Gearing up for Singapore GP with live audience despite uncertainty amid COVID-19

first_imgTopics : While the fate of this year’s Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix remains up in the air, preparations are under way for it to go ahead with a live audience.At least four tenders related to the set-up of viewing facilities and ancillary activities for the Sept 20 Formula One race were put up by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) between February and last month, according to checks by The Straits Times.These include the construction and fitting out of the Temasek and Singapore suites at the F1 Pit Building, shuttle bus services for suite guests and precinct parties to be held in Orchard Road and Clarke Quay. Other tenders relate to works to be carried out at the F1 Pit Building and storage site in Tampines.Promoter Singapore GP said last week that it is not feasible to conduct the race behind closed doors, given that it is a street circuit.The Formula One season is expected to kick off in Austria in July without spectators, after a series of cancellations and postponements.The request for proposal to organize and execute precinct parties is part of the Grand Prix Season Singapore, scheduled to happen from Sept 11 to 20.center_img Race-themed parties were first extended beyond the racetrack in the lead-up to last year’s event, which drew 268,000 spectators over three days. Fringe activities including racing simulators, a carnival and live music were held in Orchard Road, Kampong Glam, Clarke Quay and Jewel Changi Airport.Examples of the desired scale and variety of activities this year include a “mega outdoor party” in Clarke Quay and partnerships with nightclubs in the area, as well as branded race-themed activities in and around Orchard Road, according to tender documents seen by The Straits Times.STB noted, however, that tenderers should factor the Covid-19 pandemic and any related regulations in their planning and proposals.A contractor is expected to be appointed by early next month, according to the request for proposal, which closed last Thursday with seven bids.The budget for the precinct parties is listed as between $490,000 and $590,000.The tourism board said in response to queries that it is working closely with Singapore GP and other government agencies to assess the feasibility of proceeding with the race.”Being a street circuit, more lead time for planning and preparation is required, which includes procurement,” STB said.If the event is called off, any awarded tenderers will be paid for work done, it said, adding that it will explore options to deploy the works for future use.Asked about safe distancing measures at the parties and whether entertainment establishments in Clarke Quay are anticipated to reopen by September, STB said the Government will monitor and assess developments in the global and local Covid-19 situation to determine the appropriate timelines for the gradual resumption of more businesses and activities.The Republic will be undergoing a phased reopening of its economy when it exits a two-month circuit breaker on June 2.The first phase, which will last for at least four weeks, will allow more people to return to the workplace, while the second phase, which will span several months, will see shops and sports and recreation facilities reopen.Social, cultural, religious and business gatherings are expected to resume by the third phase, with limits on gathering sizes.last_img read more

Amtrak signs Illinois contract

first_imgAN AGREEMENT securing Amtrak’s continued operation of three Chicago ’corridor’ services was announced on January 14. Illinois Department of Transportation had been threatening to invite open tenders for the State House to St Louis, Illini to Carbondale and Illinois Zephyr to Quincy, in an effort to lower the state’s subsidy payments.Amtrak said that it had been extremely aggressive in its efforts to retain the franchise and has made a number of concessions to win what it called ’an innovative, multi-year package’. Subject to annual appropriations from the state legislature, Illinois will pay US$7m in 1997-98, US$7·55m in 1998-99 and US$7·95m in 1999-2000, with Amtrak bearing the risk of any losses. The operator has promised to enhance service levels, improve productivity and develop a pricing structure affordable to Illinois and other states wishing to support services.Amtrak will operate the six return trips under parameters outlined by Illinois DOT including timings, scheduling and minimum seating capacity on each train. Food service must also be provided. Penalties will be payable if a train departs from an originating point more than 30min late or if departures from points of origin are less than 99% on time annually.last_img read more

