Tories’ idealism would quickly turn to realism

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Double environmental award for Praxair

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Shipowners Reject Concept of EU Ship Recycling Licences

first_imgThe European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), which represent over 80% of world merchant tonnage, have rejected the concept of the ship recycling license, developed by consultants for the European Commission.According to ECSA, if proposals to establish an EU ship recycling fund are taken forward, they will cause serious problems with the EU’s trading partners, including China, India, Japan, and the United States.Proposals to compel ships, regardless of flag, to pay for European Union ship recycling licences when calling at EU ports, would undermine efforts by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to improve working and environmental conditions in developing nations, where most ship recycling yards are located, ECSA added.According to a proposal now being considered by the European Commission, the money that visiting ships would have to pay into a proposed EU Fund, including those flying the flag of non-EU nations, would only be returned at the end of the vessel’s working life, many years later, when it will probably have a different owner, and only on condition that the ship is recycled at a yard approved by the European Commission.“The establishment of such a Fund will be an affront to the international community which has adopted the Hong Kong Convention on ship recycling, whose standards have already been incorporated into a similar EU Regulation,” said ECSA Secretary General, Patrick Verhoeven.ECSA and ICS said that the EU should concentrate its efforts on getting EU Member States to ratify the IMO Hong Kong Convention, and to recognise the efforts being made by recycling yards in Asia to gain certification in accordance with IMO standards.last_img read more

Ahlers transports heavy transformer from Antwerp to Jeddah

first_imgThe road precarriage from the factory to the inland river port was performed using a special hydraulic truck, and the oncarriage to Antwerp seaport was done by barge. The shipment left Antwerp port to Jeddah on the M.V Leopold Staff. The shipment is one of nine already executed this year by the Antwerp forwarding department.last_img

19 BCPS high schools earn national rankings

first_imgNineteen Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) are ranked among the nation’s best high schools, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best High Schools national rankings.U.S. News evaluated data from more than 22,000 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. U.S. News recognizes high schools with gold, silver and bronze medals, with gold medals indicating the greatest level of college readiness.The Pompano Beach High School and Cypress Bay High School, are ranked in the nation’s top 500 and earning gold medals.The U.S. News rankings highlight public schools that best serve all of their students. Overall, the rankings focus on student outcomes with an emphasis on graduation rates and state proficiency tests. To earn a medal, schools must pass a four-step evaluation, which looks at students’ performance on required state tests, their graduation rates and their college readiness. High schools receiving national recognition from U.S. News have graduation rates that are 15 percent higher, on average, than other schools across the countrylast_img read more

