The United Nations stands ready to lend its support in response to the damage caused by an earthquake which struck Guatemala yesterday, a spokesperson for the world body’s Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, while also noting the UN chief’s sadness over the event.“The United Nations stands ready to lend its assistance to efforts already under way by the Guatemalan authorities to respond to humanitarian needs created by the disaster and to mobilize any international support needed for that response,” the spokesperson told a news briefing at UN Headquarters in New York.According to media reports, at least 48 people are dead, another 150 are injured and dozens are missing, with residents seeking safety in streets due to concerns over aftershocks on Thursday. The earthquake, reportedly measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale, struck off the coast of Guatemala near its border with Mexico on Wednesday, 7 November.The spokesperson added that the Secretary-General is saddened by the loss of life, and the damage to homes and infrastructure in Guatemala as a result of the earthquake. “He extends his sincere condolences to the Guatemalan government and people, particularly the families of those who have been killed or otherwise affected in this disaster,” the spokesperson said.
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According to a news release issued by the UN human rights office (OHCHR), Belize is a country of destination, transit and, to a limited degree, of origin, where human trafficking disproportionately affects women who are mainly trafficked for sexual exploitation – particularly women from the neighbouring countries of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Wrapping up her official visit to the country, UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons Joy Ngozi Ezeilo said Belize should avoid a “repressive” immigration policy that compounds the problem of human trafficking and undermines efforts at combating and preventing the phenomenon and providing holistic assistance to the victims. Ms. Ezeilo also cited a growing problem of crimes against children, especially sexual exploitation of young girls from poor families through the ‘sugar daddy’ syndrome and ‘fichería’ in bars, where men pay a higher price to drink with the girls (‘ficheras’), a practice identified as a prelude to prostitution. The expert welcomed Belize’s ratification of key human rights treaties and its adoption of the Trafficking in Persons Prohibition Act. However, she voiced concerns about the capacity and the willingness to identify trafficked persons and potential victims of trafficking, especially those in mixed migration situation.“More worrisome is the rampant and indiscriminate criminalization of irregular migrants for irregular entry into Belize which contributes to driving the phenomenon of human trafficking further underground,” she stressed.She noted that immigration officers routinely prosecute, convict and/or fine immigrants even before giving them an opportunity to tell their stories or be identified as trafficked persons or potential victims of trafficking. “The practice of criminalization of irregular immigrants is against international human rights standards and practices, especially given the inhumane conditions of detention and the absence of basic assistance including in establishing contacts with families, embassies and lawyers,” the expert pointed out. Ms. Ezeilo drew special attention to the fact that children under 18 years of age are also punished for breach of immigration laws and kept in prison since there is no separate facility for the detention of irregular migrants. “I met pregnant underage girls who may be potential victims of trafficking and are currently detained along with adults,” she said. “I am further concerned about the growing reports of child prostitution and sexual exploitation of girls in the tourism industry,” she stated. Ms. Ezeilo will present her report, including a number of recommendations, to the UN Human Rights Council at its June 2014 session in Geneva. UN independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
“This act follows the terrible bombing on 27 December and further reflects a deeply worrying escalation in the violence witnessed in Lebanon in recent months,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement issued by his spokesperson.The Security Council issued a press statement reaffirming that “terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.” Several people were killed or injured when the car bomb ripped through the southern Beirut suburb of Haret Hreik. Last Friday, a car bomb in the centre of the capital killed former minister Mohammad Chattah and at least five others, an attack that Mr. Ban and the Council said underlined the need to protect Lebanon’s stability in the face of such terrorism and the civil war in neighbouring Syria. “The Secretary-General calls on all Lebanese parties to act with restraint and for the Lebanese people to come together to support the institutions of the state, particularly the army and security forces, as they work to prevent other acts of terrorism and to safeguard the stability and security of their country,” Mr. Ban said in today’s statement. “The Secretary-General underlines the need for the instigators and perpetrators of this crime to be brought to justice as soon as possible.” In its statement, which echoed the call for justice, the Council appealed to all Lebanese people to “preserve national unity in the face of attempts to undermine the country’s stability and stressed the importance for all Lebanese parties to respect Lebanon’s policy of disassociation and to refrain from any involvement in the Syrian crisis.”Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled to Lebanon in the almost three years of violence that erupted when originally peaceful protesters demonstrated for President Bashar al-Assad to leave power, and various Lebanese factions have been implicated is supporting different sides in the resulting Syrian civil war. UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly voiced outrage that this was the fourth bomb to explode in Beirut’s southern suburbs since July and stressed the importance of bringing to justice those responsible for this and all other such acts of terrorism.
