CDB launches project to improve disaster risk management and climate resilience in…

first_img Five Caribbean Governments get Complementary Climate Funding improvement of access to potable water, by installing water purification equipment at community water supply points in Madame Bernard and Baleraze and monitoring of water quality and availability; OAS-Chile Partnership Programme Announces Full Scholarships… Sep 28, 2020 increased access to efficient, affordable electricity for households, businesses and public administrative services, through the installation of a mini-grid system in Madame Bernard. (CDB Press Release) May 29, 2020 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Caribbean Ministers of Agriculture Explore Funding Options… enhancing capacity to develop and implement a sustainable fisheries and coastal ecosystem management programme, including planning for viable livelihoods options and employment opportunities for the residents of Ile-à-Vache; formulation of a disaster risk management-climate change adaptation plan; a climate-resilient spatial plan; an early warning system; and a public education and awareness programme; Jun 9, 2020 March 12, 2018, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – On Friday March 3, 2018, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Government of Haiti launched a project to improve climate resilience and disaster risk management on Ile-à-Vache, an island off the country’s southern peninsula. The Building Capacity for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Resilience Project is being funded through a CDB grant of USD5.5 million (mn), which includes a contribution of USD 896,000, from resources provided to CDB under the African Caribbean Pacific-European Union-CDB-Natural Disaster Risk Management in CARIFORUM Countries. The island of Ile-à-Vache has five main villages and a population of approximately15,000, and is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of tropical storms and hurricanes. Speaking at the launch, Monica La Bennett, Vice-President (Operations), CDB, noted that the project has the potential to transform the lives of the people of Ile-à-Vache. “Recurring floods and storms that affect the island, damage the livelihoods of persons who depend on fishing and agriculture. This project aims to increase the resilience of Ile-à-Vache residents to natural hazards and impacts caused by climate change. This is key to social and economic development, and the systematic reduction of poverty. It is part of broader efforts by the Government of Haiti to make investments that increase the resilience of all the people of Haiti and improve their life chances,” said La Bennett.[su_box title=”Caribbean Development Bank” style=”soft” box_color=”#54c0f0″]The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), is a regional financial institution which was established by an Agreement signed on October 18, 1969, in Kingston, Jamaica, and entered into force on January 26, 1970. The Bank came into existence for the purpose of contributing to the harmonious economic growth and development of the member countries in the Caribbean and promoting economic cooperation and integration among them, having special and urgent regard to the needs of the less developed members of the region (Article 1 of the Agreement establishing CDB). In the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, the CDB is recognised as an Associate Institution of CARICOM[/su_box] Minister of Environment for Haiti, H.E. Pierre Simon Georges, noted that the project will also directly benefit the population through multi-sectoral interventions. He said that the Government of Haiti was keen to ensure that the project is implemented in the shortest possible time. He noted that Ile-à-Vache, with a population of 15,000 people, is particularly vulnerable to climate change. The Minister added that, within the framework of the project, the island will benefit from investments in in electricity, potable water and fisheries management, which must all be strengthened to increase resilience to climate change. Key project components include: World Bank Provides US$159M for Regional Air Transport… Jun 22, 2020 You may be interested in… CDB officially opens office in HaitiThe Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) on September 21 officially opened its Country Office in Haiti, the first outside its Headquarters in Barbados. To commemorate the occasion, Dr. William Warren Smith, President of the Bank, hosted an inauguration event, which First Lady of the Republic of Haiti, Her Excellency Martine Moïse;…September 22, 2018In “CARICOM”CDB and PAHO sign agreement to support mental health in aftermath of natural disastersJune 14, 2018, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) have signed an agreement to enhance capacity for mental health and psychosocial support in disaster management in the Caribbean. “Despite the high vulnerability of the Region to these types of events, too…June 14, 2018In “CARICOM”CDB champions call for more resilient energy sector at 2018 Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum(Caribbean Development Bank Press Release) – Improving the resilience of the Region’s energy sector, especially when it comes to natural disasters and the impacts of climate change, must be a priority for all countries in the Caribbean. The theme of resilience was brought into focus during the Caribbean Development Bank’s…November 14, 2018In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

