Columbia and Marlow explore merger

first_imgAfter initial talks between the owners of both companies, Columbia and Marlow have confirmed that they are now “well into investigations” into a future equal partnership of the two parties.The companies recently established a joint venture aimed at developing enhanced IT solutions for digitalised ship management and crew training at Marlow’s training centre in the Philippines.Columbia Shipmanagement is part of the Schoeller Holdings group, along with multipurpose vessel operator AAL Shipping.www.marlow-navigation.comwww.columbia-shipmanagement.comwww.aalshipping.comlast_img

Senior judge says regional LIP support service closure ‘very worrying’

first_imgA regional manager of a charity that provides free support and guidance to litigants in person hopes to continue providing a local service after her branch closes next month due to funding pressures.Support Through Court, previously known as the Personal Support Unit, confirmed last year that it was closing some of its centres. The scheme will continue to operate from 18 courts in England and Wales.The Bournemouth branch closes next month. Since it opened in October 2016, the centre has helped clients over 6,000 times in cases involving, for instance, domestic abuse, child custody and divorce. Manager Amy Metters is now trying to raise funds to keep a service going beyond March. The service would not be provided under the Support Through Court banner.His Honour Judge Martin Dancey, the designated family judge for Dorset, said: ‘It is very worrying that Bournemouth is to lose this vital service. I very much hope that Amy Metters and her team of dedicated volunteers are able to find a way of continuing their excellent work in Bournemouth.’  His Honour Judge Martin DanceyMetters said sustainable funding was the long-term goal ‘but if we are able to raise funds for a year, this would give more time to establish long-term funding options. Without this, the future of the service looks bleak’.Support Through Court helped individuals on over 75,000 occasions between April 2018 and March 2019. The charity supports people facing family, immigration, housing, employment and bankruptcy court hearings. Government funding makes up 40% of the charity’s annual £1.4m budget. Cost per contact is just under £20. Annual contacts have risen by 10,000 on average in each of the past four years.Eileen Pereira, chief executive, said: ‘Last year we faced some stark choices as a charity in order to financially safeguard our future – and sadly the decision was taken to close the doors of our Bournemouth branch. This means there will be no free court support in the area, with the closest Support Through Court offices being in Bristol, Exeter or London, despite the commitment of many talented local volunteers.’Pereira told the Gazette that the Preston branch closed last December and Southampton will close by the end of March. West London was supposed to close. However, Pereira said: ‘We have had amazing support from the volunteers, justices and HMCTS re West London Family Court. The manager took voluntary redundancy and left at Christmas. Our volunteers have stepped up to the plate and since January have been running a satellite service three days per week in the court with management oversight being led by our manager at the Central Family Court.’This has been a very positive outcome for our clients in the court and we are very grateful for the support of all those involved.’last_img read more

Plane crashes after delivering materials for DR Congo election

first_imgDR Congo Massacre DR Congo army donates vehicles for December election A Congolese cargo plane that went missing after delivering materials for a presidential election has crashed, a senior manager at the airline said on Friday.It was not clear how many people were on board.Air accidents are relatively frequent in Democratic Republic of Congo due to lax safety standards.“The plane has fallen and there are people on the ground,” Gomair’s financial director, Jean de Dieu Gato Karekezi, told Reuters by telephone after the aircraft’s disappearance on Thursday, adding he was unable to give more information.Earlier, Karekezi said the plane had been rented by the national electoral commission (CENI) to deliver election materials to Tshikapa, a city near the border with Angola, and contact was lost as it flew back to the capital.A CENI spokeswoman said the agent who had taken the flight to Tshikapa had stayed there, but she did not provide any further information.The incident follows a tumultuous week in Democratic Republic of Congo, which has seen the long-anticipated election postponed for a week to Dec. 30 due to logistical issues, clashes between protesters and police, and the deaths of over 100 people killed in fighting among ethnic groups in the northwest.Relatedcenter_img UN peacekeepers to remain in DR Congo until election is heldlast_img read more

