CARICOM to push positions on key issues as COP21 enters second week

first_imgThe need for an Internationally legally binding agreement;A long-term temperature goal of below 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels;Loss and damage to be included as a separate and distinct element from Adaptation in the agreementA strong commitment by developed countries to scale up financingSpecial circumstances of Small Island and Low-lying developing States recognisedThe REDD Plus agreement should be anchored in the agreementProvisions to support the adaptation needs of vulnerable developing countries >#CARICOMatCOP21, Paris France: CARICOM Ministers of Government and Negotiators met Monday to set the stage for a final push in negotiations around several key issues at COP 21 in Paris, France.The Region has strong negotiating positions on several key issues, including: CARICOM Climate Change Ministers meet to chart way forward CARICOM, Australia strengthen ties Mar 10, 2016 A final agreement is expected by Friday 11 December. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… You may be interested in… After successful COP 21 CARICOM Climate Change Ministers… Feb 12, 2016 Feb 12, 2016 Jul 5, 2016 Suriname President encourages Region to diversify economic… Ensure implementation of Paris Agreement provisionsCaribbean Community (CARICOM) Chairman, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart of Barbados, on Tuesday applauded the historic adoption of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and called for its provisions to be implemented. The task now is to ensure that the provisions of this legally-binding Agreement are implemented.  The international community must now retain…December 15, 2015In “Barbados”CARICOM negotiators push key issues as COP 21 releases draft agreementAs negotiators review a preliminary draft agreement issued Wednesday at the UN Climate Change conference, COP 21, in Paris, CARICOM Ministers and Heads of delegations are pressing for outstanding concerns to be adequately represented in the final outcome agreement, due on Friday. At the top of the list is the…December 9, 2015In “CARICOM”Strong regional collaboration credited for CARICOM’s successful Climate Change campaign  CARICOM’s well prepared and experienced team of negotiators, and a focused, unified campaign, helped the Caribbean Community get its red line climate change issues all represented in the final Agreement at the just ended Climate Change conference, COP 21, in Paris, France. And, CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has…December 18, 2015In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Jemez Mountains Electric Co-op Building For Future

first_imgConstruction underway at Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative, Inc. Photo by James R. Mountain/valleydailypost.comInterim General Manager Andrew J. Chavez shows a rendering of the Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative, Inc. construction project. Photo by James R. Mountain/ By JAMES R. MOUNTAINValley Daily PostJemez Mountains Electric Cooperative, Inc. broke ground in May on new buildingConstruction of a new home for the Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative, Inc. (JMEC) is well underway.JMEC was finally able to break ground in the spring after concluding a Request for Proposal process that was vetted back to May of 2017 and awarded to general contractor Bradbury Stamm Construction for the design-build of the new facility. Several changes occurred in May at JMEC with the beginning of construction and the appointment of Interim General Manager Andrew J. Chavez.Chavez took over after GM Donna Montoya-Trujillo submitted her resignation in early May. Chavez brings several years of experience as an employee at JMEC including serving for 11 years as director of Information Technology. Taking on the interim role of GM, Chavez expressed his excitement with the projects and forward path of JMEC.“I certainly look forward to the future of Jemez Mountain Electric Cooperative, the undertakings of the Board, the quality of services, and the affordable services JMEC provides in power,” he said.  The Valley Daily Post recently visited with Chavez and toured construction progress on the new building to replace the outdated facility.“The original building has served its purpose. A new building is well deserved for the community,” Chavez said.The new 2-story building will encompass approximately 31,000 square feet and house updated facilities and the appropriate technological infrastructure necessary to best service JMEC customers into the future. The completion date is scheduled for the end of summer 2020.Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative (JMEC) was founded in 1947. The co-op began as a small hydropower generating station in Jemez Springs serving three families. Today, JMEC is the largest electric co-op in the state serving consumers in the five counties of Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, San Juan, McKinley and Sandoval. The current building was engineered and built in 1960.last_img read more

Norway: Workers Evacuated from Tilted Rig

first_imgSixty-three workers have been evacuated as the semisubmersible rig, Island Innovator, began taking on water earlier today. One worker has been slightly injured, local news portal Bergens Tidende reports.Apparently the incident occurred during work on the hull of the rig. The water was entering the pump room of the rig instead of going into the ballast tanks, which caused tilting of the rig for four degrees.Gisle Johanson, Director of Communications at Odfjell Drilling, said to Bergens Tidende, that the incident is under investigation, and that it is important to find out what went wrong and learn from it, in order to prevent something similar from happening in the future.The rig, owned by Stavanger-based Marine Accurate Well ASA and operated by Odfjell Drilling, arrived at Bergen Group’s yard at Hanoytangen for some additional work and testing and it was supposed to head to the North Sea for drilling work.The Island Innovator was built by COSCO shipyard and delivered in September 2012.The rig operator, Odfjell Drilling, reported that the inlet has been plugged and the rig stabilized by the ballasting system. Further work is done to secure and normalize the situation on the rig.[mappress]World Maritime News Staff, May 31, 2013last_img read more

LNG terminal boosts Klaipedos Nafta’s May revenue

first_imgKlaipedos Nafta, the operator of Lithuania’s first LNG terminal, said that during May 2015 430 thousand MWh of the natural gas were re-regasified and supplied to the natural gas transmission system.The preliminary sales revenues of the company’s LNG terminal for May 2015 comprise EUR 5.4 million, which is equal to the one-twelfth of the sum of necessary LNG terminal operation costs and return on investments into LNG terminal infrastructure for the year 2015, Klaipedos Nafta informed in a statement.The company informed that its total preliminary revenue for the first five months of 2015 comprise EUR 45.2 million while for the same period of 2014 it was EUR 14.5 million.[mappress mapid=”16926″]LNG World News Staff; Image: Höegh LNGlast_img read more