Tsetse flies are vectors for the single-cell parasites that cause trypanosomiasis, or nagana, an often-lethal disease that affects some 3 million animals in sub-Saharan Africa each year at massive costs to farmers’ livelihoods and food security. The tsetse genome was sequenced and annotated during a 10-year global collaborative effort that involved the Insect Pest Control Laboratory run jointly by the Rome-based UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna. Scientists will now be able to better study the fly’s genes and functions, knowledge that should open the door for researching ways to control the insect, according to a news release issued by the two UN agencies.“Decoding the tsetse fly’s DNA is a major scientific breakthrough that opens the way for more effective control of trypanosomiasis, which is good news for millions of herders and farmers in sub-Saharan Africa,” said Kostas Bourtzis of the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture. “Detection and treatment of trypanosomiasis is currently expensive, difficult and dangerous for the livestock as it often involves toxic drugs, but this new knowledge will accelerate research on tsetse control methods and help scientists develop new and complementary strategies to reduce the use of costly drugs and insecticides,” he said. Trypanosomiasis leads to a debilitating chronic condition that reduces fertility, weight gain, meat and milk production, and makes livestock too weak to be used for ploughing or transport, which in turn affects crop production. Humans bitten by carrier flies can develop African sleeping sickness, which can be fatal without treatment. No vaccine against the disease exists for livestock or humans because the parasite is able to evade mammalian immune systems, so control methods primarily involve targeting tsetse flies through trapping, pesticide treatments and sterile male release strategies.The Joint FAO/IAEA Division is currently supporting 14 African nations in their efforts to tackle the trypanosomiasis problem by controlling tsetse fly populations by integrating the sterile insect technique with other control methods. A form of “insect birth control,” according to the Division, the sterile insect technique involves releasing mass-bred male flies that have been sterilized by low doses of radiation into infested areas, where they mate with wild females. These do not produce offspring and, as a result, the technique can suppress and, if applied systematically on an area-wide basis, eventually eradicate populations of wild flies. Tsetse flies were successfully eradicated from the island of Zanzibar using the sterile insect technique and are currently being suppressed in parts of southern Ethiopia. In January, Senegal reported that it was making significant progress in infested areas in the Niayes with the same method.
In an interview with UN Radio, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, described “a feeling of despair and of tiredness” in the Middle Eastern country from which he recently returned, adding that the strongest message he received from people on the ground was an appeal to “stop this carnage” and “give us some light.” “That was the strongest message I got and that’s why I’ve been so keen in trying to find some entry points to make that difference: not through a conference, not through a seminar, but through something tangible for them,” Mr. de Mistura said. The conflict in Syria, which began in March 2011, has led to well over 150,000 deaths, and more than 680,000 people have been injured. At least 10.8 million people are in need of assistance inside Syria, including at least 6.5 million who are internally displaced.The violence has also spawned a refugee crisis flooding neighbouring countries with some 2.5 million people.Asked about his “new plan” for Syria and the region at large, Mr. de Mistura said the besieged city of Aleppo provides the best example of where the conflict could be frozen locally, as fighting between opposition and Government forces had ground to a stalemate amid the steady advance of ISIL militants. “If we can freeze that and show that at least Aleppo can become an area where we can provide some better life for citizens, then the focus can be, as it should be, on [ISIL],” he continued. The “new plan,” first presented to the Security Council last Thursday, would initially seek to freeze the fighting and create an environment whereby humanitarian aid could reach the beleaguered population in Aleppo. Additionally, it would also provide visible proof that the on-the-ground narrative can be shifted from a military one to a political one. “If that can be replicated,” Mr. de Mistura said, “then we may have a formula to cool off, if nothing else, the environment in Syria and lead to a political process, as everybody claims should be the case, rather than simply saying it but nothing happening.” The Special Envoy added that he would soon be returning to Damascus for further consultations with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad where the specifics for bringing the plan to fruition would be discussed. “As you know, the devil is in the details. And the details in this matter count because it means lives saved and locations identified,” he explained. “That’s why I’ve been proposing Aleppo because it has many ingredients; it is a place which is iconic; it is threatened by the war between the two sides, the Government and the opposition; and it’s now also threatened by [ISIL].”