EU official calls for a more focused enforcement of Libya’s arms…

first_imgItaly calls for end to arms embargo on Libya FILE PHOTO: A fighter of Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) of Fayez Serraj, fires his rifle during clashes with forces of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar, at Al-Khalla frontline. /Getty ImagesThe High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, has called for a more focused surveillance in Libya to enforce an arms embargo imposed by the United Nations.In a press conference in Brussels on Monday, Borell announced a new operation in the Mediterranean Sea to curb the flow of arms into the troubled North African country. The call comes two weeks ahead of a European Commission meeting with the African Union.“The operation will comprise aerial, satellite and maritime assets. Not only maritime assets, satellite and aerial, the warships themselves will serve as the basis for the radar control of their space,” Borell said.“If we want to control the arms embargo, we have to concentrate our surveillance on the Eastern part, where the arms are coming from and a strategic situation with respect to the routes followed by the ships bringing arms to Libya,” he added.Libya has been dogged by war since December 2011, and the situation heightened in early 2019 when rebel General Khalifa Hafter pledged to take over Tripoli from the Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj.Hafter announced in early December a final push to take over the capital from al-Sarraj’s government, unleashing heavy clashes on the southern edges of the city.Since 2011, the Libyan war has killed thousands and displaced millions as militant groups and human trafficking cells sought to impose their command in various regions across the country.The United Nations and some International actors continue to urge the warring factions to engage in dialogue in order to end the conflict and put the country back on course to the formation of a unified government.Related Egyptian warplanes strike alleged arms convoy from Libyacenter_img UN warns countries have breached arms embargo agreed at Libya summitlast_img read more

Date Set For Public Consulations on Future of Albert Hall in Annan

first_imgWith the mission to be “More Than Just a Landlord: Making Our Communities Better Places”, Cunninghame Housing Association (CHA) has been commissioned by Dumfries and Galloway Council to conduct feasibility planning to explore options for the redevelopment of the Albert Hall, with a view to developing a community asset which can provide new community infrastructure within Annan.Cunninghame Housing Association is already committed to building 217 affordable houses for rent in Annan over the next 2-3 years. It is currently building new houses at the corner of Port Street and the High Street, only 100 metres from the Albert Hall.On behalf of Cunninghame Housing Association, Community Enterprise in Scotland (CEIS) is undertaking a range of community consultation methods to gather the views of the local community and find out more about the need for services, activities and facilities in the area.The findings from the community consultation will be used to inform development options for the Albert Hall.Feedback from all the consultations will then form the basis of the feasibility planning study which will provide options for the Councils consideration for the redevelopment of the Albert Hall. The feasibility study will be submitted to Dumfries & Galloway Council in April/May 2020.Frank Sweeney, Group Chief Executive of Cunninghame Housing Association said “Prior to the feasibility being submitted to the Council CEIS and CHA will hold a further one day “Feedback Day” on the outcome of the consultations in late January 2020. This will give all who have consulted the opportunity to look at the overall feedback and draft proposals.” Albert Hall Design Team AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInThere will be two public consultation sessions at Annan Town Hall on Monday the 9th of December 2019 – 2pm & 6pmDumfries and Galloway Council and the Annan Regeneration Steering Group are planning future improvements to Annan town centre. Previous community consultations have identified people’s concerns with the condition of many of the town centre’s buildings and the wish for these to be improved and to contribute to a positive future development of Annan.The ‘B’ listed Albert Hall on 15 Port Street is a historical building that has played a key part in the history of Annan. The building has however been run down for a number of years and due to dampness and plant growth, the condition of the building is deteriorating.last_img read more

PD Poll, final results: Who is responsible for reducing the amount of antibiotic residues in meat?

