North Fork News

first_imgZeldin Speaks At SoutholdVOICE MeetingCongressman Lee Zeldin spoke at SoutholdVOICE’s annual public meeting at the American Legion Hall in Southold Saturday, August 10.Zeldin answered questions regarding the North Shore helicopter route, ticks and Lyme disease, local maritime infrastructure projects, and other issues facing Long Island’s North Fork.At The LibraryThe Mattituck-Laurel Library will host “Green Screen Fun” for teens in grades seven through 12 Thursday, August 22, from 2 to 5 PM. Teens can take funny photos with friends and family using green screen technology, and will be able to take home their own 4-by-6-inch photo. Photo booth props will be provided. Registration is required.The library will screen “All is True,” a look at the final days in the life of English poet, playwright, and actor William Shakespeare on Friday, August 23, at 1 PM.There will be a seminar titled “Introduction to Suffolk County Diabetes Education” Wednesday, August 28, at 1:30 PM. The free informational meeting will cover the free diabetes prevention program given by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services.For more information, visit www.mattitucklaurellibrary.org.Clambake In The OrchardsJamesport Manor Inn will host a family-style clambake Friday, August 23, at 6:30 PM.The clambake will feature appetizers, a green salad, family-style mussels in butter broth, lobster, clams, potatoes, and corn, followed by an apple crisp dessert. There will be a cash bar featuring local wine and beer.Tickets are $45 per person. For more information, visit www.jamesportmanor.com.Group For The East EndThe Group for the East End will host a forest therapy walk at Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue Sunday, August 25, from 2:30 to 4:30 PM.Certified forest therapy guide and life coach Linda Lombardo will lead the walk, which aims to reconnect participants with nature in a way that refreshes, restores, and renews.A maximum of 18 participants can attend. A $5 materials fee is requested, and registration is required. For more information, visit www.GroupfortheEastEnd.org.gmkotz@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

Aqualis shares start trading on Oslo Stock Exchange

first_img[mappress]August 13, 2014 Aqualis Offshore Holding ASA has announced its successful listing on Oslo Børs with the start of trading in AQUA shares today.The New Aqualis Group consists of three business units with largely similar service offerings and business models; Aqualis Offshore Ltd and its subsidiaries (“Aqualis Offshore Group”), Tristein AS (“Tristein”) and Offshore Wind Consultants Ltd (“OWC”).The services provided by the three business units can generally be divided into marine & engineering consultancy services. Targeting the offshore oil & gas industry and the offshore renewables industry, the New Aqualis Group’s strategy is to operate through a growing network of global offices.The New Aqualis Group is operating globally from the following locations; Norway, USA, Mexico, Brazil, UK, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Singapore and China.Aqualis Offshore Holding ASA’s name change to Aqualis ASA is expected to be registered in the Norwegian Register of Business Enterprises subsequent to Aqualis ASA’s name change to Weifa ASA, expected on or about 20 August 2014.last_img read more

Novatek CEO: Chinese funds for Yamal LNG after May

first_imgYamal LNG could wait beyond May to receive loans from Chinese banks, according to the project operator’s CEO Leonid Mikhelson. China National Petroleum Corp’s first vice president Wang Zhongcai, was recently reported as saying the project has entered talks with Chinese banks regarding US$10 billion in loans which are expected to be concluded during May.However, Mikhelson said that loans from China will be secured a bit later, Reuters reports.Mikhelson on Friday said the total debt financing for Yamal LNG is estimated at $18 to $19 billion.Shareholders in the Yamal LNG project include Novatek with a 50.1 percent stake, Total and CNPC with a 20 percent stake each and SRF with a 9.9 percent stake.The 16.5 mtpa facility is expected to start producing liquefied natural gas from its Train 1 during 2017. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

What impact will the MEES regulations have on construction?

