LU sounds out the market

first_imgOVER 100 companies from the private sector have been sent a Market Sounding Paper by London Underground after registering their interest in the Public-Private Partnership announced by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott on March 20 (RG 5.98 p289). Responses were required by mid-September and LU was to ask ’a cross-section of respondents’ to meetings ’to discuss the way ahead’, with other interested parties asked to give their answers to ’specific questions’.Due to start in spring 2000, the PPP will involve a public-sector LU Operating Company retaining responsibility for safety, fares, train and station operation as well as signalling and network control. The company will be owned by Transport for London, which as an executive arm of the yet to be created Greater London Authority will replace London Transport. Infrastructure provision and maintenance will be the responsibility of one or more private-sector companies.Representatives of the civil engineering, infrastructure maintenance, financial and consultancy sectors have registered an interest in the PPP, as well as utilities and companies involved in project management and property development. Those already active in Britain’s rail sector include Adtranz, Bombardier, First Engineering, GB Railways, Railtrack and WS Atkins. LU’s power supply passed into private hands on August 16 when the Seeboard Powerlink consortium began a 30-year Power contract under the Private Finance Initiative (RG 9.98 p570).CityLink Telecommunications Ltd has been selected as the single bidder to install and manage a new communications system for LU, comprising a digital radio system based on the Tetra standard and an optical fibre network for telephones, data transmission and video. Responsible for financing and managing the Connect project, worth £1bn over 20 years, CityLink is owned by Racal Telecommunications, Flour Daniel International, Hyder, Charterhouse Bank and Motorola. olast_img read more

Security experts ponder Gulf of Guinea terror threat

first_imgSecurity experts from West Africa, France and the United States gathered in Abidjan on Tuesday for talks on beefing up anti-terrorism measures at sea in the Gulf of Guinea.The Gulf of Guinea is the northeasternmost part of the tropical Atlantic Ocean between Cape Lopez in Gabon, north and west to Cape Palmas in Liberia [photo:File]The three-day seminar seeks to identify terrorism risks in the Gulf of Guinea – the vast expanse of water stretching from Liberia to Gabon – and any link with terrorists in the Sahel.The Gulf of Guinea is one of Africa’s hotspots for crime, ranging from piracy, armed robbery and illegal fishing to oil theft and trafficking in stolen goods.Participants will discuss measures such as specialised counter-terrorism units, pooled intelligence and private security companies,the organisers, the Ivorian-based Institute for Interregional Maritime Security (ISMI), said.last_img read more

Rwandan president welcomes China import expo

first_imgRwandan President Paul Kagame addresses journalists at a press conference in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda, on Nov. 8, 2019. The second China International Import Expo taking place in China is “something we are always happy about,” as trade is very important for countries’ economies and the world, Rwandan President Paul Kagame said Friday. (Xinhua/Lyu Tianran) Rwandan President Paul Kagame addresses journalists at a press conference in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda, on Nov. 8, 2019. The second China International Import Expo taking place in China is “something we are always happy about,” as trade is very important for countries’ economies and the world, Rwandan President Paul Kagame said Friday. (Xinhua/Lyu Tianran)The second China International Import Expo taking place in China is “something we are always happy about,” as trade is very important for countries’ economies and the world, Rwandan President Paul Kagame said Friday.For Rwanda, whether bilaterally or through multilateral efforts like African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) bringing Africa and African countries together to work with either blocs or a single big economy like China, it is “always to be very healthy and very good” and is “something we want to see happen,” said Kagame at a press conference in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda.The president also said he expects through the expo to keep improving the benefits of Rwanda and Africa from the trade arrangement with China, adding that China and African countries have to make sure that their trade can benefit all sides whether bilaterally or through AfCFTA.Related Rwandan President to meet Chinese President Rwanda seeks to market products at 2nd China International Import Expocenter_img Indonesian President praises China’s rolelast_img read more