PM’s address to the nation post TS Erika

first_imgLocalNews PM’s address to the nation post TS Erika by: – September 7, 2015 338 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit (Photo credit: The Office of the Prime Minister)HONOURABLE ROOSEVELT SKERRIT, PRIME MINISTER OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF DOMINICA POST-TROPICAL STORM ERIKA PRESS BRIEFINGSeptember 7, 2015Fellow Dominicans, residents, friends and well-wishers…let me start by thanking Almighty God for giving each of us the strength and fortitude to soldier on…in the midst of the tragedy wrought upon our island, from the passage of Tropical Storm Erika.Just over a week ago, when I addressed you officially, the circumstance was solemn and sombre. The task ahead was daunting for many. But, with our renowned resilience and our faith in Almighty God, we are fighting and we will bounce back.We are nowhere near a state of comfort and satisfaction, but the spirits of Dominicans have been lifted.I thank each and every citizen of this country, whether resident at home or abroad, for adopting a ‘never say die’ attitude to this tragedy. I think it is that determination and demonstration of unity, and a common sense of purpose, by all and sundry, that awoke the spirit of sympathy, solidarity and support of the regional and international community.As leader of this country, I am humbled by the universal outpouring of support for and assistance to Dominica.We value and appreciate the contributions of the large and wealthy, but it is the small, selfless givings of those who could hardly afford it, that impacted us in a significant way.I speak here of the small fisherman from Guadeloupe, who borrowed the money to buy the petrol to bring across some water and other foodstuff in his small fishing boat. I think of the old lady in Antigua and Barbuda, whose pension normally affords her only two cans of milk a week, but, who nevertheless declared at the counter, that one of these cans, this week, would be sent to Dominica.I speak here of the entertainers in Barbados and also in Antigua, who are coming together to perform free of cost, for the benefit of the children of Dominica.This has been a very touching period for me, as leader of this small country, because the experience of the last few days has told us clearly, that in our moment of need and vulnerability, we are not alone.As a people, we must have done something right over the years, for the outpouring of support and well wishes, is beyond expectation.I take this opportunity to thank all those who have helped in any way to ease the pain and boost the spirits of our people. Dominica shall not forget your kindness!!I had intended, Ladies and Gentlemen, to provide you with a detailed update this evening on our relief and recovery efforts.Stakeholders have worked diligently on preparing these updates and I must say I am very satisfied, indeed, quite impressed, with the great strides that collectively we have made in the last 10 days.Water and food supplies at this time are in adequate supply, though the need for replenishment is constant; given the number who are homeless and those without running water or electricity.Regrettably, there are unsubstantiated and perhaps even unwarranted reports of unfairness and even partisanship in the distribution of relief supplies.Ladies and Gentlemen, brothers and sisters…please! please! I beg of you. Do not let us degenerate the discussion to this level.My job as Prime Minister has been to bring emotional comfort to residents, while soliciting, from far and wide, assistance to relieve the suffering of my people.I have been ably supported in this endeavor by my Cabinet of Ministers, fellow Labour Party Parliamentarians, Leader of the Opposition, Honourable Lennox Linton and other Opposition Parliamentarians. We have put in place a clear and transparent system for the receipt, processing and distribution of relief supplies.No Minister of Government or Parliamentary Representative is or should be involved in the administration of this program. Each Parl Rep, and I mean each of the 21 elected Parl Reps, has been given a direct line of access to the administration of the Relief Supply service.I am not aware of any breakdowns, but, in an operation such as this, there could be clogs in the system. Our job as a people is to find these chinks and work them out.I cannot and I WILL NOT be distracted at this time, by a few radio talk show hosts, or others incapable of raising their level of debate and discourse.If there are problems, I invite any disgruntled Parl Rep to speak up at our regular meetings and let us iron them out.Indeed, we have another meeting of ALL 21 Parliamentarians tomorrow morning at eight o’clock, and I will invite the public officers co-ordinating the relief supplies program to attend that meeting, hear grievances and also spell out, once again, the procedures that have been put in place for the procurement, management and distribution of relief supplies.But, I am honestly too focused on the bigger picture, to be dragged into such negative, internecine warfare, that will clearly NOT contribute to the reduction of stress on the backs of those who suffered in this disaster.Dominica has done remarkably well in its efforts to bounce back from this social, infrastructural and economic setback.I repeat, now is not the time, for petty politics to be introduced into the equation.As I said earlier, several reports on the impact of the storm and recovery efforts to date, have been submitted.I propose to use the occasion of the nightly press briefings, to invite each sectoral interest to join me in discussing the state and status of each sector.So in the coming days you will be updated on housing, tourism, agriculture, air and seaports operation, roads and bridges, public buildings, health services…and the list goes on.What I tell you now, nonetheless, is that I am very satisfied with the response of major foreign governments and multinational and multilateral agencies to our appeal for direct monetary assistance and budget support.The relevant officials will provide detailed updates in a day or two, but I can say to you, for example, that only today, Monday 7th September 2015, a team from the Caribbean Development Bank arrived to assess the two projects currently funded by the CDB..The team will seek to expedite the projects