first_imgWhat impact will the minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) regulations have on the construction industry, and are we starting to see its impact take shape?The MEES regulations demonstrate the action that is being taken at government level to bring about improvements in the energy efficiency of building stock in the UK. To recap, the regulations are set to take effect from 1 April 2018, when landlords of private rented properties that have F or G ratings will need to ensure that those properties are improved to a minimum EPC rating of E before signing a new tenancy agreement.Landlords will be required to make those energy efficiency improvements, which can be paid for using Green Deal finance, Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funding, or other third party grants.As the deadline draws closer, the construction industry is likely to see an increase in the number of landlords looking to upgrade their properties in order to be compliant. At present there have been suggestions that the landlord community is not prepared, with some surveys indicating that more than 60% of landlords are unaware of the regulations.As momentum builds before April 2018, activity will no doubt increase; however, the regulations won’t cover all leases until 2023 (only new or renewed leases will be covered initially), so it is likely that the full impact will be felt more slowly.Are organisations/landlords taking efficiency seriously, or does more work need to be done to get the message across?We recently saw the publication of the Clean Growth Strategy, which laid out the government’s ambition to drive the UK towards a lower carbon economy. Creating a better market for energy efficiency was at the heart of the proposals.However, there is a lack of awareness in the landlord community about the steps required to get properties up to scratch, and the benefits that improved energy efficiency can bring. Warmer, more comfortable homes without increased bills are a draw for prospective tenants.The home improvements envisaged by the new regulations should be seen by landlords as an opportunity to upgrade their assets and attract renters, and the financial support they can access through schemes like the Green Deal means they won’t be left out of pocket.The Green Deal was said to be “flawed”, and was axed by government in 2015, for it to be relaunched this year – what’s changed?The Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC) was purchased by private investors in back in January 2017 and, having recommenced financing loans again, the focus now is on creating a customer-centric organisation, where the customer journey is more user-friendly, efficient and streamlined.Plans for the future include diversifying our product offering, but for now our focus is on the Green Deal, and starting slowly to make sure the product is exactly where we want it to be. We’re working closely with the right installers and Green Deal Providers so that customers are receiving a high-quality service from start to finish.We want to rebuild trust among homeowners so they are confident that they are getting a good deal from the best suppliers. To that end, we’re currently working hard on our consumer interface, building a new brand and a new website, which will be launching soon.What was holding people back when the Green Deal was first launched – why might take-up have been slow?The business was actually in significant ramp-up when the funding was pulled by the government in 2015 and was receiving loan applications at the rate of £2m-£2.5m per week. Also, the UK has the biggest boiler market in the world by a considerable distance, with nearly 1.7 million boilers sold a year and this is expected to be the case until 2020.Ultimately, the product needs to speak to consumers and communicate how energy efficiency can improve quality of life and makes homes warmer and more comfortable, as well as save money longer term. Previously, there were some issues with implementation of the scheme in terms of marketing, the customer journey and quality control when it came to installations, so these are the areas of focus for us initially.Is there one aspect of improving property to meet the minimum standard that should be focused on above others? What improvements can gain the most in the long run?Insulation is often an effective solution – up to of 35% heat loss can occur through uninsulated walls. In reality, however, that there is no one-size-fits-all approach and there are many factors to consider, including the age of the property (older homes deal with heat and moisture differently to more modern ones), existing energy usage and location (eg. is the building in a particularly cold or sunny part of the country).That’s why we offer a range of measures – including insulation, boilers, ground source heart pumps and air source heat pumps. Green Deal Advisors take the time to visit homes, where they can inspect the property and discuss the particular needs of the homeowner.Tailored advice reports are then put together, which include a list of recommended energy efficiency measures suitable for that property. Kilian Pender is chief executive of the Green Deal Finance companylast_img read more

ABS awards WSS safety approval

first_imgThe ABS accreditation comes after a two-year process involving the entire safety services team.According to John Sanford, technical sales manager for the Americas, WSS, commented: “Along with Radio Holland, we are now the only maritime service provider in the world with global approval from ABS, and indeed, the only service provider within the safety sector. We are immensely proud of this.”www.wilhelmsen.comwww.eagle.orgThe ABS accreditation comes after a two-year process involving the entire safety services team.According to John Sanford, technical sales manager for the Americas, WSS, commented: “Along with Radio Holland, we are now the only maritime service provider in the world with global approval from ABS, and indeed, the only service provider within the safety sector. We are immensely proud of this.”www.wilhelmsen.comwww.eagle.orglast_img read more

