Conxion crosses borders

first_imgThe cargo, which had the dimensions 24 m x 3.5 m x 2.9 m, was transported 850 km by road, crossing through the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The total journey took 16 days.In Dubai, Conxion was supported by Masstrans, which coordinated with all of the respective authorities in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to arrange a traffic department escort from the Jebel Ali Free Zone to the Saudi Arabian border.When the cargo arrived in Qatar, a 500-tonne capacity crane was used to offload and position the heat exchanger at the refinery. Rama Chandra, chief operating officer at Conxion, explained that the company has an exclusive contract for logistics services with Qatar Petroleum, and that this shipment was part of the Qatar Petroleum Turnaround Project 2014.Conxion Logistics and Masstrans are members of the Project Cargo Network (PCN).  www.conxionlogistics.comwww.masstrans.aelast_img read more

Sarens’ sizeable Terex order

first_imgSNME ordered 15 Demag AC 130-5 cranes while Sarens Group, as HLPFI reported last month, will receive 18 Demag all terrain cranes.According to Sarens, SNME, which was established in 2002 as a joint venture between Belgium-based Sarens Group and Bahrain-based Nass Group, has secured various contracts in the Middle East and purchased the AC130-5s in order to execute the projects. Masroor Saeed Malik, regional director, Middle East said: “These cranes are very suitable for green field projects as well as infrastructure assignments.” According to Jan L. Sarens, group equipment trade manager for Sarens Group, “The Sarens and SNME order combined is among the largest telescopic crane orders we’ve placed.” Sarens’ fleet consists of more than 1,500 machines, including about 500 Terex and Demag cranes.  Sarens utilised one of its existing Terex cranes in a project with AF Offshore Decom to recycle the Janice A and Murchison oil platforms, currently located in the North Sea. Sarens’ role in the operation includes the demolition and lifting of platform parts, utilising a Terex CC2800-1 crawler crane. Positioned in an SWSL configuration, the crane has a 66 m main boom and 66 m fly jib. To reach the North Sea platforms, the crane travelled 60 hours from Norway aboard the cargo vessel Schokland, where upon arrival, the crane was utilised to lift the 50-tonne loads. “The CC2800-1 is Sarens’ first large crawler crane mobilised to Norway to work in the demolition and recycling of decommissioned offshore installations,” says Sarens project manager Henning Hamland.  In a separate project, Sarens transported and lifted heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) modules for the New Capital power plant, a 4,800 MW combined cycle power plant (CCPP) being built in Egypt. The power plant is a project of Cairo Electricity Production Company (CEPC), and is expected to be fully operational by early 2018. It is part of the larger Egypt Megaproject, which involves the development of three natural gas-fired CCPPs and up to 12 wind farms by Siemens and the Egyptian Government. With Siemens as the project lead, Orascom and Elsewedy are performing plant construction. Sarens, in turn, is working with Orascom to transport and lift the modules for this and the other two CCPP projects. Which, according to Sarens, means it will lift a total of 192 modules for each project over the course of eight months. The New Capital power plant needed a total of eight boilers, each consisting of 24 HRSG modules. Sarens lifted a cluster of six HRSGs at a time, each weighing 700 tonnes. For this project, Sarens utilised nine 185-tonne capacity strand jacks, with individual power pack units and recoilers, three 45-tonne capacity strand jacks and 16 axles of self-propelled modular transporters (SPMT). Meanwhile, in France, Sarens collaborated with Sogea Caroni, a subsidiary of Vinci Construction France, to assemble part of a new addition to the Nausicaà National Sea Centre in Boulogne-sur-Mer. Sarens installed the large bay of the basin, an operation which required a CC2500-1 SSL crawler crane with a 54 m boom.  It was selected because of its 60-tonne capacity at a 45 m radius, says Sarens. Sarens performed the lift underground to successfully install the bay in the basin. read more

RSS earns its spurs

first_imgSCX Group was selected to provide the retractable football pitch for Premier League football team Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium at White Hart Lane.The 62,000-seater stadium, a part of the Northumberland development project, is scheduled for completion later this year. Integral to the multipurpose design is a retractable grass field with an artificial surface underneath that will be used for NFL International Series (American football) matches.The real turf pitch will be rolled in and out of the stadium in three sections; each section weighs over 3,000 tonnes and is driven by 68 electric motors that will roll it along rails on 168 wheels. These wheels were tested in-house by RSS in 10-tonne increments, up to 85 tonnes, using an Enerpac hydraulic press.The whole pitch, which is split lengthways, can be rolled out in just 25 minutes.RSS tested the three frames, one of which was used for the installation of pitch trays at the stadium and needed to be uprated from 27-tonnes to 35-tonnes working load limit (WLL)Each frame was tested using a 150-tonne-capacity mobile crane from PP Engineering; four 35-tonne-capacity 2,000mm wire-rope slings; soft eyes for each end; and four 25-tonne alloy bow shackles.Steve Hutin, managing director at RSS, said: “When I’m watching matches on the television at White Hart Lane next season I’ll be thinking of the integral role RSS played in keeping the project on track.” read more

