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Preece joins the heavy lift shipping line with over 25 years of experience in the maritime and offshore industry, and currently serves as non-executive director at the UK’s Port of Tyne.He has also held managerial positions at Ceona Offshore, Reef Subsea, Acergy, Bibby Line, Technip and Stena Offshore.As part of his new role, Preece will be concentrating on growing Hansa’s expertise in the offshore industry, with a particular focus on transportation and installation in the subsea oil and gas market, as well as the offshore wind sector.”The strengthening of our presence in the global offshore business will enable us to continue to meet increased demand from our customers from around the globe, and we are pleased to be working with Mark at the helm of this operation,” said Hansa ceo Roger Iliffe. www.hansaheavylift.com
AT ITS ANNUAL meeting in Paris on June 30, the Union of European Railway Supply Industry Associations (Unife) signed a formal accord with the International Union of Railways (UIC) and the Community of European Railways (CER) to establish a permanent secretariat for the European Association for Railway Interoperability (AEIF). Since its formation three years ago, AEIF has been drawing up Technical Specifications for Interoperability for high speed trains, in response to EU Directive 96/48. The completed specifications were handed over to the European Commission at the same event, and should be approved by the Council of Ministers before the end of this year.The EU is currently working on a parallel directive to promote the interoperability of conventional rail services. A preliminary draft has been agreed by the Member States, and the directive is expected to be ratified by the end of this year. The accord signed by UIC Chairman Miguel Corsini, Unife President Rolf Eckrodt and CER Chairman Louis Gallois (photo) will set up AEIF as a permanent organisation tasked with drawing up TSIs for conventional rail services. AEIF will join the other three organisations in promoting joint research into interoperability issues. UIC, CER and Unife have agreed to develop a common research strategy, and to look at ways of harmonising the rules relating to competitive tendering within the European rail sector.
285 Views no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet LocalNews PHOTOS: St Luke’s Primary School’s Hall of Fame by: – April 30, 2013 Share Mr Lemuel McPherson Christian composed the music for Dominica’s national anthemThe St Luke’s Primary School has implemented a Hall of Fame to highlight the achievements of students and other citizens towards Dominica’s development.Several Dominicans who have contributed towards the island’s cultural and sporting development are featured in the school’s Hall of Fame.Among the inductees are Lemuel Christian, Dr Alwin Bully, Ossie Lewis, Pat Aaron, Aileen Burton, Dr Lennox Honeychurch, Sonia Lloyd, E. O LeBlanc, Ophelia Marie, Reginald Shillingford, Marie Davis Pierre, David Toussaint, Clara Walsh, Felix Henderson and Joan Frampton.Last week Friday, 26th of April, the school held a special ceremony to induct three students into the Hall of Fame.They are;• Daneal Dupigny for sports (cricket)• Maycee Lawrence for diving and• Jarett Jean Jacques for musicHere are a few photographs of the Hall of Fame inductees: [nggallery id =301]Dominica Vibes News
FeaturedLocalNews APU hosts 15th annual concert by: – January 11, 2016 Sharing is caring! Patients of the Acute Psychiatric Unit (APU) at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) were on Sunday 10 January 2016 treated to an afternoon of entertainment at the 15th annual APU concert at the PMH.Psychiatrist Dr Nadia Wallace, who gave an overview of the concert, said that every year the patients are given the opportunity to express themselves through art and drama.Dr Wallace explained that many of the patients find comfort through this medium, despite their medical problems.“We have learned to appreciate their many talents and skills. Through the hosting of this concert we have developed stronger relationships and commitments to our patients,” she said.Meanwhile, Dr Wallace noted that the Ministry of Health can boast of a number of achievements over years. One of the achievements she noted was the integration of mental health into primary health care in 2011. This, Dr Wallace said has allowed all Dominicans with mental health problems to have greater access to their health teams in their district. “Another benefit of integration is that Dominicans in need of mental health care are treated with more dignity and in a more humane manner,” Dr Wallace said.She noted that the presence of two government employed psychiatrists has further improved patient care at the APU. “The consultants at the hospital have better access to mental health services and we have seen an increased level of collaboration with the PMH and primary care,” Wallace said.Wallace thanked all those who have supported the concert to ensure its success during its fifteen years of existence.Among the performers at Sunday’s concert were Colton T, Dice, Lucas Band, Swinging Stars Band, Hilton Singers, Sisserou Singers and a skit written by Franklyn Moses.– / 58 384 Views 2 comments Tweet Share Share Share