already approved and to include the new works required. The mission will undertake site visits and provide a report on Thursday 10th September 2015.A team from the World Bank arrived in Dominica today as well, to begin the economic and social assessment. Discussions are also ongoing with the World Bank, with a view to reallocating the resources approved under the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP).Confirmation has been given that an amount of US$14.7 million can be re-allocated for Erika reconstruction projects.The Bank is in discussion with the Climate Investment Fund (CIF) on the possibility of re-allocating the funds provided by that organisation.The UNDP representative has been consulted and has submitted a number of proposals to Head Office for consideration.Already the UNDP has indicated that it will look to double its initial contribution to the overall relief effort.Despite these efforts, and as I have indicated to the Nation, Tropical Storm Erika has caused almost a billion dollars in damage in Dominica and we will need the combined support of our development partners to recover from this major setback.Fellow Dominicans, Residents, Ladies and Gentlemen, in order to facilitate the quick and efficient movement of people and goods at the Ports of Entry, additional staff has been deployed to the Canefield airport and the Roseau Ferry Terminal.I am aware of isolated incidents of less than courteous service being meted out to those journeying to Dominica to deliver relief supplies.First, let me apologize to the victims of such shoddy treatment and to assure you that transparent systems are being put in place streamline the receipt and processing of all storm relief supplies.The Cabinet of Ministers has taken a decision with respect to waiver of duties and other impositions and this has been communicated to the relevant authority.We shall continue to monitor the service at our ports of entry to ensure that those going to the trouble of bringing us much needed supplies are recipients of the warm hospitality for which Dominicans are renowned.But we are mindful that during this process the integrity of our port entries is not compromised.And very quickly, – just before I get to the crux of my message to you this evening – I want to give a general update on progress and plans as they relate to infrastructure.Government continues to open up critical lines of communication and has devoted significant resources to the West and East coast roads.In support of these efforts, we shall take delivery of some emergency bridges this week and immediately start to install these along the West coast at Pointe Ronde, Batali River and Macoucherie River.These bridges shall ensure that the present detours are more substantial and will provide safe crossing in the event those river levels rise.Concurrently, bridging equipment will be deployed to the gorge at Boetica to allow us to open up the road to reach the community of Delices. Thereafter, we shall provide a safe crossing at the White river, then open road access to Petite Savanne.Opening of road access to the south east is critical to those stranded communities, and this objective is a top priority to Government.Work on temporary bridges shall commence tomorrow and we shall work extended hours until all these structures are in place.While developing these temporary bridging solutions, we are also making advances in developing permanent replacement bridges for those affected structures. These new bridges shall be designed to ensure they do not cause pinch points for river flows or are susceptible to repeat events.Government, with the support of its development partners, intends to move very quickly on the permanent rebuilding of the roads and bridges on the East and West coasts, and will take decisive action in the short-term to make sure that work commences as soon as possible and on an accelerated basis.Such reconstruction efforts shall also address obvious vulnerabilities on the main highways and eliminate potential fatal flaws.Elsewhere, we intend to install bridges in the Roseau valley; on the Trafalgar Falls to Wotten Waven connector road and in Elmshall.We have also embarked on the design of critical river training operations, to clean river channels and, where possible, prevent breaches to riverbanks. This work will include completing the Roseau river walls to the west of the link bridge.This week we shall be acquiring materials such as guardrail barriers and gabion baskets; allowing us to start protecting and stabilizing roads impacted by slides.During this rebuilding we continue to appeal to the residents of Dominica to be patient during this trying time. We wish to assure you that we are aware of the terrible impact this storm has had on entire communities and individuals.Indeed, so catastrophic has this experience been, with its resultant implications for our future development, that I have empaneled a National Reconstruction Task Force to assist and advise on mapping a path forward for the social and economic forward movement of Dominica.This group shall bring together tried, tested and proven Dominicans, who have the skills, vision and experience to advise the Government on the way forward.It is my pleasure to report to you that they have all readily agreed to serve and are about to get down to the task assigned.This group of eminent Dominicans shall be led by Former President, His Excellency Eliud Williams; Collin Bully, Former Director of OECS EDU; Retired Cabinet Secretary and Attorney at Law, Julian Johnson; Alick Lazare, Former Financial Secretary; former government Minister and Businessman Yvor Nassief; Prominent Businessman Gerry Aird;Attorney at Law Senior Counsel Alick Lawrence; Gregory Shillingford, former CEO of West Indies Cricket Board and Agronomist; Consultant and Economist Dr. Valda Henry, Chartered Engineer and Businessman Anthony Burnette-Biscombe; Ambassador Edward Lambert, with banker, Marie-Therese Johnson serving as Secretary of the Group.We are indeed honored to have such an illustrious group willing to give of their time and talent, and we look forward to recommendations emanating from their deliberations.But, Ladies and Gentlemen, what I really want to talk to you about this evening, will impact and determine how fast realistically we can and will proceed towards full recovery. It’s the unfolding