Building on Flickr: Allies and Morrison’s office

first_imgGet your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited accesslast_img read more

Cargolux promotes Jiang

first_imgJiang joined Cargolux in 2000 as sales and reservations officer in Shanghai, before advancing to sales manager in 2004. In 2008, she was appointed district manager, Shanghai and six years later took on the role of regional manager, central and eastern China.In her new role, Jiang will be responsible for Cargolux’s stations in Beijing and Xiamen, as well as all new developments for the airline in China – a market that the company has pinpointed as one of its main areas for growth and expansion.HLPFI reported in January that the airline’s board of directors had approved an investment of USD77 million for Cargolux China – a new joint venture Chinese cargo airline based in Zhengzhou.  www.cargolux.comlast_img read more

Matthew McConaughey delivers free Thanksgiving turkeys to families

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. (CBS NEWS) With a grin on his face and a frozen turkey in hand, Matthew McConaughey slowly made his way up a stranger’s driveway — ready to surprise a family ahead of Thanksgiving.He knocked on the door, and a group of seven women answered.“Come here, come here, come here,” said McConaughey, waving the women over to the front door. “How you doing? You know what this is? It’s a turkey.”They circled around the Oscar-winning actor as he explained why he was there.“We’re delivering turkeys … and y’all were on my list,” McConaughey said.McConaughey, a spokesman for the Wild Turkey Distillery, traveled around Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, along with 250 volunteers to pass out 4,500 Butterball frozen turkeys on Saturday, which also happened to be the actor’s 48th birthday.“I feel thankful and just overall grateful. [He] gave up his own birthday to help out,” Carrie, who preferred to be identified by first name only, told CBS News. “I think that makes it even more incredible. My little town will never be the same.”Carrie, a 24-year-old Lawrenceburg native, and her mother met McConaughey as he was out and about Saturday. He happily agreed to pose for pictures with the pair.“Amazing, to say the least,” Carrie said of the encounter.A video of McConaughey surprising screaming fans with free turkeys went viral Saturday with more than 1 million views on Facebook.“Thank you so much for the turkey,” Brittany Perkins commented on the post. “I am so blessed to get one.”“Thank you for the turkey we received today. Your generosity warms my heart,” Cynthia Benham-Watson added.McConaughey said he was more than happy to “put some smiles on some faces” by delivering turkeys to people in the town who needed them.“We’re taking turkeys for Thanksgiving — Thanksgiving, gratitude,” McConaughey. “We believe in our family that the more you’re thankful for, the more you’re going to show gratification for, the more you’re going to create in your life to be thankful for. I think it’s kind of scientific, and here is kind of living proof of it.” Published: November 8, 2017 11:03 PM EST Matthew McConaughey delivers free Thanksgiving turkeys to families SHARElast_img read more

Claimant lawyers will lose £81m a year as insurers pocket huge windfall – MoJ

first_imgClaimant lawyers could experience a combined annual £80m loss in fee income after personal injury reforms come into force, the government estimates.  The Ministry of Justice yesterday published an impact assessment (IA) for the Civil Liability Bill in which it is forecast that £32m will be lost from claims that will no longer proceed. A further £49m is likely to be stripped from firms’ revenues where claims proceed but without the claimant having legal representation. The legislation, due to be read in the House of Lords on 24 April, introduces tariffs for RTA claims and will be implemented alongside a new £5,000 small claims limit. Both measures would effectively take lawyers out of the system. Costs will no longer be recoverable and damages payments will be significantly reduced. The IA says: ‘It has been assumed that the loss in revenue will be offset by a reduction in the work conducted.  Therefore it has been assumed that claimant lawyers would be able to redirect their resources for productive uses elsewhere in the economy.’ The government estimates that HM Revenue & Customs will lose around £140m if there is a reduction in claims and an increase in claimants without legal representation, while the NHS will lose around £6m a year because it can no longer recover costs from the at-fault insurer in some cases. While defendant insurers may incur around £19m in extra costs for more medical reports, the IA says they can expect overall total benefits of around £1.3bn a year through reduced claims numbers and smaller damages payments. Around 85% of these benefits will be passed on to the consumer, giving insurers a net windfall of £190m a year. Meanwhile, estimates from the judiciary suggest the percentage of claimants without legal representation would increase from 5% currently to 30% post-reform. But the impact assessment says a new system will be in place to make it easier for claimants to proceed without lawyers, to avoid the small claims courts becoming overburdened. The government said market failures have led to an increase in claims made and settled, suggesting it is unlikely that the market could reduce costs and claim numbers without intervention. ‘These failures have contributed to a wider environment where it has become culturally acceptable in some quarters to make minor, exaggerated or fraudulent soft tissue injury claims,’ says the IA. ‘A substantial industry has developed to encourage such claims whose existence largely rests upon the maintenance of the current regulatory arrangements.’ Most whiplash-related claims, it is noted, are ‘straightforward in nature’, particularly when liability is admitted and the value of the claim known, so are suitable for the £5,000 small claims limit. Volumes of settled RTA claims have come down from 615,000 in 2012/13 to 540,000 in 2016/17. The reforms are expected to affect 96% of whiplash claims.last_img read more

Auckland electrification contract

first_imgNEW ZEALAND: Infrastucture manager Ontrack has awarded Balfour Beatty, Maunsell and Evans & Peck a NZ$10m contract for 175 track-km of electrification around Auckland. The project forms part of a NZ$1bn investment programme announced in 2007. Work on the Britomart – Papakura and Newmarket – Swanson routes will be completed by 2013.Balfour Beatty will manage the overall design process, and will also lead the design of the overhead electrification. Power and distribution design and procurement will be undertaken by Maunsell and Evans & Peck.last_img read more