Panorama points to earnings pain, but the worst is yet to come

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Subscribe now for unlimited access To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGINlast_img read more

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NYCJ Concerned About Privatization Of HEART/NTA

first_img Share Sharing is caring! NewsRegional NYCJ Concerned About Privatization Of HEART/NTA by: – September 19, 2012 Share Sharecenter_img 43 Views   no discussions Tweet Chairman of the National Youth Council of Jamaica, Ryan SmallKINGTON, September 19, 2012: The National Youth Council of Jamaica (NYC) is expressing strong opposition at an alleged move for the privatization of the Human Employment and Resource Training Agency (HEART Trust/NTA), the country’s national training agency. A CAUSE FOR CONCERN“Under the previous administration, for the latter part of 3 years, there was a 51 cent reduction in the number of persons certified by the HEART Trust/ NTA, translating to over 36,000 Jamaicans who no longer have an opportunity to upgrade themselves” Mr. Small, Youth Council President said in a statement. He further added that there has been a 22 per cent reduction in the number of participants enrolled at HEART Trust NTA in the same period.Mr. Small attributed these declines to the then Government’s decision to shut down 45 community-based facilities offering HEART NTA certification and reduction in budgetary allocation. He further noted that it was extremely disappointing to know that for the 2009/2010 financial year, J$100million was taken from the Heart Trust NTA fund and 2010/2011 financial year, J$374 million was also taken same fund. On the other hand, increasingly more and more young people are experiencing severe difficulties given their socio-economic circumstances source funds to pay for the HEART Two certification that is being requested by prospective employers when individuals with HEART Certification apply to their organization. Consequently, the effect resulting from the alleged privatization of the HEART Trust institution will see a drastic reduction in enrollment rate and more at-risk and unattached unskilled youth will unable to access skills training and certification, due to their inability to afford such programme, thus would be a step in the wrong direction, considering the alarming statistics of the number of youth who are both perpetrators and victims of their own crimes as result of change of focus policy makers.Against that background, the Youth Council is calling on the HEART Trust NTA, Ministry of Education and by extension the Government to articulate their position and plans for the HEART Trust National Training Agency. This is a clear indication of the need for urgent reform of the country’s national training agency. The Youth Council has written to the HEART Trust NTA following allegation by a highly placed source at HEART Trust of the impending privatization plan by the institution and is yet to receive written response. In the same breathe, it must be noted that efforts to contact HEART Trust via phone to in obtaining clarification have been unsuccessful as staff personnel at the institution declined to comment on the matter. NEED FOR SKILLS DEVELOPMENT POLICY In closing Mr. Small is urging the government to establish and implement a Skills Development Policy and an accompanying Workforce Development Plan. He maintained that the need for such approach is supported by data released by the Jamaica Productivity centre indicating that productivity in Jamaica has been declining at a rate of 1.4% per year for the last 35 years and by 3.4% per year in more recent years.He maintained that more resources and focus must be place on skill training that will allow our young people to be more marketable and competitive to halt the productively decline and reverse this trend. Press releaselast_img read more

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Monjasa completes first Ship-to-Ship Supply of new 0.5% Sulphur Marine Fuel

first_imgThe bunker industry will play a key role in enabling the near-future transition towards more environmentally friendly marine fuel products. Both when it comes to the overall availability landscape of the new products and logistical flexibility to supply more bunker types. GROUP COO, SVEND STENBERG MØLHOLT: “Cleaning up our first tanker and supplying the new 0.5% product is a milestone for Monjasa. During this first supply, we learned more about the handling and specifications of VLSFO, to conclude that on-board operational expertise and detailed product knowledge is needed to enable a successful transition for the industry. We have been preparing thoroughly for this moment and we are ready to support this transition and keep global trade moving come 2020.”          The demand is already building up and the first supplies are now taking place. Emissions As part of Monjasa’s bunker operations from Portland Port in the English Channel, the Monjasa operated tanker, Vinga Safir, went alongside the Ro-Ro Cargo Ship, Hurst Point, in Southampton on 29 August and supplied VLSFO and MGO 0.1%. Monjasa recently announced the acquisition of five tankers ahead of IMO 2020, and the company will take full ownership of sourcing, shipping and supply of VLSFO in the following areas. Next step for Monjasa is to build on this experience and roll out VLSFO supplies on a global scale. MONJASA MAKING VLSFO AVAILABLE GLOBALLY Author: Sue Terpilowski West AfricaVLSFO will be made available across the region from the Gulf of Guinea to Namibia via the Monjasa operated SKS Darent (120,000 dwt), which serves as floating storage off Lome, Togo. Several of Monjasa’s 10 regionally deployed tankers are expected to supply low-sulphur products come 2020.Northwest EuropeStorage of VLSFO at Monjasa’s oil terminals in Portland Port, UK and Skaw, Denmark. A total of three Monjasa tankers are deployed in Northwest Europe.Panama CanalConfirmed local storage of VLSFO and supply operations with three Monjasa vessels, incl. the newly acquired tanker, Accra, in Balboa. One tanker is deployed in Cristobal.Arabian GulfSourcing VLSFO in Fujairah, three Monjasa operated tankers will be making VLSFO available across port areas in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah and in the Gulf of Oman. Years of preparation for the upcoming IMO 2020 regulations was condensed into Monjasa’s first ship-to-ship supply of the new bunker fuel with a maximum 0.5% sulphur content. The operation was completed in Southampton, UK and included supply of VLSFO and MGO. 5 September 2019last_img read more

