David Cameron says deals worth more than £750m will be made on south east Asia trip

first_img David Cameron says deals worth more than £750m will be made on south east Asia trip by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday Newszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorTheFashionBallAlica Schmidt Is The Most Beautiful Athlete To ExistTheFashionBall Tags: David Cameron People As the he embarks on his four-day trip to south-east Asia, David Cameron has said business deals worth in excess of £750m will be made.The trade mission, for which Cameron is accompanied by 31 business leaders, aims to forge links to the area to exploit emerging markets which could open up new channels for trading British goods and services. Number 10 says the deals will create 270 new jobs across the UK. Read more: David Cameron to take UK fintech leaders on Asian tourOn the visit to Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Singapore, the Prime Minister is doing his part to help boost UK exports to the region, as “over the next 20 years, 90 per cent of global growth is expected to come from outside Europe, and Britain must be poised to take advantage,” Cameron said.That’s why I’m delighted to be taking British businesses to this vast and dynamic market, securing deals worth over £750m and creating opportunities for hard working people back at home.We can also open up more markets for British businesses by leveraging the power of the EU’s single market with 500 million consumers to secure bold, ambitious trade deals with these fastest, growing economies.Read more: David Cameron’s south east Asia tour: The UK needs a step change in its ASEAN tradeLast week the Prime Minister said the UK needs to go to “the ends of the earth” to sell its goods and services.The business secretary Sajid Javid will lead a separate delegation from the North of England.The Prime Minister will also hope to make progress on a free trade deal between the EU and the south east asian trading bloc Asean, holding talks with the group’s secretary general Le Luong Minh. Downing Street believes this could provide a £3bn a year boost to the British economy.We can also open up more markets for British businesses by leveraging the power of the EU’s single market with 500 million consumers to secure bold, ambitious trade deals with these fastest, growing economies.The EU has shown this can be done with the trade agreement with Singapore and the recent breakthrough in talks with Vietnam, but an EU-Asean trade deal would really turbocharge growth across the single market.Alongside an EU-US trade agreement, such deals would be like a shot in the arm for Europe’s economy.Cameron will also engage his counterparts in conversations surrounding the international threat posed by Islamic State during his visit. James Nickerson whatsapp whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Monday 27 July 2015 6:30 am Sharelast_img read more

KIC workers, families ‘left with nothing but darkness’

first_img By Choi Song Min – 2016.02.26 5:07pm KIC workers, families ‘left with nothing but darkness’ News US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again SHARE Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest center_img NewsEconomy Following the closure of Kaesong IndustrialComplex [KIC] and South Korea pulling the plug on the park’s power supply, no small number of citizens in the affected area are expressing regret over the incident and theloss of a positive force in their lives, Daily NK has learned.On the 23rd, our Daily NK reporter spoke witha source in North Hwanghae Province who informed us that following thewithdrawal of the South from Kaesong, workers and their families, along withlocal residents, are “wishing it hadn’t come to this.” Those who had, untilrecently, been employed at the complex, and their families who had reaped thebenefits by extension, cannot shake the feelings of sadness and regret as theyrecall happier times when they worked together, he said. Some of these stakeholders still cling tohope, habitually returning to look for signs of life around the industrialpark, but without any hope of a change in sight, “can do nothing but uselesslystare at an abandoned [joint venture] before turning around and going back homeagain.” The rest of their time is mostly filled byParty cadres from the provincial and city levels affiliated with the complex.These officials have been gathering both former workers and ordinary citizensseveral times a day to hold propaganda sessions premised on cementing animositytoward the South, but our sources indicate that these sessions are ineffective,and the harder the Party cadres push the “blame the puppet-government in theSouth” narrative, the harder it becomes for its recipients to “suppress theirincredulous snorts.” “People around Kaesong know better thananyone that the reason the South closed Kaesong is because they were nervousabout the rocket launch and nuclear test; they just presume that in the end theSouth became exasperated and decided to pull out,” the source pointed out. “When the South pulled out, we were leftwith nothing but darkness,” he said, as relayed to him in a conversation withone despondent resident in the area. Added a different source in North HwanghaeProvince close to the issue, “Party propaganda cannot override the goodwillamassed by the workers towards their Southern colleagues that was born often years of contact with our brethren from ‘the neighborhood below [SouthKorea].’” Workers from the complex, and theirfamilies, feel grateful towards the South for supporting their livelihoodsduring that time, she said, and cannot brush off these feelings. Even residentsof the area recognize that although the water and electricity may have been cutoff to the area now, during the time Kaesong was operational, they lived inrelative luxury–a “golden decade,” many called it– compared to people inother areas. Their fate still in the balance, the formerKIC workers have spent any time not devoted to informed nostalgia or statepropaganda to airing their grievances together, with particular focus on theregime’s inability, unwillingness, or likely both to mitigate the fallout fromKIC’s closure–at the very least for those most directly affected. Theseconversations often turn to talk of war, not just for former KIC workers, butall North Koreans, who broadly view the KIC’s operational status as the stateof inter-Korean relations writ large. The years of collaboration with andaffinity for the South experienced by the KIC labor force leads most residentsto speculate that “if a war does break out after this, 80-90% of the workerspreviously tied to Kaesong would flee south immediately,” she concluded.  AvatarChoi Song Min News News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) last_img read more

