Rail Industry Training & Recruitment in Brief

first_imgDB Schenker Rail reports that the first intake of its EuroTrail international training programme comes to the end of its 18-month course this month. The first intake comprised 23 recruits from seven countries; the class of 2012 is 42 trainees from 12 countries. A further group is due to begin in November.The Australasian Railway Association has launched a Competency Management System for railway staff and an accompanying smart card to store relevant data about registered contractors; the card can be scanned by smartphone or tablet PC.last_img read more

Dominica considered a cybersecurity leader

first_imgBrain Ditto from the Organisation of American States (OAS)Dominica is reportedly on the forefront of cybersecurity efforts in the Caribbean region and the world, an official from the Organization of American States (OAS), Brain Ditto has revealed.Ditto, who is currently on island for a National Needs Assessment and Legislative Review Workshop on Cybersecurity at the Fort Young Hotel, made that observation at the opening ceremony on April 28, 2014.“It’s no longer a question of if you’re going to be attacked by hackers or cybercriminals; it’s really a question of when”.Ditto explained that the OAS’ presence this week is to help Dominica continue its journey forward to improve its cybersecurity resilience.Cybercriminals attack governments, entities, financial institutions regardless of size, politics or culture he said.Ditto added that although ICTs have been a tremendous vehicle for innovation, education, growth, the strengthening of democratic institution and E-governance, the world’s dependence on them has left it vulnerable to exploitation by those seeking to use the power of the internet from various ends.“I think this week and last week are inflection points of sorts in the journey the government and the country of Dominica are taking to improve their cyber resilience.”Presently Panama, Colombia and Trinidad and Tobago are the only Latin American and Caribbean States that have a cybersecurity strategy.Zahil Jamil of the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Council of Europe“In this respect, Dominica really is at the forefront of certain cybersecurity efforts and I’m not just talking about in the Eastern Caribbean… but I’m talking about in the world. There are very few countries that have taken the initiative Dominica has shown in convening this event here and as I said it couldn’t come at a greater time.”He continued that cybercriminals and hackers have shown that they have no problem working together across political barriers, language barriers and due to this they expertly exploit the gaps that exist in the internet architecture when communication between governments is none existent.“This has left us extremely vulnerable…. having so many people here from across government gives us a great opportunity to converse, collaborate and get to know what one another is doing”.According to Ditto, this is precisely what a national cybersecurity system aims to do.It defines “a global strategic vision for how a country will employ its cybersecurity assets, how it will raise awareness at both the political level and user level, it relays roles and responsibilities in government.”The OAS will be instrumental in the development of a Cybercrime Strategy for Dominica.Meanwhile, Zahil Jamil of the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Council of Europe also congratulated Dominica for taking a leadership role in the fight against cybercrime.Jamil who also represents the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime congratulated Dominica for having taken “a very forward looking step and advanced step to having requested accession to the Council of Europe’s convention on cybercrime”.“I think that’s a fantastic thing to have done, it’s a leadership role in the Caribbean and all congratulations are due to Dominica.”Dominica Vibes News 190 Views   3 comments Share LocalNews Dominica considered a cybersecurity leader by: – April 29, 2014 Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