Miss Dominica contestants presented at Pre Show

first_img 72 Views   no discussions Share The seven young ladies vying for the coveted title of Miss Dominica 2014 were presented to the public in the Carnival Queen Pre Show held at the Arawak House of Culture on December 8.The contestants selected for next year’s National Queen Show are Jewele’ Brown- Pointe Michel, Shalina Samuel – Stock farm, Octavia Prosper – La Plaine/Delice, Royette Laurent – Portsmouth, Donella Riviere – Roseau, Francine Baron – Grand Bay, Tourence Dorsette – Marigot.“The Miss Dominica Pageant is the ideal platform which provides an opportunity for beautiful and talented young women to become ambassadors for their country,” chairperson of the Queen Show Committee Romualda Hyacinth said.The months of training and preparation leading up to the pageant “creates the foundation for transforming these young women into incredible beings” she stated and added that tremendous effort is being placed into moulding and grooming them into intelligent and admirable young women.She continued, “One of the positive effects of this transformation is that the contestants more than often become role models for other potential participants.”Chairperson of the Queen Show Committee Romualda Hyacinth“Young girls look up to them most and who they connect with as is the current situation with reigning Miss Dominica Leslassa Armour-Shillingford,” she said.“This is the mission of the Queen Show Committee.”The pre-show she explained is to celebrate and accept the role of girls and young women in Dominica’s society.“We want to showcase our young ladies; it’s about affirming the importance of women in our society.”The ladies participated in four segments, appearing in casual wear outfits designed by Nadia McDowell and Sandra Bobb and constructed by Sharon Merifield during the first segment introduction.The other segments were talent, swim wear and evening wear; the show was not judged.[nggallery id = 422]Dominica Vibes News Tweet EntertainmentLocalNews Miss Dominica contestants presented at Pre Show by: – December 9, 2013center_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more

Stakeholders seeking to improve Diabetes management & control

first_img Share LocalNews Stakeholders seeking to improve Diabetes management & control by: – July 4, 2018 Tweet 96 Views   no discussions The Ministry of Health and Social Services has partnered with international organizations to improve the management and control of diabetes and diabetic retinopathy here.This will be accomplished through a three-day Diabetes Mellitus stakeholders’ workshop themed ‘Prevention and control of diabetes mellitus” the sustainable means of prevention of blindness from Diabetic Retinopathy’.The workshop, which opened on Monday 2 July 2018, is being held at the St. Alphonsus Parish Hall in Goodwill. It is supported by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.“The objective is to look to improve the management and control of diabetes and diabetic retinopathy by bringing together stakeholders form various government ministries, inclusive of health, education and agriculture,” Director of Primary Health Care Services, Dr. Laura Esprit told the opening ceremony.She informed that special emphasis is being placed on health professionals from the public and private sector as well as the diabetes association.“We are indeed delighted to have all of you here to participate and share in this three- day program,” she said adding that it will include two days of deliberations, presentations, focus group and networking.The workshop, she noted, is being facilitated by professionals from the United Kingdom, the University of the West Indies, and includes participants from St. Lucia and Barbados.”center_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Six to receive Golden Drum Awards in August

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweetcenter_img 436 Views   no discussions EntertainmentLocalNews Six to receive Golden Drum Awards in August by: – July 18, 2018 Chief Cultural Officer, Raymond LawrenceSix Golden Drum and six Special Recognition Awards will be presented as part of the 2018 Emancipation celebration.The annual celebration is an opportunity for the Division of Culture to create greater awareness about the significance of and abolition of slavery.Emancipation, which will be observed from 27 July to 4 August under the theme ‘Building A Culture Of Unity’, was launched at the Old Mill Cultural Centre in Canefield on Wednesday 18 July 2018.For the first time, the awardees were announced during the launching ceremony.Chief Cultural Officer, Raymond Lawrence announced the that Michele Henderson, Cornell Phillip, Aileen Burton, The Mighty Picky, Jeno Jacob and Donavan Samuel will be presented with Golden Drum awards on 4 August 2018. The Golden Drum Awards has been an annual event organized by the National Cultural Council in collaboration with the Cultural Division from 1982. It honors individuals who have given more than twenty years of service in the Arts.Mr. Lawrence also revealed that Special Recognition awards will be presented to the Possie Culture Pan, St. Luke’s Primary School, Castle Bruce Secondary School, Paix Bouche Drummers, Fernella Prosper of Petite Soufriere and Jacinta Bruney. The Special Recognition Award is issued to those who have made special contributions in culture over a period of time generally between ten and twenty years and to those who have achieved notable successes in a particular field of arts and culture. This award serves as recognition of their efforts and motivates them to continue contributing to the development of culture.“We congratulate and encourage them to continue with their good work that they have been doing in the arts and culture,” Mr. Lawrence stated.The Golden Drum Awards is scheduled to take place at the Old Mill Cultural Centre from 8pm on Saturday 4 August and is free and open to the public. It will also include “very exciting performances”, Mr. Lawrence added.last_img read more