Tweet LocalNews Developer calls for public support in Dominica rehousing project by: – June 27, 2016 (Roseau, Dominica) The CEO of Montreal Management Consultants Est (MMCE), the firm leading a ‘citizen by investment’ financed rehousing programme in Dominica, has spoken of his pride in the project which will help thousands of displaced people.Dr Anthony Haiden said his company wished to contribute to the wellbeing of Dominica and “give back” to a country where it operates business.MMCE signed a contract with the government of Dominica earlier this month to fund the construction of 315 residential units for the displaced residents of Petite Savanne following Tropical Storm Erica.Dr Haiden spoke out after some questioned the selection of MMCE, a law firm that specialises in immigration and citizenship services, for a development project.He explained that while MMCE is funding the project, a specialist engineering firm, CV Tec, has been appointed to project manage the development.Dubai-headquartered CV Tec, chosen for its expertise and strong track record, will send a ten strong staff team to Dominica to project manage the development and performance by local contractors and subcontractors.Dr Haiden insisted his company wished to assist the people of Dominica in the wake of the violent tropical storm by financing the rehousing upfront. He said MMCE would look to recover the costs via its own direct sales of CBI cases.“We approached the government of Dominica to offer our help and support after the storm last August and have worked hard to accelerate the recovery and rebuilding of damaged communities,” he said.“Now we’re facilitating the development of a whole new community to settle the displaced. We’re covering the entire cost upfront to get the project started without delay. Our plan is to recover the costs via our own direct sales of citizen by investment cases via our firms. “We were the only company that had the initiative, guts and resolve to front the money for this project.”Dr Haiden went on to explain that MMCE was developing the community without the use of any of CBI money prior to completion, describing it as a “calculated risk”. MMCE will continue and complete the project irrelevant of any sales secured.The government of Dominica carries no risk as it would render CBI concession upon the full completion of phases of the project, he explained.He said: “It is curious why would people ever question such a project or our commitment to it when we have pledged to see it through to completion.”The clearing of the 49.6-acre site in Bellevue Chopin starts on July 1. The following week, an open bidding process for subcontractors will commence, with local firms given priority.Construction is due to start in September in the hope of completing the work by the end of September 2017.CV Tec will produce all the technical and workshop drawings as well as running the bidding process.Dr Haiden said: “MMCE’s role is simply to finance and market CBI beyond the process to recover the upfront cost, we are not involved in any technical aspects of the project.“MMCE is attempting to contribute to the wellbeing of Dominica and give back to the country where we operate business. This is a fantastic deal for the government of Dominica and one that will bring great benefits to the people. The people of Dominica should celebrate the launch of this exciting project.”Acting prime minister of Dominica, Rayburn Blackmoore unveiled the plans at a press conference in mid-June, saying the aim was to develop a holistic plan to design modern communities in response to the needs of the people.The government spent more than $2 million acquiring the site in Bellevue Chopin.Speaking at the conference, Mr Blackmoore said: “I think it is worth underscoring that we take so many things for granted in this country, that the resettlement of people into new communities is a huge undertaking that every step has to be taken to get it right.”He added: “It is not something you can rush into.”Government representatives are meeting with the community of Petite Savanne over coming weeks to discuss the plans and get feedback.The proposed designs put together by CV Tec for MMCE focus largely on residential needs with 87 per cent of the land given over to housing, 12 per cent for commercial use and one per cent for communal use.The development will include a community centre, farmer’s market and cemetery. There will be 315 residential units, 42 commercial units and three communal units/structures.A timeline of how the project is expected to progress:· July 1 – clearing the site· July 15 – bidding process concludes· August 1 – mobilization of the project management team and selected contractor· September 1 – construction work starts· September 30, 2017 – expected date of completion Share Sharing is caring! Share Share 273 Views one comment