Indigo Girls – Look Long album review

first_imgCredit: Rounder RecordsAmerican folk/rock duo Indigo Girls aka Amy Ray and Emily Saliers released their major label debut album Strange Fire in 1987. It was their second album, a self-titled set, released in 1989 that saw them have their breakthrough with the collection reaching 2x Platinum in the US. The lead single Closer to Fine has become of the duo’s signature hits and since then they’ve consistently released albums with their most recent, One Lost Day, arriving in 2015. Five years on from that album and Indigo Girls are back with Look Long, produced by John Reynolds.Look Long carries on the long-standing tradition of Amy and Emily writing separately and on this record Amy has penned 5 tracks while Emily has penned 6. The album opens with Amy’s Shit Kickin’, one of the edgier tracks on the collection. Incorporating a little inflection of gospel in places, Shit Kickin’ is a self-belief anthem about pushing through life despite the obstacles that land in your way all too frequently. The album quickly switches gear with Look Long, the title track written by Emily, which is a gentle Country ballad that shines a spotlight on the duo’s harmonies. They’ve always sounded incredible together and they are in tune with one another now as they ever have been.One of the most unexpected moments comes on Howl At The Moon, an uptempo, rhythmic moment that you want to turn up loud and dance to in the sunshine. It’s one of the more carefree moments here and it’s a nice switch from the heavier subjects of the majority of the songs. The duo embraces their rock sensibilities on the pounding Change My Heart, a song that would have likely done very well during the rise of female singer-songwriters in the mid-90s. Lyrically the duo is as sharp as ever and the chorus has a strong and memorable melody.Other highlights on the record include Country Radio, which tells the story of a gay kid who loves Country music despite not being able to identify with the lyrics of the songs. As openly gay artists, who are involved in politics and activism, Indigo Girls add plenty of weight to the words they sing. Gun control, an oft-discussed topic across America, is tackled on Muster, a song that feels a lot lighter than it actually is once you start digging into the lyrics.Elsewhere on the record harmonies are at the forefront of the beautiful Feel This Way Again, Favorite Flavor has a grungier rhythm that takes you right back to the glory days of the 90s, and closing track Sorrow and Joy brings the tempo back down mentioning the shooting of Reagan and points out that sorrow and joy often come together in life.Look Long is a solid album from Indigo Girls. Lyrically they’re as sharp as ever and those harmonies are still a draw after all these years. I’ve often felt that the duo has never quite got the recognition they deserve but they continue to delight their fanbase with these relatable and thought-provoking songs. If you’ve never really checked out Indigo Girls, now is a good time to dive into their music, starting with this strong new record.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Track list: 1. Shit Kickin’ 2. Look Long 3. Howl at the Moon 4. When We Were Writers 5. Change My Heart 6. K.C. Girl 7. Country Radio 8. Muster 9. Feel This Way Again 10. Favorite Flavor 11. Sorrow and Joy Record label: Rounder Records Release date: 29th May 2020 Buy Look Longlast_img read more

Rwandan entrepreneurs denounce the high cost of raw materials

first_imgYoung entrepreneurs involved in the production of Made-In-Rwanda products have said that the cost of importation of raw and packaging materials continue to drive up the cost of the end products. The challenges were expressed by emerging entrepreneurs during a recent visit by officials from Rwanda Development Board, Ministry of Trade and Industry to a local exhibition in Kicukiro District.The entrepreneurs told Business Times that they often face a challenge of access to raw materials such as hides, leading them to have to import them at a high cost, which pushes up the cost of their products.“We import tanned skins because even the few ones produced locally are expensive and often of inferior quality. We import most of the tanned skins from Tanzania and Kenya. It becomes expensive because one has to do it through importers,” said Maritha Nyiramasabo, a shoemaker in Kicukiro District.Producers say that locally made shoes are still expensive due to costly raw materials. Photo by Michel Nkurunziza.One piece of quality finished skin costs around Rwf 2, 500, she said adding that most components of a shoe including a heel are imported.Jean Claude Nizeyimana, said that quality shoe prices remain high arguing that they require quality raw materials which often come at higher prices consequently impacting the cost of the final product.Producers have also decried high cost of packaging materials for some products especially those in agro-processing industries saying that it leads to high prices of end products.Layce Kwizera, who runs a firm that produces liquor, and wines from honey, fruits and banana beer, said that out of lack of option they are still importing bottles for packaging.“There is no local factory that produces bottles. We want the government to help us to attract investors in packaging manufacturing so that we can have an alternative to importing them at high costs,” she said.The company, which started in 2014, currently produces 200 cartons of assorted beverages per day and each carton contains between 25 and 50 bottles.Clare Akamanzi, the Chief Executive of Rwanda Development Board (RDB), said that the issue of raw materials on the local market is still a challenge but noted that going forward there will be more skin tanning factories in the country.“We have enough skins in the country but the capacity of local factories to process them is still low. However, we are in dialogue with different investors in raw and packaging production to come in. We are also supporting the existing leather factory to improve the quality of tanned skins. It is a long journey, but will eventually be successful,” she said.She urged the young entrepreneurs to strive to produce many and quality products and pledged to link them to markets.“Produce as many products as you can and then it will be possible to reduce prices on them,” she told the youth in the private sector.last_img read more

