The total passenger traffic at airports in March 2017 amounted to 269 thousand, which is a decrease of 2016% compared to March 277, when passenger traffic amounted to 2,7 thousand, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).On the other hand, the total number of aircraft landings and take-offs at airports in March 2017 was 5, which is a decrease of 006% compared to 5 landings and take-offs in March 012.Zadar Airport recorded a passenger growth of 437,7 percent!In March 2017, the increase in passenger traffic, compared to March 2016, was recorded by Zadar Airport (437,7%), Pula Airport (53,3%) and Osijek Airport (222,3%). The largest increase in international passenger traffic was recorded in Belgian airports, 49,8%.Source: CBS More passengers in regular trafficAlmost 3 million passengers were embarked and disembarked in Croatian seaports in the first quarter of 2017, which is the highest in that period in the last 3 years. Compared to the same period in 2016, this is an increase of 1,7%.The number of passengers on ferries and passenger ships in the first quarter of 2017 was 47 thousand or 2,2% higher than in the same period of 2016. A slight increase in passengers was recorded in ports with significant passenger traffic such as Split, Zadar and Dubrovnik. 2,1% more passenger cars and 2,0% fewer buses were loaded and unloaded on ships compared to the same quarter of 2016.Of the total number of passengers in seaports, only 0,5% or 13 thousand were disembarked from cruise ships and, among other things, they visited the ports of Dubrovnik, Split and to a lesser extent Zadar and Šibenik.
Rick Bright, MD, the former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), said he was pushed out of his position earlier this week because he insisted government investment in COVID-19 research should go to safe and scientifically vetted solutions, and not unproven drugs, especially the antimalarials championed by President Donald Trump.Bright, via his lawyer, issued a statement on his demotion late yesterday evening.”Specifically, and contrary to misguided directives, I limited the broad use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, prompted by the Administration as a panacea, but which clearly lack scientific merit,” Bright said. “I rightly resisted efforts to provide an unproven drug on demand to the American public.”Yesterday during the White House coronavirus task force briefing, Trump said he did not know who Bright was.Also during the briefing yesterday, Trump said he did not agree with Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s decision to reopen his state this week.”I told the governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, that I disagree strongly with his decision to open certain facilities,” Trump said. “He must do what he thinks is right. I want him to do what he thinks is right, but I disagree with him on what he is doing.”In other White House news, yesterday Reuters reported that Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar put in charge of the HHS coronavirus response a Texas businessman named Brian Harrison who had no public health training, and whose main work experience has been running a labradoodle breeding operation.Harrison was tapped to run the day-to-day HHS operations in relation to COVID-19 in late January.As of today, the United States has 856,209 COVID-19 cases and 47,272 deaths, according to a tracker maintained by USA Today.Modeling, testing suggest virus widespreadNew modeling from Northeastern University suggests that by the time New York City recorded its first confirmed COVID-19 case on Mar 1, as many as 10,000 city residents could have already contracted the virus. Other major cities, including Boston, Seattle, Chicago, and San Francisco likely had thousands of cases as well, with transmission spreading through the community throughout February.Though the modeling is only an estimate, the researchers said their work suggests the virus was spreading silently for weeks before any patient in the US was being tested. According to a story in the New York Times, the model is based on simulating the movements of people based on where they fly, how they move around, when they go to school, and other data.The model also suggests US cases were likely more connected to COVID-19 outbreaks in Europe, rather than Asia.Also today, a new study based on antibody sampling shows as many as 13.9% of New Yorkers have been infected with COVID-19. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the study results today in his briefing from Albany. The percentage correlates to 2.7 million infections across the state.New York has the most COVID-19 cases of any state in the nation, with 263,460 cases including 15,740 deaths.4.4 million more unemployed as CARES Act funds labsAnother 4.4 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, bringing the total number of Americans who have filed such claims since March to 26.5 million. That number represents just over 16% of the US labor force.Today HHS announced $631 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020 will go to 64 jurisdictions through the existing Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases (ELC) cooperative agreement. The money will be used to help states reopen their local economies.”This new funding secured from Congress by President Trump will help public health departments across America continue to battle COVID-19 and expand their capacity for testing, contact tracing, and containment,” said Azar in a press statement. “As we look toward re-opening the economy, the work of these dedicated public health officials is only going to get more important, and the Trump Administration and CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] will be working right alongside them to assist.”The money will be used to train and hire personnel to conduct aggressive contact tracing, surveillance, and testing.Governor announces new testing initiativeYesterday Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced the most aggressive plan to test citizens widely for the coronavirus in what he is calling the “Minnesota moonshot,” a $36 million partnership between the state, the Mayo Clinic, and the University of Minnesota.Under the plan, as many as 20,000 state residents could be tested for the virus each day, meaning Minnesota would be testing the most people per capita in the country.
