Agility extends Gorgon business

first_imgThe scope of work, estimated in value at AUD232 million (USD238 million) over two years, will see Agility providing logistics, stevedoring, and related services in support of the Marine Loading Facility in Henderson, Perth Austraila.Agility was further granted a two-year extension of its existing contract to support supply base operations and transportation services, under which the stevedoring services have been added.”The additional services and extension of our contract is a testimony to the hard work and commitment that our team has shown. We are committed to working safely even in the most challenging environments, and look forward to continuing our partnership for some time to come.” said Mick Turnbull, Agility’s Australasia ceo.Agility has appointed Patrick Stevedoring Pty Ltd, part of Australia’s publically-listed Asciano Ltd, as the prime subcontractor for the stevedoring services.”We are confident that we can play an important part in this project,” said Philip Tonks, Patrick Stevedoring Division general manager.Bill Muir, Agility’s project manager for the Gorgon Project added, “The combination of Patrick Stevedoring with Agility’s in-depth, will provide our customer with strong and personalised service.”The extended term of the contract (including the new stevedoring services) has now commenced and runs through April 28, 2014.The Gorgon Project is one of the world’s largest natural gas projects and the largest single-resource project in Australia’s history. It is operated by Chevron and is a joint venture of the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (47.3 percent), ExxonMobil (25 percent), Shell (25 percent), Osaka Gas (1.25 percent), Tokyo Gas (1 percent) and Chubu Electric Power (0.417 percent).http://www.agilitylogistics.comhttp://www.patrick.com.aulast_img read more

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Work begins on €80m brake test centre

first_imgGERMANY: Knorr-Bremse held a groundbreaking ceremony on April 28 to officially launch construction of an €80m brake system test and development centre at its headquarters in München.The centre will bring together the testing and development activities of the company’s Rail Vehicle Systems and Commercial Vehicle Systems groups. It has been designed by architectural practice HENN around Knorr-Bremse’s philosophy of facilitating communication between the test systems on the ground floor, laboratories on the first floor and engineering and development above.There will be around 100 rigs for technical testing and quality assurance, including rigs able to simulate the behaviour of 100-wagon freight trains meeting the various technical standards used in Western Europe, the USA and Russia.last_img read more

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U.N,: Famine averted but millions still at risk in Lake Chad…

first_imgThe United Nations is calling upon world leaders to maintain their support towards the humanitarian cause in the Lake Chad region, noting that the efforts so far have averted a famine.“We have averted famine, but millions of people are still at risk if more international help is not forthcoming,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said at the end of a two-day mission to the country.Lowcock said that he would rally the world leaders at the UN General Assembly next week to maintain their financial and political support for the cause.“At next week’s General Assembly in New York, I will urge world leaders to maintain their financial and political support for the Lake Chad Basin crisis, and to work with the Nigerian authorities to bring stability to the north-east,” he said.Islamist terror group Boko Harsm has waged a near-decade war in the Lake Chad basin, aiming to enforce a strict Sharia code of governance.The conflict has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions, creating a humanitarian crisis in the region.In north-east Nigeria alone, at least 8.5 million people are largely dependent on humanitarian assistance.President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to lead his country at the 72nd UN General Assembly in New York, and is set to drum up international support for his government’s cause towards freeing all the Chibok girls that remain in captivity.last_img read more

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Kenya High court rules minor candidate can contest presidential re-run

first_imgKenyan presidential candidate Ekuru Aukot of the Thirdway Alliance party poses for a photo during an interview with Reuters in Nairobi, Kenya, June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Baz Ratner Kenyan presidential candidate Ekuru Aukot of the Thirdway Alliance party poses for a photo during an interview with Reuters in Nairobi, Kenya, June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Baz RatnerThe Kenyan election board should include Ekuru Aukot, who polled less than 1 percent in presidential elections in August, on the ballot in the event of a re-run, the High Court ruled on Wednesday, Reuters reports.Kenya’s Justice John Mativo ruled that presidential candidate Ekuru Aukot and 5 other candidates should be included on the ballot for the October 26 election re-run.“I find nothing to bar the petitioner from contesting the fresh election,” said Justice John Mativo, Reuters quotes him say.This comes after NASA opposition leader, Raila Odinga pulled out from the repeat presidential election on Tuesday.The court’s ruling means that President Uhuru Kenyatta still has a challenger come the October 26 repeat elections.8 August elections were annulled by the Supreme Court, citing irregularities. The court further called for repeat presidential elections on the 26 October.last_img read more