€6.8bn chemical company scheme decides against consolidation

first_imgPDN, one of the Netherlands’ biggest corporate pension schemes, plans to continue independently for at least three years.The €6.8bn pension fund of Dutch chemicals giant DSM said in its 2018 annual report that it was no longer actively pursuing a growth strategy.The scheme said a thorough evaluation of its operations had shown that, in combination with its in-house pension provision, it was optimally prepared to address developments and uncertainties in the pensions sector.Following the assessment, it had decided to retain to its board of equal representation, but had extended its composition with the appointment of external experts. PDN is the pension scheme for chemicals company DSMPDN’s return-seeking holdings lost 5.2%. The scheme said the 6.9% loss from equity holdings was in particular due to disappointing performance from its portfolios of European and Pacific assets.It attributed the 4.1% loss from its listed property holdings to a slowdown in the rise of rental income and rising interest rates in the US, volatility in the UK, Italy and France, as well as a weakening housing market in Asia.By contrast, non-listed real estate generated 10.9% due to rising values of Dutch residential property, it said. The pension fund’s infrastructure investments returned 6.7%.Bridgewater leads multi-asset lossesPDN said its investment in Bridgewater Associates’ All Weather Fund was among the allocations that incurred a 6.2% loss for its “portfolio of strategies”. However, it noted that the scheme’s expected returns were still 6.9% since its introduction in 1996.The scheme also lost 2.1% on its currency hedge, following the appreciation of the dollar, the yen and the Swiss franc relative to the euro.It has sold swap contracts and shortened the duration of its government bond portfolio in order to keep its dynamic interest rate hedge at 35%.The annual report also showed that PDN had gained €400,000 from lending securities worth €109m.The pension fund was again unable to grant any inflation compensation while indexation in arrears increased to 14.3% for its active members and 15.4% for deferred participants and pensioners. PDN’s funding stood at 107.4% at the end of May.Asset management and transaction costs totalled 35 bps and 7 bps, respectively. PDN spent €233 per participant on administration. The company scheme incurred an overall loss of 1.8%, an underperformance of 0.2 percentage points.It said its liability-matching portfolio – 56% of its total assets – returned 0.6%, largely due to government bonds, which gained 1.2%. Its holdings of residential mortgages produced a gain of 2.6%. Inflation-linked bonds and investment grade credit lost 0.7% and 1.2%, respectively.last_img read more

UPTIME International wins Greater Tortue Ahmeyim LNG job

first_imgNorwegian offshore service provider UPTIME International has been awarded a contract from Eiffage Génie Civil Marine for the supply of access solutions for the LNG Hub Marine Terminal for BP’s Greater Tortue Ahmeyim LNG project offshore Mauritania and Senegal.UPTIME’s scope of work includes engineering, design and supply of access solutions between the LNG hub terminal and the FLNG vessel and consists of two large motion compensated gangways, pedestals and stair-towers, the company said in its statement.The project will commence immediately with a project duration of approximately 12 months.The Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project located at the maritime border of Senegal and Mauritania has been sanctioned by BP and its partner Kosmos Energy in December 2018.The Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project will produce gas from an ultra-deepwater subsea system and mid-water floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, which will process the gas, removing heavier hydrocarbon components. The gas will then be transferred to a floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility at a nearshore hub.The FLNG facility is designed to provide circa 2.5 million tonnes of LNG per annum on average, with the total gas resources in the field estimated to be around 15 trillion cubic feet, with first gas expected in 2022.BP Gas Marketing has been selected as the sole buyer for the investor partners’ LNG offtake for Tortue Phase 1.last_img read more

Serious flaws in survey on physician-assisted dying

first_imgViewpoint published in NZ Doctor 14 October 2015Many health professionals will have recently received an invitation from their professional organisation to participate in an online survey regarding “physician-assisted dying”.The research approved by the University of Auckland’s Human Participants Ethics Approval Committee (UAHPEC) appears to have process and methodology flaws that should be of concern to all health professionals who were asked to participate.First, the source of funding for the research is not disclosed, as required by UAHPEC.The UAHPEC Manual also requires that every participant should receive a Participant Information Sheet (PIS) when they are invited to participate. A comprehensive PIS was not provided at the start, nor was it provided when specifically requested.Second, incomplete and inaccurate information is provided. For example, reference is made to overseas jurisdictions that have some form of legalised euthanasia and/or assisted suicide, but no reference is made to the many more jurisdictions that have rejected it, including both the British and Scottish Parliaments in recent months. Nor is any distinction made between different jurisdictions such as Oregon (lethal prescription permitted for a person over 18) and Belgium (euthanasia permitted with no lower age limit).Respondents are instead directed to a Wikipedia page for further information!Third, participants engage in the online survey through an unprotected web-link. There is no verification procedure to ensure that a respondent is a New Zealander or, in fact, is a health professional. There is no procedure to prevent multiple responses. There can, therefore, be no confidence in the integrity of the data collected.Finally, the question and response options in the survey are leading ones. Question 13, for example, says, “What do you see as the role or responsibility of your professional body/ies (together with others) if assisted dying is legalised in New Zealand?” It asks participants to state their agreement or disagreement with various possibilities. The first option is: “a. Providing a position statement on assisted dying”.Despite all the pro-euthanasia and assisted suicide information noted above, the researchers fail to inform participants that the NZMA already has a statement on this issue which declares it would be unethical even if it were legal.Academic freedom to investigate complex and contentious issues is vitally important in a democratic society. With this freedom comes the responsibility to conduct research in a rigorous, professional way.It is regrettable that this survey has not met the University of Auckland’s own research standards.This is Catherine Hallagan’s personal viewpoint. She is a RNZCGP fellow, NZMA board member and chair of the NZ Health Professionals Alliance Inc, a society advocating for freedom of conscience in healthcare.New Zealand Doctor 14 October 2015 p 12 “Reprinted with Permission of New Zealand Doctor”last_img read more