According to a readout of a meeting between the two leaders, the Secretaries-General reviewed the continued cooperation between the United Nations and League of Arab States and exchanged views on strengthening international efforts against counter-terrorism, and on Syria, Iraq, the Middle East Peace Process, Yemen and Libya. Mr. Ban and Mr. El-Araby agreed to remain in close touch on the issues of concern to both organizations. Continuing his programme on the margins of the Summit, Mr. Ban also met with the President of Egypt, H.E. Mr. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. The Secretary-General congratulated Egypt on a successful summit and also commended Egypt’s leadership role in many regional issues. In a discussion on the Middle East peace process, Mr. Ban underlined the importance both of Palestinian reconciliation and of reconstruction in Gaza. Despite generous pledges made at the Cairo conference in October 2014, the Secretary-General underscored that the disbursement of funds for Gaza had been very limited, which had dangerous implications on the ground. The Secretary-General and President el-Sisi discussed the importance of all sides continuing to work for a genuine two-state solution where both Israelis and Palestinians would respect their mutual security needs. The Secretary-General then briefed the President on the difficult situations in Yemen, Libya and Syria, where his Special Envoys were tirelessly working to promote dialogue and stability and to end conflict in all three countries. Mr. Ban also briefed President Sisi on current United Nations initiatives to combat extremism and terrorism. The Secretary-General also updated the President on a number of important on-going development-related issues within the framework of the UN, including the negotiations on the sustainable development goals, the upcoming Addis Ababa Financing for Development Conference, and the UN climate change conference in Paris at the end of the year. Mr. Ban’s discussions continued with Somali’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. The Secretary-General expressed condolences to the President over the victims of the most recent terrorist attack in Mogadishu. The Secretary-General welcomed the President’s leadership in the ongoing State formation process, including the establishment of the National Leadership Forum. He also emphasized the importance of inclusivity, especially of women, youth, minorities and other weak communities, in Somalia’s State-building approach. They discussed Somali stakeholder’s commitment to meet key Vision 2016 timelines to complete Somalia’s federal state formation process and to review the provisional constitution. The Secretary-General and President Mohamud also discussed the alarming humanitarian situation and human rights concerns in the country, as well as developments in the region.
“Without access to the airports, aid agencies are unable to bring in staff, vital supplies of medicines and other critical life-saving assistance, or undertake medical evacuations of their personnel,” said Johannes van der Klaauw in a press statement. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), coalition airstrikes have targeted the runways at Sana’a international airport over the past week, rendering them inoperable. No flights can take-off or land while the runways are being repaired. More than 1,200 people have been killed and 300,000 have fled their homes in nearly two months of fighting in the war-torn Gulf nation. Emergency relief and medical teams from abroad are struggling to fly in to scale-up the humanitarian operation to address the needs of increasingly vulnerable Yemenis. “I strongly urge the coalition to stop targeting Sana’a international airport and to preserve this important lifeline – and all other airports and seaports – so that humanitarians can reach all those affected by the armed conflict in Yemen,” the Humanitarian Coordinator said. In its latest update on Yemen, OCHA said that the conflict, insecurity and shortage of fuel continue to hinder the delivery of urgently needed assistance to displaced families and other vulnerable, conflict-affected communities. Insecurity and lack of fuel have limited access to and delivery of services. Partners report difficulty providing medical services as result of the current security situation and continued airstrikes targeting Haradh, Sa’ada and Sana’a. Food partners have reported they have had to suspend assistance in several districts due to lack of fuel. Casualties and the number of displaced continue to rise. In Aden, where violence has continued, local authorities report that 98 per cent of Khormaksar district’s 62,869 residents had left and that remaining families are trapped and awaiting secure conditions to leave. Mass displacement is also taking place in Al Muala and Aden City. In Aden, local sources report continued widespread violence. Local sources report that several districts are without electricity, water and telecommunications for over a week and on 3 May had been blocked in order to prevent supplies from entering. Efforts are underway by UN agencies and partners to bring new and urgently needed supplies to the country, but the security situation is severely hampering those measures. Yemen imports almost 90 percent of its basic food from abroad. The political situation in Yemen has deteriorated since the country formed a new Government in November 2014.