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Nigerian president vows crackdown on abusive Islamic schools after second raid

first_imgPresident Buhari orders military crackdown on herders accused of killings People with chained legs are pictured after being rescued by police in Sabon Garin, in Daura local government area of Katsina state, Nigeria October 14, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES People with chained legs are pictured after being rescued by police in Sabon Garin, in Daura local government area of Katsina state, Nigeria October 14, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVESNigeria’s president on Tuesday ordered a crackdown on abuse at Islamic schools, after a second police raid in less than a month revealed men and boys subjected to beatings, abuse and squalid conditions.Nearly 300 had been held captive at a school in the Daura area of Katsina, the hometown of President Muhammadu Buhari, where police said they discovered “inhuman and degrading treatment” following a raid on Monday to free the remaining students.Late last month, police freed hundreds from similarly degrading conditions in neighbouring Kaduna state.“Mr. President has directed the police to disband all such centers and all the inmates be handed over to their parents,” said a presidential spokesman.“The government cannot allow centers where people, male and female, are maltreated in the name of religion,” he said.Prior to this week’s raid, hundreds of captives had escaped the center, police said on Tuesday.The 67 inmates who were freed by Katsina police were shackled, and many were taken to hospital for treatment, police superintendent Isah Gambo told Reuters.“I tell you they were in very bad condition when we met them,” Gambo said.A freed captive told Reuters on Monday that the instructors beat, raped and even killed some of the men and boys held at the facility, who ranged from 7 to 40 years of age. It was not immediately possible to verify his account.While the institution told parents it was an Islamic teaching centre that would help straighten out wayward family members, the instructors instead brutally abused them and took away any food or money sent by relatives.“I deeply regret taking my child to the rehabilitation centre because I was ignorant of what was actually going on here,” Alhaji Lawal Garka, a parent of one of the captives, told Reuters on Tuesday.Police said they had arrested the owner of the facility and two teachers, and were tracking other suspects.Local resident Umar Galadima said that escaped captives were “running for their lives,” with some throwing stones or brandishing weapons to fend off workers who tried to take them back to the facility.The more than 200 captives who escaped were still missing, Gambo said. Police were working to reunite the others with family members.“The inmates are actually from different parts of the country – Kano, Taraba, Adamawa and Plateau States,” he said. “Some of them are not even Nigerians. They come from Niger, Chad and even Burkina Faso and other countries.”Islamic schools, called Almajiris, are common in the mostly Muslim north of Nigeria. Muslim Rights Concern, a local organisation, estimates about 10 million children attend them.Buhari said the government planned to ban the schools eventually, but he has not yet commented on the Katsina school.Related Macky Sall begins second term as Senegal’s presidentcenter_img Ghana’s President John Mahama endorsed for second termlast_img read more

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Council Place Contingency Plan into action after closure of Super School – Dumfries

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInStatement – North West Community Campus (11.09.18)In a statement issued by Dumfries and Galloway Council today September the 11th 2018, they announce their contingency plans for getting teachers and pupils back into classrooms after the closure of the new multi million pound North West Community Campus just weeks into the new term. A Council spokesperson said “Following the closure of the North West Community Campus, our priority is continuing children’s learning in safe spaces. We want pupils and staff back in classrooms as soon as possible. The outcomes of the independent inspection are still being determined, and the Council is seeking absolute assurance that every classroom has been deemed safe.The Council has been working on a number of contingency plans to ensure the continuity of young people’s education for the pupils in North West Community Campus. Until we have the assurance that the North West Community Campus is safe, we are putting these plans into place.• From Wednesday, senior phase pupils will be back in classrooms and learning again: S4 pupils and teachers will be travelling to St Joseph’s College and S5 and S6 pupils and teachers will be travelling to Dumfries High School from the North West Community Campus. Travel arrangements have been put in place to transport the young people safely to these schools.• Primary 7, S1, S2 and S3 pupils will be based in Lochside Primary School along with teaching staff from Thursday.• Nursery and P1 to P6 will be based in St Ninian’s Primary School along with teacher and nursery staff from Thursday.• The Learning Centre and associated staff will also be based at St Ninian’s Primary from Thursday.The Council is committed to getting the North West Community Campus open again. Decisions will be taken as appropriate once we have assurances that the facility is safe for pupils, staff and the wider community. Providing the best start in life for all our young people is a priority for the Council. Therefore, the decision to get children back into appropriate learning environments as quickly as possible is our focus.Additional study support for senior phase pupils will be provided throughout the year.”last_img read more

