20 years of the “Buy Croatian” campaign marked

first_imgYesterday, Split marked the 20th anniversary of the “Buy Croatian” campaign, at which over 130 producers presented themselves. Citizens on the Riva have the opportunity to taste the best of domestic products and buy products at affordable prices, among them the holders of the Croatian Quality and Original Croatian signs, which the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, as part of the Action, has been awarding for 20 years.”Croatian products flooded Split’s Riva and this is another proof that the action was a success. We have been talking for twenty years about how important it is to buy local and emphasize Croatian quality. Support for our manufacturer has never been more necessary than today because they are the ones who create a quality product and enable the creation of new jobs”, Said the President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Luka Burilović, opening this year’s season of the action Buy Croatian, today, May 26, in Split on the waterfront where, organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, 130 Croatian companies are represented with a special program. “This idea should become a lifestyle all 365 days a yearand “, added Burilović.”Trust me that foreign guests know about our products. We have a great season ahead of us and in order for it not to be just the sun and the sea, we need to promote and bring our products closer to tourists.”, Said the Minister of Tourism Gary Cappelli, emphasizing that the Croatian quality is known and that we are competitive with such quality.Split-Dalmatia County Prefect Zlatko Ževrnja said that this was a great event because buying a Croatian product strengthens the economy, while Croatian Government Commissioner Andro Krstulović Opara pointed out that the most important people are behind the Croatian product, and thus the Croatian economy.We are pleased that the anniversary has left our city. The domestic product resists competition with top quality, and consumers always return to it faithfully and loyally.”, Said the Commissioner of the Government of the Republic of Croatia for the City of Split Branka Ramljak and added that by buying Croatian we are doing multiple benefits to our economy.The right to use the marks “Croatian Quality” and “Originally Croatian” is granted to products and services that have above-average quality, at least as products or services at the level of “Croatian Quality”, and produced in the Republic of Croatia or created as a result of Croatian traditions, research and development, innovation and invention.According to the research of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, on the Croatian market 84% population decides to buy a product of Croatian quality, and a product that bears one of the signs of quality 63% has a better chance of ending up in the consumer basket.If you want to acquire the right to use the mark, see the conditions herelast_img read more

Dubai and Abu Dhabi show property’s divide

first_imgKershaw Leonard’s annual Cost of Living report describes the real estate sector as now resembling the survival of the fittest, a major contrast to 2008 which is compared to the California gold rush of the 1800s.While Dubai’s house prices have fallen in some areas by more than 53 percent since September 2008, the report identified areas in Abu Dhabi where prices had increased by 36 percent over the past year due to an undersupply of new properties coming on to the marketarabianbusiness.comlast_img read more

EMGS Names New CFO

first_imgNorway’s Electromagnetic Geoservices (EMGS) has appointed Hege A. Veiseth as acting chief financial officer (CFO) of the company effective from January 1, 2016.She will replace Svein Knudsen who held the position as CFO of EMGS since January 2005 only to tender his resignation in October this year.Veiseth has worked for EMGS since 2007 and is currently the group finance manager of the company.Prior to joining EMGS, she worked as an auditor for EY for 7 years, including as auditor for EMGS.Veiseth has a MSc in Economics and Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) and a MSc in Accounting and Auditing from the Norwegian Business School (BI).last_img read more

Cape Wind picks New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal

first_imgGov. Deval L. Patrick made the announcement last week, and said that the USD35 million New Bedford facility would host 600 to 1,000 jobs supported by construction of the Cape Wind farm in Nantucket Sound. The terminal is expected to open in 2012.”In the first half of the 19th century, New Bedford produced the advanced fuel of the age – whale oil – and became known as ‘The City That Lit the World,” Patrick said. “Now, with this new terminal, and this first-in-the-nation project, New Bedford will once again begin to light the world, but this time with the clean, renewable energy resource of the 21st century – offshore wind.”The New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal will consist of a 1,200 ft (365.76 m) bulkhead with deep water access and roughly 20 acres of surface space. The governor’s office said Cape Wind’s turbine supplier, Siemens, would become the terminal’s first tenant. The terminal will provide dock space for delivery and construction vessels as well as space to store the turbine parts.When not in use for offshore wind projections, the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal will be available for other marine commercial and industrial activities.last_img read more