Mr. Martelly said that one year ago, the Secretary-General, in his report to the Security Council on the work of the UN Mission in Haiti – known by the French acronym MINUSTAH – had noted that the holding of inclusive elections is essential for consolidation of democracy and the rule of law and promotion of development in Haiti.“I am pleased to affirm that Haiti is on the right path,” he declared, noting that the Haitian people are showing political maturity and the capacity to take their destiny into their own hands. The success of the elections is an important milestone along the path of the country’s stability and the political transition set to take place in 2016. This will be a decisive indicator of the good performance and the success of MINUSTAH over the past 11 years, he added. Significant progress has been achieved over the past four years, the President continued, affirming that during his Administration, democracy has been strengthened, rule of law institutions has been bolstered, the security situation has improved, human rights has been strengthened, extreme poverty has been reduced, foreign direct investment has largely expanded, and, after decades of stagnation, the economy has also seen growth. As for progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Haiti had made strides in education, child nutrition and access to water and sanitation. Such progress was been made possible in part to the United Nations and MINUSTAH, without which “no prospect for economic and sustainable development could have been seriously pondered.”Meanwhile, President Martelly continued, MINUSTAH is adapting to a new context: the Haitian Government is opting for a reconfiguration plan which takes into account the current situation in the country. He hoped to see progress along those lines in an ordered manner. “The transfer to Haitian institutions of the responsibilities for military matters, as well as police and development matters should be carries out according to a specific timeline [to] avoid any gaps in internal or external security of the country,” he explained.President Martelly said that his Administration placed significant importance on the issues of defence and security. He has worked to strengthen the national police and to develop a new defence policy with the support of the Inter-American Defence Council. “This new force will actively participate in Haiti’s development,” he said, noting such activities as environmental protection, providing relief for natural disasters, providing security of national borders and protecting investments.In a world where interdependence requires a global approach to tackle local problems, the United Nations must reinvent itself “for our common future” with a view to bringing Member States back together and bolstering multilateral relations for the betterment of all. Recent hopeful events in the area of diplomatic relations include the reopening of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States and the reaching of a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme with international negotiators.Yet challenges abound, foremost among them, the seemingly daily expansion of non-State entities, not just in Syria and Iraq where such groups are attacking civilian populations and destroying cultural heritage. “These threats are exceptionally grave and must be addressed by the international community. We must adopt all collective measures in order to guarantee international security and respect for human rights,” he said, urging determination to oppose “the barbarism of terrorist entities and criminal behaviour that threaten our common values.” Mr. Martelly also said that “we cannot hope for an effective response to global challenges of our time without reducing the North-South divide, but an intensification of the fight against poverty and without a proactive response to the ecological crises that strike primarily the poorest countries.”
In his address to the 71st annual debate of the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister John Key impressed on the world leaders that “it is our collective responsibility, as Member States [of the UN], to front up with the political commitment necessary to make the UN the body that we want it to be.” Referring to his country’s role in the UN Security Council, he added: “New Zealand is working for a Security Council that shows more leadership on the toughest political issues; that works harder to get the incentives right to broker solutions; and that is better at responding to political crises before they spiral out of control.” Mr. Key, however, also expressed that it is deeply troubling to see the Council fail to live up to its responsibilities on Syria. “Here, the Council has fallen short,” he said, adding: “Internal politics within the Council and the sheer complexity of the Syria crisis have obstructed a unified Council response.” Informing the General Assembly that New Zealand, as the current President of the Security Council, will convene a leaders-level meeting tomorrow on the situation in the crisis-struck country, he expressed hope that it will provide an opportunity for Council leaders to take stock of developments, examine the fundamental issues at the heart of the conflict, and discuss how a sustainable political solution can be reached. Speaking particularly on the use of veto in the Council, Prime Minister Key said: “No matter how hard we work to find compromises, time and time again we come up against the veto.”“The use of the veto; the threat of the veto. The exploitation of the veto is well beyond what the founders of the United Nations envisaged,” he stressed, stating that now is the time to move forward on Security Council reform. Turning to other parts of the UN system, Mr. Key noted that significant steps on development, climate, financing, and humanitarian and disaster risk reduction are of particular significance to small island developing States. Underlining that sustainable economic development, a key driver of global growth, prosperity and stability, requires a fair, rules-based trading system, more open trade and the removal of trade barriers, the Prime Minister called on the World Trade Organization (WTO) “to do more to set global trade rules.” “We need it to find common ground that overcomes vested national interests, and agree to new international trade commitments that benefit all countries,” he said, adding that protectionism will adversely impact the international community’s ability to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Turning to the selection of a new UN Secretary-General, Prime Minister Key said that next the UN chief must have the courage, experience and skills necessary to lead the organization and to keep it relevant and responsive. “We think it’s time for a Secretary-General like Helen Clark,” he said, noting that Ms Clark, the current Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), rallies people together to find the common ground, even when the issues are difficult and the differences vast. In conclusion, the Prime Minister of New Zealand said that he is proud of the contribution his country is making to the Security Council but noted that he is “keenly aware of the Council’s limitations.” Underscoring that it is the General Assembly that now needs to act to make the UN stronger and more relevant to the world, he said: “New Zealand is committed to the principles and values of the UN.”
The UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Manual on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) outlines essential steps that should be followed so that Indigenous Peoples are able to participate in a manner that is free of coercion and with the necessary information in a development project – from its design to sharing its achievements after it has been completed – prior to any decisions having been made. “None of us would allow someone to come to our home and start any activity of any kind without our agreement,” said Marcela Villarreal, Director of FAO Office for Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Building, in a news release today, explaining the concept of FPIC. “It is shocking that in the 21st century, [there is an] underlying understanding that there are different rights for different human beings. […] This is de facto marginalization by dividing rights for first and second class citizens,” she added. According to FAO, there are about 370 million indigenous individuals living in more than 90 countries, estimated to make up 75 percent of the world’s cultural diversity and speaking well over half of the world’s 7,000 surviving languages. However, over the past decades, they have been facing mounting challenges related to their livelihoods, respect for their rights and spiritual beliefs, and access to lands, natural resources and territories. Furthermore, mounting pressures from some extractive industries in some parts of the world are placing them at great peril. FAO said today that a constant variable in all the actions that lead to forced displacement and destruction of their natural resources is the lack of respect for their FPIC right.The right of Indigenous Peoples to FPIC has also been acknowledged in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, adopted by the General Assembly in September 2007. Indigenous knowledge vital for sustainable developmentThe importance of indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge systems and their contributions to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as in combatting climate change is receiving greater attention. This point was noted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his address to the Arctic Circle Assembly this weekend. FAO too highlighted this importance. In today’s news release, speaking specifically on food security and combatting malnutrition, the agency noted: “Indigenous Peoples’ food systems can help the rest of humanity expand its narrow food base, currently reliant on only a small set of staple crops.”“Additionally, by protecting forest resources, many indigenous communities help mitigate the negative impacts of climate change,” it added.
“Somalia is now at a critical point as a result of this drought and environmental hazards and lack of basic services,” said UN World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, Dr. Mahmoud Fikri. The UN agency said that it is providing “all possible support” to address the ongoing challenges. That includes sending in rapid response teams to areas of greatest threat. That includes sending medicines and medical supplies to health facilities in drought-affected areas. Some 1.5 million people are believed to be affected by the severe drought and worsening food crisis. More than 400,000 of those people are malnourished children. In addition, the drought conditions are causing epidemic-prone diseases to spread. These include cholera and measles. According to WHO, since early January, more than 6,000 cases of cholera have been reported, as well as more than 2,500 cases of suspected measles. The UN has launched an appeal for $825 million for the first half of 2017 for the pre-famine response. Of this, the health sector requires $85 million, including $10 million for the WHO.
