AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreUN Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman called for millions of people to add their name to an online petition for opposing violence against women. “I know that there are millions around the world who care deeply about the issue — and I urge all of them to come on board,” said the Academy Award–winning actress referring to the Say NO to Violence Against Women campaign. (UN Photo of Nicole Kidman at press conference in NY, by Jenny Rockett) “Every voice counts, and every amount counts,” Ms. Kidman told reporters at an April 22 press conference in New York, urging people to add their names to the campaign and donors to step up funding for the cause. “Let survivors of violence around the world know that they can count on us.” Nicole Kidman is the campaign’s spokesperson. “I have been UNIFEM’s Goodwill Ambassador for more than two years now and I have seen how being born a woman puts you at risk of the most appalling and widespread human rights violation of our time,” said Ms. Kidman. “The Say NO to Violence campaign provides people all over the world with an opportunity to add their names to an ever-growing movement of people demanding that ending violence against women be made a top priority for governments around the world,” she added. UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro welcomed UNIFEM’s Internet initiative as an important contribution to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s multi-year campaign on violence against women. “We need more of this and other initiatives throughout the UN system in the next years as we join together around the UN Secretary-General’s campaign,” she said. “By raising awareness, [the Say NO campaign] helps to make visible the hidden pandemic of our time. Joanne Sandler, UNIFEM Executive Director a.i., stressed the progress made and underscored the need to translate that progress into fully funded concrete programs and services. “At least 89 countries have specific laws on domestic violence and more than 100 countries have made rape a crime. Yet, the violent crimes committed against women far too often go unpunished and the perpetrators walk free,” she said. Sandler emphasized the need to scale up funding for the UNIFEM-managed United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, which provides financial support globally to innovative efforts that work. “Through the Trust Fund we have learned that strategic investments can protect women and prevent gender-based violence. Public spaces are being made safer for women in Argentina and Peru and in Rwanda, police have received training and motorbikes so that they can respond quickly to incidents of domestic violence,” she said. The Trust Fund receives requests well in excess of $100 million annually, and while contributions are increasing — reaching a record high of $15 million for grants in 2008 — there is much more good work to be funded. UNIFEM’s Say NO campaign seeks additional resources for the Trust Fund as it builds public support and political will on the issue. Corporations, charities and foundations are joining forces with UNIFEM and supporting the UN Trust Fund, at times through the Say NO campaign. Tim Wirth, President of the United Nations Foundation, presented to UNIFEM a $100,000 contribution saying, “The UN Foundation issued a challenge grant that donated $1 to each of the first 100,000 signatures. We are very pleased to cut our check to the UN Trust Fund.” The Say NO initiative continues until November 25 2008, the internationally recognized day to eliminate violence against women, when UNIFEM will hand over the signatures to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in support of his global campaign. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreDozens of people literally pulled together trying to rescue a 14-foot great white shark that washed up on a Massachusetts beach.The video shows about 100 people — police, lifeguards, wildlife experts, and vacationing beachgoers — working frantically to save the shark on Cape Cod’s Whitecrest Beach.They created a pool around the shark and showered him with buckets of water to help him breath. Others dug a trench leading dozens of yards to the ocean.With Fins Off the Menu, A Glimmer of Hope for SharksWhen the trench was finished, they tied a rope around the shark’s tail and together dragged the 2,000 pound great-white back into the sea.Unfortunately, the heroic effort ended with the shark eventually dying in the water, but it was a dramatic show of humanity nonetheless.Shark experts say it’s very difficult to save large sharks when they beach themselves, although an effort in July did save a 7-foot great white in Cape Cod.Teen Drags Hammerhead Shark on Beach to Pull Hooks From its Mouth (WATCH)That younger shark was tagged and has been spotted several times this summer off the coast.(WATCH the video below) — Image from Robyn Schnaible on VimeoCape Cod Great White Shark Rescue – Whitecrest Beach, Wellfleet from Robyn Schnaible on Vimeo.