Remembering music muse in all his glory

first_imgFriends and family of the late stage legend, Salie Daniels. Pictured, at back, from left, are Nur Abrahams and Loukmaan Adams.In the middle are Zenobia Daniels, Terry Hector, Niesha Abrahams and Giempie Vardien. In front is Terry Fortune. Shiny shoes, an impeccable dress sense, good humour and humility, these are just a few of the things stage legend Salie Daniels is remembered for.Mr Daniels’ life was a musical journey and it will be celebrated in a show produced by his daughter Zenobia Daniels, from Rocklands.Tribute to The Kat will be staged at the Joseph Stone Auditorium in Athlone and Rockwell Theatre in Green Point later this month.Mr Daniels, who died in 1999, was the star of the original Kat and the Kings musical production and the show was based on his memories. He was also an original member of The Rockets.He had a unique baritone voice and always used jokes and songs to remind his family and friends to look on the light side of life.“He had a deep bassy Lindt chocolatey sound, which no one could replicate,” reminisced friend and fellow performer, Terry Fortune.Athlone News met Ms Daniels and some of her father’s most dear friends, star performers Mr Fortune, Terry Hector, Niesha Abrahams and Giempie Vardien. They all described him as a legend and said he was more humble than anyone else they knew.With his striking blue eyes and a smile on his face, he would request a cup of tea by song, recalled Ms Abrahams.Mr Vardien and Mr Hector were both a few years younger than Mr Daniels but said once they reached their 20s, it was no longer “uncle” or “Boeta Salie”, rather “ons is tjommies”.Mr Hector said he was just a young boy when he met Mr Daniels at the Star bioscope in District Six in the 1950s.The Rockets released the original song Enchantment in 1957.“Salie them use to sing harmonies.“They liked, encouraged and empowered me to perform,” he said.Mr Vardien said Mr Daniels was his mentor.“He was like a radio.“We use to say ‘gooi ’* nommer’. He’ll sing a song and tell us what to sing,” he said.“Hy maak soema sy eie tricks. He knew how to play music, his instrument was his voice,” said Mr Vardien.Mr Daniels was also in David Kramer and the late Taliep Petersen’s original District Six, the musical in 1987; Fairyland in 1990, and Klop Klop in 1996.He received the FNB Vita National Theatre Award for performer of the year in musical theatre as Kat Diamond in the 1995 production, Kat and the Kings. They toured South Africa, performed at the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn in 1997 and at the Vaudeville Theatre of West End, both in London, the following year. His final performances abroad were at the Cort Theatre of Broadway, in New York City. Mr Daniels won a Laurence Olivier Award in London in 1998 and when he returned to Cape Town, he was diagnosed with bone cancer.On the eve of Mr Daniels’ death, he received the first arts, culture and heritage award, in recognition of his outstanding achievement and contribution to the performing arts, from the national Department of Arts and Culture in 1999. He died at Groote Schuur Hospital in July 27 that year.Ms Daniels said she has inherited the best traits of her father and mother, Zubeida Daniels. Her parents use to perform together, with her father singing and her mother dancing. “There was always a jovial vibe in our home,” she said.Mr Daniels was born in District Six, moved to Kensington, then to Lentegeur and finally settled in Rocklands.“He was a real special person, who brought a lot of life and emotion to his characters,” said Ms Daniels.For the Tribute to The Kat show, the Rockets of the 1950s will be brought back to life by five young entertainers from Mitchell’s Plain, Salt River and Gugulethu. The show will also star Mr Vardien; The A2 duo who sing songs by Peaches and Herb; as well as Edwil Meyer who does cover versions of Lady Morgana songs.* Tribute to The Kat will be staged at the Joseph Stone Auditorium, corner of Protea Street and Klipfontein Road, Athlone, on Friday September 23, at 8pm; and the Rockwell Theatre, 32 Prestwich Street, Green Point, on Saturday September 24, at 8pm.Tickets cost R120 if you pre-book and R150 at the door.For more information call Ms Daniels on 061 167 0135, SMS 074 185 2971, 082 896 0136 or visit the Facebook page Zeeproductions5. Friends and family of the late stage legend, Salie Daniels. Pictured, at back, from left, are Nur Abrahams and Loukmaan Adams.In the middle are Zenobia Daniels, Terry Hector, Niesha Abrahams and Giempie Vardien. In front is Terry Fortune. 1 of 2last_img read more