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UK filmmaker researches Dominican roots

first_img 35 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! LocalNews UK filmmaker researches Dominican roots by: – August 29, 2013 Share Sharecenter_img Richard Etienne and dad ‘Paps’Richard Etienne Jr, a UK film maker, in search of his Dominican roots, has embarked on a project to produce a documentary about his father’s birthplace.Mr Etienne will travel to Dominica to document his discovery; of identity, of the birthplace of his father and of a legacy for future generations.‘iD – my Dominica Story’, is a 45 minutes documentary in English and Creole with English subtitles which is being funded by public donations.It will include special appearances by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, Dominica’s top sportsman Shane Shillingford, Miss Dominica 2013 Leslassa Armour Shillingford, designer of the national flag Dr. Alwin Bully and historian Dr. Lennox Honychurch.His father, Richard Etienne Sr, born in 1953 and originally from Loubiere, lived with his grandparents until he was “sent for” at the age of 8 to meet his parents in London, England.The documentary will be produced in honour of his father who died of cancer in 2004.Mr Etienne has been releasing a series of ‘shorts’ on the run up to travelling to Dominica to film the majority of the documentary.In the sixth iD Shorts episode for the forthcoming film, he visits the Dominica Overseas Nationals Association (DONA) Fun Day to test peoples’ knowledge of their home country.[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBPzkt5dRns&feature=share&list=UUVNhUYUeQROLkMSrhXqkrkA[/youtube]For more information about ‘iD’ and to view the trailer, visit http://mydominicastory.com or to become an official sponsor, contact Richard on submissions@mydominicastory.com.Dominica Vibes News Share Tweetlast_img read more

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Sports year-ender 2019

first_imgAS ANOTHER historic year is about toclose, let us revisit some of the biggest sports storiesthat we have covered, witnessed and enjoyed this year. First part of thisseries will cover the months of January, February, March, April, and May.JanuaryChris Tiu announced his formal retirement from professional basketball afterspending six seasons with Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the PBA. BarangayGinebra San Miguel Kings’ Jett Manuel also retired after just playing one PBAseason.San Miguel Beermen center June Mar Fajardo continued to make history, capturinghis fifth consecutive Most Valuable Player citation. Phoenix Pulse FuelMasters’ Jason Perkins nabbed the Rookie of the Year honors.Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao showed that he is still far from done after aclinical unanimous decision win over Adrien Broner toretain the WBA welterweight belt at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas,Nevada.FebruaryGilas Pilipinas leaned on the exploits of Andray Blatche as it clinched a slotin the 2019 FIBA World Cup with a 93-75 victory over Kazakhstan in the 2019FIBA World Cup qualifier. Blatche finished with 41 points in the all-importantwin.Filipino Vic Saludar successfully retained the WBO world minimumweightchampionship after a unanimous decision victory over Japanese MasatakaTaniguchi at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.MarchNegrense boxer Donnie Nietes’ hold on the World Boxing Organization (WBO) superflyweight belt did not last long. He decided to vacate the world championshipmonths after winning it against Japanese Kazuto Ioka.Kai Sotto have decided to leave the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagletsand have a full-time training overseas.AprilThe provincial government of Negros Occidental gained the nod to serve as hostof the 2021 edition of Palarong Pambansa, beating fellow Western Visayas-basedbidder in Capiz.Filipino boxer Nonito Donaire Jr. fashioned out a sixth-round knockout win overAmerican Stephon Young to retain the WBA super bantamweight belt at the CajunDome in Lafayette, Louisiana.MayPetron Blaze Spikers claimed the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix crown afterdominating F2 Logistics Cargo Movers in three matches in the finals.Jerwin Ancajas easily outclassed Japanese Ryuichi Funai to retain his IBF worldsuper featherweight championship with a seventh round stoppage at the StocktonArena in Stockton, California.San Miguel Beermen clinched its record fifth consecutive Philippine Cupchampionship after defeating Magnolia Hotshots in the do or die finale via agame winner from Alex Cabagnot.Ateneo Lady Eagles captured the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball championshipafter defeating University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses in three matches.The WVPRISAA secondary girls volleyball team retained its crown in the PRISAA2019 National Games after winning over Region 11 in the finals. Shane Carmonawas hailed as the MVP. (To be continued/PN)last_img read more

