Owner of Alga’s organics Johanan Dujon In continuing our features highlighting Youth entrepreneurs who will display their products at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture being held in the Cayman Islands 24-28 October 2016 we look at Alga’s Organics, owned by Johanan Dujon from St. Lucia. Alga’s Organics which was established in 2014, manufactures organic lawn and garden products using all natural constituents which build plants resilience to drought. Sargassum seaweed has been incorporated as one of the raw materials. Dec 12, 2019 Youth Entrepreneurship Focus at CARICOM-Led Workshop in SVG Nov 26, 2019 Mar 20, 2020 Saint Lucian, Johanan Dujon, makes Forbes 30 Under 30 list Alga’s also offers green waste management solutions such as Seaweed containment & removal services as well as landfill green waste diversion services. Algas Organics products are manufactured and sold in St. Lucia. According to owner Johanan Dujon the demand for organic lawn and garden products is increasing both locally and throughout the region as consumers become more aware of some of the health implications of synthetic chemicals (pesticides, fungicides etc). Our strategy for expansion entails building capacity, strengthening research & development, and increasing marketing efforts, Dujon said. In relation to ways in which he plans to keep your business relevant and sustainable he explained that innovation through a wider range of lawn & garden products which extend to natural pesticide and fungicide formulas utilizing local raw materials would be pursued. We will continue our marketing efforts to cement ourselves as the green company, and diversify our offerings to include organic food products amongst others. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Jan 26, 2020 CDB Supports Caribbean Youth Leaders’ Summit in Trinidad You may be interested in… Barbados Youth Leaders Participate In National Consultations… Share this on WhatsApp
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – William (Bill) C. France, 74, chairman of International Speedway Corp. (ISC), passed away yesterday in Daytona Beach, FL. Funeral arrangements are pending. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Effective immediately, ISC Chief Executive Officer James (Jim) C. France will assume the role of chairman. “For over four decades, Bill stood at the helm of a growing national phenomenon,” said Jim France. “He successfully guided the sport into the American mainstream and elevated NASCAR racing to the pinnacle of motorsports. Bill was an extraordinary steward of the sport our father, ‘Big’ Bill France, founded over 60 years ago, and he led ISC on its tremendous path of success since taking the helm as chief executive officer in 1981. “Bill led the company’s extraordinary growth during his tenure,” France continued. “In addition, he also established a strong foundation for the continued success of the company. He instilled into ISC’s culture the insight, vision and leadership necessary for the company to continue building upon his accomplishments well into the future. Our strong management team remains in place, complemented by a fully committed board of directors, and we remain intently focused on successfully leading the company into the future.” “My father will be sorely missed, not only by our family, but by all the lives he touched over his many years in the sport,” said ISC President Lesa France Kennedy. “From drivers to owners to other track operators and professionals in the racing world, Bill France served as a champion for motorsports and his legacy is the renowned success that NASCAR and ISC have, and will continue to achieve.” Advertisement Information for memorial considerations will be forthcoming and made available on http://www.iscmotorsports.com.
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Victoria’s commercial ports have performed strongly over the past year, posting solid figures in import and export trade.Minister for Ports David Hodgett welcomed the annual reports tabled in Parliament yesterday and said the figures reinforced the strategic value of Victoria’s commercial ports.“Victoria has an incredibly strong ports sector which can be seen in the figures posted for the past year for trade at Melbourne, Geelong and Hastings,” Mr Hodgett said.“The Port of Melbourne Corporation recorded an overall profit after tax of $72.8 million for 2013-14 against the background of modest overall trade growth. “The Port of Hastings also continued its strong trade growth, reporting significant increases in both exports and imports for the past reporting period. “Overall, these are positive trade figures at Victoria’s major ports and the Napthine Government will continue its support of the sector to ensure these figures grow into the future,” Mr Hodgett said.Mr Hodgett said there were significant projects underway at each major port to ensure Victoria retains its position as the country’s freight and logistics capital.“It’s a particularly dynamic time for the industry at the moment. It’s a time when a great deal of attention is being paid to the state’s ability to capitalize on the growing port trade, particularly the fast-growing container trade,” Mr Hodgett said.“The $1.6 billion Port Capacity Project at the Port of Melbourne is critical to our ability to accommodate future container and automotive trade growth. “This major project has gained even greater momentum during the year with the announcements of the successful bidders for the international container terminal, the automotive terminal and Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) hub. “Planning is well underway on the expansion of the Port of Hastings as Victoria’s next container port with major planning milestones achieved in the past year. “There have been several milestones this year for the Victorian Regional Channels Authority (VRCA) including its appointment as Port-City coordinator in June to facilitate proposed infrastructure projects for the port, and the $6 million contract awarded in February to undertake dredging and improve safety, capacity and efficiency in the shipping channels,” Mr Hodgett said.[mappress]Press Release, September 19, 2014
The 2008-built chemical tanker Orakai was towed to the port of Cartagena, Spain, after it suffered engine issues on Tuesday morning, according to the Spanish Maritime Safety Agency.Namely, the Spanish coastguard sent the tug Clara Campoamor to assist the tanker, which was loaded with 4,732 tons of ethanol when it ran into trouble some 13 miles south west of Calblanque, Murcia.Unfavorable weather conditions in the area affected the towing operation, which lasted almost 24 hours, according to the officials.At the time of the incident there were 12 people on board the 6,886 dwt tanker.According to AIS data from MarineTraffic, the 103-meter long ship is currently moored in Cartagena.World Maritime News Staff