50th Earth Day Gives Glimpse of Alternative Future

first_img Sharing is caring! “It’s the worst possible way to experience environment improvement and it has also shown us the size of the task,” said Michael Gerrard, an environmental law expert at Columbia University.How people react to the return of normalcy after the pandemic will help define the crises racking the environment, according to Gerrard. “A key question will be do we have a green recovery, do we seize the opportunity to create jobs in renewable energy and in making coastlines more resilient to climate change?” he said. “The current US president clearly has no inclination to do this.”Some Indian people were seeing the Himalayas for the first time due to the veil of air pollution lifting.The problems in the natural world haven’t suddenly vanished – this week various researchers found that the Arctic is very likely to be free of sea ice in summers before 2050, that the bushfires that torched Australia earlier this year released more carbon than the country’s annual CO2 output and that the first quarter of 2020 was the second-warmest on record.Donald Trump has signaled that he will try to provide a bailout to the US oil and gas industry, with $25bn already handed out by the US government to prop up airlines. In China, it’s not certain that the wildlife-packed “wet markets” where Covid-19 is believed to have originated will be shut down. CoronavirusHealthInternationalLifestyleLocalNews 50th Earth Day Gives Glimpse of Alternative Future by: – April 22, 2020 Share “Where taxpayers’ money is used to rescue businesses, it needs to be tied to achieving green jobs and sustainable growth,” Guterres said.“Public funds should be used to invest in the future, not the past, and flow to sustainable sectors and projects that help the environment and the climate.” Share Tweet Clear water is seen in the canals of Venice due to fewer tourists and motorboats and less pollution, as the spread of the Covid-19 continues. Photograph: Manuel Silvestri/ReutersThe skies are clearing of pollution, wildlife is returning to newly clear waters, a host of flights have been scrapped and crude oil is so worthless that the industry would have to pay you to take it off their hands – a few months ago, environmentalists could only dream of such a scenario as the 50th anniversary of Earth Day hove into view.But this disorientingly green new reality is causing little cheer given the cause is the coronavirus pandemic that has ravaged much of the world.Wednesday’s annual Earth Day event, this year largely taking place online, comes as public health restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 have resulted in a sharp dip in air pollution across China, Europe and the US, with carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels heading for a record 5% annual drop.The waters of Venice are now clear, lions lounge on roads normally frequented by safari-goers in South Africa and bears and coyotes wander around empty accommodation in Yosemite national park in California.Meanwhile, nearly eight in 10 flights globally have been canceled, with many planes in the US carrying just a handful of people. The oil industry, a key driver of the climate crisis and direct environmental disaster, is in turmoil, with a barrel of crude hitting an unprecedented minus-$40 on Monday.These would perhaps be the sort of outcomes seen had stringent environmental policies been put in place in the wake of the first Earth Day in 1970, which saw 20 million Americans rally in support of anti-pollution measures.center_img “It’s a serious wake-up call,” said Thomas Lovejoy, an ecologist who coined the term “biological diversity”. “We bulldoze into the last remaining places in nature and then are surprised when something like this happens. We have done this to ourselves by our continual intrusion into nature. We have to re-chart our course.”U.N. chief Antonio Guterres urged governments to use their economic responses to the coronavirus pandemic to tackle the “even deeper emergency” of climate change, in a message for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.With global battle lines emerging between investors backing “green stimulus” measures and industry lobbyists aiming to weaken climate regulations, Guterres cautioned governments against bailing out heavily polluting industries.“On this Earth Day, all eyes are on the COVID-19 pandemic, the biggest test the world has faced since the Second World War,” Guterres, a former Portuguese prime minister, said in a statement. “But there is another, even deeper emergency, the planet’s unfolding environmental crisis.”A landmark in the emergence of the environmental movement when it first took place in 1970, Earth Day, which falls on Wednesday, has prompted calls from many companies, politicians, and economists for governments to pursue green recoveries.So far, massive economic stimulus packages launched by the United States, China and European governments have focused mainly on staunching the damage to existing industries and staving off the threat of a global depression.Nevertheless, in the past week, ministers from Germany, France and other EU members have signalled their support for subsequent interventions to align with climate goals, a theme taken up by climate campaign groups around the world.In an early example of governments linking post-virus rescue packages to climate goals, Austrian environment minister Leonore Gewessler said last week that state aid for Austrian Airlines should support climate policy targets.Conditions could include a significant reduction in short-haul flights, the use of eco-friendly jet fuel and adjustments to the flight tax, a ministry spokesman said. 32 Views   no discussions Share Conservationists warn that returning the world to its pre-pandemic settings will quickly wipe out any environmental benefits of the shutdown. Instead, the pain of the Covid-19 shutdown has highlighted how ponderous the world’s response has been – the expected cut in emissions, for example, is still less than what scientists say is needed every year this decade to avoid disastrous climate impacts for much of the world. Guterres, who has made climate change his signature issue since he took over as U.N. secretary-general in January, 2017, said governments should use their fiscal firepower to drive a shift from “the grey to green” economy.last_img read more