‘No community is superior’: President Uhuru Kenyatta on racism

first_imgChinese President Xi Jinping meets Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. /Photo courtesy: Kenyan PresidencyKenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has added his voice to the global calls for equality, saying discrimination creates chaos.Kenyatta made the remarks on Wednesday in an interview with the Atlantic Council, where he urged the U.S. to draw lessons from Kenya’s past experiences in its quest for racial equality.“You are familiar with the scenario Kenya saw itself in in 2007 as a result of the ethnic clashes that we had. We can’t afford to have anybody feeling that they have been left out or left behind. So, ours is just to encourage all out partners across the globe. We have seen the problems when communities clash with each other. We have seen what it costs. We need one another,” he said.Kenyatta’s remarks came as protests continue globally to bring an end to racial discrimination.The protests were sparked in the U.S. by the death of an unarmed black man during arrest in Minneapolis.George Floyd died on 25 May after a white police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes as he and his colleagues arrested him.An onlooker’s cell phone recorded the incident showing the 46-year-old black man moaning, “Please, I can’t breathe” and “Don’t kill me” as the police officer pressed his knee onto Floyd’s neck.After several minutes of the police officer pressing his knee on Floyd’s neck, the victim went silent and was later pronounced dead.The video quickly went viral on social media, sparking widespread protest from Tuesday afternoon, some of which have deteriorated into chaos.In his remarks on Wednesday, President Kenyatta said his administration is already seeking ways of alienating discrimination.“We want to say that there is no community that is greater, superior or better than the other. We are all Kenyans and we must all be treated equally under the law and under the constitution. And that is the only thing I will tell our friends in America. Let’s do that. Let’s just make sure that the law is observed and the law is equal to all regardless of class, race, ethnicity. The law must apply equally. You can’t be heavy-handed on one segment against another,” he said.Related Exclusive: A conversation with President Uhuru Kenyattacenter_img President Uhuru Kenyatta Appoints His Deputy as Acting Presidentlast_img read more

Mozambican gov’t provides relief funds to SMEs affected by COVID-19

first_imgA picture of the map of Mozambique./Getty Images Somalia confirms 19 new COVID-19 cases The government of Mozambique has started providing funds for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) affected by COVID-19 in the country to alleviate the impact and save jobs, Radio Mozambique reported on Wednesday.More than 200 companies have submitted proposals for access to the available credit line provided by the National Investment Bank (BNI) valued at more than 22 million U.S. dollars, according to the report.BNI’s chairperson Tomas Matola told the radio that a credit committee has already been set up to evaluate the funding requests.“The analysis process has already started, the projects were registered and after approval, there is a contracting phase for the disbursement to take place,” said Matola.Many companies in Mozambique are said to have been forced to suspend operations, reduce their workforce or even struggle for survival due to the pandemic.Most of the companies requesting a financial rescue are operating in sectors of hotel, restaurants, general trade and agro-business.Related Mozambican government provides relief funds to SMEs affected by COVID-19 Botswana restricts travel from COVID-19 affected countrieslast_img read more

