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News / Fringe benefits to air freight throttle back as US west coast port congestion eases

first_img The impact on air freight from the west coast port congestion is beginning to ease off, although forwarders are reporting that capacity remains tight between Asia Pacific and the US.The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach broke container volume records in March – the latter saw volumes rise 32%, while Los Angeles enjoyed a 17.3% rise as they work through the backlog of cargo.But a senior European air freight forwarder told The Loadstar that air cargo was still benefiting from the continued congestion.“There is still a four to six-week backlog and we are still seeing an effect on the supply chain from Asia Pacific,” he said. By Alex Lennane 17/04/2015 “We are still finding some capacity constraints on flights to New  York, Chicago, Dallas and also Miami, to a certain extent. Some of our Asian offices are using Europe as a transit hub for flights into the US.”Cathay Pacific yesterday announced its figures for March, which, while strong on the transpacific, showed a return to more normal volumes, something it attributed to weakness in Europe. Combined with sister airline Dragonair, the Hong Kong carrier saw revenue tonne km rise 2.4% on a 1.5% increase in volumes.“Air freight demand was generally robust throughout March, helped by the month-end and quarter-end production rush out of the key manufacturing cities in Mainland China,” said Mark Sutch, Cathay’s general manager cargo sales & marketing.“Once again the main focus of our business was on the transpacific lanes, with traffic into and out of North America spurred by the continuing congestion in sea ports on the west coast of the US. Demand to Europe remained below expectations, with business affected by the ongoing economic woes and the depreciation of the euro.”The west coast port backlog is expected to be cleared by mid-May, according to market sources.Port of Los Angeles executive director Gene Seroka said: “March container volumes were robust as our terminals worked aggressively to clear the backlog of vessels. The number of ships waiting at anchor has reduced significantly, labour levels are strong and our container terminals are extremely active. We continue to work on a series of initiatives to improve efficiencies throughout the supply chain.”In a statement, Port of Long Beach noted it was also trying to solve its congestion problems.“March numbers increased after terminal operators and dockworkers agreed to a tentative contract settlement at the end of February. At the same time, a new system to pool the chassis truckers use to haul cargo was launched to ease equipment shortages.“Activity ramped up as the terminals and labour force significantly cleared the backlog of cargo that had built up over several months of congestion.”last_img read more

News / Spades finally get dirty as Elbe deepening gets under way after 13 years

first_img The Elbe deepening project finally got under way yesterday, following years of delay which saw the port of Hamburg tumble down the European port rankings.The two-year project involves dredging the lower and outer sections of the river to a tide-independent depth of 13.5 metres and constructing a 385-metre passing point for vessels.On LinkedIn, Deme Group, responsible for the project, said: “And off we go! After a symbolic push on the button, our trailing suction hopper dredger Scheldt River kicked off the works, which should be completed early 2021.”Deme GroupDredging the river has become essential to the future of Hamburg as a hub port in recent years, with the increasing size of ships being deployed by carriers.Calculations suggest the deepening could see vessels calling at Hamburg exchange an extra 1,800 teu per visit, although some ULCVs now have a maximum draught of up to 16 metres.Executive board member of Hapag-Lloyd Maximilian Rothkopf said: “The port of Hamburg will become much more attractive for customers.”In terms of box volumes, no carrier has a larger footprint at the German port than Hapag-Lloyd, moving some 22% of total port volumes, roughly 1.9m teu. And that number climbs when the volumes of its alliance partners are included, equating to 3.9m teu or some 45% of total port volumes.“Once the relevant work has been completed, the world’s largest containerships will be able to reach the city of Hamburg with virtually no limitations,” Mr Rothkopf said. “In addition to container liner shipping companies, this will ultimately also benefit customers worldwide, whose cargo will reach the port more easily and quickly.”After 11 years of legal hurdles, Germany’s Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig gave a go-ahead of sorts – but a further two years were required to redraw the original 2006 plans.The amended project was finally approved last year after a series of measures were added to mitigate the various environmental concerns that had led to much litigation.It came as a welcome boost for the port, which had seen Antwerp overtake it and entrench itself as the second-busiest gateway in north Europe. But Hapag-Lloyd remained loyal.Mr Rothkopf said: “Our clear commitment to our home port of Hamburg remains unchanged. Hamburg offers us outstanding infrastructure and excellent hinterland connections – be it through a unique railway network or very good European motorway connections.“This is another reason why we recently decided to relocate a large part of our North Atlantic services from Bremerhaven to Hamburg.” By Alexander Whiteman 24/07/2019last_img read more

