ADP appoints new ceo

first_imgSkeby previously served as ceo of Dansk Svejse Teknik, and has held several management positions in Danish industrial companies. He is currently a member of the Port of Hanstholm board of directors.Skeby replaces Jens Peter Peters, who has served as APD ceo since 2000 and has decided to retire from the business.ADP owns and operates the Danish ports of Fredericia, Nyborg and Middelfart and says that Fredericia and Nyborg are regularly used for the unloading of oversized project cargo in the form of tanks, boilers and machinery.The organisation says that it is finding that the items to be handled are becoming larger and heavier, and its newest quays and hinterland facilities are designed for this significant increase in load size. At the Port of Fredericia, four mobile cranes each have a 110-tonne lifting capacity.  Nils Skeby. www.adp-as.comlast_img read more

São Paulo signs Line 5 turnkey

first_imgBRAZILIAN suburban rail authority Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos announced in October that it had selected the Sistrem consortium to equip the 9 km section of São Paulo metro Line 5 between Capão Redondo and Largo Treze. Due to be completed by 2002, the line is being built by CPTM as Line G but will eventually be transferred to metro operator Companhia do Metropolitano de São Paulo.CPTM called bids for the M&E installations in August 1999 (RG 9.99 p555). The turnkey contract valued at 325m euros covers supply of rolling stock, electrification equipment, the operations control centre and signalling, and auxiliary equipment for the six stations.Sistrem is led by Alstom Transport, which will supply eight six-car Metropolis EMUs from its plants in Brazil and France. Alstom will also supply the signalling and the OCC plus some station equipment, bringing its share of the contract to 49%. Siemens will provide the high and medium power supply networks and the inverter drives for the trains. Adtranz will supply the substations and overhead line equipment, with CAF providing bogies and couplers.last_img read more

Commentary: Alabama’s triangle of offense triumphant

first_imgTUSCALOOSA – What a hire Lane Kiffin turned out to be at Alabama.What a season Kiffin’s favorite weapon, Amari Cooper, has had at Alabama.And just when you think Blake Sims is falling apart in one of the top-ranked Crimson Tide’s biggest games, he proves once again to be one tough-minded revelation.Alabama won an Iron Bowl 55-44 on Saturday, coming from behind in the fourth quarter and running away to likely hold its No. 1 ranking into a clash with Missouri in the SEC Championship Game.The Tide won a scoringfest, largely because the Tide has become a team that can win any way it has to.“The way we’re headed in college football, there are going to be games like this, and we’re going to have to win games like this,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “I’m sure glad we won a game like this today.”The Tide did it against a horrid Auburn defense that couldn’t make the 630 yards generated by its offense against a Saban-Kirby Smart Alabama defense hold up.Nick Marshall’s school-record, 456-yard passing night went for an Iron Bowl loss. Fathom that, for a second.But Auburn had a mediocre defense last season. Alabama had a third-year starter at quarterback and different offensive coordinator but had Cooper, and the Tide did nothing like this in losing to its in-state rival.The capability was there. AJ McCarron and Doug Nussmeier worked together to torch a bad Texas A&M defense and outscore Johnny Manziel last year, but it was nothing like Saturday’s Iron Bowl.Auburn actually made JK Scott punt twice.Auburn’s secondary came up with three interceptions.But Alabama’s defense did its best work in the red zone, turning five Auburn chances into field goals, and it never felt like Alabama was out of the game.Even as Auburn led 33-21 in the third quarter, it never felt like Alabama couldn’t recover. Auburn’s defense was that bad, and Alabama’s offense has become that capable.That’s because Kiffin knows to get Cooper the ball, to the tune of 13 catches for 224 yards and three touchdowns.Make it 103 catches for 1,573 yards and 14 touchdowns on the year, and that’s because Cooper is the talent who can turn a 36-27 deficit into a 36-34 game in one 75-yard, 10-second play.It’s also because Cooper can fade toward the sideline, turn to the middle and leave Auburn safety Johnathan Ford in wonderment for a 39-yard touchdown pass to make it 33-27.It’s also because Sims, the guy who has to get Cooper the ball, has something in him that can turn his mind right after it detours.On a night when Sims threw those three interceptions, he also threw for 312 yards and four touchdowns. He scrambled for a touchdown and threw for a conversion.The same Blake Sims who overcame 59 minutes of mediocre play for 50 seconds plus an overtime of game-saving brilliance at LSU threw his third pick on the second play of the third quarter Saturday. Everything from there was brilliance.Sims got right enough for Alabama score 34 points in the final 26:02.“I think he was a little anxious early in the game,” Saban said. “I don’t think he processes and makes good decisions when he’s like that, but when he plays on his instincts and just executes the offense … he plays really well.”(Joe Medley can be reached at jmedley@annistonstar .com or on Twitter@jmedley_star).last_img read more