hurricane season and disturbing forecasts of more bad weather on the horizon.I have been in constant communication with officials of the Meteorological Office here in Dominica, and I want to pause a moment to express my total confidence in the work and judgement of our local meteorologists.I speak with them, and, like you, I consult other weather services and channels around the world. I find our local officials are as knowledgeable as any, and their understanding and interpretation of the various tracking reports are spot on with others elsewhere.It is after consultation with them and with the support of external forecasters that I have decided to come to you this evening to sensitize you to the clear and present danger posed by the threat of more torrential rainfall in Dominica at this time.Many of you are monitoring the progress or lack thereof of Tropical Storm Grace, which formed south of the Cape Verde Islands on Saturday, August 5th.Over the last two days, ‘Grace’ has continued on a general westward motion toward the Lesser Antilles with maximum sustained winds peaking near 50 mph on Sunday.As of today, Monday September 7, 2015, the 5pm advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) on the storm, indicated slight weakening of the storm to 45mph.However, the forecast track of Grace maintains a centre located just north of Dominica on Friday September 11, 2015 either as a weak storm or tropical wave.Regardless of this weakening — and this is what I want you to listen to very carefully, my dear people — the current projection is for an increase in shower and thunderstorm activity, which could be heavy at times across Dominica on Friday, with the possibility of flash flooding.Additionally, a tropical wave is expected to produce some unstable conditions this Wednesday, that’s two days from now, with model projections estimating rainfall amounts of 15mm to 20mm across Dominica. That’s slightly less than an inch of rainfall.Under normal circumstances, an inch of rain on Wednesday would be a windfall for farmers and sea-craft users. But on this occasion, it spells trouble for residents of several communities across Dominica. The earth is saturated and will not easily absorb an inch of rain.In addition to the meteorologists, I have also been listening to structural engineers and they are warning of the grave and present danger posed by the threat of additional torrential rainfall in Dominica at this time.So not only is there the weakened Tropical Storm Grace that we have to pay attention to, but also, our troubles could begin as early as Wednesday.I wish to take this opportunity to issue a word of warning to residents of this country. Now is not the time for dare-devil maneuvers. We have been given adequate warning of the likelihood of torrential showers and flash flooding and we all must pay heed.I know it will be difficult and I know it will be uncomfortable for many, but, we are all one people and we have got to batten down and see this period of trial and adversity through.If you know you are living in areas that are susceptible to flooding or you are in the path of busted riverbanks and water courses, I am urging you, from now, to consider a shelter or bunking with a relative or friend elsewhere, during the upcoming days of anticipated bad weather. It is better to be safe than sorry!Landslides have heavily impacted the road system and those affected areas have by no means stopped shifting. They therefore currently present a very real danger.Our engineers are out on the roads conducting inspections and monitoring hazards as we can expect sections to continue to shift. This shifting may accelerate in the event of additional heavy rain.We ask for motorists to be diligent and report any changes they see to the roadway surfaces. Our engineers and consultants have taken steps towards repairing and stabilizing the affected areas but this work takes time and is very hazardous.I therefore again, appeal to those who were victims of landslides and slippage during the passage of Tropical Storm Erika, to be especially vigilant and mindful of the fact that conditions around you could deteriorate in the event of the forecasted rainfall materializing.Today is but Monday, and I would caution you to be vigilant throughout Wednesday, so that by Thursday you would be in a better position to gauge and determine whether evacuation, in anticipation of Friday’s heavier rainfall, is necessary.I have summoned another meeting of all Parliamentarians for eight o’clock tomorrow morning. Here we would be hoping to get updated reports not only on relief and restoration, but also on continued vulnerabilities, as we approach this next bout of predicted bad weather.I want to say here that I was very impressed and satisfied with the overall sense of purpose and commitment of all Parliamentarians, particularly the Leader of the Opposition, Honourable Lennox Linton who has been most constructive in his interventions. I believe this formula of Parliamentarians working together in the face of adversity has served us well, thus far, during this repair and restoration period.I again urge residents in need of assistance to make contact with your Parliamentary Representative, as they are each in a position to access rapid help and relief on your behalf.Fellow Dominicans, Residents and Friends, I am confident that Dominica shall overcome those period of adversity. The last 10 days have been fantastic for us as a people. We have bounced back and we are in recovery and rebuilding mode. \Forecasted bad weather in the coming days should be seen as but another hurdle for us to cross in our quest to return to some level of normalcy.Dominicans abroad are rooting for us. Our Caribbean brothers and sisters have put their hearts, hands and resources to the plough. Many foreign nations and multilateral agencies have placed Dominica at the top of their priority list.The world, Ladies and Gentlemen, is rooting for us. Let us unite! Let us continue to work together to rebuild this beautiful country of ours.May God continue to Bless and Guide you. Let’s all pray for a shift in the trajectory of these additional weather systems. Let’s all reaffirm our faith in Almighty God to shield this land of ours.I thank you very much for listening…and May God Bless the Commonwealth of Dominica and all its people. I thank you. Sharelast_img read more