ASCO acquires Seletar

first_imgShaun Eardley, managing director of Seletar, will retain a shareholding in the business and will continue in his current role.ASCO see the deal as providing a platform for the international development of its marine services division.Chief executive Billy Allan said: “Over the last two years we have been developing our logistics activities in Trinidad, Canada, Norway and Azerbaijan. The next step is to launch our marine capabilities in these markets and the Seletar deal gives us the scale needed for this.”Shaun Eardley said: “We have built an excellent business over the last 22 years, but it has become clear to us that we needed to be part of a larger and more suitably resourced organisation in order to move on to the next stage.”According to an ASCO statement, all of Seletar’s 55 employees in Aberdeen and Great Yarmouth are transferring to ASCO and there will be no job losses as a result of the deal.last_img read more

Crane Worldwide hooks Mailhiot

first_imgBased in Chigaco, USA, Mailhiot has over 24 years of product experience and will drive Crane Worldwide’s strategic product plan.”Our clients are facing challenges due to consolidation in the market and the changing of alliance partnerships. For most, this means a revamp in their ocean strategy in order to achieve carrier diversification. Mailhiot’s team of ocean freight trusted advisors will be able to assist our clients during this period of change and strategy transformation,” explains Chad Taylor, executive vice president global operations at Crane Worldwide. www.craneww.comlast_img read more

Eurlings moves to rescue HSA

first_imgNETHERLANDS: The sorry saga of HSL-Zuid continues, with the news that Transport Minister Camiel Eurlings has put together a rescue package for High Speed Alliance, which he says was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy as a result of the delays in opening the high speed line between Schiphol and the Belgian border.A joint venture of Netherlands Railways (90%) and KLM (10%), HSA was awarded a 15-year exclusive concession in 2001 to operate domestic high speed services between Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Breda, as well as international services on the Amsterdam – Brussels – Paris route with SNCB and SNCF. According to Eurlings, domestic services were expected to generate around 60% of the revenue.Infrastructure access charges were set at €148m a year, at 2000 prices. When the concession was awarded, HSA expected to start operating in April 2007. But delivery of the AnsaldoBreda V250 trains has yet to commence, and HSA is still not prepared to set a start date for its interim 160 km/h loco-hauled service between Amsterdam and Rotterdam. As a result, the concessionaire was faced with paying access charges from July 2009 without any income. Announcing the rescue on January 30, Eurlings explained that the options available to the government were restricted by the need to respect EU rules on state aid and public tendering.One option would be to cancel the concession and re-tender the services. But EU regulations have changed since the concession was granted, and Eurlings said re-tendering would reduce the yield to the government as the monopoly element could not be retained. Although the state would be able to support operations for a year if HSA went bankrupt, this would not leave enough time to find a replacement operator. HSA has already received one payment to compensate for the delay in opening the line until October 2008. A second payment, estimated at €19m, will cover the period to the current target opening date in July 2009. In return, HSA will drop its claim against the government that blames delays in drafting the ERTMS specification for the non-availability of rolling stock, a claim that the state denies. The start of the 15-year concession will be shifted to July, extending HSA’s operating rights until June 2024. Eurlings said this would cost the state €131m in lost access charges, but the money should be recouped later. In any case, he added, HSA was contractually entitled to a 20-week period for trial running before the start of public services. Eurlings also agreed to provide a temporary exemption from access charges (up to €265m) for three years and perhaps four. HSA must make good this amount before the end of the concession, with interest. Access charges are being reduced by €16·5m a year (at 2008 prices) to compensate for extended journey times between Antwerpen and Brussels and the reduced number of through trains to Paris. During any period that HSA could have operated but was prevented from doing so because the Belgian LGV4 between Antwerpen and the border was not available, HSA’s access charges will be reduced by 40%.Should HSA still face financial problems because of external causes, the state would consider a permanent reduction in access charges. There is also the possibility of a €50m government-backed bridging loan. According to Eurlings, new ETCS Level 1 software should be available by the end of April for the leased Traxx locomotives to work the interim service. The substitution of 140 km/h Siemens Class 189s had been considered, but these would need modification to run on HSL-Zuid, even though they are equipped to operate on the Betuwe Route using Level 2. The ETCS-fitted locomotives are also much in demand for freight trains. Meanwhile, another study is invest­igating the possibility of using an alternative train control system to get HSL-Zuid into use sooner, if the current problems turn out to be insurmountable. Eurlings said he hopes to issue a further statement in May, but admitted that even if proven technology can be found such a temporary installation could take up to two years to complete.last_img read more