Judge to hear objections to $10B Volkswagen emissions deal

first_img SHARE Published: October 18, 2016 4:15 AM EDT Author: AP Judge to hear objections to $10B Volkswagen emissions deal center_img SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A federal judge on Tuesday was set to hear from Volkswagen owners opposed to a $10 billion settlement over the automaker’s emissions cheating scandal before he determines if the deal is fair to consumers.More than two dozen people – many of them car owners unhappy with the proposed settlement – signed up to address U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco. He will decide whether to give the deal final approval, though he may not issue a ruling at the hearing. The judge gave it preliminary approval in July.The settlement calls for Volkswagen to spend up to $10 billion to buy back or repair about 475,000 Volkswagens and Audi vehicles with 2-liter diesel engines and pay their owners an additional $5,100 to $10,000 each. Any repair options have yet to be finalized.Vehicles with that type of engine make up the vast majority of the roughly 560,000 cars caught up in the scandal.Attorneys who negotiated the deal have said it includes substantial payments to car owners and has resounding support. More than 311,000 people have registered for the settlement and less than 3,300 people have opted out, the attorneys said in a court filing last month urging Breyer to give the deal final approval.Some owners have said they should receive the full purchase price of their vehicles. Others have opposed deductions for extra mileage.The settlement also includes $2.7 billion for unspecified environmental mitigation and an additional $2 billion to promote zero-emissions vehicles. The combined $14.7 billion deal would be the largest auto scandal settlement in U.S. history.The scandal erupted in September 2015 when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the German automaker had fitted many of its cars with software to fool emissions tests, putting dirty vehicles on the road. Car owners and the U.S. Department of Justice sued.The software recognized when the cars were being tested on a treadmill and turned on pollution controls. The controls were turned off when the cars returned to the road. The EPA alleged the scheme let the cars spew more than 40 times the allowable limit of nitrogen oxide, which can cause respiratory problems in people.Volkswagen still faces potentially billions more in fines and penalties and possible criminal charges Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.last_img read more