Lightweight SATCOM Antenna Terminal Approved for Operation on Inmarsat’s Global Xpress Network

first_imgThe KaStream 5000 MK II SATCOM antenna terminal from Smiths Interconnect has been approved for operation on the Inmarsat Global Xpress network. Inmarsat is one of the leading providers of mobile satellite communications.The lightweight KaStream 5000 MK II antenna system is a fully integrated solution that is optimized for use over the Inmarsat Global Xpress Ka-band network and supports commercial and military modems. It can be used in tail-mount, hatch-mount and roll-on roll-off installations combining the RF electronics, antenna aperture and positioning system in a single Line Replaceable Unit (LRU). This wideband, high-throughput terminal features a 12-inch diameter aperture and weighs less than 25 lbs (~11.4 kg).Using a Global Xpress subscription (SATCOM as a Service) – the terminal provides always-available access, high-throughput, reliable, secure connectivity, anytime and anywhere. Operation on Inmarsat’s military Ka-band steerable beam ensures interoperability with military satellite systems, delivering redundancy, protection, scalability and global portability.Global Xpress is the world’s first and only globally available, seamless, mobile wideband SATCOM service. In U.S. government operation since July 2014, it has established itself as the gold standard for reliable communications across land, air and sea for assured mobile connectivity and compatibility with government satellite systems.last_img read more

Tarpons Roll, Lady Tarpons Fall at Progreso

first_img RelatedLadies continue momentum with victoryBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Lady Tarpons Varsity Volleyball Team continued to take care of business Friday afternoon by winning their third straight district match over the Lady Red Ants of Progreso. They did it in straight sets by scores of 25-9, 25-18, and 25-10.…October 15, 2012In “Gallery”Progreso gets P.I. in straight setsBy Larry Gage  Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Lady Tarpons lost to Progreso Tuesday night in straights sets at Tarpon Gym.  The Lady Red Ants won by the scores of 32-30, 25-15, 25-16.   After winning their district-opening match against Raymondville, it was the Lady Tarpons’ sixth straight loss…October 4, 2019In “News”Lady Pirates Bury Lady Tarpons, 84-38By Larry Gage Special to the PRESS   The Port Isabel Lady Tarpons hoops squad fell into a 10-0 hole at Hidalgo Tuesday night and could never close the gap.  In the end it was an 84-38 win for the Lady Pirates, who improved to 5-0 in District 32-4A competition.…January 24, 2020In “News” By LARRY GAGESpecial to the PRESSThe Port Isabel Tarpon and Lady Tarpon basketball teams made the trip to Progreso Tuesday night and split their games.  The Tarpons won, 56-36, and the Lady Tarpons lost, 40-34.The Tarpons remain on a roll in district play with their sixth consecutive win.  They also got the sweep of the Red Ants after P.I. won the first game between these two long-time district rivals, 65-52, at home back on Jan. 5.The Lady Tarpons needed to win their last four games to clinch a playoff spot.  They took the first one at home last Friday when they outpointed the Grulla Lady Gators, 50-46.  With the loss at Progreso, then, Port Isabel is eliminated from any playoff consideration.  P.I. comes into this Friday’s home game with Hidalgo with a 6-6 record in District 32-4A play.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Sharelast_img read more