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Rigol Introduces Low Cost, Real-Time 3 GHz Spectrum Analyzer

first_imgRIGOL Technologies has announced a new low-cost Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer (RSA3000E) to its RF Test Portfolio. The New RSA3000E Spectrum Analyzers bring the power of UltraReal real-time analysis to a new class of customers who previously had no access to this advanced capability. The RSA3000E combines the power of a high performance Swept Spectrum Analyzer with the analysis capability of a Real-Time Analyzer at an unprecedented entry-level price point of $1,799.The RSA3000E is available in 1.5GHz and 3GHz models with available tracking generators. The instruments come standard with 10 MHz of Real-time analysis bandwidth with seamless capture and a 9.3 microsecond 100%POI. The RSA3000E provides the same 7 rich visualization modes and powerful triggering capability as RIGOL’s other UltraReal products, only at a lower entry price. The RSA3000E also can function as a traditional swept spectrum analyzer with class-leading specifications. Resolution Bandwidth (RBW) is standard at 1Hz, noise floor as low as -161dBm, phase noise of -102dBc/Hz, and a full span sweep as fast as 1ms provides a powerful analyzer for the entry-level customer.RIGOL helped create the market for entry-level spectrum analysis years ago with the DSA815 analyzer. By making it affordable and reliable the company is making spectrum analyzers accessible to an entirely new class of customers and has helped put analyzers on every test bench. This combination of performance, quality and price helped make the DSA815 the most popular spectrum analyzer on the planet. The RSA3000E is enabled with advanced analysis capabilities, which make it a perfect choice for embedded IOT engineers integrating RF technologies and those customers doing EMI pre-compliance testing.The integrated EMI pre-compliance option (RSA3000E-EMI) provides a complete EMI Pre-Compliance Solution allowing engineers to measure, compare, analyze, and report on EMI issues throughout their design process. Features like integrated CISPR Bandwidths and Detectors, simple limit line construction, automated multi-segment scan, and up to three simultaneous detectors make it simple to get initial scans and measurements. Advanced capabilities like real-time detector measurements, automated peak/limit searches, and simple correction table integration make configuring more complex test environments and analyzing results easier than ever before. Lastly, comprehensive setup, storage and report generation capabilities make it easy to document, share, and repeat your tests.The integrated ASK/FSK Demodulation Option (RSA3000E-ASK/FSK) allows RF engineers to characterize today’s ubiquitous ASK and FSK modulation schemes. The Demodulation Application gives engineers the ability to utilize up to 13 integrated measurement functions including I/Q waveform and RF Envelope, Constellation and Vector Diagrams, Symbol Level Decode, Time and Frequency, and Bit Error Analysis against known sequences providing quick insight into signal behaviors.While the RSA3000E is priced to make it accessible to HAMs, hobbyists, and educators, the advanced performance and capabilities make it an attractive option for IoT device integration, EMI and other commercial applications. The RSA3000E is available and shipping now. Click here to know more about the RSA3000E.last_img read more