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El Paseo Arts presents award-winning play, Wit

first_img Share Special to the PRESSOn September 15, 2016, El Paseo Arts Foundation is proud and honored to host a performance of the Camille Playhouse’s powerful production of Wit, by Margaret Edson.  Under the direction of the Camille’s new artistic director, Christopher Ikner, Wit has been described by The New York Times as “the kind of theatrical experience of which legends are made”.This powerfully play examines what makes life worth living through Edson’s exploration of one of existence’s unifying experiences―mortality.  It also probes the vital importance of human relationships.In Wit, Edson delves into timeless questions with no final answers: How should we live our lives knowing that we will die? Is the way we live our lives and interact with others more important than what we achieve materially, professionally, or intellectually? Can science and art help us conquer death, or our fear of it? What will seem most important to each of us about life as that life comes to an end?Wit follows Vivian Bearing, a brilliant, demanding, and highly articulate poetry professor, as she undergoes experimental treatment for Stage IV ovarian cancer.  During the course of her illness, Vivian is moved from a position of authority to one of dependency.   As she stoically deals with her treatment, she reassesses her life and work in an emotionally powerful, profound, sometimes humorous, and finally inspiring way that transforms her and each of us.The play swept nearly every drama award given for an off-Broadway play, including the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, The Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play, two Drama League awards and the Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Play. In 1999,Wit was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.The 2012 Broadway production was nominated for the Tony Award, Best Revival of a Play, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play; and the Mike Nichol’s direction of Emma Thompson in the leading role, won the 2001 Emmy Award for Outstanding Made-for-TV Movie.  It is indeed a riveting play.Wit is, of course, scary – when is cancer not? Everyone’s life has been touched in some way by this terrible disease and this amazing play treads paths that are hard for us to go down because it brings us face to face with our own mortality.  Yet the central story of Wit is not somber but indeed, as the title suggests, witty. There are many moments when it’s also funny – very funny – which is part of its triumph. We understand the pain and the process so much more clearly through the main character’s witty vision.  Ana-Laura Chavez plays Dr. Vivian Bearing, who serves as both the narrator and central character in the play which is set during the final hours of the life of this distinguished professor of English.Dr. Bearing recounts her story to the audience through a series of monologues and flashbacks, beginning with the initial diagnosis from her oncologist, Dr. Harvey Kelekian, played by Ricky Garza.  Over the eight-month course of her experimental treatment, Dr.  Bearing comes into contact with one of her former students, now a young research fellow, Dr. Jason Posner, played by William Abete. Dr. Posner has a lot to learn about a lot of things, especially human empathy. At the other end of the spectrum is Vivian’s nurse, Susie Monahan (Jacqueline Garza), who provides Vivian’s only touch with humanity and kindness. We also meet Vivian’s college mentor, Dr. E.M. Ashford (Kathy Raines), and completing the cast is a small ensemble of performers (Caty Wantland, Benjamin Melendez, Alex Robles, Margarita Perez), who play Vivian’s students and various hospital technicians and doctors.“Every once in a while a play comes along that bonds people together in extraordinary ways. The play “isn’t a tearful lecture on how to die; it’s a dry-eyed lesson on how to live–with simplicity and kindness.”  (The Boston Globe) This stunning piece of theatre is not to be missed.The evening begins at the SPI Convention Center with a cash bar (only), open at 6:30 p.m.  The theatre opens for seating at 7:00 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets for Wit are $30 per person, $25 for El Paseo Arts members.  Tickets are available for purchase at Paragraphs Book Store, the Art Gallery in Port Isabel,PadreRitaGrill, and online at www.elpaseoarts.org.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedEl Paseo presents Strong in one-man show as Oscar WildeSpecial to the PRESS An iconic celebrity from Victorian London comes to life this week on stage in South Padre Island. The El Paseo Arts Foundation is bringing back William Strong in his new one-man show as Oscar Wilde. Anyone who saw Strong’s previous brilliant appearance here as Mark Twain,…February 13, 2012In “News”Fantasticks coming to SPISpecial to the PRESS The Fantasticks! may look like a simple show when one is enjoying it from the audience, but in reality it is one of the most challenging musicals for the actors/singers, directors and accompanists. The beautiful music is particularly challenging for vocalists and the well-drawn characters require…May 30, 2011In “News”Jazz concert to groove SPI Nov. 10Special to the Parade On Thursday, Nov. 10, a quintet of some of the best musicians in Texas will offer an evening of great jazz at South Padre Island’s Convention Center. The combo of piano, woodwind, guitar, bass and drums will take its audience on a tour of favorites that…October 27, 2011In “South Padre Parade”last_img read more