Lamu comes alive as locals, tourists indulge in cultural festival

first_imgcof Lamu Yoga Festival Ebola Fears Deter Tourists from Visiting Nigeria’s Osun Festival Saturday, marked day three of the annual Lamu Cultural festival with local and international tourists flocking the tiny Indian Ocean island, added to the UNESCO list of world heritage sites in 2001.The festival now in its 18th edition, seeks to celebrate Coastal heritage and traditions in a carnival atmosphere. Festival serves as a major economic tourism booster to the island as visitors soak up the rich history. Described as a quiet town by majority of the locals, the Lamu archipelago comes to life during  the festival.Several competitions and races are staged during the festival which include traditional Swahili poetry,Henna painting and the Bao competition, which is considered as one of the oldest known games in human history.In order  to preserve and encourage the art of dhow sailing, now threatened by increasing availability of engines and prefabricated boats, the dhow race is also held.But its however the annual donkey race that seems to spark the island to life with hundreds of cheering fans. ”These festival should be extended to 7 days as opposed to 4 days as it makes the place more lively”,says one of the locals interviewed by CGTN Digital.Under the theme ”Tembea Lamu,the Kenya Tourism board says that the event continues to attract growing numbers of tourists,with the numbers improving steadily as opposed to 2017.Hotels, restaurants and business people are roaring in their business as well.Kenya Tourism Board CEO Betty Radier, says security on the island has been beefed up, in a region that has faced security threats in the past especially in the Boni region.Lamu is one of the counties that the government seeks to harness its potential thorough opportunities brought about by the Blue economy Conference set to be held in Nairobi, Kenya from next week.Related Foreigners and locals throng Almond festival in Morocco with new products showcasedlast_img read more

African leaders call for investment in climate resilient cities

first_imgEast African mobile call rates drop Leaders attending this week’s Blue Economy Summit in Nairobi say African governments need to commit additional resources towards establishing climate resilient cities.The leaders who spoke at a side event for mayors and governors said that appropriate policies and legislation should be enacted to green cities through emission-free transport, waste recycling and energy-efficient buildings.Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said that the realization of a sustainable and green future in Africa hinges on the adoption of new technologies to spur urban renewal.“Our cities are the centers of economic development, job creation and cultural integration and we must build their resilience to withstand climate change impacts,” Kenyatta remarked.The governors and mayors’ convention drew a wide cast of participants ranging from municipal leaders, investors and representatives of multilateral lenders. Members hope to spark a new conversation on urban renewal amid negative impact of population growth and industrialization.Kenyatta challenged municipal authorities to come up with innovative financing mechanisms to address challenges linked to rapid urbanization like pollution, growth of informal settlements, crime and inadequate access to basic services like clean water and sanitation.“We should deploy clean technologies to make our building and transport sectors energy-efficient and collaborate with the private sector to promote waste management and provision of clean water,” said Kenyatta.Danny Faure, president of Seychelles and African Union Blue Economy Champion, stressed the need for enhanced government-industry linkages to renew African cities and make them livable.The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) said that an unprecedented rural-urban migration exerts pressure on social amenities like housing, schools, health facilities, water and sanitation in Africa.Maimunah Mohd Sharif, executive director of UN-HABITAT said that policy and regulatory reforms are required to facilitate greening of African cities through investments in new building technologies, mass rapid transport and profitable waste recycling ventures.Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairperson of African Union Commission (AUC) said that strengthening climate resilience in the continent’s rapidly growing cities is imperative to achieve sustainable development and stability.Related Mo Ibrahim: Can African leaders be model leaders?center_img Talk Africa: African Women Leaderslast_img read more

U.K. prepares to move to next phase of COVID-19 fight

first_imgU.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the press briefing held on Monday 9 March 2020, to outline the U.K.’s plan to tackle the COVID-19 spread.The U.K. is making “extensive preparations” to begin the next phase of its response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday.The announcement comes after the U.K. recorded its fourth COVID-19 death, a woman in her 70s treated at a hospital in Wolverhampton.“Our action plan as you know sets out four phases of our approach to tackling the virus; Contain, Delay, Research and Mitigate. We remain in the Contain phase of the outbreak but watching what is happening around the world, our scientists think containment is extremely unlikely to work on its own and that is why we are making extensive preparations for a move to the delay phase,” PM Boris said in a press conference alongside Chief medical Office Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance.“The more we can delay the peak of the spread to the summer, the better the NHS will be able to manage,” he added.Boris’ announcement comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that COVID-19 cases had surpassed100,000 spanning across 100 countries.“It’s certainly troubling that so many people & countries have been affected, so quickly,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom said in a briefing on Monday.“The great advantage we have is that the decisions we all make – as governments, businesses, communities, families & individuals – can influence the trajectory of this #COVID19 epidemic,” he added.Related Senegal confirms first case of COVID-19 Togo confirms first COVID-19 casecenter_img Cameroon confirms second COVID-19 caselast_img read more