YRP celebrates 10 years of success

first_imgProfessional networking and educational group Young Rail Professionals has developed an important role in a fragmented UK rail sector. Nick Kingsley asks co-founder Paul Cooper and former Chair Sabrina Ihaddaden to reflect on the organisation’s achievements in its first decade.,‘It is the proudest achievement of my career.’ That is how Paul Cooper, Commercial Delivery Manager at Hitachi Rail, describes his role as one of the four ‘founding fathers’ of Young Rail Professionals as the UK-based networking association approaches its 10th anniversary.The four founders — Cooper, Martin Fenner, Martyn Chymera and Rob Mullen — were already members of the youth wings of established academic institutions including IMechE, IET, IRSE and the Institution of Railway Operators. Yet none felt that these organisations were capable of facilitating interaction between younger rail specialists from different disciplines, while the long-established multi-disciplinary career paths common in the British Rail era had also largely vanished.‘The four of us knew that we loved the rail sector, but when we went to networking events, we found that they weren’t well attended and those that were attracted few younger people’, Cooper reflects. ‘To be frank, we looked at the peer group our managers had around them and realised that we didn’t have that.’An early aspiration of the team which set up YRP was to create a tagline, which endures almost unchanged today as ‘promote, inspire, develop’. The organisation had three fundamental objectives:to promote the railway industry in schools, further education colleges and universities through the Young Railway Ambassadors scheme, helping to ensure the railway attracts the most talented school and university leavers;to inspire today’s young people to be tomorrow’s industry leaders;to bring together graduates, apprentices, drivers, operators, maintainers, engineers, management and many others to better understand the wider industry in which they work.Initially, YRP’s activity was anchored around an Annual Black Tie Dinner, the first of which took place in February 2010. A celebratory 10th edition was held at The Brewery, an events venue in London, on April 11. Yet YRP has cemented its status as an organisation committed to much more than just networking; it has grown to play a central role in addressing the skills crisis facing the UK rail sector. It launched the inaugural Rail Week in 2016 and has joined forces with organisations including the National Skills Academy for Rail and the Railway Industry Association to work on the sector skills strategy.Advisory roleSince its inception, YRP has been run as a membership organisation, with a governing committee headed by a Chair elected annually. In recent years, a former chairs advisory group has been established to offer help and advice to the incumbent, and to provide insight into how the organisation might develop in the future.Back in London after several years working for Hitachi in Japan, Cooper is keen to re-engage with YRP via this advisory group. ‘We want to review the structure and activities of YRP and how this relates to the wider industry’, he suggests, noting that young professionals need to have a clear voice in steering the UK rail sector through a period of change as the Williams Rail Review prepares to make its recommendations.He reports a ‘sense of pride’ in meeting his successors who have led YRP during his period in Japan, but he believes that the organisation can build further still on its achievements in diversity and inclusivity. ‘We would like more operating staff and apprentices represented’, he says, reflecting a desire to reach across the perceived boundaries between managerial and operational staff. ‘Such divides do not need to be there — young people can and should feel welcome anywhere’, Cooper insists.Asked if there are any influences from Japan that YRP could take as inspiration for its future development, Cooper says that ‘every rail person is really proud of their job. They aim to provide absolutely excellent customer service. Yes, there are cultural aspects to the Japanese experience that can be hard to replicate, but that pride is still something everyone should aim for.’Outreach activity growsYRP’s ambassador programme, now branded Into Rail, is intended to provide ‘a young, positive and insightful outreach presence’ in schools, colleges, and universities. For 2019-20, YRP has set a target of providing ambassadors to at least one promotional event per quarter and delivering networking and development events on a monthly basis across its seven regional teams.YRP also expects to reach around 3 500 young people during the course of this year’s Rail Week, which will take place on October 7-11. Last November, a delegation of YRP members undertook a working trip to help carry out engineering tasks on the narrow gauge Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway in Wales. This exploratory visit was considered a success in giving the participants hands-on experience of a real railway environment, albeit away from the main line. Amid concern that too few rail staff have a ‘whole system’ understanding of how railways function, YRP now plans to expand to create a formal Heritage Railway Engagement initiative, in partnership with steam railways and museums across the UK.Lastly, international expansion is gathering pace, with YRP keen to forge links with partners across Europe, building on a long-standing exchange visit programme and the YRP Networking Event held at InnoTrans every two years, in partnership with the Railway Gazette Group.Achieving diversity and inclusionSabrina Ihaddaden, a Signalling Project Engineer at Bombardier Transportation in Derby, was YRP Chair in 2016-17. She was the first woman to hold the position. How did you learn about YRP and what attracted you to the organisation?In 2013, just as I graduated from Lancaster University and Arts & Metiers ParisTech, I joined the Bombardier Transportation Graduate programme in Derby. I heard internally that Young Rail Professionals, primarily a London-based association at that time, was looking at expanding across the country. I was immediately drawn to its mission statement, and offered to chair the very first regional committee. Today, looking back, I am very glad I did.What are you most proud of from your time as YRP Chair? YRP gathered over 70 committee members from around the UK. I have been so impressed with their level of commitment, their willingness to see the organisation grow and their sense of belonging.How do you see YRP evolving in the next five years? What could other rail organisations learn from it? We know that various rail organisations and institutions already look up to YRP to understand how we manage to attract young people, develop a diverse and inclusive member base, and run events all over the country. We have always been keen to share our ideas, and find opportunities to collaborate. In the next five years, I hope to see YRP growing nationally and internationally. Not only do we aim to give a positive image of the rail industry, but we also want to prepare the young talent of our industry to become well-rounded professionals.YRP has arguably succeeded in achieving a more diverse and inclusive culture than is typical for the rail sector. What has been the secret to this success?We are very proud to attract diverse members by gender, age, background, physical location and professional role. Yet they all have one thing in common: a passion for the rail industry. Their open mindedness plays a big part in making everybody feel welcome, and because of that there is a ‘word of mouth’ attraction which draws people to get to know YRP.last_img read more