Lady Tarpons Fall in Bi-district

first_img RelatedPlayoffs; P.I. vs. Rockport-Fulton FridayBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel High Lady Tarpons softball team has made the playoffs.  Last Friday night, at home, the team got past La Feria, 2-1, in the final district contest of the season. The Lady Tarpons enter the post-season as the No. 4 seed…April 29, 2016In “News”Lady Tarpons take down Beeville in bi-districtBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Lady Tarpons volleyball team was victorious in its first-round bi-district playoff match against Beeville on Tuesday night. The Lady Tarpons advance to the area round of the playoffs with a 25-14, 25-18, 25-9 straight sets win over the Trojans of…November 6, 2014In “Sports”Lady Hawks Ground Lady Tarpons, 57-42By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Lady Tarpons lost to the Lady Hawks of Zapata, 57-42, in a District 32-4A basketball game Tuesday at Tarpon Gym. Port Isabel drops to 2-6 in district play with the loss, and is tied for sixth place in the standings…January 22, 2016In “News” By LARRY GAGESpecial to the PRESSThe Port Isabel High Lady Tarpon softball team bowed out of the 2016 UIL post-season playoffs last Friday when they lost their first-round, bi-district game to Rockport-Fulton, 8-4, in Kingsville.It was a disappointing end to a season that saw the Lady Tarpons win five of their last six games and tie Zapata for third in the final standings of District 32-4A.  They went into the post-season playoffs as the No.4 seed when P.I. lost a coin flip with Zapata.The game turned in the sixth inning.  Port Isabel took early leads of 1-0 and 4-1 and was on top, 4-2, going to the bottom half of the sixth.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