Altius in Angolan yacht move

first_imgAll three boats – the heaviest of which weighed 147 tonnes and measured 36.4 m x 10 m x 14.9 m – were loaded directly from the water onto a Safmarine vessel using the ship’s gear.A diver was also used to assist with the placing of nylon slings around the hulls of the two catamarans.In a separate shipment, Altius delivered another 147-tonne catamaran to Angola.  www.grupoaltius.comlast_img

Multi-legend driver’s cab alarm indicator

first_imgPANEL: EAO now offers a customisable multi-legend alarm indicator for train cabs, which can include features such as dimmable illumination and a lamp test switch.The panel size, array layout and ‘secret until lit’ symbol sizes are customisable, with the 8 mm mounting depth fitting into driver’s desks and control panels, as well as in other railway applications where the space envelope for the status indicators may be limited. Panels can be front or rear mounted using adaptors or studs.Every alarm indicator is electrically independent to ensure operational safety, with redundant illumination of each element. The complete system of indicators is controllable using a bus interface and/or digital IO, which allows easy integration with existing systems. In addition, the indicator modules can be provided with dimmable illumination and the lamp test functionality is effective and immediate with a capacitive touch sensor included in the alarm panel.The Multi-Legend Alarm Indicator conforms to EN 45545 and offers connectivity with up to 36 tiles in each module and is suitable for 24 and 110 V DC systems. Its modular construction ensures short engineering and production lead-times even for new product configurations.last_img read more