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA Washington state news anchor – along with the local station that he works for – is paying off over $1 million in medical debt for their viewers.Jesse Jones, who is a cancer survivor and reporter for KIRO 7 News, went on-air earlier this week and said that – for just $12,000 – he and the station had bought up the medical debt of 1,000 viewers.The randomly selected viewers will be receiving yellow envelopes from KIRO during the coming week – and none of them know that it’s coming.MORE: Occupy Wall Street Activists Pay Off $15mil of Americans’ Personal Debt“Medical debt is a subject near and dear to my heart and my wallet,” said Jones. “I’m a cancer survivor who has survived medical debt. I have been on payment plans, and I also have a job and insurance – but there are others out there who are not as fortunate as I am.”All of the finances were processed through the New York-based charity “RIP Medical Debt”: a nonprofit that locates, buys and forgives unpaid and unpayable medical debt for Americans, no strings attached.If you feel spurred to also help the news station pay off more debt, you can visit their donation web page.Click To Share The Compassionate Gesture With Your Friends – Photo by Kenteegardin, CCAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
The world knows him as Pope Francis, the newly elected leader of the Roman Catholic Church. To his fellow Latinos, he is Papa Francisco, and his cultural heritage reflects the new energy and broader scope of today’s Church. “Many among the Latino community have expressed excitement and satisfaction with the conclave’s decision,” he said. “A cardinal from Buenos Aires represents a new voice for many in the wider context of Latin America, and Catholics everywhere… expect his experiences as a Latin American, especially those involving poverty and violence, to influence the papacy ahead.” Fisher said the reality of the Church has undoubtedly changed over the centuries, and Catholics must find a balance between their visions for the future and the traditions of the past. “A Latin American pope reflects a Church that has grown beyond its core foundation in Europe; our Church today no longer resembles the Church that Saint Francis of Assisi [knew], when it remained confined to the Eastern Hemisphere,” he said. “Our Church today has encompassed all continents and continues to grow.” Sophomore Cecilia Ruiz, whose family is originally from Oaxaca, Mexico, said the decision represents the sense that “the face of the Catholic Church is becoming more Latino.” “I believe that the selection of Pope Francis reflects the fact that… the face of the Catholic Church is changing,” she said. “It has been a well-known fact that much of Latin America is Catholic… [and] I feel that with Pope Francis as our pope, the Church will grow more. “It feels right that it should be led by someone who can connect with a large portion of the Church not only in a spiritual manner, but also on a cultural level,” Ruiz said. Although she has never felt the Church was disconnected from Latin America, Ruiz said Francis’ Latino heritage fills her with a sense of solidarity. “[The Church] is being led by a man who can relate to my family and me on a different level,” she said. “The fact that he speaks our language gives me a stronger tie to the Church… [but] no matter what ethnicity the pope may be, his leadership should make the faith of the Church stronger.” Esteban Rojas, a sophomore with family ties to Colombia, said he believes the choice is the cardinals’ way of acknowledging a “momentum shift” within the Church, as the Latino Catholic numbers continue to grow worldwide. “Over the past century, the Church has definitely expanded in the Americas as opposed to staying in the European cultures,” Rojas said. “I think [the cardinals] want a fresh take on the Church, and the new pope has proven that things will be different with his humility and leadership already. “With Francis being a Latino, his background and culture can contribute to the Church beyond its European identity,” he said. “He’ll bring different insight that will benefit the Church worldwide, not just in Latin America.” Rojas said while the election of a Latino pontiff hasn’t changed the way he thinks of the Church, it has energized his faith. “The cardinals obviously want a leader for the Church as a whole, and Francis is an excellent leader for the entire Church, not just the Latino population,” he said. “It is exciting to see one of our own represented in such a high position, though, especially because it’s never been seen before.” This is a “revolutionary pope,” he said, and he will evangelize to the world by the way he leads his life. “Something exciting is going to happen [in the Church], because he has already changed a lot of the standard protocol or traditions for popes in their first couple days,” Rojas said. “I’m really excited to see what he has in store and how he handles such a huge leadership position.” Katia Fernandez, a sophomore born in Lima, Peru, said she did a double take when she first saw the new pope appear on the balcony. His Latin American background makes him family to her, she said. Fernandez said she thinks a Latino pope will unify the Latino population in the United States and throughout Latin America. “This election has strengthened my identity as a Latina Catholic,” Fernandez said. “Having a Latino pope has brought me closer to my family and community, and I hope that Pope Francis… will be a household name for Latino families. Sophomore Juan Rangel, a native of Mexico, said he hopes Francis will make Latin American issues known worldwide and bring new energy to the search for solutions. “His actions just after assuming the role of pope, like insisting on paying rent and deciding against other papal traditions, demonstrates that he wants to portray himself as one of us,” Rangel said. “I hope that image of himself is maintained