Wrangell doesn’t want cruise ships to dock until it knows port communities will be safe from COVID-19

first_imgCoronavirus | Local Government | Southeast | TourismWrangell doesn’t want cruise ships to dock until it knows port communities will be safe from COVID-19May 29, 2020 by June Leffler, KSTK – Wrangell Share:City Dock is in the heart of downtown Wrangell. Cruise ships dock here during the summer cruise season. (June Leffler/ KSTK)The City of Wrangell does not want cruise ships to dock in town until it knows how the industry plans to prevent potentially bringing COVID-19 into the community. The Southeast Alaska city is coordinating with a regional effort seeking assurances from operators of small cruise ships seeking to sail this summer.Southeast ports trying to determine if — and how — small ships can safely visit during pandemicLarge cruises are forbidden under the federal “no-sail” order that runs through late July. But smaller, boutique cruises carrying less than 250 passengers are exempt, with at least one cruise line scheduled to bring people to Southeast Alaska next month.Coastal communities, working with the Alaska Municipal League, have drafted a letter asking these smaller ships not to visit until they can guarantee regular COVID-19 testing and limit their capacity.The League’s Executive Director Nils Andreassen says killing off what’s left of the region’s cruise season is not what communities have in mind.“The end goal is public health, the end goal is vibrant communities. And I think that’s where we’re at right now,” Andreassen said.In Wrangell, Mayor Steve Prysunka says there are concerns about what would happen if an infected passenger or crew member stepped off a cruise ship.“We learned along the way that it is not appropriate to take them back on the ship and just isolate them away. And we just don’t have the capacity in our community to be taking in COVID positive people, it just doesn’t work,” he said.Assembly members like Julie Decker said they want specifics on what precautions cruise companies are taking to prevent that from happening.“For ‘testing regularly,’ does that mean that if you’re going to be on a ship for a week that you get tested once? Anyway, there’s things that I feel like we need a little beefing up, in the sense of medical credibility,” Decker said.The assembly voted unanimously to add their name to the Alaska Municipal League’s letter asking for clarity. It remains unclear if local governments could enforce a ban on cruise traffic, as most COVID-19 mandates issued by the state supersede local authority.Tour operators are hurting from the lack of cruise ships. But Wrangell’s local tour guides say they understand where community leaders are coming from. Stikine River Jet Boat Association Director Caitlin Cardinell says she stands by the city’s efforts to protect the community from infection.“We’re here and we’re ready to operate when the time is right,” Cardinell says. “I think it’s smart for the ships to work with the municipalities to have an established plan if one of their passengers were COVID positive.”At least four cruise operators have been talking to Southeast Alaska community leaders. American Cruise Lines is bringing the first ship to Alaska waters, with its American Constellation ship for a round trip cruise from Juneau in late-June. Its website advertises port calls in Skagway, Haines, Petersburg, Ketchikan and Wrangell. Company spokeswoman Alexa Paolella said in a statement that it’s “gained a clearer understanding of individual community concerns and has been able to further tailor our risk mitigation strategy.”American Cruise Lines’ COVID-19 plan is on its website.Other small cruise operators including Uncruise, Linblad and Alaska Dream Cruises have suspended their June sailings. As of now, they’re scheduled to resume in July.Share this story:last_img read more

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Driverless cars will be tested in four UK cities from January 2015: London, Bristol, Milton Keynes and Coventry

first_img Driverless cars will be tested in four UK cities from January 2015: London, Bristol, Milton Keynes and Coventry by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramHero Wars This game will keep you up all night! Hero Wars MoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementThe Chef PickElisabeth Shue, 57, Sends Fans Wild As She Flaunts Age-Defying FigureThe Chef PickFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus Eliminator Wednesday 3 December 2014 5:15 pm Driverless cars could be coming to a road near you.Four UK cities have been chosen to test out driverless cars, according to an announcement by public body Innovate UK. Greenwich in South East London will have one project, as well as Bristol while Milton Keynes and Coventry will share one. The trials will last between 18 and 36 months starting in January 2015.Autonomous cars will receive an extra £9m in government funding, in addition to the £10m which was announced earlier this year.Chancellor George Osborne did not mention the extra funding in today’s speech, but it was outlined in the Autumn Statement documents.Nick Jones, lead technologist for the low carbon vehicle innovation platform at Innovate UK, said:Cars that drive themselves would represent the most significant transformation in road travel since the introduction of the internal combustion engine and at Innovate UK, we want to help the UK to lead the world in making that happen.There are so many new and exciting technologies that can come together to make driverless cars a reality, but it’s vital that trials are carried out safely, that the public have confidence in that technology and we learn everything we can through the trials so that legal, regulation and protection issues don’t get in the way in the future.It follows a government announcement earlier this year, where ministers said that driverless cars could be used on public roads as early as January next year. To-date, they have only been allowed to operate on private roads in the UK. whatsapp whatsapp Share Jessica Morris Show Comments ▼ Tags: Driverless carslast_img read more