Sakalibel, Jejak Sejarah Jembatan Kereta Kedua Terpanjang di Indonesia

first_imgJembatan Sakalibel. Sumber: istimewa Mengingat medan yang dihiasi oleh pegunungan, perbukitan, dan lembah, maka tidak heran jika perkeretaapian Indonesia memiliki sejumlah jembatan yang menjadi pra-sarana penghubung titik satu dengan yang lainnya. Pada artikel sebelumnya  sudah diulas tentang jembatan kereta terpanjang di Indonesia, maka kurang afdol rasanya jika tidak mengenal peraih ‘medali perak’ dalam kategori yang sama. Perkenalkan, Jembatan Sakalibel!Baca Juga: Cikubang, Jembatan Kereta Terpanjang di IndonesiaDilansir dari berbagai laman sumber, ada beberapa penamaan dari jembatan yang didirikan pada tahun 1917 ini, diantaranya Sakalimolas dan Sakalimalas. Sebenarnya, nama jembatan ini merupakan singkatan dari Saka Lima Belas (Bahasa Jawa: Saka artinya Tiang), yang berarti jembatan yang ditopang oleh 15 tiang. Jembatan terpanjang di Daerah Operasi (Daop) V Purwokerto yang memiliki nomor bangunan hikmat 1153 ini terletak sekitar satu kilometer di sebelah timur Stasiun Bumiayu, Brebes, Jawa Tengah. Jembatan sepanjang 298 meter ini kokoh melintang 20 meter di atas Kali Keruh, salah satu sungai kecil di Kabupaten Brebes yang sarat akan cerita mistis. Walaupun diselimuti cerita horror, namun itu semua tidak menghalangi para pecinta fotografi untuk mengabadikan momen indah di atas Jembatan Sakalibel.Sumber: wikipediaTidak bisa dipungkiri, pemandangan yang disuguhkan dari atas jembatan yang sudah tidak digunakan ini memang indah, itulah yang melatarbelakangi para pecinta kereta api (railfans) untuk menyempatkan diri berkunjung ke Sakalibel. Minat berburu foto semakin bertambah manakala pembangunan jalan lingkar luar kota Bumiayu yang melintas di kolong Jembatan Sakalibel rampung. Semakin menambah daya artistik menurut mereka.Masa Pembangunan Jembatan Sakalibel. Sumber: wikipediaJembatan yang sempat diperkuat tiga kali (tahun 1968, 1972, dan 1997) ini menggunakan konstruksi besi baja dengan rasuk rangka lalu lintas atas, maka tidak heran jika fisik jembatan ini masih terlihat sangat kokoh walaupun usianya sudah menginjak satu abad. Sayangnya, sehubungan dengan pembangunan jalur ganda kereta api yang menghubungkan Purwokerto dan Prupuk seolah menandakan bahwa masa pensiun jembatan 15 tiang ini akan segera tiba.Baca Juga: Cisomang, Serba-Serbi Jembatan Kereta Tertinggi di IndonesiaBenar saja, sebuah jembatan baru dengan konstruksi beton yang lebih kokoh dibangun pada April 2010 silam, tepat di samping Jembatan Sakalibel yang namanya pun terinspirasi dari pendahulunya, yaitu Jembatan Sakanenem. Kenapa diberi nama Sakanenem? Senada dengan nama pendahulunya, jembatan ini ditopang oleh enam pancang beton, bukan lagi oleh 15 tiang besi baja. Jika diperhatikan, ada kemiripan antara Jembatan Sakalibel dengan Jembatan Cisomang, dimana keduanya sama-sama memiliki suksesor yang berdiri tepat di sampingnya. Unik ya!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedGrand Danyang-Kunshan, Jembatan Kereta Yang Panjangnya Melebihi Jarak Jakarta-Bandung!26/02/2018In “Darat”The Causey Arch, Jembatan Kereta Tertua yang Kini Masih Bisa Dilihat Keberadaanya22/03/2018In “Darat”Cikubang, Jembatan Kereta Terpanjang di Indonesia11/05/2017In “Darat”last_img read more

Jawaban Atas Buruknya Infrastruktur Transportasi, di Mogadishu Kini Meluncur Layanan “Ojek Online”

first_imgApa yang ada dibenak Anda saat mendekar nama Mogadishu? Sebagian besar mungkin membayangkan suasana ibu kota Somalia ini yang serba kacau, bangunan porak poranda dengan tingkat kriminalitas tinggi. Gambaran itu boleh jadi terpatri lantaran kuatnya pengaruh film Black Hawk Down (2001) yang menjadikan Mogadishu sebagai latar cerita tentang perang kota yang brutal antara pasukan elite Amerika Serikat dan ribuan milisi bersenjata pimpinan Farrah Aidid.Baca juga: “Ojek Online” Hadir di Melbourne, Tawarkan Mobilitas Tinggi dan Rendah Emisi Dan faktanya sampai saat ini kondisi Mogadishu masih menjadi kota yang terpuruk. Bahkan Somalia kini mendapat label sebagai basis perompak laut di Teluk Eden. Dunia internasional pun men-cap Somalia sebagai salah satu negara gagal. Meski penuh keprihatinan, warga Mogadishu nyatanya berusaha bangkit. Di tengah situasi bisnis yang tidak jelas regulasinya, startup lokal berusaha mencari peruntungan pada penyediaan layanan transportasi. Adalah Gulivery yang pada 1 Mei 2019 resmi meluncurkan Go!, yaitu sebuah aplikasi ride hailing yang digadang beroperasi di sekitaran Mogadishu. Go! Bisa disamakan di Indonesia dengan GoJek dan Grab. Hanya saja layanan yang desediakan baru sebatas ojol (ojek online), itu pun masih terbatas dengan 20 armada. Identitas ojol asal Somalia ini dicirikan dengan motor berwarna kuning, serta pengemudi yang mengenakan rompi dan helm berwarna kuning.Infrastruktur jalan raya yang buruk, ditambah identifikasi nama jalan yang tidak memadai dan urbanisasi yang tinggi menjadi tantangan besar dalam upaya penyediaan transportasi di Mogadishu. Dikutip dari (1/5), pendiri aplikasi Go! Deeq Mohamed menyatakan bahwa hadirnya ojol merupakan peluang ditengah keterbatasan sarana transportasi. “Bahkan moda ini bisa menambah peluang tenaga kerja baru,” ujar Deeq yang berharap dapat mengembangkan layanan ini di kota-kota lainnya.Ojek motor sendiri sudah dikenal lama di Mogadishu, oleh warga kota dengan populasi 3 juta jiwa ini, ojek pangkalan (opang) disebut sebagai Boda Bodas. Dalam beberapa tahun ini, pertumbuhan Boda Bodas meroket dan menjadi tumpuan transportasi antar warga.Baca juga: Populasi Ojek Online Meroket, Apakah ini Pertanda Bagus Untuk Ibu Kota? Deeq Mohamed punya cita-cita luhur untuk mengembangkan Go! Ke seantero wilayah Afrika Timur. Pendanaan menjadi masalah terbesar untuk mewujudkan obsesinya, ia berharap investasi yang dikeluarkan dapat balik modal dalam waktu dua tahun. Rencananya Go! Bakal menambah armada 50 – 75 sepeda motor sampai akhir tahun ini.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Related”Ojek Online” Hadir di Melbourne, Tawarkan Mobilitas Tinggi dan Rendah Emisi20/03/2018In “Basis Aplikasi”Pasca Pemberlakuan Tarif Baru, Pengemudi Ojek Online Keluhkan Sepinya Order08/05/2019In “Darat”Kerap Jadi Biang Kemacetan, Driver Ojol Harus Lebih “Peka” Marka Lalu Lintas14/06/2019In “Basis Aplikasi”last_img read more