Evan Moskwa leads Reeths-Puffer to a 49-21 win over Orchard View

first_img (32825) (832) Share (8133) Share $19.29 Shop Now $20.00$233.61 ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY Not relevant Not relevant Inappropriate / Offensive Displayed poorly Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. $14.99 Report a problem This item is… ENDS IN Report a problem This item is… Mail Bestseller Other Other Inappropriate / Offensive Displayed poorly DEAL OF THE DAY (975) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. LocalSportsJournal.comThe Reeths-Puffer football team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 49-21 victory over Orchard View on Thursday in non-league action.Quarterback Evan Moskwa punched in rushing touchdowns of five and 15 yards in the first quarter to give the Rockets a 14-0 lead at the first break.Moskwa then found Garrett Reames for a 22-yard passing touchdown in the second quarter to give Reeths-Puffer a 20-0 lead at halftime.Jayden Day opened up the second half scoring with a 40-yard rushing touchdown to cut the Cardinal deficit to 20-7.Reeths-Puffer responded with a three-yard Nicholas Dailey touchdown run to increase the Rocket lead to 28-7.Orchard View closed out the third quarter scoring with a one-yard scoring burst by Edmari Mitchell. The Rockets led 28-14 after three quarters.Moskwa opened the fourth quarter scoring  with a 51-yard touchdown run to increase the Rockets’ lead to 35-14.The Cardinals responded with a 40-yard touchdown pass from Owen Swanson to Dayton Rose.Reeths-Puffer scored the final 14 points of the contest on a 26-yard run by Moskwa and 20-yard rush by Bubba Farwig.Moskwa led the Rockets with 169 yards and four touchdowns on 12 carries while also throwing for 188 yards and one touchdown on 9-of-15 passing.Carter Fulton had 106 yards receiving on two catches while Gino Romanelli led the defense with eight tackles and an interception.Orchard View was led by Day with 132 yards and one touchdown on 27 carries while Mitchell added 70 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.Reeths-Puffer will travel to Grand Rapids Union next week. Orchard View, now 0-2, will travel to Muskegon Catholic. Displayed poorly Add Comments (Max 320 characters) $0.00 × FOX Sports: Stream live NFL, College Footbal… Other Displayed poorly Bestseller Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. DEAL OF THE DAY $22.99 $0.00 × Ads by Amazon × NBC Sports (35309) Bestseller Report a problem This item is… Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Bestseller Not relevant Displayed poorly Other × Report a problem This item is… Bestseller DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Add Comments (Max 320 characters) ENDS IN Nuun Sport: Electrolyte Drink Tablets, Citru… Bestseller Inappropriate / Offensive Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Inappropriate / Offensive Displayed poorly Report a problem This item is… Other ENDS IN Not relevant × Inappropriate / Offensive Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Displayed poorly Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Sports Illustrated Bestseller Lemedy Women Padded Sports Bra Fitness Wo… (3879) Add Comments (Max 320 characters) 0 (1445) Not relevant Inappropriate / Offensive Add Comments (Max 320 characters) $0.00 Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Special… Not relevant Displayed poorly Bestseller Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Report a problem This item is… Other ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN × Add Comments (Max 320 characters) × Not relevant Other Report a problem This item is… Fox Sports Go Report a problem This item is… Inappropriate / Offensive Shares $9.99 Twelve Not relevant DEAL OF THE DAY (5153) Inappropriate / Offensive × Ads by Amazon Otherlast_img read more

Hamilton retakes F1 lead with ‘miracle’ victory in Germany

first_imgHOCKENHEIM, Germany, (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton raced from 14th to first to seize a “miracle” German Grand Prix victory in a Mercedes one-two yesterday and retake the Formula One championship lead from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who crashed. Vettel, now 17 points behind the Briton after starting eight ahead, led his home race from pole position until rain caused chaos in the closing laps, with the German sliding off and into the barriers.Hamilton, the reigning world champion, took the chequered flag for a recorde qualling fourth German Grand Prix win, ahead of his Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.“I’ve never had a race like this,” said the four-times champion, who was summoned to stewards after the race for a pitlane infringement but escaped with a reprimand and the victory intact. “Today I feel like I drove the best that I can remember driving. I didn’t make any mistakes.”It was the 66th win of his F1 career, and Mercedes’ 80th, and minutes after the finish, the skies opened with an array of thunder and lightning and a torrential downpour that would have stopped any race.“Miracles do happen, mate,” Hamilton’s race engineer Pete Bonnington told him over the radio after a slow-burner that turned into one of the great comebacks of the Briton’s already stellar career. Hamilton, who threw himself across the pitlane wall into the arms of his mechanics and also got a bear-hug from delighted Mercedes-Benz boss Dieter Zetsche, seemed about as stunned as anyone.“I really feel that the rain has come down and just washed away any negativity and its a glorious day,” Hamilton said, his voice wobbling. “It couldn’t have been a better day for me andone that I will always remember.”Beaten by Vettel in his home British Grand Prix at Silverstone two weeks ago, where he went from pole to the back of the field and up to second, he had turned the tables completely. “Love conquers all,” declared Hamilton, who had reacted defiantly on Instagram to the booing and hostility from a partisan crowd after his car broke down in Saturday’s qualifying.“It’s obviously very, very difficult from that position and highly unlikely but you’ve always got to believe,” added the four-times champion, who said a long prayer before the race started.“I really manifested my dream today.” For Vettel, it was simply a nightmare — the chance to make big gains slipping through his hands in an instant. He now has 171 points to Hamilton’s 188.last_img read more

