Oldendorff Carriers’ closure…employees stand to receive little despite years of service – UnionAs Oldendorff Carriers prepares to close its operations in Guyana, several plans are being made to work out severance packages for the close to 200 workers who are likely to lose their jobs.Oldendorff operations at the mouth of the Berbice River (Oldendorff image)This move comes as a result of the United States (US) sanctions against Russian Aluminium (Rusal). Oldendorff Carriers is a transshipment company that has operations both in Linden and Berbice.The People’s United and General Workers Union (PU&GWU) said on Monday that it was in the process of submitting to the Natural Resources Ministry a proposed payment package for these workers.The Union said during a meeting with Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman; Minister within the Ministry, Simona Broomes and Union representatives on Monday, a commitment was given by the Government representatives to support reasonable benefits for the Oldendorff workers.Oldendorff had related that it would be closing its operations by June 5 if no major change had occurred in relation to the US sanctions. The Ministry informed that Oldendorff has also declared its intention to pay the workers their severance, but the Union has expressed its concerns over these possible payments.“The PU&GWU informed the Natural Resource Ministers that since acquiring legal status to represent Oldendorff workers in November of 2015, the company has failed to commit to a wages and salary agreement and has continued to impose same on workers,” it said.The PU&GWU, therefore, informed the Ministry that the company had also taken two years before it recognised the Union as the workers’ representative. The Union had sought the support of the last Administration and the current, to hold Oldendorff responsible, but did not receive any.“Our agreement spoke to possible closure of the business, where they would have been required to open an account to place workers’ payments before they left. The agreement also involved the company not being able to move any of its assets until workers were paid off,” it recalled.However, without this collective agreement, the PU&GWU said workers stood to get very little despite their years of service to a company that has been operating in Guyana for some 13 years. The severance pay legal requirements point to means minimal benefits which the Union believes is unacceptable.Nevertheless, the PU&GWU said it would propose the package and the Ministry has promised its support, with the engagement of all parties. The Ministry also informed the Union that there were interested parties who were willing to replace Oldendorff. “The Union has opted to provide the Ministry with information regarding the workers as we advocate for them receiving first preference amongst these new companies.”Another issue raised by the Union is the fact that after several years of operations in Guyana, the company has constantly recorded a loss. Both Ministers have committed to ensuring that that some measures were put in place to address these matters, since it was hard to believe that for the 13 years the company has been in Guyana, it has not managed to make any profit according to its financial records.“In other countries, if after five years a company is making no profit, operations are closed, but Oldendorff remained in Guyana. Minister Trotman did promise to take this particular concern to Cabinet. The Ministry and Oldendorff have planned to meet with staffers in Berbice by the weekend,” the Union added.Ever since the US sanctions against Russian business tycoon Oleg Deripaska, the main owner of the EN+ conglomerate — the co-owner of Rusal — began to sink in, the local operation in Guyana has significantly scaled back on its exportation of bauxite.Rusal is one of the largest aluminium producers in the world, and has operations here in Guyana in the form of the Bauxite Company of Guyana Incorporated (BCGI), employing over 500 persons.According to reports, the sanctions against Rusal have caused aluminium prices to surge, since the sanctions freeze all of the company’s assets under the US jurisdiction.BCGI said recently that it has continuously been monitoring the situation. A senior management official at the company had said that since the news broke, there has not been any change to operations here.