CNW World Cup review – Groups G and H

first_imgGroup G:This should be a battle between Belgium and England with Tunisia having an outside chance. Panama should find the going difficult.Belgium:Belgium possesses an extremely talented team. However, they seem to lack that winning experience and killer instinct to go all the way.In Eden Hazard, Belgium possesses one of the most gifted players in soccer. Hazard, supported by Kevin de Bruyne and Mousa Dembele, will form arguable the best mid-field in the competition and should be expected to dominate most teams in the mid-field area. Belgium qualified unbeaten in World Cup qualification, scoring a total of 37 goals in 10 games. With leading goal scorer, Romelu Lukaku with 11 goals leading the way, Belgium owns a capable center forward.  Belgium is also well organized at the back with Toby Alderweireld, Vincent Kompnay, Thomas Vermaelen and Jan Vertonghen. They possess capable defenders to assist Thibaut Courtois in goal.The question for Belgium will be whether they will find the spirit and will to compete. If they find that spirit then ook out as they will be dangerous and the semi -finals may not be out of the question for them.EnglandEngland’s road to the World Cup was not difficult. They went undefeated, winning eight games and drawing two; scoring 15 goals in 10 games while conceding three. Captain Harry Kane was their leading scorer with 5 goals, but no other member of the present team scored more than 1 goal. England has a fairly young group of players. In Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling. England possesses two young players with immense talent and creativity and the team will be hoping that both players have a good World Cup and lend assistance to Harry Kane. Their defense has been well organized with the likes of John Stones, Gary Cahill and Kyle Walker and should be able to hold their own at this level.England’s first task is to get out of the group stage and then take it one game at a time.TunisiaTunisia was unbeaten in their African Group with 4 wins and 2 draws, scoring 11 goals and conceding 4. Tunisia has been greatly affected by the loss of their top marksman, Yousseff Msakni, due to injury.However, Tunisia is an extremely athletic team and their strength lies in the mid-field with Ellyes Skhiri, Ben Amor, and Ferjani Sassi all gifted players. Depending on their tactical approach against both Belgium and England, that will decide whether they can steal the top two spaces and advance to the second round.Panama Panama’s qualified for the World Cup finishing third in the CONCACAF qualifiers. They are an organized group but can be considered inexperienced and a bit tactically naïve. Panama will depend a lot on their defensive unit, led by the hard-tackling Roman Torres, to withstand the pressure from the opponents. In mid-field the hardworking Armando Cooper will be required to put in a lot of miles to protect Panama’s defense. Forward Ismael Diaz will need to make use of the limited chances that can be expected to come his way. But in the end, this World Cup will serve as a developing experience for the advancement of Panama’s soccer.My prediction: Belgium to top the group and England will be the runners up.Group H:This group should be one of the most competitive groups.  Poland, in my opinion, is the dark horse of this World Cup but with Senegal and Colombia posing serious treats to their route to the second round. No team can afford to relax as advancing from this group could come down to goal difference. Japan, the fourth team in this group, will be hard pressed to progress from the group, but could take a point or two from their more fancied rivals.Poland:It has been some time since Poland has assembled a team with such talent. One must go back to the golden era of Polish soccer – 1974 -1978 – when Poland was led then by their prolific marksman Grzegorz Lato, who was the leading goal scorer for the 1974 World Cup with seven goals. Poland’s 1974 team finished third then; narrowly losing 1-0 to the eventual winners West Germany in the semi-final and then defeating Brazil by the same score to claim the third place. This time around, Poland will be led by Robert Lewandowski, their current goal scorer and World Cup qualifying top marksman, with 16 goals. He will be supported by the talented attacking mid-fielder, Piotr Zielinski, who is also expected to get on the score sheet. Poland has a strong, well-organized back three defensive unit led by Kamil Glik and supported by Michal Pazdan, Lukasz Piszczek. Teams will find them difficult to break down and they will be extremely dangerous on the counter attack. It will come as no surprise if they make it to the semi-final.Colombia:Colombia finished fourth and took the final South American automatic qualifying spot. Colombia possesses an extremely balanced squad with some gifted players.James Rodriguez, the 2014 Golden Cup Golden Boot winner with 6 goals for Colombia is a match winner. He will be well supported by fellow mid-fielder, Juan Cuadrado, the World Cup 2014 leading assist man. Colombia will also welcome their top marksman, Radamel Falcao, who missed the last World Cup due to injury. Radamel Falcao should partner the dangerous Luis Fernando Muriel in attack and they will be a handful for the opposing team. At the back, Colombia has the experience with Cristian Zapata and the steady Davinson Sanchez will provide protection for goalkeeper David Ospina.There is no real weakness in this Colombian team and they too might be setting their eyes on a semi-final spot.Senegal:Senegal is undoubtingly one of the top teams in Africa.  Senegal went unbeaten during the African World Cup qualification, scoring 10 goals and conceding 3 in 6 matches. The Senegal team is very athletic and well organized defensively. Led by the central defensive pairing of Salif Sane and Kalidou Koulibaly, along with goalkeeper Abdoulaye Diallo manning the goal, Senegal will certainly be difficult to beat.In mid-field, the Senegalese will be well served with the hardworking defensive mid-fielders Cheikh N’Doye and Idrissa Gueye. They will be supported by two of Senegal’s rising stars in Ismaila Sarr and Mbaye Niang. In attack, they have the hard working and skillful Sadio Mane, who has the ability to run defenders ragged. He should be partnership in attack with Diafra Sakho, who can also be a handful. Senegal is Africa’s best hope to advance to the second round.Japan:Japan topped their Asian qualifying group over Saudi Arab and Australia to secure their World Cup berth. The Japanese are known for their well organized and disciplined approach. How Japan fairs in this group will depend on the outcome of their first game against Colombia. Japan’s performance coming into the World Cup has been average at best. They seem like a team lacking in confidence but should not be taken for granted. A lot will depend on their experienced goalkeeper, Eiji Kawashima, and central defender Maya Yoshida. They should be supported by Japan’s talented wings backs, Hiroki Sakai on the right and Yuto Nagatomo on the left, to keep it tight at the back.The experienced trio of Captain Makoto Hasebe, Hotaru Yamaguchi and Keisuke Honda will look to dictate the pace in mid-field and create the chances for the tireless Shinji Okazaki upfront. If Japan is to advance, they will have to be at their very best.My prediction is that when it’s all over, Poland will top the group ahead of Columbia.last_img read more