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Campaigners fighting to keep Chichester Combined Court Centre open have vowed they will not give up – despite the government’s confirmation of closure.More than 200 people attended a protest outside the building earlier this month and discussions have started on a potential legal challenge.The Ministry of Justice has said the building is in poor condition and requires significant investment. Work will be transferred primarily to Worthing.Chichester MP Andrew Tyrie, in a letter to the MoJ, said the decision was ‘wholly unacceptable’ and not backed up by economic evidence. The county and district councils also oppose closure. Tyrie said the consultation response was ambiguous about which, if any, of the facilities in Chichester was being retained.‘The Ministry of Justice’s response is not reasonable. Nor is it adequately explained. Frankly, it is a shambles.’Closure of the building would leave West Sussex as one of only two counties – and certainly the most populated – without a crown court.The county council said it had responded ‘fully and forcefully’ to the MoJ consultation.‘This will mean longer waiting times and further distances to travel to access courts and will add considerably to the cost and effort of getting access to justice,’ added a council spokesman.Senior councillors met last week with two retired circuit judges with a view to a coordinated appeal against closure. A public meeting could be held in the coming weeks to organise support.The government has already admitted to giving an inaccurate usage figure in its impact assessment for Chichester Combined Court, previously thought to be the busiest court earmarked for closure.In a response to a freedom of information request from the Gazette last year, the MoJ said usage for 2014/15 was 60% and not the 78% stated initially. Campaigners to save the court have suggested usage is actually much nearer the 92% recorded five years ago.HMCTS says it will seek to identify alternative arrangements for dealing with county court and family court hearings, or provide video links from alternative venues in Chichester.Its response acknowledged that some people will need to travel further to court, particularly those using public transport, but said arrangements will be made to relocate cases in closer Horsham and Brighton, where appropriate.Advances in technology, the response said, should mean fewer people will need to physically attend court.A total of 62 responses to the consultation proposal for Chichester were received, of which one was in support of closure.
SOUTH KOREA: The Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs has published plans for national network of high speed and upgraded lines which would put the most of the major cities within 90 min travel time of each other by 2020.The second national railway plan published on April 3 is the result of work launched in September to develop proposals for an expanded rail network which would encourage the shift of traffic from road and air to rail. The proposed network is based on ‘an X within a square’, with the KTX high speed lines from Seoul to Busan and Mokpo forming the centrepiece of the X.South Korea’s total rail network will be expanded from 3 557 to 4 934 km, with the length suitable for speeds of 230 km/h or greater increasing from 369 to 2 362 km through a combination of new construction and upgrading. Around 79% of the national network would be double track and 85% electrified, and double-deck trains would be introduced to increase capacity.Rail’s share of the passenger market would increase from 16% in 2008 to 27% in 2020, while the share of the freight market would increase from 8% to 19%.Noting that air travel between Seoul and Busan fell by more than 30% in the first four months following the opening of KTX Phase II between Daegu and Busan in November 2010, ministry officials said the rail expansion package would reduce carbon emissions by 7·7 million tonnes a year and increase annual GDP by 91tr won.Total cost of the programme is put at 88 trillion won, of which the government would contribute 59tr won, and local government 3tr; the remainder would be raised from the private sector.
CROATIA: Contracts for the construction of a 12·2 km cut-off linking Gradec on the Zagreb – Križevci – Hungary line with Sveti Ivan Žabno on the Križevci – Bjelovar branch were signed by infrastructure manager HŽ Infra, Comsa and HF Wiebe on August 26.Work is scheduled to start in October for completion in late 2017. The new link would cut Zagreb – Bjelovar journey times from around 105 min to 60 min by eliminating the reversal at Križevci.The single track unelectrified line will be suitable for 22·5 tonne axleloads and a maximum speed of 120 km/h, except for a curve north of Gradec where trains will be limited to 100 km/h. There will be stations Lubena, Remetinec Križevački and Haganj.Construction is expected to cost €25·6m, with supervision by SGS Adriatica and Investinženjering adding a further €1·3m. The EU’s European Regional Development Fund is meeting 85% of the costs, with the remaining 15% to come from the national budget. The Križevci – Sveti Ivan Žabno line will also be modernised for use by local services between Bjelovar and Križevci.A feature article on railway projects in the Balkans appears in the September 2015 issue of Railway Gazette International magazine.
GERMANY: Siemens Mobility has started the construction of two prototype Vectron Dual Mode electro-diesel locomotives, filling a gap in its current product range. The first is expected to be ready for display at the Transport Logistic fair in München next June. With authorisation for operation in Germany expected by the end of 2019, the company hopes to be able to start commercial deliveries in 2020.Drawing on the existing diesel and electric Vectron variants, the 160 km/h Bo-Bo locomotive is intended primarily for freight. It will be able to take power from the 15 kV 16·7 Hz overhead line or from a 2 400 kW MTU engine, giving 2 000 kW of traction power at wheel and 300 kN of tractive effort. With a full 2 500 litre fuel tank, the total weight will be around 90 tonnes, keeping the maximum axleload within the UIC standard 22·5 tonne limit.According to Siemens, the Vectron Dual Mode is not an electric locomotive with a ‘last-mile’ diesel, but a fully functional diesel locomotive for main line applications. This would make it ideal for routes that are only partially electrified or for diversions in the event of incidents or engineering work. An initial simulation based on 80% electric and 20% diesel operation predicts an annual saving of 950 tonnes of CO&sub2; equivalent and a 53% reduction in energy and maintenance costs compared to running a conventional diesel locomotive under the wires.While the 2 000 kW traction rating would be sufficient for many applications, the Vectron Dual Mode has been designed for double-heading on heavy trains. It will be able to run in multiple with both diesel and electric Vectrons, as well as the earlier Siemens Eurorunner diesels. PZB train control will be fitted for use in Germany, but the design is ‘ETCS-ready’ to facilitate retrofitting.