Brain scans may change care for some people with memory loss

first_img In small Alzheimer’s study, hints of modest benefit from unusual drug Related: “We’re not accurate enough,” said Dr. Gil Rabinovici of the University of California, San Francisco, who is leading the new research.“Patients know there’s something wrong. Often they can sense in their gut that it’s not normal aging,” he added. Without a clear-cut test, “doctors are very reluctant to make the diagnosis in many cases.”advertisement Their brains had the telltale signs of Alzheimer’s. So why did they still have nimble minds? Associated Press HealthBrain scans may change care for some people with memory loss Related: More intriguing, just 54 percent of the MCI patients had amyloid build-up, putting them at higher risk for later Alzheimer’s. For the rest, “Alzheimer’s disease was effectively ruled out, so it’s something else,” Rabinovici said.The early findings don’t prove PETs affect health outcomes.But the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services helped plan the research and insisted on this midpoint check to be sure the study should continue, said Maria Carrillo, the Alzheimer’s Association’s chief medical officer. Researchers also will compare the 18,000 study participants with Medicare records of similar patients who didn’t get PET scans, seeking final evidence of benefit.“To get that right diagnosis, that’s really important,” said Cynthia Guzman of Napa, California, whose initial Alzheimer’s diagnosis was ruled out in an earlier PET scan study.Guzman had unusual fluctuating memory problems. Some days she functioned normally. Others, she’d stop her car at a stop sign without knowing how she got there or where she was going. Eventually, tremors and hallucinations led specialists to conclude she has Lewy body dementia. Knowing, Guzman said, has allowed her to avoid a list of common medications that could worsen her symptoms. Yet it’s not clear how best to use the new amyloid-detecting scans, which can cost up to $6,000. They can rule out Alzheimer’s if there’s little amyloid. But cognitively healthy seniors can harbor amyloid, too, and Medicare won’t pay for the new scans outside of a few research studies.One of those is the IDEAS study, which is testing the impact of amyloid-detecting PET scans in more than 18,000 Medicare beneficiaries. To enroll, patients either must have atypical dementia with an unclear cause — or have particularly puzzling “mild cognitive impairment,” or MCI, early memory problems that raise the risk of later developing dementia. Researchers check if doctors’ initially recorded treatment plans — medications, counseling or additional testing — were altered by patients’ PET results.That happened in about two-thirds of the cases, according to preliminary findings from nearly 4,000 patients who were the first to enroll.Most changes involved medications that can temporarily ease Alzheimer’s symptoms, said Rabinovici, who presented the findings at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London. The PET scans found 70 percent of the dementia patients indeed had amyloid build-up, pointing out those who might benefit from those drugs and those who won’t. ‘I just want to reboot my brain’: How dementia gripped Robin Williams center_img While any treatment changes today may be modest, researchers are hunting drugs that eventually might at least slow Alzheimer’s rather than just treat symptoms, more impetus for a precise diagnosis.“We all hope for a day when this will be critically important,” said Dr. Richard Hodes, director of the National Institute on Aging, who wasn’t involved with the IDEAS study.For now, in addition to people who qualify for the IDEAS study, the Alzheimer’s Association and Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging say:—Unusually young dementia patients, younger than 65, also might be candidates for a PET scan.—The scans shouldn’t be used as a screening tool for people without symptoms or who worry they’re at risk.—Nor are they for people who can be diagnosed by standard means, or to determine disease severity. By Associated Press July 19, 2017 Reprints R. Scott Turner points to PET scan results that are part of a study on Alzheimer’s disease at Georgetown University Hospital. Evan Vucci/AP About the Author Reprints — Lauran Neergaard Until a few years ago, amyloid build-up could only be seen during autopsies. Older types of PET scans show what region of the brain appears most affected, of limited help. Related: WASHINGTON — Does it really take an expensive brain scan to diagnose Alzheimer’s? Not everybody needs one but new research suggests that for a surprising number of patients whose memory problems are hard to pin down, PET scans may lead to changes in treatment.The findings, reported Wednesday, mark a first peek at a huge study under way to help determine if Medicare should start paying for specialized PET scans that find a hallmark of Alzheimer’s — a sticky plaque called amyloid.Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, and classic symptoms plus memory tests often are enough for a reliable diagnosis. But unusual symptoms could mark another form of dementia that, while there are no cures, could require different symptom care. And on the other end of the spectrum, it’s hard to tell if mild memory loss might be an early Alzheimer’s signal, a more treatable condition such as depression, or even age-related decline.advertisementlast_img read more