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Jersey Fusion off to a strong start

first_img The Jersey Fusion, a first-year women’s semi-pro basketball team, has gotten off to a fast start. Jersey Fusion The 3-1 Fusion play at the Red Bank Salvation Army as a first-year team for the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League. The Fusion are coached and owned by former Monmouth University player Audrey Taylor. Taylor explained what semi-pro actually means. “These are pro-level athletes at lower skill levels,” Taylor said. “There are some players who used to — and still do — play overseas, as well as some former WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association] players.” Taylor is currently in her fourth year as the assistant coach of the Cardinal McCarrick High School Lady Eagles in South Amboy. Prior to coaching at Cardinal Mc- Carrick, she spent time as an assistant coach at Monmouth University and coached and trained youths at recreational facilities in Virginia. Taylor’s longtime friend and partner, Rodney Harris, serves as the Fusion’s director of basketball operations. “I coordinate gym time, transportation, and help the girls with fundraising,” Harris said. “I also act as a scrimmage player against the girls.” Below left: Jersey Fusion’s Geneva Livingston tries to get her hand on a loose ball during the second quarter of the game against the Whitehall Lazers held at the Red Bank Salvation Army on June 20. Harris was a standout basketball player at South River High School from 1983 to 1987 and has amassed a 147-18 record coaching youth basketball for 10 years. Harris has also served full time with the 108th Air Refuel Wing at McGuire Air Force Base for the past 13 years. Harris and Taylor have another business, called Millennium Ballers, which specializes in youth basketball training. So far, the two have enjoyed their fast start but differ on what the expectations were when they were going in. “No, we didn’t expect the early success,” Taylor said. “Being a new team, with the reputation the league has, we didn’t expect to be this good this quick.” “Honestly, I thought we’d be 4-0,” Harris said. “But you’ve got to understand, we are a new team and haven’t gotten to see a lot of the teams play.” According to Taylor, players’ pay varies widely. “It really varies a lot throughout the league,” she said. “Some players get $150 or so per game and some only get compensation for travel.” While the team operates on a low budget, this is an opportunity for the players to showcase their skills on the court. “Hopefully, we get some scouts from the WNBA or overseas [to] come out and see some of the girls play,” Harris said. “These girls can really [play].” The team is composed mostly of local women, including Felecia Harris, Geneva Livingston and Tomora Young, who all hail from Red Bank. “It’s been fun and exciting so far,” Livingston said last week. “We have really started to click.” Livingston has been a friend and summer league teammate of Taylor for the past two years, but said the coach-player relationship has been a smooth transition. “It hasn’t been difficult at all,” Livingston said. “She believes in me and I take what she says as constructive criticism.” The roster includes former college players from Monmouth, Rutgers, Delaware, St. Peter’s College and Rider University among others. Five-foot-9 former Western Michigan Bronco Carrie Moore leads the team. Moore is averaging 23.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Moore led the nation in scoring at Western Michigan during the 2006-07 season by averaging 25.4 points per game. Moore also briefly appeared in the WNBA. “Carrie Moore is our role model,” Taylor said. “She has played in the WNBA and overseas.” Also putting up big numbers is the 5- foot-10 guard Livingston, who is averaging 16.0 points and 6.7 rebounds, and 6-foot-1 Wagner College alumna Leeah Thomas, who is averaging nine points, 8.5 rebounds and one block per game. “Geneva is our on-court leader,” Taylor said. “She is our ‘silent assassin.’ She is a great shooter and very calm out there on the court.” One weakness thus far for the team has been their lack of size and their rebounding deficiencies. “Rebounding has been a problem so far,” Taylor said. “We are believing in each other, and our chemistry is going to be very solid.” “Rebounding has been a problem,” Harris agreed. “We are not really big. “Well, we have some bigger girls, but no true post player,” Harris added. “Everyone wants to be a guard.” “We need to be more consistent on both ends of the court,” said Livingston, who spends time as both a small and power forward. “A lot of what we have discussed after the games has been missing defensive assignments and things like that. “Once we get a little more consistent, we will be very tough to beat,” she added. While the Fusion may not have the size, they have built their early start with speed. “We play an up-tempo, fundamentally sound style,” Taylor said, “a mix of old school and new school. “We have some flashy new-school players,” Taylor added, “but we are fundamental. We box out, run plays and set screens.” The Fusion’s speed also translates on the defensive side of the court, as they play a very active zone to go along with a fullcourt press. “We play two types of defense mostly,” Taylor said. “We play a 3-2 match-up zone as well as a full-court man-to-man press.” One of the challenges of the season is that the teams operate out-of-pocket from the owners. “Fundraising has been difficult as a firstyear team,” Taylor said. “Getting word out and getting people to come to the games has been difficult.” “Being the only women’s semi-pro team in New Jersey, it’s been hard to get people to go to the games,” Livingston said. “It’s been hard to get support, but I think it’s starting to grow because we are winning.” Another challenge for the low-budget team is travel. Teams in the same division include teams from Massachusetts, Delaware, New York City, Long Island, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. According to Taylor, travel has yet to be a problem, and the team takes vans to away games. “Travel has not been too bad,” Taylor said. “They put a four- to five-hour limit on how far a team travels.” “We got up to New Hampshire in four or five hours,” Taylor added. “We made it down to Virginia in about three and a half hours.” So far, the experience has been viewed as a positive one for both Taylor and Harris. “It’s been really exciting so far,” Harris said, adding, “I’m glad I’m a part of this.” “It’s been great so far,” Taylor agreed. The Fusion swept through a home-andhome series with the Massachusetts Marvels, as well as defeating the Delaware Lady Destroyers and losing by 15 to the DC Bluestreakz. The Fusion hosted the 1-1 Whitehall Lazers on June 20 at the Red Bank Salvation Army in the fifth of the 11-game schedule. Tickets may be purchased online at the Fusion’s website, http://www.jerseyfusion. com, or may be purchased on-site. Locals on roster of women’s semi-pro basketball team BY KENNY WALTER Staff Writer last_img read more