Coaches and medium weight buses do well but heavier buses lose ground Rolling year bus and coach figure 12,597, down three per cent Rolling year coach figures are 1,116, or up 8.0 per cent Year-to-date bus and coach figures 9.7 per cent down at 8,085 Buses 3.5 to 8.5t up 23.3 per cent to 1,080 for the year-to-date> Year-to-date coach registrations up 11.1 per cent to 831 At 12,597 the rolling year total for bus and coach registrations was down 2.95 per cent at the end of August. The shorter term, year to date figures show a 9.7 per cent drop over the eight months. Both sets of figures confirm the bus industry’s view that operators are still not spending enough on new buses to hit the government’s fleet replacement target.By contrast, light buses in the 3.5 to 8.5 tonne sector did well, up 23.3 per cent to 1,080 and coach registrations were up 11.1 per cent to 831 for the eight months to the end of August.Registrations of single-deckers over 16t and of double-deckers again show how London’s buying patterns skew the figures. Coach registrations include deliveries of two fleets of service coaches. These sectors also show the effect of factory holidays and the ‘plate change’ in September.For double deck buses the rolling year total was 1,378, 12,11 per cent down on the figure last year. The annual average registration volume for double deck buses from 2000 to 2002 was 1,206.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Transport News Brief CV Show preview Tuesday 8 April 2008 CV Show space waiting list grows Crystal Communications, the stand space sales and marketing agency for the CV Show says the waiting list for stand space at this year’s CV Show is still growing, less than a week before the exhibition opens. “We’re amazed, we sold out of space over four weeks ago,” said David Crawford, sales manager for the event. “But we’ve nearly 50 firms that are very keen to get into the show and asked us to put them onto a waiting list just in case an exhibitor fails to show up. It’s a real long shot, but if they want a piece of the action at what is clearly going to be a very successful show, it’s their best bet this year.” More from David Crawford on +44 (0)1 634 261 262 or firstname.lastname@example.org Nissan goes for North American truck business Nissan North America, Inc. just said it will introduce three light truck models in three years, using Cummins engines and ZF automatic gearboxes. The firm will make the trucks specifically for the North American market, at Canton, Missouri. Joe Castelli, recently appointed vice president, light commercial vehicle and fleet for Nissan North America, will run the show. Castelli will launch the first of the three new trucks in 2010. The new range will work at up to eight tonnes GVW, with other models to follow. Nissan says it sold 518,000 light commercials in the last financial year. More from Frederique Le Greves on +1 (0)615 725 5025 or email@example.com IMI at the CV Show Exhibiting for the first time at the CV Show, the Institute of the Motor Industry will be on stand 7-130. It wants to talk to people about the skills shortages in the CV industry and the support that it can give in its role as the government-licensed Sector Skills Council. “We’ve a tremendous opportunity to make a difference to the commercial vehicle sector by working with employers and stakeholders to raise the skills bar,” said Sarah Sillars, IMI chief executive. “Our first visit to the CV Show will be a valuable sounding board for us to listen to employers and discuss skills issues, as well as setting out our stall to show people how we can help support them.” More from Simon Bennett on +44(0)1992 511521 or firstname.lastname@example.org Frontal protection devices to save lives and cash Concept Mouldings on stand 12-539 at the CV Show says its new Endura frontal protection systems make trucks safer for pedestrians. The firm says it will also cut insurance claims and will help firms meet corporate social responsibility goals. Tests done at the Mira test centre showed that fitting an Endura system to vans and trucks cuts the risk of pedestrian head injury in a typical frontal impact from over 98% down to less than 2%. “Children in particular incur head injuries when they are hit by vehicles and these often prove to be fatal,” says the firm’s Selwyn Rowley. More from Selwyn Rowley on +44 (0)1 926 611 700 or email@example.com CV Show debuts for Transics software Transics International, on stand 17-011 at the CV Show says it will launch ‘a number of new applications’ for fleet management, transport and logistics operations. The firm expects an upgrade of its proven package, the Transics Office Suite New Generation will be the main attraction. “One of the important features is the Multi-fleet view, which allows a shipper to watch all of its trucks on one single screen, allowing really easy monitoring,” says the firm’s Ingo de Schrijver. Another debut will be Transic’s Role-based user interface. “This has a docking navigator and allows complete screen personalisation,” says de Schrijver. More from Ingo De Schrijver on +32 (0)57 34 61 71 or firstname.lastname@example.org