama Canal Administration announced that it successfully transited three LNG vessels through its Neopanamax locks on April 17, 2018, marking a first for the waterway.On Tuesday, the Panama Canal transited the Clean Ocean, Gaslog Gibraltar and Gaslog Hong Kong vessels, which first arrived at the Canal from the Pacific Ocean and transited north, departing on the Atlantic side.The development marks a significant milestone for the Panama Canal and its service of the burgeoning LNG segment – which began transiting the waterway for the first time following the inauguration of the Expanded Canal. The segment has seen steady growth in the nearly two years since.Currently, the Panama Canal offers one of the seven Neopanamax reservation slots available per day to LNG shippers specifically, which currently average five transits per week. However, during periods of high seasonal demand, the waterway has transited two vessels in one day on 14 separate occasions. In this fiscal year, as of March 2018, the Canal has locked 134 LNG transits.As demand from the LNG segment continues to grow, the Canal remains committed to meeting the needs of its customers and taking the necessary steps to increase capacity commensurate with demand.Sea News, April 20last_img read more

Read More →

Chinese Embassy Proud to Help Dominica Amidst “Western Media Hype”

first_imgPress Release by Chinese EmbassyAmid the recent global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, some developing countries are going through economic hardships. There has been some hypes from western media surrounding China’s foreign aid and loan policies, claiming that China’s assistance is likely to hurt the dignity and the economic well-being of recipient countries, and loans by China will push them into debt crisis. On the contrary, anyone can find countless facts in many developing countries proving China’s assistance and loans are playing an irreplaceable role in the social and economic development of local communities.China is the world’s largest developing country that takes its share of responsibilities. Upholding the vision of common development, China integrates its own interests with those of other countries, providing assistance to the best of its ability to other developing countries. In particular, China spares no effort in helping the least developed countries and small island developing states build up their self-development capacity and improve people’s livelihood. In conducting international cooperation, China has always played a proactive and constructive role.When providing foreign assistance, China adheres to the principles of not imposing any political conditions, not interfering in the internal affairs of the recipient countries and fully respecting their right to independently choosing their own paths and models of development. The basic principles China upholds in providing foreign assistance are mutual respect, equality, keeping promise, mutual benefits and win-win.Over the past 16 years of China-Dominica diplomatic relations, China has offered Dominica large sums of grants and a handful of loan projects, helping Dominica improve its infrastructure and people’s livelihood and achieve economic modernization.The construction of the Windsor Park Stadium provides Dominica a venue for holding top level cricket games, as well as for big occasions such as Creole Music Festival and Independence Day celebrations. The Newtown Primary School offers local communities a safe, comfortable and modernized teaching facility. Roseau Friendship Bridge and Edward Oliver Leblanc Highway provides a fast-track passage connecting the two important cities of Roseau and Portsmouth. The York Valley Bridge project has contributed a great deal to the development of local agriculture and tourism. The ongoing project of China-Dominica Friendship Hospital, which will become a modern hospital equipped with the most sophisticated medical facilities in the Caribbean, is a great boon not only to local people, but also to the development of medical tourism of Dominica. The West Coast Road that is under repair, once completed, will be resilient to the threats of tropical storms. The Dominican officials, professional and technical personnel as well as students who receive training or study in China every year are becoming envoys for the development of China-Dominica relations. Conducted since the establishment of bilateral relations, agricultural cooperation has promoted the modernization level and sustainable development of Dominica’s agricultural sector. As a result, more varieties of fresh produce are available at the market and farmers have seen their income boosted. Chinese medical team have operated many types of minimally invasive surgeries, relieving much of the pain local patients would have suffered during treatment.All above-mentioned projects are Chinese government assistance and grants. The Dominican government didn’t pay any for these projects. Dominica State College, a concessional loan project, which has improved the facilities for higher education in Dominica, helps attract more students from neighboring countries. Loans offered by the Chinese government only account for a very small proportion relative to Dominica’s total foreign debt. The Dominican government has always paid off its debt in a timely manner, displaying its good name as a government.In the globalized world where mankind is facing common challenges, no country will prosper in isolation. China and Dominica are true friends. China is pleased to see the continued social and economic development of Dominica and improvement of its people’s lives. China stands ready to push for cooperation with friendly countries in the world including Dominica, and promote the building of a community with a shared future for mankind. Share Sharing is caring! BusinessCommentaryCoronavirusInternationalLettersLifestyleLocalNewsPolitics Chinese Embassy Proud to Help Dominica Amidst “Western Media Hype” by: – April 16, 2020 242 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Amy Gong,Chinese Embassy,Dominica China Is Proud of Being Able toHelp Dominica’s Social and Economic Development Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Read More →