first_imgto jump to the article.advertisementadvertisementSummary: In a poll conducted January through March 2011, Progressive Dairyman asked readers whether the dairy industry, beef industry, veal industry or all three should be responsible for reducing the antibiotic residues. The results signified that this is not a dairy-versus-beef issue; this is an animal agriculture issue. See the results below.[Click here or on the image above right to see the full list of the Top 25 articles of 2011. Click here to see the list from 2010.] ARTICLEProgressive Dairyman readers overwhelmingly agree that all livestock producers are responsible for the safety and integrity of the food supply. This is not a dairy-versus-beef issue; this is an animal agriculture issue.advertisementThere is no room in the cattle industry for farmers and veterinarians who refuse to “play by the rules,” whether it be animal care, antibiotic use or environmental stewardship.All cattle producers (beef, dairy and veal) must take the issue of residue violations in meat and milk seriously. We need to do a better job of keeping records and observing withholding times on cows and calves shipped to market.The rules are changing rapidly and we can expect increased scrutiny of market cattle in the future.What you can do:1. Use antibiotics correctly.Proper administration of antibiotics starts by talking to your veterinarian. Make certain antibiotics are necessary and that the correct product is being used. Always read the label carefully and follow directions closely.A protocol developed with your veterinarian is the best way to be sure you are treating the right animals with the right antibiotics.• Treat the fewest number of animals possible and withhold treated animals or animal products for the recommended length of time. If you are unsure of whether the treated animal has cleared the drug, contact your veterinarian or use a test for residues.advertisement• Remember, providing an antibiotic in a different way than described on the label is an extra-label drug use and is prohibited except under the order of a licensed veterinarian with a valid Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR).• The proper use of antibiotics includes everything from knowing how to read and understand drug labels to proper injection practices. FDA-approved drugs fall into the following major categories:• Veterinary prescription (Rx) drugs must be dispensed by or on the written order of a licensed veterinarian within a valid VCPR.• Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are available without a prescription if the label instructions are followed.• Using drugs in a way that differs from the label is referred to as extra-label drug use. Extra-label drug use is prohibited except on the order of a licensed veterinarian with a valid VCPR. This is important because any use not listed on the label may require a longer withdrawal time.2. Keep good records:A good record system is essential and should include the following components:• Identification of all animals treated individually or by group• Drugs used• Dates treated – if more than once, include the first and last days of treatment• Dosage used• Route and location of administration• Withdrawal time• Name of the person who administered the product.Here are the facts:Roughly 90 percent of tissue residues in beef are from the dairy industry;• 67 percent comes from cull cows; 23 percent veal.• About 8 percent of all beef comes from cull dairy cows. Dairy-type cattle, including dairy steers, represent about 20 percent of U.S. beef produced.Nationally: 93,997 dairy cows screened with the FAST test (suspect cows at slaughter)• 926 (~1 percent) had drug resides.• The most common causes of residues were penicillin and sulfadimethoxine, both available over-the-counter.• Notably, there were many residues for flunixin (Banamine) in dairy cows as well.• There were also many residues for gentamycin and neomycin, underscoring both that the aminoglycosides have essentially permanent residues in cattle and that they should not be used in food animals.Ronald F. Eustice Executive Director,Minnesota Beef Councilback to toplast_img read more

UWF Ranked No. 22 in National Media Poll

first_imgUWF is 5-0 on the season and is off to its best start since the 1996-97 squad won its first six games. The Argonauts are one of 25 undefeated teams in the country. D2SIDA Top 25 Media Poll | WBCA Division II Coaches PollPENSACOLA, Fla.  – The UWF women’s basketball team is ranked 22nd in the Division 2 Media Top 25 poll as announced by the Division 2 Sports Information Directors of America on Tuesday.  Print Friendly Version UWF will play its next two games at home, beginning this Saturday against St. Mary’s (Texas). Tip-off at the UWF Field House is set for 2 p.m. The Argos will then take time off for finals before opening Gulf South Conference play on Monday, Dec. 12 against Valdosta State.center_img UWF is also the fifth team receiving votes in this week’s WBCA Division 2 Coaches Poll. UWF is one of three South Region teams in the top 25, with Nova Southeastern at No. 12 and Union at No. 16.last_img read more