CDB to establish first country office in Haiti this year Deadly Haiti earthquake kills at least 12 and injures scores as aftershocks continue(Miami Herald) Haitian officials on Sunday said at least 12 people died and 188 were injured in a 5.9-magnitude earthquake that rocked the northern portion of the island Saturday, leaving a swath of damaged and destroyed buildings and a fearful population. The quake and three aftershocks, including one 5.2-magnitude aftershock…October 8, 2018In “CARICOM”Remembering 2010 earthquake with a love song for Haiti[su_pullquote align=”right”]While the day isn’t an official holiday, Haiti’s interim government has designated Jan. 12 as “a day of reflection on the disasters and risks of Haiti.” As part of that reflection, interim President Jocelerme Privert will lead a government delegation to Saint Christophe, the barren hillside north of the…January 12, 2017In “CARICOM”Deepening Haiti’s integration into the CSMEHaiti’s President Jovenel Moise on Tuesday welcomed Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados and CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque to Port au Prince. The working visit is dealing with the further integration of Haiti into the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). These discussions come ahead of a Special Meeting…October 30, 2018In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApp Read more at: BBC Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Mar 5, 2018 A fire ripped through the historic Iron Market in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince on Monday night, destroying one of the city’s major tourist attractions. The , or Iron Market, had been rebuilt following the 2010 Haiti earthquake. The building also suffered heavy damage in a fire in 2008. Traders lost their inventories and their livelihood as the blaze ruined one of the market’s two halls. You may be interested in…
Qualls brings 25 years of experience in the automotive industry, most recently as vice president of business development at Hastings Manufacturing. He has held key positions in sales management at Total Seal Piston Ring Co. and Silvolite/United Engine Piston Co. “We are glad to have Dan back at King,” said Limor Karpatkin, King vice president of sales and marketing. “We are about to launch a wide range of new products, and Dan is the right person to exploit our sales potential and drive significant growth in the years to come,” added Karpatkin. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement Dan Qualls In his role with King, Qualls will provide full sales management of King’s aftermarket and racing products for the U.S. and Canadian markets.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. Qualls served from 2013-2015 as King’s national sales manager and played a significant role in expanding King’s distribution network in North America. Qualls’ proactive approach and close relations with key companies in the automotive aftermarket contributed to King’s deeper market penetration and greater sales growth, said the company. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. King Engine Bearings has announced the appointment of Dan Qualls as national sales manager.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.
Japan’s Jera, the joint company of Tepco and Chubu Electric and the largest importer of LNG, acquired a stake in a natural gas-fired thermal power generation project in New York State.The operating company, Cricket Valley Energy Center, will construct a natural gas-fired combined cycle power generation plant with a power generation capacity of 1,100 MW in Dover, Dutchess County, New York, targeting commencement of commercial operations in 2020. The power produced will be sold on the wholesale electricity market in New York.The power produced will be sold on the wholesale electricity market in New York, Jera said in its statement.Jera acquired an equity stake of approximately 44 percent in the operating company, becoming its largest investor.In July 2016, JERA succeeded to Chubu Electric Power Company and Tepco Fuel & Power overseas power generation projects. This is the first new power generation project outside of Japan in which Jera will take part.