What Is Boxing Day? How Do You Celebrate?

first_imgWhen I saw Julie’s question about Boxing Day this morning:Serious question: what is boxing day and how does everyone celebrate it?— Julie (@juliedutch) December 26, 2014I smiled. I’ve got you covered, Julie. My friend James has a wonderful post about Boxing Day, and all things Christmas on his Why Christmas site.Here’s a few takeaways, but read the post to get the full background:Boxing Day is celebrated December 26, the day after ChristmasIts roots date back to the Middle Ages, almost 800 years ago, in the United Kingdom. Alms boxes were opened so the content could be distributed to those in need.In the past, servants would get the day off to celebrate Christmas with their familiesPre-World War II, delivery people would collect their Christmas tip or box from their delivery placesBoxing Day is a public holiday in the UK, Canada, Australia, and New ZealandCelebrating Boxing Day isn’t common in the United States. But it’s well known in my community. Boxing Night at Geneva Presbyterian ChurchI first learned about Boxing Day from Geneva Presbyterian Church, where we attended for several years. For the past 20 years, Geneva Presbyterian has held a Boxing Night clothing drive for the homeless, starting December 26 and ending the first week of January. Teens at the church spend the night in the church parking lot in boxes to raise awareness for the homeless. You can see photos from Boxing Night 2012 on Geneva’s Facebook page. Everyone in the community is encouraged to bring clothing, blankets, and toiletries which are taken to Fort Street Presbyterian Church Open Door Ministry to the homeless in Detroit.Many years, the stayover night is super cold. We’ll drive by the church parking lot, and see teens and adults huddled around the fire in a trashcan in the below-freezing weather. Julie, to answer your other question about how we spend Boxing Day: our family gathers blankets, clothes, and toiletries to donate to Geneva Presbyterian. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedWhy Christmas? The Christmas Site 18 Years in the Making and Still GrowingToday’s guest post is by my friend James Cooper. I’ve loved his Why Christmas? website for years, and I’m honored he accepted my invitation to write about how it came about. Hi, let me introduce myself, I’m James Cooper, a freelance web designer/developer from the United Kingdom. I’ve known Deborah…In “Web design”Photo of the Week: Plymouth Community Christmas Carol Sing-AlongThough it was a gray afternoon, the clouds didn’t chase away families and friends from joining the 2015 Plymouth Community Christmas Carol Sing-Along today in downtown Plymouth, Michigan at Kellogg Park. Led by Dr. Jerry Smith, the music director at my church, First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth, I joined dozens…In “Michigan”More Holiday Goodies: SitePoint Christmas SaleIf you’ve had your fill of holiday meals and sweets, and want to expand your knowledge beyond the 12 Days of Christmas free online courses from Lynda.com, here are some holiday goodies for your learning enjoyment. Through January 5, 2015, you can get some great deals from the SitePoint Christmas…In “Web design”last_img read more