Children’s Advocate Pleased with PM’s Announcement

first_imgChildren’s Advocate Pleased with PM’s Announcement UncategorizedMay 2, 2007 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Children’s Advocate, Mary Clarke has added her praises for the move to abolish hospital user fees for children under the age of 18 years.Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller made the announcement in her Budget Debate presentation, yesterday (May 1), indicating that children would be exempted from paying user fees at government hospitals and health facilities, except the University Hospital of the West Indies.“We are really happy with this decision of the government to waive the hospital fee for children. This bold move will help to ensure the survival rights of children,” she told JIS News.“It will also go a long way in helping parents to access much needed health care. So, we are happy about it and excited because it is indicative of the commitment to the rights of children,” she added.The government, she pointed out, wasresponding to the needs of children, who are indeed the future of the country.Commendations have also come from the Chairman of the National Child Month Committee, Dr. Pauline Mullings, who, while speaking at the weekly JIS ‘Think Tank’, at its Half-Way-Tree Road office, said that the news at the commencement of Child Month (May) was truly exciting, as it would help in taking care of the nation’s children.“The news excites me. I feel so good. the government is realising more and more that family is important and that things should be put in place to assist the family and this is a great move. A lot of mothers today do not know what to do with themselves [having heard the good news],” Dr. Mullings said.“There are many times when they [mothers] go to the hospital and they really do not have even enough money to register and even fill prescriptions and all the other things at Bustamante Hospital for Children, for example, so I know some people are very happy today and it is just great,” she noted.In her announcement, the Prime Minister also said that persons on the Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) would not be billed for care in public hospitals. “We must take care of our most vulnerable family members. We have to help the children, the weak, the elderly and the disabled,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said. RelatedChildren’s Advocate Pleased with PM’s Announcement Advertisementscenter_img RelatedChildren’s Advocate Pleased with PM’s Announcement RelatedChildren’s Advocate Pleased with PM’s Announcementlast_img read more