and strengthened during his time as pope. It will not only help within the Church as Catholics are warmed by this personality, but assist in international affairs as he meets leaders around the world.” Rangel said he has high hopes for the papacy and it strengthens his faith to see that the faith is truly universal, not limited to Europe. “I’m really excited to see what Papa Francisco will do during his papacy,” he said. “I envision him to be as great as Pope John Paul II was, and I hope his background and personality truly aid in his role as leader of our Church.” For Fisher, the bottom line is not the cultural identity of the new pope but rather the legacy of faith he brings. “Each pope offers new wisdom and gifts with the opportunity to serve Christ and the Church, and I look forward to this with Papa Francisco,” Fisher said. “But while I have faith in the new pope, my faith itself or how I think about my Church, does not depend on his nationality. “I only pray for a papacy blessed with true charity and love. I could not ask for more, and I expect no less.” Contact Ann Marie Jakubowksi at email@example.com. Freshman Steven Fisher said the moment Pope Francis stepped out onto the balcony, he became a symbol of hope, a pope who will actively engage the people of Latin America again. Fisher, whose family is from Mexico, said he is “very optimistic” about the new leader.
Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims rose slightly again last week but remain at their typically low summer-time level. There still could be some volatility coming as school jobs end and claims are made. Claims spiked to over 1,100 eight weeks ago and then again three weeks ago before falling steeply. Claims are lower than they were the same time last year, which has been the usual case for most weeks in 2017. For the week of June 17, 2017, there were 459 claims, up 90 from the previous week’s total and 537 fewer than than they were a year ago.Altogether 3,752 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 64 from a week ago, and 911 fewer than a year ago.Claims during the summer usually hold at a relatively low level because of vacation hiring, until the next transition when school resumes in September.As expected, by industry, Services reported the most claims (57 percent of the total). Manufacturing also saw an increase of about 20 claims to 22 percent of the total.The Department processed 0 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08).Vermont’s unemployment rate for May was 3.1 percent. This reflects no change from the revised April rate (3.1 percent). SEE STORY.RELATED STORIES:Country Home Products to close Winooski plantCorp taxes rescue May revenuesThe Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)NOTE: Employment (nonfarm payroll) – A count of all persons who worked full- or part-time or received pay from a nonagricultural employer for any part of the pay period which included the 12th of the month. Because this count comes from a survey of employers, persons who work for two different companies would be counted twice. Therefore, nonfarm payroll employment is really a count of the number of jobs, rather than the number of persons employed. Persons may receive pay from a job if they are temporarily absent due to illness, bad weather, vacation, or labor-management dispute. This count is based on where the jobs are located, regardless of where the workers reside, and is therefore sometimes referred to as employment “by place of work.” Nonfarm payroll employment data are collected and compiled based on the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey, conducted by the Vermont Department of Labor. This count was formerly referred to as nonagricultural wage and salary employment. VBM vermontbiz.com
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Mike LawsonWe’ve all heard the term “omni channel” by now. It’s been showered upon us like the great flood of 1912. (I’m sure there was a flood somewhere that year.) Anyway, when it comes to an omni channel banking experience, what does this really mean? Yes, it requires a familiar experience across multiple platforms to cover all your membership bases. But how can a credit union really capitalize on this omniscient coverage?To get a better view, we invited Digital Insight’s Vice President, Product Management, Experience Design, & Business Development Jose Resendiz on the show and took a deep dive on this topic and why it’s so important for today’s credit unions to grasp and execute this multi-channel coverage to remain relevant and thrive. As Jose puts it: “…reaching the right consumers online or on their mobile device with the right products at the moment of truth.”With today’s technology gains on any device, this statement couldn’t be more true. Today’s consumers may be accessing their accounts from inside of their eyelids in the not-too-distant future — and credit unions need to be prepared for that “channel,” as well. We even dovetail into how the omni channel experience can boost a credit union’s cross-selling efforts, deepening their member relationships with more product/services adoption.We discuss much, much more about this contemporary topic with Jose in this latest episode. It goes by fast, as there are many omni-takeaways for CUs to implement immediately. Enjoy!Visit:digitalinsight.com continue reading »