SA shines at All Africa Games

first_img25 July 2007The All Africa Games came to its conclusion in Algiers on Monday night, with Egypt narrowly edging out Algeria on the medals table for first place, with South Africa securing third spot behind the two North African nations.The Egyptians, a traditional power at the All Africa Games, won 74 gold medals and 199 medals overall to squeeze in ahead of the Algerians, who lifted their performance considerably over their showing in Abuja four years ago when they finished fourth in the standings.The hosts won more medals than the Egyptians, claiming 205, but they fell four short of their rivals in the gold medal stakes. It was Algeria’s best ever showing at the All Africa Games.61 gold medalsSouth Africa ended third with 61 golds and 180 medals in total, with Nigeria, the 2003 hosts, who topped the medal table in Abuja, taking fourth place with 50 gold medals and 159 medals in all. Tunisia finished fifth with 48 golds.In total, 27 sporting disciplines were contested, with about 8 000 athletes from 52 countries participating.Unfortunately, as is all too often the case in Africa, there was controversy surrounding what some countries called the manipulation of the medal table by Algeria. Often the official medal standings were unavailable at the end of each day, leaving countries in the dark as to how well their teams had performed.Despite the complaints, Olympic President Jacques Rogge declared himself happy with the Games, telling the athletes, “Thank you, you are wonderful!”Dominant in the swimming poolSouth Africa dominated in the swimming pool, winning 53 medals, with the next best return being Algeria’s 16 and Zimbabwe’s 15. SA men won 12 golds, seven silvers, and seven bronzes, while the women claimed 13 gold medals, nine silvers, and five bronzes.The results reflected South Africa’s recent emergence as a country to be reckoned with in international swimming competitions. They were also especially encouraging given that world swimming stars such as Roland Schoeman and Ryk Neethling did not take part.Paraplegic superstar Natalie du Toit excelled in the relays and won individual gold in the 1 500 metres freestyle.South Africa also performed well in athletics, winning the most medals with 24, although Algeria won the most golds, nine to SA’s seven.1-2-3 in men’s 400 hurdlesThe Rainbow Nation’s men achieved the best results of any country, with the highlight provided by the 400 metre hurdlers. They finished 1-2-3, with LJ van Zyl taking gold in 48.74 seconds, while Pieter de Villiers was awarded silver ahead of Alwyn Myburgh, even though both athletes were time in 48.91 seconds.In wheelchair athletics, SA finished second on the table, picking up 14 medals, of which eight were for wins. There was also a gold medal for the wheelchair basketball team.South African sailors led the way in a competition that featured women’s and mixed racing. Of the nine golds on offer, SA picked up six.In another water-based sport, rowing, South Africa finished just one gold behind Algeria, although the team’s seven medals was one better than the hosts.Badminton topsAfter a tight fight against Nigeria, SA’s badminton team finished top of the table, winning two golds, three silvers, and three bronzes.South Africa was also number one in cycling, with three gold medals out of the six on offer, and six medals in all.The wrestling team secured three gold medals and five bronzes to total eight medals in all.Gymnasts claimed 12 medals, but just two golds among them. It was a similar story in chess as South Africa picked up 10 medals, but only one of them was gold.Olympic hockey qualifiersDue to a lack of facilities in Algeria for hockey, an Olympic qualifying tournament was held in Nairobi at the same time as the All Africa Games. Only the winners would qualify for Beijing 2008.South Africa’s women had no problems whatsoever in securing their spot, waltzing through the tournament and smashing Kenya 5-0 in the final.Matters were tougher for the men who faced their traditional rivals Egypt for the prized Olympic place as African champions.The Egyptians took the lead in the 34th minute through Sameh Metwaly, but just five minutes later Emile Smith leveled for South Africa. Then, with only six minutes remaining, Geoff Abbot scored the winner for SA.Taking place every four years, in the year before the Olympic Games, the next All Africa Games, the tenth edition, will be hosted by Lusaka in Zambia in 2011. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Issues in Supply Chain Management Can Be Catastrophic During Peak Season

first_imgAs we all are well aware, the holiday shopping season seems to be starting earlier with each passing year. It was October when I saw the first commercial advertising for the holiday season.While holiday shopping patterns in retail stores is something we may all notice, there are other areas within the business that may not be as visible to the customer but are just as impactful on the business. The one thing that I have witnessed firsthand is how retailers’ new strategy of providing more options to consumers earlier in the shopping season is affecting issues in supply chain management.“Peak,” as it is referred to, is the time leading up to Christmas when holiday order volume increases dramatically. That’s roughly fourteen weeks of what is now becoming pure chaos for logistics providers.- Sponsor – Here are two key areas where the industry is failing to keep up with the changes in holiday shopping habits and some basic steps that can be taken to address the growing issues in supply chain management.Volume Projections: It’s a Guessing GameMost retailers have analytic models that produce estimated volume projections to determine the number of orders that will be passing through the supply chain network. This information is passed on to contracted transportation providers, allowing them to plan for the staffing models necessary to handle the anticipated product volume.Despite all the computer analytics being used, the one thing that cannot be easily forecasted is how online ordering can be affected by the unpredictability of human behavior. This is especially true from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday. In talking with my loss prevention peers in both retail and transportation, consumer sentiment was grossly underestimated going into the holiday season. So regardless of the current political atmosphere, the Federal Reserve raising interest rates, or the potential that North Korea may launch a nuclear bomb, US consumers were ready to spend money this holiday season.This buying atmosphere creates both a positive and negative scenario for businesses in the supply chain. The obvious positive result is an increase in revenue. However, a less-than-ideal result follows when unplanned volume cripples the infrastructure that moves parcels along the supply chain. This would be the equivalent of a dam breaking fifty miles upriver with all the towns downriver flooded as a result—except the flood comes in the form of packages.To avoid this type of catastrophe from occurring again, retailers must do a better job of preparing for holiday issues in supply chain management. It’s crucial to be ready for a potential spike in online sales and projecting product volumes in real time. This may be challenging since most of these online orders are being placed during the Thanksgiving holiday when the majority of corporate America is out of the office. One solution would be to have retailers streamline the flow of information to logistics providers by providing daily volume-trend monitoring that is communicated immediately to transportation providers.Transportation, Bottlenecks, and a Tangled InfrastructureThe majority of retailers that do business online don’t have their own transportation infrastructure. This means they have to contract out transportation companies to move freight, which can cause additional issues in supply chain management. One of the most costly services in business is transportation. Therefore, most companies will look for the most cost-effective way to move that box from the warehouse to the client. This cost will vary greatly depending on several factors, which include:The time it takes to deliver the package,The distance the package has to travel, andThe method of delivery.Typically, the more convenient the process is for the customer, the higher the transportation cost will be for the retailer. As a result, most companies will look for a balanced approach that will satisfy both the customer expectation and the costs associated with transporting the order.What this means is that everyone is ultimately contracting with everyone else, and parcels can easily transit multiple companies before reaching your doorstep. With each touch point is an exposure to a parcel being lost or stolen. It is difficult to investigate losses in this network when volumes are normal. Add 50 percent or greater volume in a very short time span, and investigating loss becomes nearly impossible.Some of the contributing factors to this loss include lack of management oversight, mis-shipped packages, and theft that is camouflaged due to operational failures. It is critical for transportation providers to be able to plan and manage this volume appropriately.The most common areas where loss occurs during peak are during the morning launch of drivers. This is when the terminal has the most amount of freight on the floor and the least amount of management oversight. Transportation managers should also focus on conducting spot audits of drivers prior to them launching. This will not only keep the drivers honest but also allow management to find misloaded packages that occurred by mistake.Learn more about the third key area where the industry is failing to keep up with changes in holiday shopping habits in the full article, “The Fallout of Holiday Peak,” which was originally published in 2018. This excerpt was updated May 28, 2019. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