Dominica police seizes 10,000 grams of Cannabis; Vincentian and four others detained

first_imgLocalNews Dominica police seizes 10,000 grams of Cannabis; Vincentian and four others detained by: – January 6, 2012 Share 383 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img Police Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Matthew.Police Public Relations Officer Sergeant Kenth Matthew is reporting that police officers within the rank of the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force while on duty seized 10, 000 grams of cured Cannabis and have detained five men including a Vincentian on Friday 6th January, 2012 in Soufriere.“About 2 am on Friday 6th January, 2012 the Police intercepted a Mitsubishi bus registration # PJ033 which is registered to Marcus A. Cuffy of #63-E Bath Estate which was being driven at the time by Yohan Flynn of the same address. Flynn was accompanied by Jerard Germain of Bath Estate and Irwin Miller a Vincentian national. They had in their possession 10,000 grams of cured Cannabis,” Sergeant Matthew reported.Sergeant Matthew also indicated that one Yamaha motorcycle and one open keeled boat were also seized during that operation. “During that same exercise at Soufriere, one Yamaha motorcycle registration #PF 350 which was being driven by its owner Craig Cochrane of Kingshill and one open keeled boat which was being commanded by John Sylvester of Portsmouth were also intercepted. All five persons and three conveyances were taken into custody in relation to illegal drug activity.”According to Sergeant Matthew, one of the five men; Irvin Miller was injured during the exercise and is receiving medical attention at the Princess Margaret Hospital.Dominica Vibes News Share Tweetlast_img read more

Alex Akinyele: pace setter, astute administrator , accomplished technocrat- Sports Minister