Truly a premier stadiumGood to see award-winning architecture making its presence felt in the Premier League. Huddersfield Town’s recent promotion to the Promised Land means that the stadium the Terriers play in – now named the John Smith’s Stadium (although older readers will know it as the McAlpine after the contractor that built it, Alfred McAlpine) is the first RIBA Building of the Year to grace the top division. Designed by HOK, the stadium won the award in 1995, the year before the RIBA replaced it with the Stirling prize. I fancy Herzog & de Meuron’s plans for fellow Premiership team Chelsea’s new stadium could end up being similarly garlanded – but here the similarity ends. Huddersfield’s stadium cost an estimated £40m while Chelsea’s is said to be pushing £500m.Disturbing findsAs builders keep on digging at Willmott Dixon’s scheme to restore a Victorian theatreat Alexandra Palace in north London, they are finding more artefacts from Ally Pally’s long history. One unusual example was vials of tetanus used to immunise German, Austrian and Hungarian internees during the First World War. Readers may remember Manchester band the Stone Roses played a celebrated gig at Ally Pally back in November 1989 at the height of their powers. They were fond of wearing flares but as yet no jeans with 26-inch bell bottoms have been unearthed by the construction team.Backhanded complimentsAt what point does flattery descend into being patronising? In its latest online mag, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC describes the architect behind the masterplan to revamp the complex as “no longer architecture’s superboy”. I’m sure it meant this description of 42-year-old Bjarke Ingels as a compliment but who knows, given that it also refers to architecture as a “slow-moving profession”…Hipster replacementWe all know the problems of the housing market in London, particularly with regard to young people not being able to get on the ladder. I was therefore intrigued to see a development by Hanover Housing Association slap-bang in the middle of that hippest of hipster areas, Hackney, that is being marketed to over-55s. Local young ‘uns, many of whom hang out in trendy London Fields, are aghast, presumably at the prices – which start at £601,000 for a one-bedroom flat – and just as likely at the prospect of a bunch of oldies putting a downer on the area’s “cool vibe”. Still, residents of the Quadra “downsizer” estate will have a great view of all those twenty-somethings dipping their twirly moustaches into craft beer and debating the merits of cold brew coffee. That’s got to be worth £600k of anyone’s money …The extra mileI’m all in favour of promoting good causes and so have absolutely no qualms about highlighting Hawkins\Brown team’s 425km cycle ride from London to Manchester to raise £3,000 in support of For Jimmy, a charity supporting street safety and awareness. They’ll be joined by Louise Moriarty, a Part 3 student at Hawkins\Brown and former Irish national cycling team member, who has been giving tips on how to ride in a “tightly-knit peloton”, which I’d always assumed was a support garment for people of a certain age. Donate at: give.everydayhero.com/uk/hawkins-brown-man-lon-ride.Housing driveYou get all sorts of businesses investing in housing developments these days. I overheard a Building colleague discussing a residential scheme in Battersea, south London, which is being put together by those nice people at Linden Homes and is benefiting from an injection of cash – £10m, to be precise – from Volkswagen. It appears that the German carmaker is taking the first three floors of a new apartment development to showcase its range of motors. I understand there are a number of car-parking spaces for residents but there is no indication as to whether or not these will only be available for those who drive a Golf, or a Polo, or a Beetle.Send any juicy industry gossip to email@example.com
According to a report in the Drewry Logistics Executive Briefing, industry observers are warning that the ability of larger ships, carrying up to 14,000 teu from Asia through the widened canal, to serve US East Coast ports may swamp port handling facilities designed for smaller shipping. Port-related cargo delays may result as security, parking, storage and handling equipment deal with fewer but larger ships.Moving from a typical 8.000 teu ship that is currently likely to call along the East Coast from Asia to a 14,000 teu ship effectively doubles the volume of containers to be discharged. Ports that are running at full capacity cannot so easily double facilities; instead, dwell times for import and export traffic are likely to increase.Panama has spent more than USD 5 billion in widening and dredging the Panama Canal to support Post Panamax ships. Among other investments that US East Coast ports are making in preparation for the larger ships, the Port of New York plans to spend USD 1.3 billion to raise the Bayonne Bridge 19.5 m to accommodate Post Panamax shipping. The expanded canal will open in 2015.
To the layperson, a transformer looks like a pretty rugged and durable piece of equipment capable of withstanding all the rigours of transportation and arriving in perfect working order at its destination. After all, they are big, heavy and appear indestructible to the inexpert eye. However, transformers are in fact susceptible to damage during transit, especially given that their journeys can cover thousands of miles – sometimes involving less-than-ideal infrastructure – and include multiple handovers between the various logistics teams responsible for getting them from A to B. Each of those handoffs represents a risk. If a transformer is dropped, even from a small height of say a few inches, damage may occur. Plus, the heavier it is, the greater the potential for damage.Most in-transit damage to transformers occurs at low levels of acceleration; those weighing over 100 tonnes, for instance, suffer damage in the 2.5 to 5 g (2-20 Hz) range. While on the road, braking and surface conditions can cause mechanical shocks to transformers on trailers, ranging between 0.5 and 1 g in the 3-350 Hz band. Rail transport can involve longitudinal impacts of up to 4 g in the 2-20 Hz range during shunting, while rail joints can cause vertical shocks between 0.5 and 1 g in the 2-500 Hz band. During ocean transit, transformers can experience rolling, pitching and yawing that cause low-frequency vibrations (typically between 0.3 and 0.8 G in the 2-30 Hz band) that rarely damage them. But pitching and rolling of a ship can reach up to 7 degrees and 45 degrees respectively, potentially loosening cargoes and causing collisions. The problem is that the consequences of these incidents may not be apparent. A transformer may even be installed and operating before the damage is noticed. Hidden damage can result in costly repairs or – also expensive – transformer downtime. Apportioning responsibility Who is responsible for paying the bill? Without data to confirm where and when potentially damage-causing incidents happened, it tends to be the power utility or manufacturer that ends up paying, even though the critical event may in fact have occurred in transit and should, in that case, be covered by the transportation provider’s insurance. Tamper-proof impact monitors, which log shocks, vibrations and other information to varying degrees of sophistication, can provide concrete evidence to help insurance inspectors identify the party most likely responsible for damage to a transformer. The data from these devices is accepted as evidence in courts of law. The data that impact monitors record can also help engineers to tailor their pre- installation examination of a transformer appropriately, checking it with particular care if it is known to have experienced impacts above a certain threshold, or perhaps streamlining their checks if it is proven to have had an especially smooth journey. Impact monitoring can also reduce warranty claims resulting from failures that occur once a transformer is operating. The case for mounting impact monitors on transformers is still more compelling when they are shipped to remote locations. In such circumstances, any damage can result in the expensive exercise of flying out a repair team, as returning the unit to the manufacturer for repair may not be a viable option. Instances of returning the transformer are not uncommon, as field repairs cannot cover all issues.This article is taken from HLPFI’s July/August 2018 edition. The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances.