Rosenallis GAA to host their second ever fashion show

first_img Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Community Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Facebook Twitter Pinterest Community Jim O’Brien will be returning to Rosenallis to MC the upcoming fashion show. Picture: Alf Harvey. Rosenallis GAA are looking forward to hosting their second ever fashion show on Friday, September 28.Watch the senior hurlers and footballers strut their stuff down the catwalk and turn a few heads, all for the cause of course.Some of the brands involved on the night are; No 1 Boutique Margaret Bradford, Zara, Penneys, Guy Clothing, DS Sport, Shaws, AJ Flynn and Sparkles Mountmellick.A moment in time One of our own intrepid reporters might also be taking to the runway and is hoping to bring the same glam as she did way back in 2008.The fashion show is aid of the development of Rosenallis’s second pitch, which they recently began works on.MC for the evening will be the Limerick man who has a huge grá for all things Rosenallis having lived there for a number of years, Jim O’Brien.Doors open in the Community Hall, Rosenallis, at 7.15pm and the show begins at 7.45pm. Tickets for the event cost €10.SEE ALSO – Eddie Brennan’s backroom team is revealed while new Laois U-20 hurling manager is also named Home Lifestyle Rosenallis GAA to host their second ever fashion show LifestyleOut and About Pinterest TAGSRosenallis GAA Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleFor Sale: 16 acres of ‘excellent land in majestic setting’Next article‘What we’re building now are ghettos,’ Laois councillor warns of housing crisis Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Rosenallis GAA to host their second ever fashion show By Alan Hartnett – 21st September 2018 WhatsApp Council New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official openinglast_img read more

Ottawa, Ontario create new venture capital fund of funds

first_img The fund’s initial closing of $217.5 million in commitments includes $145 million from institutional and corporate investors, and $36.3 million from each of the federal government and the Ontario provincial government. The fund has an overall target size of $300 million. The initial investors in the fund include: all of the big six banks, BDC Capital Inc., Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Ontario Capital Growth Corp., and OpenText Corp. Ontario and the federal government have also agreed to make a combined capital commitment of $1 for every $2 committed by private sector investors to the new fund, up to a maximum of $50 million each. The fund will seek additional investors to reach its target size of $300 million, and anticipates holding a second closing later this year. The fund, which is managed by Northleaf Capital Partners, will invest primarily in Canada-focused early-stage and mid-stage venture capital funds, and directly in companies, with the goal of maximizing returns. Northleaf was selected as the general partner by the lead investors in the fund following a selection process led by an expert panel that was appointed by Flaherty. Back in January 2013, the federal government embarked on its Venture Capital Action Plan to help revitalize venture investment in Canada with a $400 million commitment to establishing new venture funds and funds of funds that will be privately managed. At the same time, it has pledged to scrap federal tax credits for labour-sponsored venture capital corporations by 2017. “The new fund being announced today will increase the supply of capital and other resources that high-growth firms require to reach their potential, and create jobs and growth,” said Flaherty. VC investment program gets $450-million budget pledge The federal government today announced the creation of a new fund of funds as part of its plan to help revive the venture capital industry in Canada. Finance minister Jim Flaherty announced the creation of the Northleaf Venture Catalyst Fund, which is the first private sector-led fund of funds created as part of the federal government’s plan to catalyze venture investment. Related news Providing funding and inspiration for Black entrepreneurs James Langton center_img Wealthsimple raising $750 million in latest financing deal, valuation hits $5 billion Keywords Venture capital Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Gov’t Setting up Food Safety Agency