first_imgYouth and Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, has described the late Chief Alex Akinyele as a pace setter, astute administrator  and accomplished technocrat Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?6 Most Handsome Indian ActorsA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs10 Awesome 2019 Movies You Probably Missed14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The World8 Amazing Movies You Need To Watch On Amazon Prime He was meticulous and a stickler to details. He never believed in impossibilities.Dare further described him as humane,humorous ,urbane and honest in his views. While some viewed him as too cosmopolitan,he was a grasroot man who was at home with his people,no wonder he held the title of Lisa of Ondo Kingdom. He made remarkable mark in the development of his community in Sports,education and infrastructural development . He United his people and brought them to national prominence. He was dutiful,loyal and patriotic. He was indeed passionate about the unity and progress of Nigeria. No wonder, he midwived so many reforms in Nigeria’s body polity. He headed the Reconciliation Committee set up by the late Head of State General Sani Abacha I. While he was widely condemned by the South West, he won accolades across the Niger for his courage,zeal and unflinching believe in the sanctity of the union called Nigeria. Before his foray into sports, he brought panache ,glamour ,Professionalism and respect to public Relations Practice as the pioneer President of the Institute of Public Relations of Nigeria. His contributions to Public Relations Practice continues to evoke found memories when he worked at the Nigerian CustomsAs Minister of Information under General Ibrahim Babangida,he developed the template that led to the of media practice in Nigeria. He was a stylish man,great orator ,full of wits and idioms,jovial and quite amiable. He was married to a South African,Indian and lastly a Nigerian. He can therefore be best discribed as a man of the universe. Read Also:SPORTS MINISTER, SUNDAY DARE, COMMISERATES WITH ALEX AKINYELE’S FAMILY Born on April 24th 1938 in Ondo town,Chief Akinyele was Educated at the University of Ife. He died on November 15th 2019. He would be buried today ,Friday. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… According to him, Akinyele exemplified what genuine service to the country meant. “His personal charm was infectious and hard work quite motivational. He tried to use his position to impact on the society. He was simply a true Nigerian hero”” Sports remains our greatest unifying instrument,public Relation tool and could be the biggest source of revenue if properly harnessed. So many heroes have died unheralded and in penury. We must celebrate our athletes and Administrators while they are alive. The age long practice of paying glowing tributes to dead heroes without commensurate honour and monuments erected to immortalize them will no longer be the norm. Dare is committed to changing the narrative by ensuring that recognition and honour is bestowed on athletes,coaches and Administrators who have made immense contributions to Sports development. As the body of the late NSC Chairman Alex Akinyele is interned this Friday, Dare said beyond graveside oration,President Mohammadu Buhari is irrevocable committed to honouring sports men and women, coaches and Administrators that have contributed to Sports. Hence a powerful delegation is not only in Ondo to pay their last respect, the Minister is personally involved with the the burial. The Minister mobilized men and resources to ensure a befitting final rites of passage for the Ondo High Chief.While paying glowing tribute to heroes and heroines that had won laurels, brought glory and honour to our fatherland,Dare said it must go beyond mere rhetorical statements and empty promises.”We must learn to honour athletes ,coaches and Administrators that committed their lives to the service of the nation. According to Dare,Akinyele was a  consummate business man who left his mark in the sands of time. Dare affirmed that Akinyele led an exemplary life worthy of emulation. He was a man who abhorred failure, set his goals and ensured that they were accomplished. He presided during great epochs in Nigerian Sports like the 1994 Nations Cup Victory, the Atlanta 1996 Olympics feat among others.last_img read more

Laborer found dead

first_imgOfficers of the Passi City policestation have yet to rule out foul play in the incident./PN ILOILO City – He was found dead hanginginside their house in Barangay Bitogan, Passi City. His lifeless body was discovered by 60-year-oldJuditha Fano around 6 a.m. on Saturday, it added. center_img The 27-year-old Jumeric Ramilla wasbelieved to have committed suicide, a police report showed. last_img

Government officials urge food safety as picnic season begins

first_imgWashington D.C. —  Spring is finally here. It has been a long wait, but warmer temperatures bring events like weddings, graduations and holiday celebrations. These events bring together groups of people to enjoy considerable amounts of delicious and often traditional foods. But if proper food safety steps aren’t taken, your celebration could turn into a disaster.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in the U.S., foodborne illness causes 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths each year. This spring, USDA is offering tips on how to properly handle, cook and store food when serving large groups of people. These tips will keep you and your guests safe from foodborne illness.The Four Basic Steps to Food SafetyHaving the right kitchen equipment will make your life easier when practicing four food safety steps: clean, separate, cook and chill.Clean hands frequently with warm soapy water, especially before and after handling raw food; thoroughly wash cutting boards, countertops and utensils with hot soapy water.Use separate cutting boards for raw and ready-to-eat foods. For example, use one cutting board for produce and a different one for raw meat and poultry. That way, you are preventing cross-contamination between raw and ready-to-eat food.Always use a food thermometer when cooking. Measure the internal temperature of meats, poultry, and seafood and egg products before serving to make sure they are ready to eat. The USDA Safe Minimum Internal Temperatures chart will help you determine if your food is safe to eat:Beef, pork, veal and lamb – steaks, chops or roasts: 145°F and allow to rest for at least three minutes (including fresh or smoked ham)Ground meats: 160°FFully cooked ham (to reheat): Reheat cooked hams packaged in USDA-inspected plants to 140°F and all others to 165°FAll poultry (breasts, whole birds and stuffing, legs, thighs, wings and ground poultry): 165°FEgg dishes: 160°FFish: 145°FLeftovers and casseroles: 165°F Perishable food should not be left out at room temperature for more than two hours. At celebration gatherings, make sure your cold food is kept cold (40°F or below) by serving it in smaller portions and refilling, or by putting the food containers over ice. Hot food should be kept hot (140°F or above); you can keep the food warm by serving in warming trays or using a slow cooker.Grocery Shopping PlanWhen shopping for groceries:Pick up cold items last and bring them home immediately so they are refrigerated or frozen within two hours.Place raw meat and poultry in plastic bags to prevent raw juices (which may contain harmful bacteria) from dripping onto other foods in your shopping cart.Spring Kitchen BasicsMake sure your refrigerator temperature is set to 40°F or below and your freezer at 0°F or below. An appliance thermometer can come in handy to check those temperatures.‘Spring clean’ your fridge for a fresh, healthy start this time of the year.Do not wash meat and poultry. Doing so increases the risk of cross-contamination in your kitchen. Cooking meat and poultry to the correct internal temperature will kill any bacteria.Do not thaw foods at room temperature. Safe thawing can only be done in the refrigerator, in the microwave or by using the cold-water method.  If you thaw using the microwave or the cold-water method, be sure to cook the food immediately after it has thawed.Perishable food should not be left at room temperature for more than two hours (one hour when temperature is above 90°F).When storing leftovers like large pots of soup or stew, divide them into shallow containers. Slice large portions of cooked meat or poultry into smaller portions and store in containers. Cover and refrigerate.last_img read more