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UK will boost foreign investment into China to over £26bn by 2020

first_img UK will boost foreign investment into China to over £26bn by 2020 Express KCS Monday 19 January 2015 8:24 pm Tags: NULL BRITAIN is set to boost its foreign direct investment into China from £6.7bn to nearly £26bn over the next five years as China becomes one of the most attractive markets for foreign investors.Total global foreign investment in China will soar 177 per cent by 2020 to £1.3 trillion, accounting for 2.8 per cent of China’s gross domestic product (GDP), according to a report from global law firm King & Wood Mallesons.“Europe has welcomed Chinese investment in many strategically significant areas, and now China is taking steps to welcome European investors,” wrote Lord Green the chair of financial services industry body TheCityUK, in King & Wood Mallesons’ report Branching Out: Investment Opportunities in China in 2020.Last year, the UK contributed one per cent of China’s total foreign direct investment, King & Wood Mallesons’ report predicts this will nearly double to 1.97 per cent by 2020.Hong Kong will remain a key foreign investor in China contributing 63.37 per cent of the total investment by 2020, a 4.6 per cent decline, but still the largest investor country due to its favourable tax arrangements and position as an investment gateway into China. Share whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap whatsapplast_img read more

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People / New role for Nathan De Valck in Brussels Airport cargo restructure

first_img“These reinforcements confirm the importance of cargo for the airport and the clear commitment to further develop Brussels Airport as a leading logistics platform in Europe.” By Gavin van Marle 10/01/2020 Brussels Airport has promoted Nathan De Valck (pictured above) to the new role of head of product and network development.He was previously cargo and product development manager, and the move is part of a restructure of the airport’s cargo operation. At the end of last year, head of cargo Steven Polmans was appointed director of cargo & logistics, as all cargo-related business areas – operational, financial, commercial and real estate – were consolidated.A company statement said Mr De Valck would report directly to Mr Polmans and be “responsible with his team for all business development and key account activities for airlines, forwarders and shippers as well as the further development of the various specialisations and products such as pharma, perishables, animal transport and e-commerce”.The company added: “In the coming months, the cargo & logistics team will be further strengthened with, among others, a head of cargo real estate, business analyst, park services manager and an operations manager.last_img read more

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Market, credit risks remain high, ESMA warns

first_imga serious business man thinking about serious problems Andriy Bezuglov/123RF James Langton Related news Overall, ESMA said that market risks are very high, “particularly in securities markets, where high asset valuations and search-for-yield prevail.”Additionally, credit risk is elevated too, the ESMA said, “with deteriorating corporate debt quality and the growing share of BBB-rated debt as main concerns.”These elevated risks come in an environment of weakening growth, along with continued uncertainty due to a slew of unpredictable external factors, such as Brexit, U.S.-China trade tensions and geopolitical risk.“Large intra-day movements confirm that markets remain sensitive to the news flow,” the report said.Looking ahead, these same factors are expected to “remain key risk drivers,” ESMA said. Amid a deteriorating economic outlook and heightened trade tensions, market risk remains “very high,” European regulators are warning.The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a report on Thursday detailing its risk assessment for securities markets as of the third quarter of 2019. Share this article and your comments with peers on social mediacenter_img CSA reviews performance of IDA Keywords Research reportsCompanies European Securities and Markets Authority Research unbundling hasn’t hurt small company coverage: ESMA Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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Outstanding Teachers in CETT Honoured