LinkedIn Less than half of all people in the United States adopt their parents’ political party affiliation, according to new research published in the British Journal of Political Science. The study also discovered some factors that appear to influence whether parents successfully transmit their partisan identities to their children.“Most parents want to raise their children with the ‘right’ values. What is right, of course, depends upon the parent but understanding what factors might aid or harm a parent’s ability to successful transmit their values to their children is important to many, particularly in this era of hyper polarization,” said study author Pete Hatemi, a distinguished professor at Penn State University.“Generally speaking, if there has been one constant in the study of political behavior it was the belief that political orientations are reliably transmitted from parents to children. The problem is that the evidence of this belief has almost entirely relied upon the concordance between self-reported parent and child values.” Share on Twitter Email Share on Facebook Share “Basically, researchers have simply treated parent-child correlation as evidence of parent-to-child transmission. Moreover, the generally held view has been that parent-child agreement on political orientations is the norm — a majority of children know and want to adopt their parents’ values, and parents simply instill values into children. Oddly enough, these assumptions have hardly been tested.”The researchers examined data from 4,852 parent–child dyads. The data came from three large longitudinal studies: the Youth-Parent Socialization Study, the Health and Lifestyles Study and the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. Importantly, the studies not only assessed the party identification of parents and their children, they also assessed children’s perceptions of their parents’ political beliefs and included measures of the parent-child relationship.Hatemi and his colleagues found that fewer than half of the children correctly perceived and subsequently adopted their parents’ party identification. “That is, most parents do not successfully transmit their values to their children,” he told PsyPost.“There are at least two steps to transmitting values to children. First, children must accurately perceive their parent’s values, then they must choose whether or not to adopt those values. This is important because almost all prior approaches have overstated parent-to child transmission — they treated children who correctly perceived and adopted their parents values as the same as those who misperceived and rejected those values (and vice versa).”“The number of false positives and false negatives was considerable. On average, 28% of children misperceived their parents’ values and 35% of children rejected whatever they perceived their parents to be. That is, the perception of parental values, not the parents’ actual values, is the most important factor in a child adopting their parents’ political party identification,” Hatemi explained.The researchers also uncovered several factors related to a child’s rejection or acceptance of their parents’ party identification.“We found that while a more politicized home increases the ability of children to know their parent’s values, it does not have any role in motivating a child to adopt their parent’s values. Parent-child closeness and the intensity of parents’ political opinions appear to influence children to want to be more like their parents, but oddly enough they do nothing to improve a children’s ability to know their parents’ values.”“This is important because we found that the children who often want to be like their parents end up adopting the wrong values because they actually believed their parents to be completely different. And education, previously thought to have little role in transmission, does not influence a child’s ability to know their parents’ affiliation, but appears to make children more likely to reject whatever that they believe their parents to be.”All research includes some limitations, and the current study is no exception.“Our data mainly covers the 70s, 80, and 2000s but there is a real lack of studies that have parent-child cross reports. Our next step is to collect data from 2020 forward to see if this pattern holds true,” Hatemi noted.“Our models are designed to offer a first step, a baseline model if you will. Additional factors, such as institutions, differing political contexts, including other countries, global conditions and more information on the children and parents is needed, particularly emotional and cognitive aspects.”“The current study focused mainly parent to child transmission, but a critical next step is to address the role of child to parent transmission, which is increasingly prevalent in first-generation families. A growing literature is concentrating on child-driven discussion in which child experiences bring new information into the home and allows parents to become more politically aware,” Hatemi said.The study, “The Role of Child Perception and Motivation in Political Socialization“, was authored by Peter K. Hatemi and Christopher Ojeda. Pinterest