Central Bank Issues New Temporary Monetary Measures

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail In order to remove liquidity overhang and to preserve order in the financial market, the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) has announced the implementation of two new measures.On Tuesday, November 18, 2008, the Bank offered a Special Certificate of Deposit to Primary Dealers and Commercial Banks, to mature on Wednesday, December 3, 2008. Interest payable on this instrument will be 20.50 per cent per annum. This instrument will be on offer from Tuesday, November 18 to Wednesday, November 19, 2008. BOJ’s regular menu of Certificates of Deposits (CDs) ranging from 30 days to 365 days will remain on offer.Effective December 3, 2008, on the expiration of a 15-day notice period, the cash reserve requirement of commercial banks, merchant banks and building societies will be increased to 11 per cent of Jamaica Dollar liabilities from the current requirement of 9 per cent. The liquid asset requirement would therefore rise to 25 per cent from the current 23 per cent. The Central Bank intends to increase these requirements by a further 3 percentage points.Since the start of October, the Bank of Jamaica has used several modes of intervention to support the extraordinary foreign exchange needs of financial institutions and commercial operators that have arisen from the adverse developments in external markets. In addition to sales to authorized dealers, measures have included the direct sale of foreign currency to entities, the extension of collaterized credit to securities dealers to replace volatile margin arrangements and the intermediation of funds among domestic institutions.These measures have contributed to a marked slowing in the depreciation of the exchange rate.More recently, with the maturity of both BOJ and GOJ securities, there has been a build-up of Jamaica Dollar liquidity in the banking system that could threaten stability. In order to remove this excess liquidity and to ensure stability in the financial market, the Bank of Jamaica has therefore implemented the new measures.The Central Bank has emphasized that these monetary policy actions are temporary measures to support the achievement of the inflation objective and the maintenance of macroeconomic stability. RelatedCentral Bank Issues New Temporary Monetary Measures RelatedCentral Bank Issues New Temporary Monetary Measures Central Bank Issues New Temporary Monetary Measures UncategorizedNovember 20, 2008center_img RelatedCentral Bank Issues New Temporary Monetary Measures Advertisementslast_img read more

Experts to address the health benefits of sleep in free community talk, clinical workshop on July 28

first_imgFor people with doubts about the benefits of sleep, on Monday, July 28, experts from the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of California Berkeley aim to put those to rest.The public is invited to the free community talk, “Cultivating Nourishing Sleep,” from 6-8 p.m. in the Wolf Law Building, Room 204.The conversation will include brief presentations by sleep experts Allison Harvey, professor of psychology at UC Berkeley, and Monique LeBourgeois and Kenneth Wright, CU-Boulder professors of integrative physiology. Each professor will share scientific research on healthy sleep across lifecycles.The researchers will address sleep for infants and toddlers; sleep during adolescence, adulthood and aging; and proven strategies for cultivating and sustaining healthy sleep patterns and resources for attaining help when needed.Following the presentation, Sona Dimidjian, CU-Boulder associate professor of psychology and neuroscience, will moderate a question-and-answer session and community experts are invited to share local resources for supporting healthy sleep.“Scientific research has yielded important knowledge about the nature of sleep, the causes of problems with sleep and effective treatments for problems with sleep,” Dimidjian said. “We are fortunate to have three leading experts join us for a community conversation addressing healthy sleep.”The event is free, but registration at http://www.regonline.com/sleeptalk2014 is encouraged.Prior to the community talk, Harvey will lead an in-depth workshop and training for clinicians and students interested in enhancing their clinical practice with research-supported, cognitive behavioral approaches for treating sleep disturbances.The workshop, “Effectively Treating Sleep Problems: Basics and Beyond,” will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the University Memorial Center. The workshop registration fee is $135 for professionals and $95 for students, and continuing education credits are available. Register at http://www.regonline.com/sleeptraining2014. Students should email [email protected] for the discount code.Both events are part of a lecture series organized and moderated by Dimidjian and funded by a grant from the CU-Boulder Outreach Committee. For more information about the talk, workshop or other upcoming events, email [email protected] or call 303-492-7378. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: July 17, 2014 center_img Categories:Getting InvolvedCampus Communitylast_img read more