While we’re still waiting for winter to arrive in Los Angeles, on Thursday Punxsutawney Phil will clamber out of his Pennsylvania burrow to predict winter’s duration. If he sees his shadow, six more weeks of winter. If not, break out the flip-flops. In the Bill Murray 1993 screen version, Groundhog Day had less to do with a chubby critter and more to do with a bad day that repeats over and over, a cycle Murray’s character can’t stop until he learns how to get it right. In this respect, it’s quite fitting that this year’s Groundhog Day falls in the midst of the Iranian nuclear “energy” crisis. Not because Phil will emerge to a pack of mad mullahs and run back into his burrow, but because the kerfuffle is looping from one day to the next with the same promises, same threats, same sound bites, and same looming chance of the Islamic Republic having nukes. Here’s a recap of the action (or inaction, as it were): Iran says it can’t live without nuclear energy despite sitting on big fat oil reserves. Iran also wants Israel wiped off the face of the Earth. Everybody except the usual sympathetic suspects puts two and two together and surmises that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and minions are full of horse manure. Thus began the never-ending day. Them: We want to enrich uranium. Us: No. Them: We’re breaking the seals on our enrichment facilities and cranking ’em up. Us: Stop. Them: Try to stop us! Us: We’ll refer you to the U.N. Security Council. Them: We ain’t afraid of no stinkin’ Security Council. Us: But we’ll take you to the Security Council! Reportedly, this is called diplomacy, though it’s a lot closer to dawdling. To throw some spice into Act II, Iran – Holocaust denier to the max – announced it would be holding a Holocaust conference this spring, if for no other reason than to further annoy the Great Satan (us), the Little Satan (Israel) and every Satan in between. A long-dormant offer from Russia was resurrected to process Iran’s uranium for it and ship it back. Nice, but not good enough, Iran said last week, after feigning interest long enough to stall international action even more. (Expect a few more mind-changes.) Iran representatives even took a trip to Security Council veto-wielder China to get friendly, and Ahmadinejad spent a couple of days kibitzing with fellow bad guy Bashar al-Assad in Syria. On Saturday, Iran said it would respond with medium-range missiles if their facilities are attacked – the range being Israel, U.S. bases in the Gulf and Iraq. And what are we – the coalition of those not thrilled by the thought of a nuclear-armed Iran – doing? Depends whom you ask. Kofi Annan and Mohamed ElBaradei have said they don’t expect a speedy decision on Security Council referral from the International Atomic Energy Agency when the “U.N. nuclear watchdog” meets to discuss Iran’s naughtiness on – guess what – Groundhog Day. But like Hans Blix, they’ve made clear that they favor the carrot over the stick, even if Ahmadinejad is ready to whack the West with a two-by-four. On the action-oriented side of the spectrum, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution Friday condemning Iran and supporting Security Council referral. Iran won’t care, but even this symbolic action goes beyond IAEA thumb-twiddling. Israel has seen this movie before, thus is least likely to get caught up in the never-ending negotiation spin. It’s also in the biggest danger. And Iranian opposition groups continue Web campaigns against the regime, and will be rallying against Islamo-fascism on Wednesday in Los Angeles and other cities. In the meantime, everything has been dragging along much in Iran’s favor. Israeli newspaper Haaretz recently reported that an Iranian news site was threatening what many have feared – that a cranky Iran could close the Straits of Hormuz. But wait – Agence France-Presse reported on similar oil-strangulation threats a year ago. It’s so “Groundhog Day.” And in the never-ending game of push and shove, one thing remains to be seen: Does Mahmoud really have the might, or will he run from his own shadow? One thing’s for sure – he’s isolating his country in a dark burrow. Hopefully, like Bill Murray’s “Groundhog” character, we can finally pull our actions out of the rut, do the right thing and wake up to a brand new day. And not Ahmadinejad’s version. Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Embed from Getty ImagesTottenham defender Jan Vertonghen returns for the game at Wembley after being passed fit following an ankle problem.Victor Wanyama therefore drops to the bench with Eric Dier moving into midfield, while Son Heung-min comes in for Erik Lamela.Toby Alderweireld is still unavailable as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury.Huddersfield duo Philip Billing and Chris Lowe have been passed fit after injury and illness respectively and are among the Terriers’ substitutes.Tottenham: Lloris, Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane.Subs: Vorm, Trippier, Rose, Lamela, Wanyama, Sissoko, Moura.Huddersfield: Lossl, Hadergjonaj, Kongolo, Zanka, Schindler, Hogg, Williams, La Parra, Pritchard, Quaner, MounieSubs: Green, Smith, Malone, Billing, Lowe, Depoitre, Ince. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndo
Absa Towers West, located in theJohannesburg CBD, is eco-friendly. Absa executives from left: SiphoMokgoatlheng, Shaheed Hendricksand Sandile Mthiyane.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Ajith BridgrajHead: Marketing and CommunicationsAbsa Group+27 11 350-0838Bongani NkosiThe Absa Campus, located in downtown Johannesburg and home to the bank’s headquarters, consumes at least 12MW of electricity per day – but hardly any of this is drawn from the national grid, which is good news for South Africa’s power utility Eskom.Absa has built has an eco-friendly energy centre to generate its own electricity from low-pressure gas in Towers West, one of eight high-rise blocks of offices on the campus.Power generated from the centre is mostly used between 6.00am and 10.00pm, during which electricity consumption peaks in local businesses. The co-generation scheme used at the centre means that Eskom’s power mainly comes into play at night after 10pm, when the demand for energy is less. This keeps the electricity bill in check.“The energy centre has the capability to power the entire Absa Campus. The campus becomes independent off Eskom’s grid as demand peaks,” Shaheed Hendricks, head of Absa’s corporate real estate services, said in an interview.The energy centre has four gas-powered engines generating a combined 11.2MW of power. Each of the four GE Jenbacher J620 gas generators is enabled to peak at 2.8MW. Diesel units are on standby to generate a further 6MW during an emergency.The gas used in the engines is generated from Egoli Gas, the council-owned natural gas supplier. Absa’s demand magnitude meant it had to install its own pipeline that stretches from Egoli’s location site in Auckland Park, some 6km from the Absa Campus.Egoli Gas has 1 200km of gas pipelines that reach various users around Johannesburg.“There’s a dedicated pipe from Egoli Gas to the Absa Campus. That makes us the biggest user of their services,” said Sandile Mthiyane, Absa’s head of energy. “Because of our energy requirements, we had to have our own dedicated pipe.”Absa’s decision to introduce the gas-generation system at its headquarters was largely driven by power outages experienced in South Africa between 2007 and 2008. The new headquarters were being built during this period.“All the power outages were a major motivator. We were forced to think differently,” said Mthiyane.Minimising its carbon footprint Absa’s decision was also in response to Eskom’s appeal for responsible electricity usage. The utility continues to urge South Africans to do this, with a special focus on high-energy consumers.The surrounding environment is also benefiting from the scheme. Gas emits 40% fewer greenhouse gases compared to coal- or diesel-based generation models.The centre does not emit any smoke or exhaust gas fumes. “Besides reducing our energy consumption, it contributes to the wellbeing of society,” Hendricks said.The carbon footprint of Absa Campus has also been reduced quite significantly, which is enabling the bank to trade carbon credits.CO2 emissions from the campus have been cut from 97 000 tons to 78 000 tons per year.Absa, one of the four major banks in South Africa, is hoping to expand the centre in future by adding two more engines that could generate an extra 6MW.Once this happens, the centre could be able to supply power to neighbouring facilities like the Carlton Centre, which houses Transnet offices and a shopping mall. Residential blocks of flats in the vicinity could also score, and in turn reduce pressure on Eskom’s national grid.“In future we can export power onto the grid,” said Hendricks.Towers West’s energy-efficiencyBesides being home to the energy centre, the Towers West is the greenest building on the campus, and certainly beats all those in the Johannesburg CBD.A number of energy-efficient designs put it above the rest.The 3 000-plus employees working from the campus rely on a heat-recovery steam generator to exploit wasted energy from the gas turbines. It’s harvested and then used for air-conditioning as well as warming up water for showers.“Instead of using electric heaters, we’re capturing exhaust heat from the machines to heat up the air that we use to either cool or warm the building,” Mthiyane said. “We use exhaust heat that would otherwise be wasted.”The roof over the building’s wide atrium is transparent enough for natural light to pierce through, ensuring that there’s no need to use light bulbs.“The building has been designed to capture as much natural light as possible. There’s no chance of leaving light bulbs switched on for 24 hours in Towers West, as lighting has been designed to direct itself.“The lights automatically switch off if there’s no-one in a room. They sense the movement of people in the building.“As soon as you walk into the room, the lights will switch on,” Hendricks said.Now the challenge for Absa is to transfer similar technology to other buildings on the campus, as well as introduce such interventions at many of its branches spread across the country.