S. African gov’t keen to restart as many economic areas as…

first_imgA homeless person stands outside a temporary tent in Pretoria, South Africa, April 15, 2020. South Africa has provided temporary tents and food for the homeless to better control the COVID-19 outbreak. (Photo by Shiraaz Mohamed/Xinhua) A homeless person stands outside a temporary tent in Pretoria, South Africa, April 15, 2020. South Africa has provided temporary tents and food for the homeless to better control the COVID-19 outbreak. (Photo by Shiraaz Mohamed/Xinhua)The South African government is keen to “restart as many economic areas as possible “if the country can avoid a sharp increase in COVID-19 infections, Minister of Trade and Industry Ebrahim Patel said on Friday.The government is taking responsible steps to deliberately reopen the economy in phases, Patel told Parliament’s two committees on trade and industry.But this must be done with the safety of the South African people at the forefront in ways that allow livelihoods to be preserved, while protecting the productive assets of the nation and sustaining as much of the economy as it can, Patel said.He was speaking as the country entered level four restrictions following five weeks of a level five lockdown. Under level four, about 1.5 million people are allowed to return to work in certain economic areas.South Africa, Patel said, does not need to stay at level four for a specific number of weeks but can move rapidly to a lower level should risks be mitigated.The initial return to work will be based on the national level and will progressively be expanded to provincial and district level, enabling workplaces to adapt to the level of infections and healthcare readiness in localities, according to Patel.Should the country avoid a sharp increase in the levels of infections with the return to work of large numbers of workers and expanded testing and healthcare facilities, the economy could shift to level three as soon as possible, Patel said.He emphasised that the COVID-19 pandemic will impact the South African economy in deep ways due to the closure of many companies during level five restrictions.“Work is still underway to establish the extent of the impact,” he said.The estimated impact on the economy varies at the moment, and will be driven by the trajectory of the virus both in South Africa and globally, said Patel.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates that South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) will fall by 5.8 percent in 2020.Patel said the stimulus package worth 500 billion rand (about 26.6 billion U.S. dollars) announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa last month is not an elitist package as it includes the Unemployment Insurance Fund, which is an “absolute lifesaver” for low-level paid workers.Duma Nkosi, Chairperson of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Trade, Industry and Competition, said his committee commends the responsible and decisive manner in which the government is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.“We know that the lives of our people come first, and we will be guided by this principle. At the same time, we recognize the difficulty in the balancing act of keeping our people safe and reopening the economy, as these are interlinked,”he said.Related Central African Republic defense minister sacked amid growing violence South African Defence minister warns mercenaries in Nigeriacenter_img South African finance minister says spy unit was legallast_img read more

Dominica ranks 93 in 2014 Human Development Report

first_img Share 34 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Dominica ranks 93 in 2014 Human Development Report by: – August 2, 2014center_img Tweet Share Dominica has been ranked 93 in the Human Development Report by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for 2014.This means that Dominica has fallen under the High Human Development Category.In the report launched in Tokyo, Japan on July 24, 187 sovereign countries scored on the Human Development Index which scores countries on human development ranking them as having very high, high, medium and low human development.The only Caribbean country ranked in the Very High Human Development category was Cuba coming in at number 44.Bahamas was ranked the highest in the CARICOM ranking 51. Other countries which ranked in the High Human Development Category were Barbados 59, Antigua and Barbuda 61, Trinidad and Togabo 64, St Kitts and Nevis 73, Grenada 79, Belize 84, St Vincent and the Grenadines 91, Jamaica 69, St Lucia 97, Suriname 100 and Dominican Republic 102.Guyana was ranked in the Medium Human Development category at number 121 while Haiti ranked 168 fell under the Low Human Development category.Norway, Australia, Switzerland, Netherlands and the United States were the top 5 in this year’s report.The Human Development Index is scored by looking at facts such as life expectancy at birth and the mean number of years of schooling in a country to gross national income per capita and others.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more