Self-guided design project turns into an opportunity to save lives

first_imgCategories:Undergraduate StudentsTags:Active LearningGlobal Share Share via FacebookShare via TwitterShare via LinkedIn Published: June 16, 2020 • By Oksana Schuppan CU Boulder engineering student Adrian Gutierrez designed an automated bag valve mask with the potential to help those affected by coronavirus in MexicoAdrian Gutierrez, a rising senior pursuing CU Boulder’s Engineering Plus program with an emphasis in mechanical engineering and a concentration in engineering management. Rising Engineering Plus senior Adrian Gutierrez has successfully developed an automated bag valve mask, a device he hopes will help those with coronavirus in Mexico, his home for 18 years.A bag valve mask, sometimes referred to as a self-inflating bag ventilator, is a handheld device that assists patients struggling to breathe. A BVM is typically used for short periods of time – like during transportation in an ambulance – because it requires manual compression for air to be pumped into a patient’s lungs. An automated device works on its own and can be programmed to provide consistent pressure and volume of air for any patient.An automated BVM is not meant to replace a ventilator, but it is helpful for someone with coronavirus whose symptoms are not yet critical or who can’t access immediate hospital care, Gutierrez said.“The goal is not to replace the ventilator,” said Gutierrez. “Our goal is to figure out a way to make a BVM faster and easier to work with.”When CU Boulder transitioned to remote learning during spring 2020, a hands-on mechanical engineering course in component design was one of many classes affected by the inability to gather and exchange material in person.While student teams are ordinarily tasked in this class with developing vehicles powered by drills, coronavirus called for a new approach, including the option for students to complete a self-guided project of their choice. ­­”The campus shutdown meant the elimination of the hands-on project for component design, but Adrian found a way to complete a meaningful hands-on project that applied the key concepts from the course,” said Adrian’s instructor, Teaching Professor Derek Reamon. Above: View of the linear actuator that compresses the automated bag valve mask to simulate breathing. Top: Automated bag valve mask prototype designed by Adrian Gutierrez and a team of engineers at Kopar, an industrial automation company. Gutierrez began his work on the automated BVM upon returning to Mexico to live with his family during the peak of the pandemic in the U.S. In Mexico, the pandemic was still on the rise with forecasts pointing to a surge in coronavirus cases in early June.“We’re seeing a shortage of ventilators and even after the peak, there will still be a need,” said Gutierrez. “We can help the people who really need the ventilators get them by providing the automated BVM to those who are not in critical need.”Knowing this, Gutierrez worked diligently in partnership with a team of six professional engineers at Kopar, a Mexican industrial automation company, to execute as quickly as possible. The team includes head engineer Antonio Cardoza, application engineer Edgar Gonzalez, project facilitator Jimena Gutierrez, application engineer Ivan Hernandez, Siemens specialist Edgardo Martin, and CAD engineer Yamileth Reyes. In just two weeks, Gutierrez’s design and working prototype were complete.“What we did was mount it with a linear actuator going up and down,” Gutierrez said.This allowed for a constant flow of air and adjustment parameters like number of breaths per minute, volume of air, and a pause between inhale and exhale.“At the time, I was also taking a course through CU Boulder in fluid dynamics, so as we were figuring out settings that would allow for a certain number of breaths per minute, I was using theoretical flow analysis concepts to troubleshoot,” said Gutierrez.Gutierrez said another important feature is the screen interface, designed for a medical professional to learn in just 15 minutes. There are three presets: one for infants, one for children, and one for adults, allowing for quick care even when little is known about the patient.“You can turn it on and have someone surviving,” said Gutierrez. “When a medical professional knows more, they can customize the settings further.”Flow, pressure and temperature sensors make this possible. Gutierrez said his passion for serving his community began in middle school. When he realized he had access to the parts for an automated BVM, he was again determined to help.“I said, we need to do this if we can. Why don’t we give it a shot? Hopefully, we do get it out there, but if not, we tried,” he said. “The automated BVM we’ve developed is also not for profit. We just want to help. If it’s replicated anywhere else, that would be nice.”He said some people will get sick and not have the money to have a ventilator, so a low-cost option is important.In Mexico, Gutierrez and his team continue to work on the device, troubleshooting and fine-tuning to ensure it will work reliably and keep people safe. At this point, it is ready to be replicated if needed, including all software. Gutierrez said he hopes the device will one day make it to hospitals where it has the potential to save lives.Demonstration of the automated bag valve mask as number of breaths per minute, volume of air and a pause between inhale and exhale are adjusted. ​last_img read more