Consumer Protection Bill to be tabled in Parliament soon

first_img Share A law giving consumers the right to request a replacement or refund of goods or services is to be taken to parliament soon. This, as private sector representatives met at the Garraway Hotel on Thursday 16 July 2015, to discuss the draft Consumer Protection Bill 2015. “The lack of consumer protection legislation has its ill effects. This needs to be corrected and exigently,” Director of Trade Matthan Walter said “So in the absence of the required legislation, this Ministry has been bombarded with complaints ranging from warranties, substandard goods, false misleading advertisements and non-refunds on returnable items,” he added.Mr. Walter said there have been a number of reports laid against businesses for refusing to refund customers for failed products and Ministry officials have had to use “moral persuasion” in the absence of legislation.“We want to take this opportunity to thank the business persons whom trade officers have approached in an effort to remedy or redress complaints logged by consumers,” he said.“Due to their cooperation, the Division of Trade has been very successful in redressing these complaints. Nevertheless a new era is being born and in the short term, the landscape for consumer protection will be changed by the enactment of Consumer Protection Bill into law,” Mr. Walter said. According to Walter, the bill at this stage is very comprehensive and includes “provisions tailored to suit and address almost every possibility or eventuality”.Mr. Walter stated that the bill addresses issues related to the establishment of a consumer affairs commission, consumer rights, duties of suppliers, unfair trading practices, consumer safety, recall of goods, distance selling the establishment of a rapid alert system and consumer agreements among others. He informed that the new consumer protection bill is a major step towards addressing the plights of Dominica consumers as the signs ‘No refund’ placed on certain businesses may soon be a thing of the past. Additionally, the Division of Trade has also begun the ground work towards the establishment of a consumer protection NGO to champion the rights of consumers. “We need to have this buffer, we need to bring awareness to the ills which consumers spending their hard earned monies face after purchase of goods which did not fulfil their legitimate expectations,” he said. Mr. Walter also said the Ministry of Trade has also submitted an application to the Caribbean Development Bank for grant funding under the EPA standby facility to speed up the formal establishment of the consumer protection regime. “Their approval is anticipated within the short term, I am elated as it relates to how far we have come where bringing rights embracing the treaty which we have signed home to Dominica,” he said. Senior legal officer for drafting at the CSME Unit, Melanie French was the facilitator of the consultation. Share Tweet Sharecenter_img LocalNews Consumer Protection Bill to be tabled in Parliament soon by: Dominica Vibes News – July 16, 2015 Sharing is caring! 52 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Kalinago Solar PV Project under way

first_img Share 234 Views   no discussions The first solar farm commissioned in September 2013The Ministry of Kalinago Affairs is spearheading the thrust to make the Kalinago Territory the first communal solar energy user on the island of Wai’tukubuli (Dominica). Like many local, regional and international agencies, the Ministry has realized that energy from the sun provides a consistent and steady source of solar power throughout the year. This particular imitative has been funded by the European Union through the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, and is based on evidence that the world’s non-renewable resources are set to decline in the years to come. The main benefit of such a solar project is that it is going to be easily deployed for both home and public users as it does not require any huge set up like in the case of wind or geothermal power. The Ministry of Kalinago Affairs, as a functional entity of central government, is mindful that solar energy not only benefits individual owners, but also benefits mother earth (the environment) as well. As an indigenous community, the Kalinago Territory will join many who observe that solar energy is one of the most widely used renewable energy source all around the world.The project will provide for one hundred and forty-five (145) private DOMLEC grid connected homes, fifteen private stand-alone units and seven public buildings.The project is facilitated by the Ministry of Kalinago Affairs with the endorsement of the Ministry of Health and the Environment, and implemented by the DCH Solargiga GmBH from Germany. Subsequent to this, the operations and management of the project will be undertaken by the Kalinago Council. Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Kalinago Solar PV Project under way by: – October 28, 2015 Share Sharelast_img read more