The World Health Organization (WHO) today released the names of 6 candidates for the role of the agency’s next director-general, 4 of whom are from Europe, with 1 each from Asia and Africa.The current director-general, Margaret Chan, MD, MPH, will step down next June, after more than 10 years of service. The new director-general will start the position on Jul 1, 2017.The director-general is the de facto head of the WHO, overseeing all technical and administrative tasks for the organization. The WHO’s 194 member states had 5 months to submit nominations.The candidates are Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, from Ethiopia; Flavia Bustreo, MD, from Italy; Philippe Douste-Blazy, MD, from France; David Nabarro, MD, from the United Kingdom; Sania Nishtar, MD, from Pakistan; and Miklos Szocska, MD, of Hungary.The candidates have some similar backgrounds; five are medical doctors, and all but Nabarro and Bustreo have served as health ministers in their home countries. Nabarro is currently a special adviser to the United Nations on sustainable development, and Bustreo is an assistant director-general at the WHO.Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), which publishes CIDRAP News, said the next director-general faces “immense” challenges given the WHO’s lack of funding and organization.”There hasn’t been a fundamental change in structure at the WHO even post-Ebola,” said Osterholm. “Until we get serious about [the] shortcomings of the WHO, it’s a mistake to pin too much on the director-general.”The pool of candidates will be narrowed down to three through interviews with the WHO’s executive board by next January. An election will be held in May of 2017 at the World Health Assembly.See also:Sep 23 WHO news release
Share Last weekend, the sixth annual Montauk Seafood Festival offered a delicious sampling of its bounty, including fresh local fish and shellfish prepared by top Montauk restaurants. The festival was held at a new venue this year, Gurney’s Montauk Yacht Club. Family activities and the music of Liquid Phase and The 3 Bs rounded out the days of fun.
Gazprom’s Chairman, Alexey Miller and Zhang Gaoli, First Vice Premier of China’s State Council and Wang Yilin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of China National Petroleum Corporation, met in Beijing.The participants addressed the issues of bilateral cooperation, particularly the preparations for the contract on Russian natural gas supply to China via the western route, Gazprom revealed in a statement.The parties highlighted that they aimed for the conclusion of negotiations which were progressing steadily.In addition, cooperation in the area of underground gas storage, power generation, machine-building projects for the oil & gas industry, and cooperation in third countries, has also been discussed.
1 of 2 It’s funny how certain styles are trending every year and by the end of the season everyone’s fed up with them, but the following year the excitement is there again. That’s fashion for you.It used to be that a fashion trend would last a decade. Look at the 1950s and 60s. Now it seems the latest fashion trends barely last a season.However, I find on closer inspection it’s not as bad as it seems. Often the main fashion trends stay the same for a few seasons in a row with minor trends coming and going more quickly. And with the more frequent changes older styles come back into fashion again more quickly.The good news is that today’s fashion trends combine into many “looks”. And there are a number of styles for each trend, for example, when the latest pants style was skinny leg, wide and straight legs were also in. So it’s usually possible to find at least one look that suits your body shape and your style personality.You don’t have to be trendy to be stylish. And there is certainly no need to slavishly follow a current fashion trend look — in fact, it’s preferable not to. However, to keep your look contemporary it is important to incorporate at least one or two current fashion trends into your outfits. And, it can be fun to update your look, especially when you’re armed with a few guidelines to make the styles you like work for you. The most cost effective way to update an outfit is by adding one or more current fashion accessory. For example, adding a new pair of shoes or boots in a current style, perhaps combined with a contemporary necklace or scarf and earrings can totally transform an outfit you already have and give it a new lease of life. Plan for the new seasonIt can be confusing (and expensive) hitting the shops at the start of a new season without a plan. If you do, you may well end up with items that are too similar to what you already have, or that don’t go with anything else. Shopping is more productive, more fun and costs less when you have a plan that you (largely) follow. At the start of a new season it’s a good idea to…Clean out your wardrobeAudit your wardrobe. Even if you don’t do a full clear out, at the very least audit your wardrobe for gaps…What items do you need to purchase for the coming or current season?What is looking worn and needs replacing? What item do you find yourself wishing you had as you get ready to go out for a daily activity or a special occasion? Make a list of things to buy.Research the current trendsAsk yourself what hot new trends excite you; will those trends suit you and your lifestyle needs and do they suit your body shape, your colouring and your personality? You can also get more advice and check out my observations on the latest fashion trends on my blog. Now, go shopping – and have fun.You can visit www.ronelda.com or follow @RoneldaRhode on Instagram and Twitter, or Ronelda Rhode Personal Image Consultant and Designer on Facebook.If you have fashion-related questions for Ronelda or think you have a talent for putting together trendy outfits, you can email your queries, comments – or pictures – to firstname.lastname@example.orgThis column will appear once a month.