Farming Simulator League studio sprouts up in Germany

first_imgGIANTS Software has established a new production studio in Erlangen, Germany, which will be used to broadcast Farming Simulator League competitions.The studio will also host Farming Simulator League competitions as needed, given expectations of gaming and esports events being canceled due to coronavirus (COVID-19) fears. Photo credit: Farming Simulator LeagueRELATED: Farming Simulator League roots itself at IEM KatowiceAccording to a release from the company, “Farming Simulator League tournaments will be held at big events with steadily increasing audiences as soon as possible.”Lars Malcharek, League Coordinator at GIANTS Software, commented: “Until then, FSL tournaments will be held in our large, newly-built production studio in Erlangen, Germany. The online tournaments will be held as planned. We are looking forward to many more years of FSL together with all of you.”RELATED: Acer’s Predator dominates activations at IEM KatowiceThis past weekend, the Farming Simulator League held its most recent competition at Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) Katowice without a live audience. The tournament was a side event at the annual Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) competition, but ESL announced on Thursday that the arena had been “closed to the public by the Polish Gouverneur of Silesia hours before its door opening” due to concerns over coronavirus. All tournaments at IEM Katowice were played as planned without fans in the venue.The Farming Simulator League will conclude its debut season on July 18-19th at Farmcon 20 at Deutz-Fahr Arena in Lauingen, Germany. The €100,000 (£87,144) championship will feature the teams that have earned the most points during the season, including Trelleborg Wheel Systems, which has won seven events so far and clinched the top seed.Esports Insider says: The Farming Simulator League has thus far piggybacked on major events such as Gamescom and DreamHack Leipzig, but coronavirus fears could stymie that approach. This studio gives GIANTS a backup plan while setting the league up for a long-term future.ESI New York 2020 – Find out morelast_img read more

Saudi Arabia allows women to attend soccer match

first_img Related iStock/Thinkstock(JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia) — In a historic move permitted by Saudi rulers, a stadium in Saudi Arabia’s second city, Jeddah, allowed women to attend a soccer match between two local teams.Dressed in headscarves and long flowing abbayas the women filed into the stadium, ushered by women in orange T-shirts over their conservative dress, to take up seats at the “family section” of the stands, separate from the male spectators. The structure of the stadium accommodated the segregation with women-only car parks and separate entrances for the female spectators.These sections are found throughout the country in public places, such as restaurants. Men and women can only sit together as married couples or if they are directly related.Despite the landmark development for women’s freedom, less than half of the “family section” was filled.Saudi Arabia will see more mixed stadiums opening over the next few days with the capital Riyadh opening its stadium on Saturday and the city of Damam next week.“It’s very nice and it’s about time.” Karima Buchari, a college lecturer and mother of two teenage daughters in Riyadh, told ABC News. She watched the women at the stadium on the news.“It’s a huge change because they just used to keep those places for men,” she said.The new measure for women is part of 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s reforms in the Kingdom to reduce restrictions for women and to modernize the country. Last year he announced that women will be allowed to drive beginning in June 2018 and in 2015 women were allowed to vote and represent themselves for the first time in municipal elections.“Soon they’ll have women playing football.” Buchari said. She regards Prince Salman as a champion for women.“Yes, he is a hero and this era is the Saudi women’s time for sure,” she said.These small steps towards women’s freedom in Saudi Arabia do not address the permissions they still need from men to go about their daily lives; these include: getting married, opening a bank account, elective surgery, traveling abroad.Buchari remains hopeful that there will be more concessions for her freedom to come.“I hope we use it [the freedoms] wisely and we make the country proud of our accomplishments,” she said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Kissy is never too far from the chocolates

first_imgFrom L to R: Mashi, Rod & the day’s winner Keith Buchanan.Growling Swan Golf, played out of “Bogey’s Bar & Grill”Thur. 3 Oct. Greenwood G.C. Stableford Playing C & B from the Yellow Tees PRH Grey.With only seven golfers we headed out to take on Greenwood GC, in my opinion a good course that from time to time is priced perfectly for us. It would have to be the quietest that I have seen a course here in Pattaya. I think that our seven was the biggest group that they had had for the day.Amazingly as quiet as it is, courses will still put prices up next month stating the fictitious “High Season”. The course as always was in good condition other than the fact that the greens had been cored. Not being the greatest of golfers it took me too long to get used to the greens and my game found yet another way to suffer.Well it was Keith Buchanan that returned with a very good score of 41 points to take out the day’s event.Back at Bogey’s we welcomed back Robert Cross, and fortunate for us we had no farewells we can do without them at this time of the year.D-For was on a day off. RDO.Winners from Greenwood GC.1st Keith Buchan (13) 41 pts.2nd Bill Steinmann (11) 35 pts. 3rd Alex Field (17) 31 pts.Near the pin:C6. Robert CrossB2. Keith BuchananB5. Robert CrossLong first putt:C9. Bill Steinmann.B9. Steve Younger.last_img read more