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Weekend Racing Schedule, June 30th through July 3rd

first_imgFriday:Attica Raceway Park (Attica, Ohio) – FAST 410 Sprints, FAST 305 Sprints and Attica/Oakshade Late Model SeriesBarberton Speedway (Norton, Ohio) – Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, Compacts and FireworksLimaland Motorsports Park (Lima, Ohio) – Sprints, Modifieds and ThunderstocksLegendary Hilltop Speedway (Marietta, Ohio) – Late Models, Modifieds, Sport Mods, Street Stocks, 4-Cylinders and Mini WedgesMidway Speedway (Crooksville, Ohio) – Late Models, Modifieds, Mod-Lites, Street Stocks, 4-Cylinders and FireworksSaturday:35 Raceway Park (Frankfort, Ohio) – OVSCA 410 Winged SprintsDeerfield Raceway (Deerfield, Ohio) – 9 DivisionsFremont Speedway (Fremont, Ohio) – 410 Sprints, 360 Sprints and 305 SprintsOakshade Raceway (Wauseon, Ohio) – Attica/Oakshade Late Model SeriesPortsmouth Raceway Park (Portsmouth, Ohio) – Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Modifieds and Limited Late ModelsSandusky Speedway (Sandusky, Ohio) – MSA Supermodifieds, Crate Sprints, Modifieds, Street Stocks and Hobby StocksShadybowl Speedway (De Graff, Ohio) – Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, Compacts and Super Compact SeriesSharon Speedway (Hartford, Ohio) – Big Block Modifieds, RUSH Sportsman Modified Touring Series, Stock Cars and Econo ModsToledo Speedway (Toledo, Ohio) – Late Model 100 Laps, LMSP-Silver Cup 50, MCR Dwarf Cars and FireworksWayne County Speedway (Orrville, Ohio) – Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions and OSCS plus Regular ShowWaynesfield Raceway Park (Waynesfield, Ohio) – 360 Sprints, FAST/OSCS 410 Sprints, FAST 305 Sprints and Mini SprintsSunday:Atomic Speedway (Waverly, Ohio) – OSCS Sprints, Modifieds, Sport Mods, NRA 360 Sprints and EnduroLorain County Speedway (South Amherst, Ohio) – Modifieds, Chargers, Pure Stocks, Sportsman and FireworksMansfield Motor Speedway (Mansfield, Ohio) – Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and FireworksMonday:Brushcreek Motorsports Complex (Peebles, Ohio) – Modifieds, Sport Mods, Legends, Enduro and FireworksMidvale Speedway (Midvale, Ohio) – MERS Freedom 100, Modifieds, Street Stocks, Compacts and FireworksMuskingum County Speedway (Zanesville, Ohio) – Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Fireworks*Schedules subject to changeShow To SeeFour days of racing across Ohio over the holiday weekend and there are plenty of great options. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will make three stops, Portsmouth Raceway Park on Saturday, Mansfield Motor Speedway on Sunday and Muskingum County Speedway on Monday. Late model fans can get to see series regulars like Scott Bloomquist, Tim McCreadie and Josh Richards (top 3 in series points) battle with Ohio regulars.Friday night Midway Speedway will host the “Topless 44.” The late model feature winner will take home $4,444. Modifieds, mod-lites, street stocks and 4-cylinders are also on the card.On the paved side of things, Midvale Speedway will host the Main Event Racing Series on Monday. The Freedom 100 features the wedge body super late models. This should be a great show as Midvale runs late models weekly. Fans who attend will also see the modifieds go 40-laps.A number of tracks are also offering a fireworks display following the racing. Get out and support your local short track. Brian Deitz Related Topicslast_img read more

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