Cavs Dismantle Mavericks, 128-90

first_img Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games. Another day, another Cavs rout. Cleveland destroyed the Dallas Mavericks 128-90 on Friday night, improving to 12-2 on the season and 8-1 at home.Kyrie Irving shot 8-for-8 in the first half and the Cavs led 72-38 at the break.The second half was more of the same en route to the Mavericks’ 13th loss of the season.Irving scored 25 points in 28 minutes.Kevin Love knocked down seven three-pointers on nine attempts, finishing with a game-high 27 points and hauling in 10 rebounds, posting his 10th double-double in 14 games to start the season.LeBron James finished with 19 points and 12 assists.Our Role Player of the Game is Tristan Thompson, who posted a double-double with 11 points and 12 boards.The Cavs are back in action on Sunday afternoon at Philadelphia for a 1 pm tip-off. Related Topicscenter_img Matt Medleylast_img read more

Jepang Punya Bartender Robot, Ada di Stasiun Ikebukuro

first_imgRobot bartender di Jepang (nypost.com) Sejak 23 Januari hingga 19 Maret 2020 mendatang, Stasiun Ikebukuro di Tokyo membuka sebuah pub kecil. Pub dibuka oleh jaringan restoran Tokyo dan menggunakan robot sebagai bartender yang akan menyajikan minuman untuk para penumpang ketika dalam perjalanan pulang.Baca juga: JR East Bangun Stasiun Robotika, Mudahkan Penyandang Disabilitas dan Pelancong AsingDilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari dailymail.co.uk (5/2/2020), pub kecil ini disebut Zeroken Robo Travern yang dimiliki oleh Yoronotaki sebuah perusahaan yang mengoperasikan rantai restoran bergaya izakaya di seluruh negeri. Pub tersebut sebenarnya hadir sebagai, bagian dari program percontohan yang dijalankan untuk melihat bagaimana pelanggan merespon ketika dilayani oleh mesin dan bukan manusia. Untuk menikmati bir, koktail atau minuman campuran yang disajikan robot, pengunjung stasiun harus membayar di kios pembayaran otomatis. Kemudian ketika mendapatkan QR Code, pengunjung memberikannya kepada robot agar kode tersebut dipindai dan menyiapkan minuman yang dipesan.Robot-robot itu memerlukan waktu sekitar 40 detik untuk menuangkan segelas bir dan untuk koktail serta minuman campuran waktunya di bawah satu menit. Robot bartender ini memiliki seperangkat kamera yang dipasang pada layar untuk memantau keadaan emosional pelanggan seperti melacak apakah mereka bahagia atau semakin tidak sabar.Robot bartender tersebut dirancang oleh QBIT Robotics yang mengembangkan server lengan robot serupa untuk restoran pasta takout kecil.“Untuk robot, pasta, izakaya, dan kopi adalah sama. Kamu bisa melakukan berbagai hal dengan mengganti peralatan memasak,” kata Hiroya Nakano dari QBIT.Di industri kesehatan, pengamat memperkirakan kekurangan pekerja akan mencapai 380 ribu orang pada 2025. Diketahui, Yoronotaki memutuskan untuk mengejar proyek bartender robot sebagian karena dapat menghadirkan solusi untuk tantangan perusahaan saat ini dalam mempertahankan staf penuh.“Kekurangan tenaga kerja baru-baru ini di industri layanan makanan adalah masalah yang sangat serius, dan perusahaan kami tidak terkecuali,” kata Yukio Tsuchiya dari Yoronotaki.Biaya bartender robot sekitar $82 ribu atau sekitar Rp1,1 miliar, setara dengan sekitar tiga tahun gaji untuk rata-rata bartender di Jepang. Kehadiran robot bartender ini kemudian ternyata memiliki respon positif dari pengunjung.Baca juga: Minimalisir Tenaga Manusia, Jepang Mulai Kembangkan Puluhan Robot di Stasiun“Aku suka itu karena berurusan dengan orang bisa merepotkan. Dengan ini Anda bisa datang dan mabuk. Jika mereka bisa membuatnya sedikit lebih cepat akan lebih baik,” ujar seorang pengunjung bernama Satoshi Harada.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedRestoran di Stasiun Higashikoganei Punya Robot yang Bisa Buat Mie Soba19/03/2020In “Featured”Enam Jenis Robot Beroperasi di Stasiun Gateway Takanawa13/04/2020In “Darat”Wuih, Ada Robot Desinfektan Beroperasi di Stasiun Takanawa Gateway29/07/2020In “Darat”last_img read more