UWF Men’s Basketball Heads To Atlanta For Contests vs. Morehouse, Lane

first_img* The Dragons are 6-2 on the season and 4-0 in the SIAC. The team is 3-0 at home this season and 3-1 away. Lane is 0-1 on neutral floors.* The Dragons are led by Kendarious Ash, who averages 16.0 points and 12.7 rebounds per game this year.* UWF last met Lane at Valdosta State Nov. 11, 2014. The Argos won 77-69.For the latest on UWF men’s basketball, follow the program on Twitter @UWFMensBBall.#ARGOS# JON BROWN WINS GSC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK AWARD* Jon Brown earned the first Gulf South Conference Men’s Basketball Freshman of the Week award of his career as announced by the GSC Nov. 27.* The Helena, Alabama native notched a season-best 20 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the field and 8-of-8 shooting from the line in the win over Spring Hill Nov. 20. The Argos (3-4, 0-2 GSC) are coming off a pair of losses last weekend vs. Christian Brothers and Union. Rashaan Benson averaged 17.0 PPG in the two games. The program’s all-time career assists leader is averaging 15.9 points and 3.7 assists per game this season. SCOUTING MOREHOUSE ARGOS LOOK TO REBOUND IN ATLANTA * West Florida is currently third in the conference in scoring defense at 66.9 points per game. The team is second in the GSC in opponent field goal percentage (.415).* Rashaan Benson ranks eighth in the conference with 15.9 points per game.* Alassane Kah ranks fifth in the GSC with six blocks this season. UWF has one remaining game in the UWF Field House in the month of December (vs. LaGrange College Dec. 30). SATURDAY & SUNDAY: LIVE STATS | LIVE VIDEOPENSACOLA, Fla. – UWF men’s basketball travels to Morehouse this weekend for the Arthur J. McAfee Memorial Classic vs. Morehouse and Lane College at Forbes Arena. The Argos open the weekend in Atlanta vs. the Maroon Tigers Saturday at 2:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. CT and close vs. the Dragons Sunday at 2:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. CT. * The Maroon Tigers are 5-1 this season. Five of the team’s first six games have been at home. The team has won four in that span. The team suffered its only loss at home Nov. 26 vs. Miles 81-63.* Morehouse is led by Omar Alston, who has scored 14.8 points and grabbed 11.7 rebounds per game this season.* Five Maroon Tigers are scoring in double figures this season, but only Alston is averaging more than 4.7 rebounds per contest.* Morehouse hosted last year’s NCAA South Regional, in which both the Argos and the Maroon Tigers competed. BENSON CONTINUES CLIMB THROUGH RECORD BOOK* Rashaan Benson surpassed Deondre Boynton (411) for first place on the all-time UWF career assists list in his first chance in front of the UWF home crowd this season, notching three assists Nov. 20 to move to 412 for his career. He now stands at 419 in his career.* Benson has moved from eighth on the program’s all-time scoring list at the start of the season to fourth currently. He now stands at 1,004 points. * UWF men’s basketball suffered its first home loss of the season Thursday vs. Christian Brothers, falling to the Bucs 71-60. Rashaan Benson scored a season-high 23 points, but the Argos shot just 24-of-65 (.369) from the field for the night.* UWF men’s basketball dropped a heartbreaker vs. the Union Bulldogs 63-62 Saturday evening in the UWF Field House. Jarrett Henderson recorded his second straight double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.GULF SOUTH CONFERENCE LEADERS “Two good challenges, both region games,” said Burkhamer. “We’ll continue to see if we can progress and continue to get better.” “These two games are again more measuring sticks for us, finding where we are,” said UWF head coach Jeff Burkhamer. “We need to continue to take steps forward. They’re baby steps right now but we need to be making sure we’re taking steps forward.” SCOUTING LANE Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Minta Segelas Air, Penumpang Scoot Diberikan Segelas Es Batu