American Fine Wine Competition Announces Wineries and Winemakers of the Year

first_imgHome Industry News Releases American Fine Wine Competition Announces Wineries and Winemakers of the YearIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessAmerican Fine Wine Competition Announces Wineries and Winemakers of the YearBy Press Release – February 9, 2015 48 0 Twitter Linkedin Bryan Kane, winemaker for Sol Rouge, Winery SF, and Vie.Brooks Painter, winemaker for Castello di Amorosa and V. Sattui.Rudy von Strasser, winemaker for, and owner of, von Strasser.Prior to the Gala on April 24th, the six individuals above will participate in a 75 minute seminar moderated by wine writer Monty Preiser, and attendees will be able to taste the premiere white wine and premiere red wine from each winery and winemaker. Space is limited.For further information or reservations at the Gala or Seminar, contact Monty Preiser: [email protected]  Advertisement Previous articleCork Supply USA Hires Richard McNell as Sales ConsultantNext article50 Shades of Grey That Are All Bad for Business Press Release Pinterest Emailcenter_img TAGSAmerican Fine Wine Competitionfeatured Facebook AdvertisementCo-Founders Shari Gherman, Monty Preiser, and Sara Preiser have announced the American Fine Wine Competition’s Winery and Winemaker of the Year. This award is presented to wineries and winemakers who meet three criteria.They have made a significant impact in the industry as a whole;They have supported the Competition and the charities that benefit therefrom; andTheir wines are of such quality so as to have garnered many medals at the event.The American Fine Wine Competition is the sole “By Invitation Only” such event in America. The finest American wines are sought out each year and invited at no charge to be judged blindly against their peers by a panel of outstanding sommeliers, retailers, writers, and educators. A fund raising gala open to the public is held in conjunction with the Competition where life style items are auctioned off for chosen charities – this year Deliver the Dream.The winners are:Chappellet Winery, to be represented at the awards ceremony in Hollywood, FL, on April 24, 2015, by owner Cyril Chappellet.Maldonado Vineyards, represented by owner Hugo Maldonado.Michael David Winery. represented by owner Dave Phillips. ReddIt Sharelast_img read more

Glucose Systems in the Body — Another Instance of Irreducible Complexity

first_img“A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Dr. Howard Glicksman, author of an extended series at Evolution News on “The Designed Body,” is interviewed by biologist Ray Bohlin on a classic episode of ID the Future. They discuss glucose, glycogen, glucogon, insulin — all part of an extended multi-step series essential for life — an irreducibly complex series. Download the episode or listen to it here.“If students only knew how life worked,” says Dr. Glicksman,“they’d quickly come to realize that when it comes to figuring out where it all came from, common sense tells us it was intelligent design, and it’s the Darwinists who are suffering from an illusion.”Photo credit: Bogdan29roman [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons. Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos TagsDarwinistsglucogonglucoseglycogenHoward GlicksmanID the Futureinsulinintelligent designIrreducible ComplexitylifepodcastRay Bohlin,Trending Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Share Intelligent Design Glucose Systems in the Body — Another Instance of Irreducible ComplexityEvolution News @DiscoveryCSCDecember 20, 2019, 1:54 PM Recommended Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more

Restrictions set to be relaxed in Northern Ireland

first_img WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Facebook Pinterest Restrictions set to be relaxed in Northern Ireland AudioHomepage BannerNews Northern Ireland is likely to relax its restrictions on a phased basis from next week.A similar lockdown is in place in the six counties as in the Republic, with the rules set by the Stormont Assembly.The executive will meet on Monday to discuss reducing them on a gradual basis.But the North’s Communities Minister, Deirdre Harney, says it must be done carefully.Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/11harney-virus-north-clip-em.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Previous articleBanks ‘close’ to extension of Covid-19 mortgage breakNext articleBreaking: Mortgage breaks extended News Highland Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA center_img Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan WhatsApp By News Highland – April 30, 2020 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further last_img read more