(Eds: Recasting overnight story)New Delhi, Dec 13 (PTI) The construction work of a sports complex in south Delhis Dwarka would begin shortly, the DDA Sports Management Board has decided.A meeting of the board, chaired by Lieutenant Governor (LG) and DDA Chairman Anil Baijal, was held at the Raj Niwas here.”Work on construction of a new sports complex at Sector- 17, Dwarka would be started shortly,” the DDA said in a statement yesterday.It was also decided at the meeting that all the facilities at the DDA sports complexes would be made differently-abled-friendly on priority.”The football grounds in the DDA sports complexes would be converted into synthetic turfs for a more intensive use of these facilities due to the rising demand for football fields in Delhi. The grounds in the Siri Fort Sports Complex would initially be converted as a pilot project,” it said.The DDA has also decided to facilitate the utilisation of the facilities at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.”Individuals, who have taken the three-month temporary membership of the complex 10 times in the last five years, will be eligible for an annual tenure membership.”The annual tenure membership will be renewable and after taking this for at least 10 times, individuals will be eligible for applying for a lifetime membership, subject to the assessment of the capacity of the complex,” the statement read.The rates for the one-year tenure membership, including dependants, would be Rs 5,000 for the government category applicants and Rs 8,000 for those in the non-government category.advertisementIt was also decided that the existing swimming pools would be renovated and their depth reduced to 1.35 mtr for public safety.An in-principle approval has also been given to develop a state-of-the-art basketball centre with four courts, equipped with locker rooms, toilets, spectator sitting and proper lighting facilities at the Yamuna Sports Complex in Surajmal Vihar.”Delhis first proper Skate Park with facilities for skating, roller figure skating, roller hockey, a speed-skating track and a separate rink for skateboards and BMX cycles would also be developed at the complex,” the statement added.An in-principle approval was also given to develop a golf driving range at the CWG Village Sports Complex, near Akshardham, it said. PTI KND RC ANB
U17 World Cup U17 World Cup: Henry Menezes – National team is providing players for clubs, it should be the way around Goal Last updated 2 years ago 05:45 10/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Goal U17 World Cup India U17 v Colombia U17 India U17 Colombia U17 The former India goalkeeper was pleased with the performance of the India U17 team against USMNT… India went down 3-0 to USMNT in their Group A opener of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup on Friday.Henry Menezes, who is part of the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) Technical Committee, heaped praise on coach Luis Norton de Matos for ensuring that the team putting in a fighting display.“The scoreline could have been 2-1 in our favour. I think the substitutions made the difference especially in attack with Rahim Ali and Nongdamba Naorem coming in. The goalkeeper’s positional sense was good,” said Menezes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. With the most of the boys in the Indian team coming from the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) Academy and Scouting Project, Menezes pointed that clubs need to play an important role in future for the development of players.“Right now, it’s the Indian team which is providing players to the clubs. It must be the other way around. The clubs need to have a scouting system, junior team and look to work on the development on a day-to-day basis,” he mentioned.At least six districts in Maharashtra run age group competitions with over 120 teams participating. Menezes stated that it’s only a handful of states who take age group competitions seriously.“I think we must make it mandatory that if you do not conduct age group competitions in your state, you wouldn’t be allowed to play in the nationals. It’s similar to how the clubs who do not have a junior teams aren’t allowed to participate in the I-League as per the licensing criterion.”