RUSSIA: A simplified procedure for remote interaction with freight customers has been established by Russian Railways to help prevent the spread of coronavirus infections.In order to increase social distancing while supporting businesses, a procedure has been established for automatically prolonging contracts between cargo owners and the owners of private railways by three months. Documents that are expiring soon which are necessary for customers’ loading and unloading operations have been extended. In addition, RZD has dropped the requirement for illustrated diagrams of the layout of wagons carrying a number of cargoes, including buckwheat and other cereals, as well as for goods in covered wagons.‘Using electronic document management and e-mail, the remote co-ordination of new cargo loading schemes, and certifications for cargo owners performing loading and unloading operations for the first time will ensure not only high-quality services and transparency, but will also protect the company’s employees and partners from possible infection through personal contact’, said Alexey Shilo, Director-General at RZD’s Centre of Corporate Transportation Services.Russian Railways has reported an increase in the number of customers using electronic document processing since the beginning of March. More than 4∙5 million electronic documents have been issued, accounting for about 75% of the total and avoiding the need for contact with other shippers or railway workers.
The transportation and shipping sectors are viewed by Kazakhstan as a way to diversify their oil- and gas-dependent economies. Kazakhstan is currently weighing its options and possible contributions to the Chinese global infrastructure and transportation project known as the Belt and Road Initiative – a series of road, rail and maritime networks estimated to cost over $900 billion, which will increase cost effectiveness and efficiency for Eurasian trade. The two sides already launched a special economic zone, known as the Khorgos Eastern Gate, located six kilometers away from the Altynkol border crossing between Kazakhstan and China. That allows Kazakhstan to increase its benefits from the Western Europe-Western China highway, which is the country’s longest road, measuring 8,445 km (5,247 mi). Approximately 65 trains carrying roughly 6,200 TEU per month, currently move through the Khorgos gate. (Source: Caspian News) Representatives from Kazakhstan’s national railway company Temir Zholy (KTZ) and the Kazakhstani embassy in Vietnam launched the idea in 2016. Prior to the construction, KTZ staff visited Dong Dang and Lao Cai – two railroad crossings bordering China and Vietnam to see how profitable it would be to build a railway line linking the three Asian countries and if it would be more efficient than using maritime routes, which take between 45 – 50 days. Thanks to the rail line, goods may get from Lianyungang port to Duisburg as fast as 16 days. Author: Baibhav Mishra Sea News, March 14 Europe and Vietnam may seem like worlds apart, but the Caspian region is helping draw the continent closer the Southeast Asian country. In 2017, Vietnam entered into a trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union, a trade bloc that includes Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan. In 2018, trade between Kazakhstan and Vietnam reached $467.2 million. Goods exported by Vietnam includes telephones, computers, electronic components and agricultural products such as rice, cashew nuts and pepper. Vietnam imports chemicals, ores, minerals and wheat from Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry announced last week that cargo measuring 1,686 twenty-foot equivalent units, used to measure the size of a ship’s cargo, was sent from Hanoi and will pass through China, Kazakhstan and Russia before arriving in Duisburg, Germany after just 20 days. Railway officials from Vietnam Railways say the newly launched route will increase Vietnam’s exports to the West. Additionally, Russia and Kazakhstan can now supply agricultural products to the Vietnamese market, including meat, dairy products and other types of goods requiring quick transportation. Vietnam, for its part, now has the opportunity to export seafood and tropical fruits. Kazakhstan and Southeast Asia are already connected through the Kazakhstani-Chinese Lianyungang terminal located in the Chinese northeastern province of Jiangsu, which is used to export Kazakhstani wheat to Vietnam. In addition, the railway line passing through the Vietnamese railway terminal in Dong Dang connects these two countries.