Transnet costs box lines $4m as fruit shippers charter conventional reefers

first_img South Africa’s embattled fruit exporters have made good on their promise to look at alternatives to container shipping services affected by wind problems at Cape Town Container Terminal, and will transfer some volumes to conventional reefer ships later this year.A group of 14 major exporters including Capespan, Dole, and Asda-owned International Procurement & Logistics, have contracted with shipowner NYKCool to charter four conventional reefer vessels to coincide with the beginning of the peak shipping season for this year’s grape harvest.Deon Joubert, general manager of Capespan Fruit Logistics, told The Coolstar that South Africa’s growers could not allow themselves to be vulnerable to the sort of delays seen during last year’s peak season when some export shipments were delayed by as much as 90 days.“There was tremendous pressure from the growers to find another option to container shipping. This is not the fault of the lines – this is about the inability of the port to load the ships,” he said. The problem centres around the decision by the port’s state-owned container terminal operator Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) to invest in a fleet of rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) to operate the terminal’s yard, which replaced its fleet of straddle carriers a few years ago. The RTGs are unable to operate in winds of more than 60km/h – and during Cape Town’s summers months the prevailing wind cuts straight across the terminal and regularly exceeds that level.The only other option for fruit exports out of Cape Town is to use conventional vessels at Capespan’s Fresh Produce Terminal, something that hasn’t happened for a number of years – but in weeks 48, 51, 52 and 01 the vessel type will now return to the port.“Conventional shipping services were dead and buried,” said Mr Joubert, “but the reality is that unless Transnet Port Terminals can prove that it can operate the container terminal without delays, we have to have this extra option.”Altogether, around 20,000 pallets will be shipped on the four sailings, which equates to around 1,100 40ft reefer containers, Iain McIntosh, MOL’s general manager sales in South Africa, told delegates at this week’s Cool Logistics Global conference in Rotterdam.Fruit shippers have two options to get their goods to Europe – either the SAECS service run by MOL, Maersk, Safmarine and Deutsche Afrika Linie, or the Southern Africa- Europe service run by Mediterranean Shipping Co. They suffered huge disruptions during last year’s peak shipping season, as The Coolstar previously reported. And both shippers such as Mr Joubert and container shipping executives have repeatedly expressed despair at the apparent unwillingness of Transnet to address their concerns.According to sources Transnet will lose around ZAR4m ($400,000) in handling charges, while the shipping lines will lose a combined $4m as a result of the switch.“I’m actually glad that the exporters have made this move because finally the port is beginning to listen, even if it means that I’m losing the shippers’ support for some sailings,” Mr McIntosh said.MSC is also understood to have held high-level talks with TPT officials to press them on the importance of changing the terminal’s operation, and the state-owned organisation has informed Mr Joubert that it is bringing some straddle carriers over from its terminal in Durban.Durban has also see crippling congestion in recent times, according to Mitchell Brooke, logistics development manager at the Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa, who told delegates that there has been a huge increase in container traffic at the port which led to enormous queues of trucks waiting to access its terminals.“In some cases trucks were waiting for five days outside the port, without gen-sets, which meant that cargo was ruined and itself led to a situation where packhouses in the northern regions couldn’t load their shipments for two weeks.“If this is the future for the fruit industry in South Africa then it is clearly unsustainable,” he said.He outlined plans to convince Transnet’s rail freight division to launch a block train from Limpopo in the northern region to Cape Town.“The traffic volume is as much as 27,000 40ft units – surely that is enough to maintain a six days per week service for a season,” he said.“And we are looking for the SAECS service to partner us with a logistics service provider.”However, he admitted that the main obstacle was Transnet’s fixation on the bulk rail cargoes of coal and ore that it transports from the country’s mines to the main dry bulk ports of Saldhana and Richards Bay.One source involved in the situation told The Coolstar: “The problem is that in both ports and rail, Transnet is a monopoly – it has no competition.”However, Mr Joubert added: “What Transnet has to understand is that we are in competition with the rest of the world’s fruit producers. This is critical for us.” By Alex Lennane 26/09/2013last_img read more