JRFU concerned about 2021 calendar

first_imgJAMAICA RUGBY Football Union (JRFU) Chairman Jerry Benzwick says the postponement of a number of international events this year because of the coronavirus pandemic will create a crowded calendar for 2021.But he says that although this backlog will pose a real challenge for his administration, he thinks it is capable of handling the effects.The Jamaica Crocs’ opening World Cup qualifier against The Bahamas which was set for April 25 was moved to March 2021, while the Women’s Tens Championship and the Under-19 Boys’ Championships, which were both set for July 8 to 12, have both been cancelled. The men’s and women’s Olympic qualifiers, which were to take place this summer, have been pushed back to next year as well, and although these are uncertain times for sports, Benzwick said ‘faith’ will see them through. REAL TEST “This is going to be a real test of our administrative capabilities and resources, but we have been tested many times before,” he said. “Faith is a beautiful thing, and many times miracles do happen.“For the past four years I have been in rugby administration, it has been operating generally on a shoestring budget and we barely make it to some of these [international] championships that we get to. But the players invest in themselves and believe in what we are doing, and they push hard and dig deep to find resources to make it to the tournaments. “We do it only on sheer grit, but it needs more than that. It needs money to keep the wheels turning, so it will be a real test of our administration when we restart, but we believe we have what it takes to do it.”Benzwick expects sports to be affected financially by the pandemic and says competition for sponsorship will be fierce as a result.“I believe there is going to be a rat race for sponsorship and most companies will be in a rebuilding phase, so sponsorship will be scarce in every way,” he said. “But some (companies) will want to reboot their brand and get back in the public eye, so it can be a surplus.“But now that sports have been cancelled, it dampened spirits, and people are searching for ways to keep themselves active, but nothing replaces the actual physical nature of sports – getting up and training hard and being pushed to the limit. But for now, we are in wait-and-see mode, the same mode the whole sporting world is in, so we are waiting for the coronavirus to be brought under control and for life to go back to normal.” livingston.scott@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

Uruguay stomp Russia 3-0

first_img(REUTERS) – URUGUAY burnished their World Cup credentials with a 3-0 victory over 10-man Russia on Monday, finishing top of Group A with a perfect record while dampening the hopes of the tournament hosts, who had to settle for second.Luis Suarez grabbed his second goal of the tournament to open Uruguay’s account with a free-kick after 10 minutes and they doubled the lead with an own goal from Russia’s Denis Cheryshev soon afterwards.That silenced a vociferous home crowd which had been in party mode after Russia’s opening two victories and were not expecting their final group contest to be effectively ended in the 36th minute when Igor Smolnikov was sent off.Edinson Cavani bundled home a third goal for Uruguay at the death to wrap up their third straight victory, ensuring they finished above the Russians, who will now have to face the winners of Group B in the last 16.Uruguay, who kept their sixth straight clean sheet, will face the runners-up from Group B, which will be decided when Spain, Portugal and Iran battle it out for two last-16 spots later on Monday.While Russia had confounded those who predicted a group stage exit with resounding victories over Saudi Arabia and Egypt, there was still a question mark over how they would perform when they faced stronger opposition.Twice World Cup winners, Uruguay, offered them the chance to show they truly belonged among the elite, but it was an opportunity wasted, merely serving to give ammunition to the doubters.“I believe that when we had 10 people in the pitch, we were running and wanted to attack more,” said Russia’s coach Stanislav Cherchesov.Yet, while Smolnikov’s sending off may have ended Russia’s hopes of a third win, in truth the encounter had already swung decisively against them.They went behind in sweltering conditions at the Samara Arena when Suarez struck a low free-kick into the bottom corner that should have been easy pickings for Russia keeper, Igor Akinfeev.Sadly for the home fans who had created a deafening din in the opening minutes, Akinfeev inexplicably vacated his bottom left corner, moving back to the side of the goal his wall was guarding and leaving space for Suarez to stroke the ball home.It was Suarez’s second goal of the tournament and seventh World Cup goal overall for Uruguay, with only Oscar Miguez having scored more for the South Americans with eight.Uruguay doubled their lead in the 23rd minute when Diego Laxalt’s shot from the edge of the area deflected off Cheryshev, leaving Akinfeev wrong-footed.last_img read more