Share Tweet 340 Views no discussions Share Share FeaturedLocalNews 40-IN-40 Social Media campaign celebrates Dominica’s 40th Independence in 40 days by: – September 18, 2018 Sharing is caring! Press ReleaseDominica’s historic strengths and trailblazing initiatives will be the highlight of an intensive 40-day, social media campaign celebrating the country’s 40th independence anniversary. The campaign spearheaded by Anichi Development – developers of Anichi Resort & Spa, is supported by the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) – the country’s foremost entity on tourism marketing. 40-in-40 seeks to illicit civic pride in Dominicans while emphasising the island’s tourism and investment potential in the 40 days leading up to the island’s 40th independence. It specifically sheds light on the country’s historic achievements and explores its newly defined position as a new green economy. The campaign intends to populate social media with positive, uplifting references to Dominica – each week paying specific reference to central themes, including places and architecture, trade, people, history, cuisine, and CBI. “Our goal is to present a well-balanced picture to the world of the capabilities and successes that have emerged from Dominica historically, while at the same time demonstrate the steps being taken to restructure our economy to meet the challenges of our changing environment,” said Nisha Mc Intyre, marketing manager of Anichi Development. “We aren’t interested in sugar coating our short comings. It is instead intended to show how we overcome adversity and use such instances as stimulants for our continued growth.” Instagram and Facebook will be the central social media platforms used for the 40-in-40 campaign. Each day, Anichi Development will post on its pages a minimum of three posts, influenced in part by the guidance of Dr. Lennox Honychurch, Dominica’s esteemed historian. The posts will follow the presiding theme for the week and reference the campaign’s hashtag #40in40Dominica. To encourage participation from Dominicans, the company will launch two competitions. Sunday Funday, its Instagram competition, encourages individuals to post images every Sunday showing the fun things possible in Dominica. The images must tag @Anichidevelopment and include the competition’s hashtags – #Sundayfunday and #40in40Dominica. The competition runs from September 29 to October 21. A Moment in Time, the other of the two competitions, occurs during the campaign’s history week and encourages individuals to post memorable moments in time of places or people in Dominica. Participants must tag @Anichidevelopment in their posts and encourage friends to like the post from the company’s Facebook page. Both competitions conclude on October 21. Winners of both competitions will be picked based on the level of engagement of their posts and be awarded season passes to the World Creole Music Festival – prizes offered in part by DDA. Colin Piper, DDAs CEO, recognises the opportunity the campaign presents for changing the dialogue about Dominica online, but believes the initiative will require complete buy-in from Dominicans, in helping the campaign positively position the country in digital media.“Campaigns like this allow us to view the full picture of Dominica’s prowess over time and remind us just how integral hardships are on the journey to success,” Piper said. “We are hopeful that the collection of positive images demonstrating the country’s achievements throughout time and its ambitious initiatives for its future, will stimulate a level of patriotism and civic pride befitting of a 40-year celebration.”The campaign will officially start on September 25, exactly 40 days before Dominica’s 40th independence anniversary. Dominicans are encouraged to join in the campaign by posting images in keeping with the celebrated themes. Full details of the campaign can be found on Anichi Development’s website at www.anichidevelopment.com/40-in40/.
Finally, Off The Turnbuckle … Has come back … To mass media.After 13 years away – with brief interludes in 2007 and 2012 – the critically-acclaimed, often-imitated-but-never-duplicated column on professional wrestling and sports entertainment written by yours truly is back for good. Thanks to Matt Loede and the rest of the NEOSportsInsiders.com crew for breathing new life into OTT.And now, without further adieu, let’s take a look around the wild world of rasslin, shall we?DOING THE SPLITS: So far, after one week of programming, the World Wrestling Entertainment “brand split” – making Raw and Smackdown separate entities for the first time in several years – has been very entertaining and added a nice breath of fresh air to the storylines and to the performers.After watching both shows, I give the Raw the nod by a hair because of what the show accomplished. To me, Smackdown still has some questions that need answered.Raw solved the problem of having the WWE World Championship on the other show by creating the WWE Universal Championship and setting up a scenario to crown the first one at SummerSlam. Seth Rollins got a pass straight into the match courtesy of Stephanie McMahon, which isn’t a surprise. The surprise is who he’ll be facing.After it was heavily rumored that Rollins and Roman Reigns would wrestle at SummerSlam, the WWE shocked everyone by having Reigns job cleanly to Raw newcomer Finn Balor in the main event, setting Rollins vs. Balor for