first_imgGov’t Setting up Food Safety Agency UncategorizedJuly 6, 2007 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Registrar of the Pesticides Control Authority (PCA), Hyacinth Chin-Sue, has said that the government is in the process of setting up a food safety agency, which will ensure that food produced in the country is safe for export and local consumption.The move, she said, is part of measures being implemented by the government to protect citizens from the undesirable effects of the misuse of pesticides and other chemicals.Mrs. Chin-Sue, who was addressing a pesticide sensitization meeting recently in Spring Hill, Portland, also pointed out that mechanisms are being put in place to coordinate the country’s food inspection programme, and also to ensure that food entering Jamaica is safe from contamination by pesticides and other chemicals.Other countries, she indicated, had established methods for the testing of imported food and other products, to protect their populations from the dangers of pesticides and other chemicals.She made a special appeal to the farming community to adhere to the guidelines regarding the use of pesticides, to reduce the threat to locals and visitors, and to ensure the safety of produce for export.The community meeting was part of an islandwide public education campaign being carried out by the PCA, to promote the safe use of pesticides and other chemicals, in an effort to reduce the health risks.Spring Hill is the third community in Portland in which meetings have been held so far, with the others being Hope Bay and Fair Prospect. RelatedGov’t Setting up Food Safety Agency RelatedGov’t Setting up Food Safety Agencycenter_img RelatedGov’t Setting up Food Safety Agency Advertisementslast_img read more

Budget and Plan being Worked on to Accommodate Haitians… Says Minister Vaz

first_imgRelatedBudget and Plan being Worked on to Accommodate Haitians… Says Minister Vaz Budget and Plan being Worked on to Accommodate Haitians… Says Minister Vaz InformationJanuary 20, 2010 RelatedBudget and Plan being Worked on to Accommodate Haitians… Says Minister Vaz RelatedArchives Critical to Jamaica’s Historycenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A comprehensive budget is being worked on and a plan is being developed by the Jamaica Constabulary Force in conjunction with the Ministry of National Security to deal with any influx of Haitians to Jamaican shores.Minister with responsibility for Information, Daryl Vaz was responding to journalists today (Jan 20) at the weekly Post Cabinet Press Briefing at Jamaica House about the possibility of Haitians fleeing their earthquake ravaged country.Minister Vaz said there was an influx of Haitians in the island on a previous occasion and a template was in place to deal with the situation. The Minister added that the important thing is to receive them and get them to a holding place.“Negotiations are taking place in relation to a facility in east Portland. I’m expecting to get a full report based on the discussions that are taking place and the plan that is being devised”, the Minister added.He said that the police and military are on high alert but there have been no official reports of any Haitians landing in the island since last Tuesday’s earthquake. Minister Vaz said that all precautions will be taken to protect Jamaica’s boundaries and citizens. Advertisementslast_img read more

Astronomy Day Celebration To Be Held At CU Planetarium And Observatory April 12

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: April 7, 2008 Fiske Planetarium and Sommers-Bausch Observatory will celebrate National Astronomy Day on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus on Saturday, April 12, with an array of hands-on family-oriented activities.Most of the educational events will run from noon to 7 p.m., with some continuing through 10 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.Astronomy Day is intended to bring astronomy to the public and is an annual event celebrated at planetariums, observatories and astronomy clubs around the world, according to Suzanne Traub-Metlay, education programs manager at Fiske Planetarium.The actual date of National Astronomy Day is May 10, which is after CU-Boulder commencement. The campus is celebrating the event at an earlier date to allow CU students to participate.Throughout the day April 12, observatory staff members will be available to talk about optics, light and color, spectroscopy and other astronomy topics. Beginning at 8 p.m., visitors will be able to view the night sky with observatory telescopes, weather permitting, according to Keith Gleason, manager of CU’s Sommers-Bausch Observatory. Members of the Boulder Astronomy and Space Society will be at the observatory to discuss astronomy with visitors throughout the day.The planetarium will host live star talks, a visual tour of Hubble Space Telescope images set to music and other activities. The Planetary Society, Secure World Foundation and Students for the Exploration and Development of Space will have information booths at Fiske Planetarium. Visitors will be able to purchase food from vendors on the lawn outside the planetarium.The planetarium also will host several activities tied to “Rocket Boys,” the Homer Hickam memoir featured by “One Book One Boulder County.” CU-Boulder’s Science Discovery staff will lead balloon-rocket launches hourly between noon and 4 p.m. At 4 p.m., author Mike Moore will read from his book “Twilight War,” and will introduce a free showing of the movie “October Sky” at 5 p.m. in the planetarium.National Astronomy Day is co-sponsored by Astronomy magazine and Meade Telescopes, who are donating prizes including an 80 mm computerized telescope. The drawing to win the telescope will be held at 8 p.m. in the planetarium during a free live concert by Boulder artists mindSpiral.Fiske Planetarium and Sommers-Bausch Observatory are located on Regent Drive at Kittridge Loop Drive on the CU-Boulder campus. For more information call 303-492-5002 or visit or read more