first_imgRelatedOutstanding Teachers in CETT Honoured FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Outstanding primary school teachers involved in the Caribbean Centres of Excellence for Teacher Training (CETT) programme have been recognized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Joint Board of Teacher Education (JBTE) at the University of the West Indies.An award ceremony was held recently at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios, to honour these educators for demonstrating exemplary skill in literacy instructions in the classroom.Chief Education Officer at the Ministry of Education, Jasper Lawrence congratulated the principals and teachers on their achievements, as results have proven that students were making remarkable progress in the learning process.“Indeed, the emphasis on CETT and literacy is very critical in this global marketplace. Not only is CETT equipping our students to learn to read and read to learn, but they are also understanding that they must read to live and to survive in this global marketplace,” Mr. Lawrence said.He added that no commendation would be too much to bestow on the teachers and principals who have contributed so much and have maximized the returns from the resources. “The Ministry of Education would therefore like to encourage our principals and teachers of excellence to continue on their march for national development, because it is only through education and excellence that we are going to compete in the global marketplace. We salute and applaud all those persons who share in this partnership and we are quite certain that not only the Caribbean but the world will reap rich dividend from a more educated population, which can only go towards enhancing the democracy of the world on which so much rests,” he said.The Caribbean CETT methodology is being implemented in Belize, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.This programme helps schools identify factors that inhibit students from mastering reading and develop strategies to help students overcome those challenges. This is combined with professional development activities for teachers both in the participating teacher training colleges and primary schools to increase effectiveness.Since 2002, the Caribbean CETT programme has worked with over 208 schools and 978 teachers in 8 countries with over 20,000 students as beneficiaries. RelatedOutstanding Teachers in CETT Honoured Outstanding Teachers in CETT Honoured UncategorizedJuly 22, 2008center_img RelatedOutstanding Teachers in CETT Honoured Advertisementslast_img read more

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AIDS Debate in Parliament by Next March

first_imgRelatedAIDS Debate in Parliament by Next March Advertisements RelatedAIDS Debate in Parliament by Next March RelatedAIDS Debate in Parliament by Next Marchcenter_img AIDS Debate in Parliament by Next March Health & WellnessDecember 1, 2009 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Labour and Social Security has assured persons living with HIV/AIDS that the National HIV/AIDS Workplace Policy is expected o be debated in Parliament during the 2009/10 session, which ends next March.The draft policy was tabled in Parliament on November 11, following consideration of the Green Paper (preliminary report) by a Joint Select Committee of Parliament. The policy is to be appended as a regulation to the proposed Occupational, Safety and Health Act, which is being implemented by the Ministry to address health and safety concerns in the workplace.The policy is an indication of a resolve by tripartite partners (Government, employers and workers) to establish an appropriate framework to address HIV/AIDS in the workplace, guided by the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) 10-point Code of Practice on HIV/AIDS.In a release on Monday, the Ministry said it continues to take steps to reduce stigma and discrimination against persons living with the disease, through its Voluntary Compliance Programme which is being administered by its Industrial Safety Department.This programme targets employers, and provides guidance and support materials to assist them in developing and implementing occupational safety, health and HIV/AIDS programmes.last_img read more

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Honda’s Sports EV concept proves electric cars can be charming

first_imgFull coverage of the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show What is it? The Honda Sports EV Concept builds on the momentum it started when the Urban EV Concept debuted in Frankfurt earlier this year. The all-electric sports car shares the Urban EV’s platform and much of its hardware. The look is one of an emboldened S2000 — a tight bustled tail with a long “shaker”-like hood out front.Why does it matter? Other than saying that the Sport EV “combines EV performance and AI (artificial intelligence) inside a compact body with the aim to realize the joy of driving the user can feel with a sense of unity with the car.” Nothing was said about the powertrain, although a conversation did reveal the driving distance would be in the 250-kilometre range. The front grille is used to convey information; the display car said “Hello” and then went on to show the battery was at 80% and charging. Why anyone other than the owner needs to know that is up for debate.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The Honda Sport EV concept. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Should you buy it? The electric age is upon us. Shifting the breed from the boring runabout that defines the current EV segment, to something to relish, is a big step in the right direction.RELATED RELATED TAGSHondaTokyoNewsTokyo Motor ShowAsiaChinaDriving.caEast AsiaEuropeFrankfurtHonda Motor Co. Ltd.Honda S2000North AmericaTokyo Motor Show When is it coming? There is an electric car heading to China and the production version of the Urban EV will hit Europe in 2019. Any talk of North America was conspicuous by its absence. center_img Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The Honda Sports EV concept is based on the same EV platform of the Urban EV concept. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” advertisement Trending in Canada ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