Investigation into human performance in signalling operations published

first_imgAs a result, RAIB has made six recommendations to Network Rail, addressing each of the five areas as well as the observation on learning from incident investigations. There is also a learning point for incident investigators relating to the identification of systemic causal factors.‘A good decision by the signaller is often the last line of defence against tragedy’, said Simon French, Chief Inspector of Rail Accidents. ’While there is a huge amount of complex hardware and software out there, supported by thousands of engineers and technicians, many decisions about everyday operations are still down to the human beings who operate the system.’French said RAIB was ‘recommending that Network Rail looks closely at how it manages the day-to-day work of signallers. The experience and knowledge of signalling staff is a vital asset, and needs to be properly and consistently developed, supported and made use of, for the safety of everyone who interacts with the railway.’,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesClass investigation into factors affecting safety-critical human performance in signalling operations on the national network UK: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has published the results of an investigation into human performance during signalling operations, looking at what affects decisions made by signallers and the systemic factors which may influence them.The investigation examined five categories of incident:user worked crossing irregularities;line blockage irregularities;users trapped at CCTV monitored level crossings;irregularities involving level crossings on local control;other operational irregularities.Several common factors were identified, associated with:signaller workload;user-centred design;competence management;experiential knowledge;organisational structure.RAIB also found that Network Rail’s incident investigations do not always fully exploit the opportunities to learn from incidents.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

Health officer appeals for strict traffic legislation

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share LocalNews Health officer appeals for strict traffic legislation by: – April 13, 2013 Tweetcenter_img Share 2 Views   no discussions Chief Environmental Officer, Anthony Scotland (file photo)A top health official has made an appeal for strict traffic legislation to be enacted, particularly to enforce wearing of seat belts and helmets.That call came from chief environmental health officer Anthony Scotland during Petro Caribe’s launching of its Health and Safety month on Friday, April 11th. “I think it is a very good initiative putting emphasis on health and safety,” Mr. Scotland told members of the press on Friday, April 11th. “There’s a lot of issues in the environment that needs attention; we need legislation to deal with traffic issues particularly the use of seat belts and the use of helmets by road users,” he said. Mr Anthony noted that health and safety measures should also be practiced by construction workers.He informed that there have been several incidents of injuries within the construction sector due to the lack of safety measures.“A lot of the workers are exposed to a lot of risk [by] not wearing the right protective gears and they are being exposed to a lot of injuries…people in the construction industry have to become aware, not only wearing the protective gears but, they also need to look at the material they are using in the construction industry,” he said. Mr Anthony also issued a stern warning to gas station attendants that they too must take precautionary measures on the job. He has suggested that nozzles should be placed on the pumps in order to reduce fumes during operation. He also appealed to farmers to take precautionary measures to protect their health. Health and Safety month is being observed with the aim of creating a safer environment for all Dominicans.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

More action planned to press for milk price relief in California

first_imgCalifornia dairy farmers continue their efforts to convince the California Department of Food and Agriculture to bring milk prices into better alignment with the prices being paid for milk throughout the country.Those who organized a mid-September rally in Sacramento to put pressure on the CDFA have continued to strategize on next steps.advertisementadvertisementClick here to view Progressive Dairyman’s previous coverage of the movement. They are planning another rally in Sacramento on Oct. 18 and a pre-rally prep session Oct. 4 at Lucio Hay (10810 Avenue 140, Tulare, California).The group has set up a website to help promote the rallies, as well as a Facebook page called Protesting CDFA. PD—From Milk Producers Council newsletterlast_img read more