Telenor agrees €2.8B CEE exit

first_img Previous ArticleWhatsApp founder rounds on FacebookNext ArticleVerizon seeks clearance for 3.5GHz trials Home Telenor agrees €2.8B CEE exit Related AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 21 MAR 2018 Author Chris Donkin Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Telenor agreed to sell its mobile operations across four countries in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) to investment company PPF Group for €2.8 billion, as the operator continues attempts to transform its business.The deal comprises Telenor’s units in Hungary, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Serbia and Telenor Common Operation – its network and IT business in the region.Telenor is the market leader in Montenegro and is the second largest operator in the other three markets by connections, GSMA Intelligence Q4 2017 figures showed. During 2017, the businesses contributed 9 per cent of the company’s total revenue.PPF Group holds a number of assets across the CEE region, including Bulgarian broadcast company Nova Broadcasting Group and O2 Czech Republic. In a statement, the group’s telecoms chief Ladislav Bartonicek said its latest buy was part of a plan to become a mid-sized European operator.The deal – which is subject to regulatory approvals – follows an unsolicited approach to Telenor in late January, amid speculation a number of companies were lining up a move for the units. Telenor expects the transaction to complete in Q3.Most of the agreed price will be paid upfront, with €400 million paid in installments across four years. Telenor intends to use some of the funds for a special shareholder dividend.Business transformationAlthough Telenor maintained the approach for the businesses was unsolicited, the sale fits with its strategy to “simplify its business”, focusing on core assets and digitalisation to cut costs and improve efficiency.Telenor CEO Sigve Brekke said: “With the sale of our CEE assets, we take an important step in simplifying and focusing Telenor’s portfolio on the regions where we see the strongest potential for value creation. Following this transaction, Telenor’s footprint will consist of integrated fixed and mobile operations in Scandinavia, and strong mobile positions in Asia.”The company last week announced the sale of a 45 per cent stake in mobile money subsidiary Telenor Microfinance Bank for €150 million. Telenor books loss on $780M Myanmar write-off Telenor advances multi-vendor SA 5G Telenor, Axiata plot Malaysian merger Tags Sigve BrekkeTelenorlast_img read more

Niantic raises $245M

first_img Saleha Riaz Pokemon Go shakes off lockdown with record revenue Previous ArticleWeak iPhone sales to cause Apple hiring cutbacksNext ArticleGoogle sinks $40M into Fossil smartwatch tech Pokemon Go maker Niantic raised $245 million in a Series C financing round, which it will use to develop new games and expand its augmented reality (AR) and machine learning initiatives.The latest funding brings its valuation to nearly $4 billion and comes just two weeks after the company closed a $190 million equity sale.Niantic, which is working on a new game based on the Harry Potter franchise, said in a statement it will “utilise the capital to maintain its lead in AR experiences by investing in advanced AR capabilities, machine learning, the Niantic Real World Platform, and continuing to broaden its game offerings”.Niantic Real World Platform is an operating system which powers the company’s games and will eventually be made widely available to all developers.“We continue to be focused on delivering on our mission of bringing people together through experiences that marry advanced technology and the real world,” said John Hanke, Niantic co-founder and CEO.“This funding round adds financial and strategic support as we focus on doubling down on that mission with our platform, and building upon the popularity we’ve established in recent years as we grow our portfolio and offerings,” he added.The round was led by venture capital firm IVP, with additional investment from aXiomatic Gaming, Battery Ventures, Causeway Media Partners, CRV, and Samsung Ventures. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back NianticPokemon Go Home Niantic raises $245M Author Relatedcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 17 JAN 2019 Pokémon Go consigue ingresos récord durante el confinamiento Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more Apps Tags Niantic, Nintendo agree AR apps pushlast_img read more