The New South Wales Rail, Tram & Bus Industry Union has said it will not oppose the privatisation of FreightCorp as long as it is sold with National Rail Corp. Secretary Nick Lewocki said the union is not pro-privatisation, but has to be pragmatic. It hopes to persuade the Commonwealth to allow FreightCorp to bid for NRC.The government of Kazakhstan has completed plans for a 300 km rail link between Qostenay and Aqtobe, to carry traffic between the north and northwest of the country which must currently be routed via Russia. The project is costed at US$140m.Freight Australia and a consortium involving Great Northern Rail have expressed interest in reopening the broad gauge Wolseley – Mt Gambier – Millicent line for freight. The South Australia government took control of the route after Australia Southern failed to restore trains within a two-year period (p367). The government of Ethiopia has invited expressions of interest for the provision of services relating to the preparation, administration and monitoring of the concessioning of the 781 km Addis Abeba – Djibouti railway.SNCF President Louis Gallois was due on May 17 to present the SNCF board with a revised budget for 2001, expected to show a loss of around Fr1bn following two weeks of industrial action in late March and early April (RG 5.01 p279). Gallois said on May 13 that he expected the company to move into profit in 2002.On April 23 the Chief Director of Ghana’s Ministry of Transport & Communications Ben Eghan announced plans to rehabilitate the Accra – Tema line, starting in 2002.The private Grand Central Railway consortium has announced plans to introduce an open access trans-Pennine rail service from Salford to York and Newcastle upon Tyne from September 2002, using refurbished High Speed Train sets.Wellington City Council’s Transport & Infrastructure Committee has backed proposals for the government to buy back the city’s commuter rail network from Tranz Rail. The decision was made on the chairman’s casting vote.Pakistan Railway is proposing to run container trains twice a week between a planned private sector container terminal at Lahore and Karachi Port; it envisages using 300 flatbed wagons to handle the traffic.Romanian freight company CFR Marfa is planning to buy 52 new locomotives and overhaul 92 existing ones by 2010, at a cost of US$500m. It is also planning to purchase 2500 wagons and modernise 16000 more.In April the Prime Minister of Tajikistan Oqil Oqilov discussed the funding of a planned Kofarnihon – Yavan line with officials from Chori Corp of Japan.Islamic Iranian Republic Railways’ Director in Mashhad, Ali Hojjati-Nejad, confirmed on May 12 that RAI had agreed terms with Turkmenistan Railway for the introduction of a through Almaty – Tehran passenger service via Sarakhs (RG 1.00 p 7).
EUROPE: Following successful trials with two prototypes, this month leasing company Touax Rail is to supply Volkswagen with the first series-built vehicles from an order for 300 high-capacity sliding-wall wagons.Volkswagen Logistics awarded Touax a contract in October 2013 for the development and lease of 300 twin-axle wagons, which were required to have a mimimum internal height of 3 000 mm to enable the transport of mesh box pallets. The vehicles are being built by Greenbrier Europe’s Wagony Świdnica plant in Poland, with the first prototype completed in March 2014. One of the two prototype wagons was displayed at InnoTrans 2014.Touax said the contract was a step towards a further diversification of its lease fleet of more than 8 000 container, coal, steel coil, car-carrying and sliding-wall wagons. ‘The partnership with Volkswagen coincides with our marketing strategy to lease more wagons to industrial clients, who are interested in profitable and long term agreements’, said Louis Pastré, Business Development & Marketing Director. ‘Touax is proud to be a partner for Inbound Logistics, as for many years we have been actively involved in the Outbound Logistics, transporting new cars on Laaers wagons.’