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BOI LAUNCH UNIQUE FUNDRAISING EVENT TO SUPPORT ST VINCENT DE PAUL

first_imgBank of Ireland have launched a unique fundraising initiative which incorporates THIRTY FIVE communities along the Wild Atlantic Way with all funds raised going to support the local St Vincent De Paul.The initiative is called the ‘Big Blue Box’ volunteer challenge and the fundraising drive will run from the 5th-19th of June. BOI management have promised to match EVERY euro raised in the local communities during the ‘Big Blue Box’ challenge.TWELVE communities in Donegal will be participating in the event which will start in Moville on the 5th of June, stopping in Carndonagh, Buncrana, Letterkenny, Falcarragh, Bunbeg, Dungloe, Glenties, Killybegs, Donegal Town, Ballyshanon and Bundoran.The ‘Big Blue Box’ will travel from town to town by bike with the aim of raising money for the local St Vincent de Paul (SVP.Bank of Ireland staff and members of the local community will travel over 1,237 kilometres and local fundraising events will be held in each town along the route. Inside the Big Blue Box will be a symbolic item representing each town, area or community; something that each community would like to share with their neighbouring town.It could be a jersey, a seed or a tree, a piece of art or a plaque or simply a message of goodwill that the local community would like to pass on.Members of the local community will be encouraged to nominate an item for inclusion in the Big Blue Box in their local Bank of Ireland branch as part of the initiative.Speaking at the launch Susan O’Reilly, Branch Manager of Bank of Ireland Donegal Town said; “The aim of the Big Blue Box Volunteer Challenge is to support local communities and raise funds for the St Vincent De Paul who do fantastic work across the West of Ireland.“We are proud here in Donegal to be part of this fantastic initiative and it’s fantastic to see so many in our local communities involved.“Bank of Ireland staff as well as members of the local community will be participating in the event and we are expecting strong involvement across the 12 communities in Donegal. “All donations raised locally will go directly to support the work of the local SVP”.President of SVP Geoff Meagher said, “This is a great initiative and very much aligned with the SVP ethos of providing support on a local basis by local volunteers.“We would like to thank Bank of Ireland and its staff for choosing SVP as the recipients of funds raised during this initiative.“SVP continues to receive many request for help from families and individuals throughout the country and relies on campaigns such as the Big Blue Box Volunteer Challenge and public donations to enable us provide as much help as possible. “We encourage all the communities on the route to get involved.“It is a way of showing practical support for those in each community who continue to struggle financially and emotionally on a daily basis.For information on how to get involved with this fundraising event please visit: www.bankofireland.com/ BigBlueBoxYou can also donate through Pay to Mobile sending a donation directly to 087 373 7282#BigBlueBoxBOI LAUNCH UNIQUE FUNDRAISING EVENT TO SUPPORT ST VINCENT DE PAUL was last modified: May 28th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Bank of IrelandBOIBusinessFeaturesNoticeslast_img read more

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