Pressley perseveres, proves worth

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoWow, bet you didn’t see him coming.Bold, persistent and resilient, Chris Pressley has stepped out of the shadow created by a significant injury last season, and he’s not coming quietly.Starting with the Northern Illinois game two weeks ago, Pressley has started to make a significant contribution to the Badgers’ offense as a fullback. Not bad for a player who, at 6 feet, 1 inch tall and 259 pounds of seemingly solid muscle, had previously seen himself as an offensive lineman.“Fullback is something that I really like doing,” Pressley said. “I love blocking for these guys. They look at me like they want me blocking for them, and I’m going to be out there running right behind them.“I just take it as an honor to block for such a great running back. I got a chance to block for (Brian) Calhoun, and P.J. (Hill), and hopefully I’ll be able to block for more running backs in the future.”A junior from Woodbury, N. J., Pressley came to Madison as a versatile high school player who excelled both as a linebacker and a fullback, rushing for 1,630 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior.“My role as a fullback is something that I had to grow into,” Pressley said. “I came in here recruited as a running back, an oversized running back, and it’s one of those things where you take a job, and you’re going to be in there getting dirty.”Unfortunately, the path to undertaking a starting position at fullback took a long detour for Pressley.In 2004, Pressley appeared in five games as a reserve running back, rushing 11 times for 36 yards. In 2005, he earned his first letter after appearing in 12 games with three starts at fullback. However, it was in 2006, when Pressley was slated to start at fullback, that he suffered a lower leg injury in fall camp and was redshirted, halting his long-awaited role in the offense.Wisconsin running backs coach John Settle has noticed improvements Pressley has made because of his setback.“When he got injured, he had something taken away from him that he really enjoyed,” Settle said. “He was able to miss it. If you’ve ever lost something, and you get it back, you realize the value of it. I think he has come out and poured himself into the game. Everything is clear and has more meaning for him.”As both a veteran on the team and as a player who has had to battle back from season-ending injuries, Pressley has had quite an impact on his teammates as well. Bill Rentmeester, a junior backup fullback, sees Pressley as a leader both on and off the field. “Chris is a vocal guy. I’m not as vocal, so he speaks his mind and tells people what he needs them to do,” Rentmeester said. “He’s a physical leader; he’s a physical force on the team. You see him in the weight room and you say, ‘I want to be like him. I want to work twice as hard and imitate exactly what he’s trying to do.’”Before the Northern Illinois game, Pressley was having a relatively quiet season statistically. That all changed in the first quarter, when Pressley made a six-yard reception — the first catch of his career.Then came another first: a 10-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter. To Settle, it was a moment for Pressley’s hard work to finally come to light.“The success that he has had on game day has generated an energy for the offense,” Settle said. “This is a guy that doesn’t get the ball very much, but when he gets the opportunity, he makes the best of it.”However, preparation the week before the Northern Illinois game didn’t come without serious distractions. Tragic circumstances surrounding various members in Pressley’s family arose, and when speaking about the effect these events have had on him, Pressley is sure to make a clear distinction.“I try to separate life and football as much as I can,” Pressley said. “I also try to take the lessons that I learn from football and apply them to life. “last_img read more