South Korea whips Japan in Olympic qualifier

first_img RELATED PHOTOS South Korea, Japan, 2016 Rio Olympics, Miyu Nagaoka, Kim Yeon-koung IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Japan suffered its first loss of the women’s Olympic volleyball final qualifiers in a 3-1 (28-26, 25-17, 17-25, 25-19) defeat to archrival South Korea on Tuesday.South Korea captain and London Olympic MVP Kim Yeon-koung blasted her way to a game-high 24 points, Kim Hee-jin adding 12. Miyu Nagaoka led Japan with 20 points. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img Japan’s Saori Kimura spikes the ball against South Korea’s Lee Hyo-hee in an Olympic women’s volleyball qualifier on Tuesday at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. South Korea beat Japan 28-26, 25-17, 17-25, 25-19. | KYODO KEYWORDS The two teams met for the first time in Olympic qualifying, with South Korea also winning in the final qualifiers for London four years ago.Japan dropped a set for the first time this tournament after failing to capitalize on three set points in the opening set.Japan raced out to a 6-2 lead but South Korea gradually closed the gap, moving in front for the first time at 13-12. Nagaoka sparked Japan to its first set point at 24-23, only for Sarina Koga to serve long and throw South Korea a lifeline.Nagaoka fooled the defense with the soft tap of her left hand to make it 25-24, but the visitors leveled again through Yang Hyo-jin. Nagaoka handed the hosts a third set point by beating the block, yet it was none other than Kim Yeon-koung who equalized before delivering set point at 27-26 with her 10th point of the match.Kim Su-ji blocked Nagaoka as South Korea took the set at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.South Korea won the second set with far more ease, staying ahead after grabbing a 13-12 lead. Up 21-17, the South Koreans captured the last four points of the set, Kim Yeon-koung closing out with a service ace.Japan rallied in the third set, never trailing and getting a boost from Yuki Ishii’s eight points off the bench. Haruyo Shimamura created set point with the flick of her wrist at 24-17, and Kim hit wide as Japan pulled within 2-1.However, the home team could not carry the momentum into what would be the decisive fourth set. South Korea jumped out to a 5-1 lead and never looked back, Kim converting the second match point to seal the victory.Italy improved to a perfect 3-0 at the women’s final Olympic qualifying after defeating the Dominican Republic in straight sets on Tuesday.Italy won 25-22, 25-23, 25-23 while the prospect of playing in Rio de Janeiro is starting to look bleak for Dominica, which now has lost all three matches despite being the second-highest ranked team here after Japan.The Netherlands bounced back from Sunday’s loss to South Korea with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-20) victory over Thailand, while Peru picked up its second win after beating Kazakhstan 3-1 (19-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-23). last_img read more