U.S. imposes additional election-related visa restrictions on Nigerians

first_img (Photo by Adekunle Ajayi/NurPhoto via Getty Images) FILE PHOTO: Voter checks the name list at Council, Idimu in Alimoso during the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections in Lagos. (Photo by Adekunle Ajayi/NurPhoto via Getty Images)The United States Department of State announced an additional imposition of visa restrictions on certain Nigerians over election-related activities.The individuals, who were not named, are accused of being responsible for undermining the democratic process in connection with state elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states in November 2019 and the lead up to state elections in Edo and Ondo states in September and October this year.“These individuals have so far operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and have undermined democratic principles,” a statement by State Department spokesman Morgan Ortagus said.“The Department of State emphasizes that the actions announced today are specific to certain individuals and not directed at the Nigerian people.”In July 2019, the U.S. announced the imposition of visa restrictions on Nigerians who undermined the February and March 2019 elections.The sanctions came after an earlier warning by the U.S. that it would consider consequences, including visa restrictions, for individuals responsible for undermining the Nigerian democratic process or for organizing election-related violence.The Department said the decision reflected the “commitment to working with the Nigerian government to realize its expressed commitment to end corruption and strengthen democracy, accountability, and respect for human rights.”Related Trump to announce new visa restrictions in coming days Voter checks the name list at Council, Idimu in Alimoso during the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections in Lagos on Saturday, February 23, 2019. Photo by Adekunle AjayiVoter checks the name list at Council, Idimu in Alimoso during the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections in Lagos on Saturday, February 23, 2019. Photo by Adekunle Ajayi U.S. imposes visa restrictions on Ghana U.S. toughens visa application process for Nigerianslast_img read more

Ministry of Commerce willing to work with diaspora

first_imgIn recognition of the valuable role that Dominican nationals residing overseas can play in the re-development process, the Ministry of Commerce, Enterprise and Small Business Development has expressed commitment to working with them.Overseas nationals, who are on island for the thirty-eighth anniversary of independence, were invited to a special forum with members of the Cabinet on Tuesday 1 November 2016.Addressing that forum at the State House conference room, Minister for Commerce, Enterprise and Small Business Development, Roselyn Paul said government and agencies such as the Investment Development Authority, and community based organizations, perceives the diaspora in a much broader development light.“Today, the diaspora can be viewed as an asset, which increasingly can help our country to turn around the negative consequences of migration, into long term development benefits. Instead of suffering from loss of skilled person to migration, or ‘brain drain’ as we often call it, we seek to build alliances with you the diaspora, so that nationals are able to benefit from transfer of knowledge, skills, and the unique international experiences and connections, held by so many of our non-resident Dominicans, the skill professionals particularly,” Paul stated. Minister Paul added that the accumulated resources that the diaspora represents must be used as a form of development to all sectors of the country. “It is important to engage all Dominicans, whether you reside here or not, with a view to mobilizing accumulated resources, financial, human and social capital, to help advance and enhance this land of ours we hold so dear”.“In keeping with government’s policy, we progressively work towards successful reintegration of all Dominicans, by creating the right social, economic and institutional environment, for not only returning migrants, but for those of you who still reside abroad, so that you can make a more tangible contribution,” Paul further noted. Moreover, Minister Paul said the Investment Dominica Authority (IDA) has pushed forward policies to incentivize the establishments of businesses in Dominica, by citizens in the diaspora, alongside incentives for foreign direct investments, as it has recognized that diaspora investments “can be a catalyst, as well as a channel to increase investments by non-residents, broadening your network for attracting investments, and helping to complement Dominican foreign direct earnings”. Thus, Paul said the Dominican diaspora can be pivotal in the process of transformation, to positively impact the social and economic landscape of Dominica. “Consequently, we at the Ministry of Commerce, Enterprise and Small Business Development, we are happy to embrace you towards more collaborative and coordinated efforts. The Ministry of Commerce’s vision is to be the key driver fueling business, economic transformation. You can be added fuel to that fire, particularly as we move toward being more globally competitive”. “The government of Dominica is keen on spreading the culture of entrepreneurship, and on stimulating greater investments. As we do so, we seek for greater engagement of the Dominican diaspora towards spreading the culture of entrepreneurship, and greater investments,” Minister Paul said. Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Ministry of Commerce willing to work with diaspora by: – November 2, 2016 Share 341 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Sports On Tap: Podcast- Greater Cleveland Conference Week 7 Recap 10-10-16

first_imgSOT continues their Ohio High School Sports coverage! Listen as SOT recaps Week 7 in the Greater Cleveland Conference. We go over the big plays, stats, player performances, scores, and much much more from Week 7!Check out for our high school football coverage.Facebook- @SOTPodcastPodomatic- www.sportsontappodcast.podomatic.comListen Live!! mixlr.comFind us on iTunes and YouTube!Email the show- sportsontappodcast@gmail.comAll Podcasts are on www.neosportsinsiders.comNEW Schedule!Sports On Tap will have their High School Football Coverage every Monday at 7:30pm.We broadcast live from Zs cream and bean in Hinckley, the first Thursday of every month! 2706 Boston Road, Hinckley Ohio 44233. Contact us for details. See you there! Related TopicsBrunswick BElyria PioneersEuclid PanthersGreater Cleveland ConferenceMedina BeesMentor CardinalsShaker Heights Red RaidersSolon CometsSports on TapStrongsville Mustangs Rob Trautmanlast_img read more