CGHS services to be made available in 100 cities by 2022 says

first_imgNEW DELHI: Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) services will be made available in 100 cities by 2022, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday. CGHS services, which started in 1954 from Gol Market in Delhi, reached only 25 cities till 2014. But, in the last five years of the NDA government, services under the scheme have been extended to as many as 71 cities, he said.”The progress that we have achieved under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi can be clearly seen. We are aggressively witnessing reforms in every area of the health sector,” Vardhan said after inaugurating a state-of-the-art CGHS Bhawan at Sector 13 in R K Puram here. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe Union minister also launched the annual health check-up scheme for CGHS beneficiaries, who are pensioners of the age of 75 years and above. “CGHS services should be made available in 100 cities by 2022, when the prime minister also wishes to deliver a New India to all citizens,” Vardhan said. The new bhawan is the CGHS’s headquarters and houses the administrative section, the CGHS Card section, and a state-of-the-art wellness centre. On the occasion, Vardhan said CGHS services have undergone a remarkable and a positive change. While the rules have been simplified, several people friendly facilities have also been added, he said. The scheme has the potential of becoming one of the best in the world. I wish to have an internal brainstorming session among senior CGHS doctors to evaluate the possibilities of further improvement of the scheme, for strengthening the transparency and adding further reforms the minister said. He assured CGHS doctors that all positive reforms shall be incorporated in the planning and appealed to beneficiaries to send suggestions for improvement of services. Vardhan also hailed the CGHS’s initiative of calling telephonically and inquiring about the health of beneficiaries who are above 80 years of age.last_img read more

State government mulls mat hub in Vidyasagar Industrial Park

first_imgKolkata: The state government is planning to come up with a mat (madur) hub at the Vidyasagar Industrial park in Kharagpur, to give a big boost to the industry. A portion of the land at the industrial park has already been earmarked for setting up the proposed hub.Sabang in West Midnapore, located at a distance of less than 40 kilometres from Kharagpur, is known for churning out mats of international quality, which are acclaimed all over the world. More than 55 percent of the total mat production in the country comes from the Sabang block, which has 13 gram panchayats under it.More than 90 percent of the population in Sabang earns a livelihood by manufacturing mats. A village haat (fair) held every Tuesday in Sabang witnesses people from all parts of the state, including the neighbouring states of Odisha and Jharkhand.”Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is familiar with every nook and cranny of Sabang and she is patronising the development of the mat industry. The push given by the state government has ensured that the artisans involved in the manufacture of these mats face no difficulty in getting bank loan. There are 16 nationalised bank branches in Sabang block at present,” said Trinamool Congress MP Manas Bhuniya, who had been a six-time elected MLA from Sabang.When Bhuniya was the state Cottage and Small Scale Industries minister, the Bengal government in 2012 launched the “Natural Fibre Mission” and included the development of skill of artisans and supply of tools and equipment for rural people associated with making products from natural fibres like jute, bamboo, coir, mat, sabai grass, cotton and silk.Several rural haats were conceived and gradually the condition of the people involved with the industry improved. “The Centre has stopped funds for this progamme, but the initiative and interest of the Chief Minister has kept the ball rolling in the state,” he added.Bhuniya’s wife Gita Rani, who is an MLA from Sabang, is also in talks with some NGOs to boost the marketing of the mats. The state government will soon come up with two ‘Karmatirtha’ in Sabang, which will contribute to further development of the industry.The Bengal government had hosted the first edition of Madur (Mat) Mela, solely dedicated to mat weavers, on Digha sea beach in January.last_img read more