Oman Air Kenalkan Seragam Baru Awak Kabin di London Heathrow

first_imgUntuk seragam pramugari adalah gaun one piece berwarna pirus dengan panjang dibawah lutut dan memastikan ini cukup nyaman dan elegan untuk berbagai kebangsaan dan profil. Seragam ini juga dilengkapi dengan jas warna sama yakni biru yang dirancang untuk memperlihatkan menyampaikan bakat dan keanggunan.Topi untuk melengkapi seragam ini pun dirancang baru dengan tetap menambahkan slayer baik berwaran biru. Sedangkan untuk awak kabin pria menggunakan setelan jas warna gelap dengan model baru ditambah dengan dasi pirus. Sedangkan untuk kepala kabin wanita Oman Air memiliki sedikit perbedaan dimana ada aksen emas di samping palet pirus.Seragam wanita termasuk gaun yang sama, tetapi dalam warna teal yang lebih gelap, dengan topi dan syal emas. Dalam seragam ini yang ditiadakan adalah setelah naik maka seragam awak kabin akan berubah menjadi jaket makan selama layanan makan.Dengan jaket ini ada penambahan syal bunga yang dirancang untuk menunjukkan warna musiman Oman yakni warna pirus, emas dan magenta yang diilhami oleh laut, maahari terbenam serta pegunungan yang tertutup mawar di negara itu. Sedangkan untuk kepala kabin pria Oman Air akan mengenakan rompi abu-abu dengan dasi berwarna emas.“Terinspirasi oleh elemen kaya dari Oman, seragam baru kami adalah kesaksian bahwa gaya dapat berasal dari lanskap dan lingkungan kami yang menginspirasi. Itu adalah pengalaman yang sangat bermanfaat dalam mengerjakan proyek ini dan kami sangat bangga dan bersemangat untuk sekarang memperkenalkan seragam baru pada penerbangan Oman Air kami. Jumlah usaha dan waktu yang luar biasa yang didedikasikan oleh tim kami yang bekerja melalui beberapa perulangan desain, dan modifikasi sebelum penataan yang tepat dan tampilan keseluruhan dicapai di setiap pakaian, sungguh patut dipuji,” ujar CEO Oman Air Abdulaziz Al Raisi yang dikutip dari (13/6/2019).Baca juga: Norwegian Airlines Bebaskan Awak Kabin untuk Berdandan SeadanyaPembawa ini akan memamerkan proses desain seragam di “State of Grace“, yang pertama dari lima video di “State of Wonder” Oman Air, sebuah seri baru yang akan diluncurkan secara progresif di semua saluran media sosial.Oman Air sendiri diketahui beroperasi di Jakarta sejak Desember 2014 lalu. Penerbangan yang dilakukan secara langsung yakni dari Bandara Internas Muscat menuju ke Bandara Internasional Soerkarno-Hatta.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedSetelah 20 Tahun, Awak Kabin Aer Lingus Akhirnya Punya Seragam Baru19/01/2020In “Bandara”Hadirkan Seragam Mini, Qantas dan Emirates Harapkan Anak-Anak Cintai Profesi Awak Kabin27/10/2017In “Bandara”Aturan dan Etika Tata Rias Awak Kabin Masih Mengacu Ke Standar Era 60-an14/02/2019In “Destinasi” Seragam baru awak kabin Oman Air (The Arabian Stories) Setiap maskapai memiliki seragam yang memiliki ciri khas negara mereka dan warna yang dipilih pun biasanya tak jauh berbeda dari warna pesawat. Seperti baru-baru ini, Oman Air meluncurkan seragam baru untuk awak kabinnya di London Heathrow.Baca juga: Kerap Alami Pelecehan, Cathay Pacific Bakal Ganti Seragam Awak KabinSeragam ini dibuat oleh pengembang produk dan merek in house dari Oman Air sendiri. Desain pakaian awak kabin ini terinspirasi oleh kesultanan Oman yang kaya akan warna, budaya, sejarah dan warisan. Selain itu juga mempertahankan rona warna pirusnya yang dapat dikenali dengan menggambarkan inspirasi dari Laut Oman.last_img read more