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Topaz, October 1, 2013 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 Print Close My location zoom Topaz Energy and Marine, a global offshore support vessel owner with key operations in the Middle East and Caspian today announced the appointment of Pernille Fabricius as Chief Financial Officer. Mrs. Fabricius’ career spans 25 years and she joins Topaz from her position as CFO of DAMCO, a global logistics division of the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group. DAMCO has revenues of approximately EUR 3,5bn and circa 20,000 employees in over 100 countries.Mrs. Fabricius has held significant international executive positions in her previous career, both at Board- and C-suite levels, at the TMF Group, a global service provider within HR services, legal services and financial services, and the TNS Group, a media and analysis business listed on the London Stock Exchange as well as SVP in the ISS Group.Mrs. Fabricius is originally educated as Cand.Merc.Aud from the Copenhagen Business School and has subsequently achieved a MBA, a MSc in finance and a LLM in European Union Law.
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has decided to crack down on the rampant installation of water vending machines in different parts of the city.The decision comes in the wake of reports of people suffering from water-borne diseases, particularly in the added areas of the city. The companies that set up such machines for their promotional advertisement provide cold drinking water but hardly take up maintenance of these facilities and as a Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durgaresult the water quality deteriorates after a certain period of time. “The respective local councillors will keep an eye on such water machines. The companies which will install such machines will have to sign an MoU with the Water Supply department of KMC, stating that they will have to carry out periodical maintenance of these machines at least for a period of five years. We cannot compromise with the quality of drinking water,” said Mayor Firhad Hakim. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersIt may be mentioned that waterborne diseases like jaundice and diarrhea break out at a few pockets in the city every year. Baghajatin and its adjacent areas have witnessed some people getting affected by jaundice recently. The KMC had tested both their underground and overground water supply pipelines and did not find any contamination there. They believe that packaged water or water from other sources might have contributed to the disease. The deep tubewells in the city, particularly in the added areas, is another cause of worry with as many as 132 tubewells out of a total of 369 in the city being located in Borough X of the civic body. “We are increasing the capacity of our water treatment plants at Garden Reach and Dhapa. A capsule booster pumping station is coming up at ward 99 to ensure that potable drinking water reaches the tail end,” Hakim said. Last month, some cases of jaundice were reported from ward 99, 100 and 92. The KMC had collected water samples from various sources in these wards and coliform bacteria were found in a number of samples. However, the KMC has not been able to detect the actual problematic source of water that resulted in jaundice.
New Delhi: The keenly-contested Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) polls witnessed a 67.9 per cent voter turnout on Friday, believed to be the highest in seven years, even as the Delhi High Court ordered a stay on the announcement of results.Last year, the polling percentage was 67.8. The JNUSU poll committee accused the Dean of Students of “interfering” in the election process by entering the polling venue when the first phase of voting was underway. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOf the 8,488 registered voters, 5,762 cast their votes. In 2017 and 2016, the voting percentage was 59. In 2015, the it was 55. In 2013 and 2014, the percentage hovered around 55 while in 2012, the voter turnout was 60 per cent. The Delhi High Court ordered a stay on Friday on the declaration of the poll results till September 17, when it will take up the matter again. “It is directed that the declaration of the final results shall be subject to further orders to be passed by this court. Further, the university is directed not to notify the results till the next date of hearing,” the court said in its order. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe JNU election committee said it was yet to take a final decision on counting of votes following the high court order. The results were supposed to be declared on September 8. A total of 14 candidates are in the fray for the election, for which the first phase of polling was held from 9.30 am to 1 pm and the second phase from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm. The counting of votes is supposed to commence from 9 pm. “The chairman of the university’s Grievance Redressal Cell (GRC), who is also the Dean of Students’ Affairs, interfered in the election process by coming inside the polling venue. This is a clear violation of the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations and also of a high court order,” JNU Election Committee chairperson Shashank Patel said. He, however, did not comment on the action taken by the poll panel on the violation. The Dean of Students, Umesh Kadam, did not respond to calls and messages for a comment on the issue. As polling was underway, supporters of various political outfits were seen flocking outside the voting centres and raising slogans.