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Mercedes-Benz is bringing a subscription service to North America

first_img PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Mercedes-Benz will this year launch a pilot program in the U.S. that would allow consumers to drive up to 12 new vehicles a year for a monthly “subscription” rate.The program is being tested out beginning this month in Germany, but global head of sales Britta Seeger confirmed the company is “in the final conclusion” stage of bringing it to North America, reports Automotive News.The “Mercedes me Flexperience” lets subscription customers select and use a vehicle for a monthly fee; the company has not disclosed that rate, but notes it does include insurance, maintenance, and repairs and tires, as well as up to 36,000 kilometers of driving per year. Trending Videos advertisement Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 4MATIC Mercedes-AMG C43 4MATIC Sedan, Night package und AMG Carbon-package II, Exterior: Exterior paint: obsidian black metallic;Fuel consumption combined: 9.1 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 209 g/km* (provisional data) Trending in Canada See More Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car evercenter_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” The rate is also dependent on the segment of vehicle being subscribed to: A-, C-, E- or S-Class. At their discretion, a customer can switch out their Mercedes for another using an affiliated online app, though they cannot subscribe to more than 12 vehicles per year. Upgrading from one segment to a more expensive one is possible on “short notice” for a fee.Seeger notes that U.S. dealerships were the ones who pushed Benz to offer a subscription service, and that some were even beginning to develop and offer their own.Several Mercedes-Benz rivals are also testing similar subscription services Stateside. Audi last year launched a Audi on Demand test program in San Francisco; while in early 2017 Cadillac began testing its BOOK service in New York. Porsche‘s Atlanta-area Passport service started testing in October 2017, at a rate of $2,000 per month.Volvo‘s Care by Volvo program for the 2019 XC40 is already live in Europe and is coming to Canada this year. Mercedes-Benz did not disclose whether or not its program could come to Canada after the U.S. pilot test. ‹ Previous Next › RELATED TAGSMercedes-BenzNewslast_img read more

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Global SputnikV COVID-19 vaccine campaign goes live on social media

first_img COVID-19 Updates News Read Article Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services #SputnikVGamaleya CenterKirill DmitrievRussian Direct Investment Fund Global SputnikV COVID-19 vaccine campaign goes live on social media  Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha By EH News Bureau on November 9, 2020 Related Posts The ongoing #SputnikV post-registration clinical trial in Russia involves 40,000 volunteers, with clinical trials announced in the UAE, India, Venezuela and BelarusThe Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and the Gamaleya National Center for Microbiology and Epidemiology, supported by international partners, launched a campaign across all major social media platforms to provide up-to-date information and raise awareness about the Russian COVID-19 vaccine around the world. The campaign will use #SputnikV hashtag.The social media campaign will focus on progress of #SputnikV clinical trials, production and mass vaccination in different countries. During the campaign, the Gamaleya Center scientists will tell the story behind the technology and creation of #SputnikV vaccine, while people who received the #SputnikV inoculation will share their personal experiences and thoughts.#SputnikV is the world’s first registered vaccine based on a well-studied human adenoviral vector-based platform and currently ranks among top-10 candidate vaccines approaching the end of clinical trials and the start of mass production on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) list. Russia submitted applications to the WHO for accelerated registration and prequalification of #SputnikV.As per releases, the ongoing #SputnikV post-registration clinical trial in Russia involves 40,000 volunteers, with clinical trials announced in the UAE, India, Venezuela and Belarus.Kirill Dmitriev, CEO, Russian Direct Investment Fund commented, “Our social media campaign will focus on providing up-to-date information about our vaccine effort for global audience but beyond that it also aims to give mankind hope that they will soon be able to break free from the COVID-19 pandemic and go back to normal life without lockdowns and facemasks.” Comments (0) WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Share Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Add Commentlast_img read more

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