the vacant belt. Instantly, the Internet wrestling goons went ballistic – the IWC has been clamoring for Balor to get called up from NXT for over a year now.Earlier, Charlotte defended her WWE Women’s Championship against Sasha Banks – another IWC darling. In a stunning turn of events, and in arguably the best match of the 3-hour program, Banks defeated Charlotte cleanly for a rare Raw title change.Raw also moved the announce table from its customary ringside spot to near the stage, bringing back memories of WCW Monday Nitro. They also featured two “jobber” matches to help get over newcomer Nia Jax (up from NXT) and Braun Strowman (freshly broken away from the Wyatt Family). Although, by giving him a brief in-ring promo and because of his unique look, James Elsworth seems to have gotten over with the WWE community, which is hilarious.Raw had a lot of focus on the matches and had a lot less in-ring promo stuff than normal, and it seemed to be welcome change. And, as promised, some wrestlers who had been lost in the background were given the ball like Balor, Banks, Strowman and the returning Adrian Neville – and they all ran with it well.Smackdown, likewise, gave some chances to some wrestlers who had been held back by the proverbial “glass ceiling.” None more so than Cleveland’s own Dolph Ziggler, who surprisingly won a 6-pack challenge match that also featured John Cena, A.J. Styles, Bray Wyatt, Baron Corbin and newcomer Apollo Crews to give him a main event match against Dean Ambrose for the World Title.Crews, who was kind of lost in the shuffle after getting called up from NXT following WrestleMania, won an opening-bout battle royale to land him the sixth spot in the main event. And Corbin, who has toiled in mid-card obscurity since winning the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royale at WrestleMania in his debut, was finally given a main event chance.The one thing Smackdown lacked was answering what they were going to do to counter Raw’s creation of the Universal Title. There is no Women’s or Tag Team Titles currently on Smackdown, which means those divisions are pretty much pointless at the moment.WWE did have a solid women’s match between Becky Lynch and Natalya, which was followed by the introduction of every women’s wrestler on the Smackdown roster (and what seems to be a big push for the re-debuting Eva Marie). But nothing was announced about a title – those ladies were brought out, but with nothing to fight over except pride and entertainment.I give Raw the nod because they tied up that loose end with a major championship and had a title change to boot. Hopefully, we fans get some kind of clarity with what Smackdown will do on Tuesday. Pages: 1 2 3 4 Related TopicsRoman ReignsWWEWWE Draft Dan Gilles Dan Gilles has been a sportswriter in Northeast Ohio for 21 years and been a fan of Cleveland Sports his entire life. He primarily covers high school sports and has also covered collegiate sports, the Lake Erie Crushers and other various pro sports as well. He has written for several newspapers and is currently with The (Elyria) Chronicle-Telegram. Dan is a 1992 graduate of Admiral King High School in Lorain and also has degrees from Lorain County Community College and Cleveland State University. When he’s not writing, he plays the drums for a local metal band, is a Saturday night DJ at a local bar and plays in four fantasy football leagues. You can follow him on Twitter @DanGilles1973.
NEO HS Staff Related TopicsAvon EaglesBerea Midpark By Don DiFrancescoAvon 22 20 5 9 = 56Berea-Midpark (home) 10 12 11 20 = 53It was the classic tale of two halves on Friday night in Berea. Avon shot 70% in the first half and forged a 42-22 halftime lead. But the Eagles went cold in the second half, scoring just 14 points on 26% shooting.Berea-Midpark scored the first 9 points of the third quarter and reduced the Avon lead to 47-33 at the end of the period. The Titans followed that up by scoring the first 11 points of the fourth quarter, and came all the way back to tie the game at 53 on a driving layup by senior guard Lian Levesque with just 0:15 remaining in the game.But Avon calmly worked the ball upcourt and into the hands of junior guard Cole Warren. He connected on a 25-foot shot, his fifth 3-pointer of the game, as the buzzer sounded. Final score: Avon 56, Berea-Midpark 53.With the win, the Eagles finish in third place in the Southwestern Conference (behind Olmsted Falls and Lakewood) with a league record of 12-6. Berea-Midpark took fourth place with a 10-8 mark in the SWC.Warren led all scorers in the game with 17 points. Teammate Jake Parker, a senior guard, added 13.Berea-Midpark seniors Levesque, Dwayne Holland, and Omar Siggers all scored 13 points in the final home game of their high school career.AvonWarren 6-0-17Parker 5-0-13Pappas 3-0-7Barrett-Reed 3-0-6Lance 2-0-6Rini 1-0-3Doehne 1-0-2Emerine 1-0-2Rebounds: 30 Turnovers: 14Field goal shooting: 22/46, 57% 3-point shots: 12/22, 55% Free throws: 0/3, 0%Berea-MidparkHolland 5-3-13Levesque 5-3-13Siggers 6-0-13Finkovich 2-2-8Clark 1-0-2Cupach 1-0-2Kvak 1-0-2Rebounds: 37 Turnovers: 10Field goal shooting: 21/53, 40% 3-point shots: 3/13, 23% Free throws: 8/19, 42%