RUSSIA: An agreement for the development of diesel-battery hybrid shunting locomotives has been signed by Russian Railways, Transmashholding and lithium-ion battery manufacturer Rusnano.RZD has expressed interesting buying 131 hybrid shunters over six years, subject to approval of the prototype. These would be used at major stations and in depots.‘In the wake of the latest global trends, Transmashholding is ready to create innovative rolling stock that will not only significantly reduce atmospheric emissions, but also reduce energy consumption, thus increasing economic efficiency’, said TMH Director General Kirill Lipa when the agreement was signed on June 6. ‘We are confident that a modern shunting locomotive with a domestically produced hybrid drive will be in demand’.Rusnano supplies batteries for mining locomotives, forklifts, electric buses and trolleybuses from its Liotech plant in Novosibirsk. Chairman Anatoly Chubais said the company sees large opportunity in the rail sector, as there are around 18 000 shunters on the main line and industrial networks in Russia and the market for lithium-ion locomotive batteries could be worth 8bn roubles/year.‘A large order for hybrid locomotives from RZD will allow Liotech and Transmashholding to develop and manufacture the first batch of pilot machines’, he said. RZD, Rusnano and Enel Group company Rusenergosbyt have signed an agreement to co-operate in the development of energy storage systems which could boost the ability of the traction power supply network to meet peak demand. A pilot project is planned for 2020, with Rusnano supplying rechargeable batteries and Enel the integration technology.
British pop icon George Michael has died at the age of 53.The news shocked Michael’s devoted fans, many of whom went to pay respects to the singer by leaving mementos, flowers and balloons outside his homes in Britain.Albums, candles, newspapers and more were left in tribute outside the singer’s London residence, as well as his riverside home in Goring-on-Thames, a village in Oxfordshire, where he “passed away peacefully,” according to a statement released Christmas Day by his publicist Connie Filippello.His partner, Fadi Fawaz, has described how he found the star dead in bed on Christmas Day. Fadi said he made the terrible discovery after arriving at the musician’s home to wake him ahead of a planned Christmas Day lunch. Michael rocketed to stardom in the 80’s as the lead singer of the pop group ‘WHAM!’ and went on to enjoy a long and celebrated solo career. He will be remembered as a talented musician, trendsetter, and influential human rights activist.
Officials from the Port of Long Beach, Southern California Edison and the California Energy Commission today launched the nation’s largest pilot project for zero-emissions cranes and other cargo-handling equipment for seaports.Funded mostly by a USD 9.7 million grant from the California Energy Commission, the project will bring 25 vehicles that are zero- or near zero-emissions to Port of Long Beach marine terminals for one year to test their performance in a real-world setting. The launch event was held at Pacific Container Terminal at Long Beach’s Pier J — operated by SSA Terminals — one of three terminals participating in the project.The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles in 2017 approved an update to their Clean Air Action Plan, setting a goal of transitioning all terminal equipment to zero emissions by 2030.“The Zero-Emissions Terminal Transition Project kicks off a new era in transportation electrification and the Port’s own transformation to zero-emissions,” said Long Beach Harbour Commission President Lou Anne Bynum. “We are grateful for the partnerships with the Energy Commission and Southern California Edison that are making this a reality.”“This project is another example of the goods movement industry, equipment builders, utilities and public agencies stepping up to reach for the goal of zero emissions,” said Mario Cordero, Port of Long Beach Executive Director. “Today, you can see how everyone is coming together to meet that challenge.”“The projects we are kicking off today will help to address some of Southern California’s biggest challenges — cleaning up the air and reducing harmful greenhouse gases that cause climate change,” said SCE President Ron Nichols. “SCE’s vision for a clean energy future means partnering with the Port and other SCE customers to electrify transportation, as well as working hard to make sure the electricity that we provide to power those vehicles is produced with clean, renewable resources.”“SSA Terminals appreciates the confidence that the Port of Long Beach has shown in our company by selecting us to be part of this major project to electrify the nine large container-handling yard cranes at our Pacific Container Terminal,” said Paul Gagnon, Vice President of SSA Marine Terminals. “We hope that this partnership will continue as we all strive for cleaner air quality.”The project is anticipated to reduce greenhouse gases by more than 1,323 tons and smog-causing nitrogen oxides by 27 tons each year. Also, the switch to zero-emissions equipment is expected to save more than 270,000 gallons of diesel fuel.The project will include the conversion of nine diesel-electric rubber-tire gantry cranes into fully electric equipment at one terminal, the purchase of 12 battery-electric yard tractors for two more terminals, and the conversion of four LNG trucks into plug-in hybrid-electric trucks for a drayage trucking firm.Sea News, April 6 Author: Priyanka Ann Saini