first_img(Airport Spotting Blog) Penerbangan maskapai berbiaya rendah Scoot dari Singapura menuju Osaka mengalami penundaan dan harus menunggu di dalam pesawat beberapa waktu. Hal ini membuat salah seorang penumpang haus dan meminta segelas air pada pramugari maskapai tersebut.Baca juga: Dua Hari Tanpa Akomodasi dan Makanan, 200 Penumpang British Airways Terlantar di BandaraPenumpang bernama Gene Goh diberitahu pramugari tersebut bahwa mereka hanya memiliki air kemasan untuk di beli. Kemudian pria malang tersebut diberi segelas es batu dan disuruh menunggu es tersebut hingga mencair. “Yang saya minta hanyalah segelas air dan saya tidak peduli apakah itu dari air keran. Saya harap ada semacam perawatan bagi penumpang, ini tidak masuk akal,” ujar Goh yang dikutip melalui laman (22/11/2018).segelas es batu yang diberikan pramugari Scoot (Facebook Gene Goh)Goh kemudian memposting foto segelas es batu yang diberikan pramugari tersebut ke akun Facebook miliknya dan men-tag Scoot. Postingan Goh pun mendapat banyak komentar dari warganet.Beberapa ada yang tidak menyukainya dan mengatakan es batu lebih baik dari pada air keran pesawat, karena akan membuat penumpang sakit. “Bisa membeli tiket pesawat ke Jepang tetapi tidak mampu membeli air,” tulis warganet lainnya.“Berhentilah membuat dirimu murahan, awak kabin yang baik! Kamu melakukan hal yang benar,” ujar warganet lainnya.Bahkan ada pula yang mengatakan, Goh orang yang pelit dan tidak mau mengeluarkan uangnya beberapa dolar hanya untuk membeli air kemasan yang dijual di pesawat. Meski begitu, ada juga penumpang yang mengambil sisi positif dan tidak mencemooh Goh seperti warganet lainnya.Baca juga: Waduh! Air Panas Dalam Penerbangan Ternyata Berasal dari Saluran yang Sama dengan Toilet“Minum air adalah kebutuhan dasar dan ketika Anda perlu minum, Anda perlu minum. Ya, ini adalah penerbangan anggaran dan Anda diharapkan untuk membayar makanan dan minuman … tetapi jika terjadi keterlambatan, perusahaan harus memikul tanggung jawab untuk memastikan kesejahteraan minimal para penumpangnya,” ujar salah seorang warganet yang cukup bijak.Sejak diposting 16 November 2018 kemarin, foto tersebut sudah dikomentari lebih dari 800 warganet dan di bagikan juga lebih dari 800 kali.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedSambut Low Season, Scoot Gelar Promo Tarif Awal Tahun02/01/2019In “Destinasi”Pertengahan September ini, Scoot Buka Rute Baru ke Yogyakarta dan Layani Kembali Penerbangan ke Pekanbaru dan Palembang02/09/2020In “Bandara”Lion Air Group Jadi 5 Maskapai Teratas Pembawa Penumpang Terbanyak ke Singapura08/05/2018In “Destinasi”last_img read more

Legend Moses launches Web site

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 “My site is a compendium of my career, my history and most of all my aspirations to continue to make a difference in the world as we know it, all under the theme of ‘using sports as a tool for social change,’ ” Moses said in the release.Moses visited Tokyo last summer to promote “Let The Children Play,” a book that highlights Laureus’ charitable projects around the world. center_img Track and field legend Edwin Moses has launched a new Web site,, the two-time gold medalist announced in a press release.Moses, who owned a 10-year unbeaten streak in the 400-meter hurdles, called the Web site a “work in progress” since 1998. He is the chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy.last_img