Retrofit hybrid set for world debut Llanelli-based Connaught Engineering’s Hybrid+ system makes its debut on stand 12-458 at the CV Show. “Ours is the only commercially viable retrofit system available today,” says Geoff Mathews, director. “And importantly, our system has the edge over most of the ordinary, traditional battery hybrid systems; since it doesn’t store the regenerative braking energy in expensive and very heavy battery packs.” With the rapidly growing concerns about cutting carbon footprints and what he believes is a clear trend toward emissions-based transport taxes, Matthews expects a very busy three days at the CV Show. More from Geoff Matthews on +44 (0)1 554 748 820 or email@example.com “We’re gonna make you a star” CV Show exhibitor cfc solutions is launching a new service to help businesses tackle key risk management issues. It allows firms to film a DVD using drivers and vehicles from its own fleet, making stars of them. “Because it is about people they know, in situations they recognise, your drivers will find it more interesting and it will be more likely to produce results,” says cfc. The firm will run a draw and pick 10 winners who will get the chance to film their own personalised risk management DVD. “All you need to do is visit us on stand 18-140 and leave your business card.” More from Simon Wells on 01283 711311 or firstname.lastname@example.org Schmitz Cargobull working for Transaid Visitors to the CV Show next week will see a Schmitz Cargobull curtainsider trailer, liveried to mark the tenth anniversary of the logistics charity Transaid. Co-sponsored by Wincanton and the CV Show organisers, the trailer will be in the outdoor truck and trailer demonstration area, by Hall 17 of the NEC. “After the show Wincanton will run the new trailer for 12 months on routes across mainland Europe to help promote Transaid and the excellent work that it does throughout Africa,” said Andrew Morley, UK sales director at Schmitz Cargobull. More from Lloyd Arkill on +44 (0)1 923 770 455 or email@example.com Conspicuity tape – coming to a truck near you, soon Reflectives UK Ltd on stand 17-238 will show its range of Hi-Viz vehicle conspicuity tapes. “These are suitable for all types of trucks and trailers,” said Steve Taylor for the firm. “They will all meet the new laws on vehicle conspicuity. Too many people fail to realise these changes to the law, starting in late summer next year, may affect their new trucks and trailers.” Taylor and his team expect a busy time explaining the implications of the new regulations on conspicuity marking. More from Steve Taylor on +44 (0)1 332 662 307 or firstname.lastname@example.org New UK boss on show for Schmitz Cargobull Schmitz Cargobull (UK) Ltd’s new managing director, Tom Macallan will be on the firm’s stand, 20-540 at the CV Show for the first time at next week’s CV Show. He joined the company in October 2007 as managing director designate. He has taken over from Andreas Schmitz, the great, great grandson of Melchior Schmitz, founder of the Schmitz Cargobull Group, and will take on another high profile role within Schmitz Cargobull AG. More from Lloyd Arkill on +44 (0)1 923 770 455 or email@example.com Staffmark helps keep tabs The UK’s Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport says it aims to be the focus for the development of the most modern techniques in logistics and transport. The organisation will use its stand, 18-011 at next week’s CV Show to demonstrate its latest service, Staffmark. “This is an online system that stores the expiry dates of your staff’s licences and compulsory qualifications,” says Fiona Furman for CILT. “When re-training and re-certification is due, the system alerts you in time to get it organised.” She says Staffmark can also be used to plan, record and monitor all of a firm’s staff training and development work. More from Fiona Furman on +44 (0)1 536 740 157 or firstname.lastname@example.org Stoneridge evolution on show Stoneridge Electronics, formerly Veeder-Root, says it will welcome the opportunity to show visitors to its stand 7-010 at next week’s CV Show how its products have evolved over the years. The firm says it now provides specialist products, services and expertise to the CV aftermarket on an international level. “We offer the latest in digital tachographs and associated technology, such as the award winning Optac range of tachograph download and analysis tools,” says Vicki Giacopazzi, for the firm. “In our 60th year, we’ll show our latest workshop equipment and have some special offers, available only at the show.” More from Vicki Giacopazzi on +44 (0) 870 887 9298 or email@example.com Quiet bodies for night-time deliveries Van and truck bodybuilder RVL says it will use its stand, 6-350 at the CV Show to show its ability to develop environmentally friendly vehicles. On show are an 18 tonne box-bodied truck with an extra-quiet refrigeration unit, insulated roller shutter and column tail lift, all designed to help cut noise for night-time deliveries. Two quiet van conversions follow the same theme. One is a hybrid panel van with an electronic refrigeration system, designed for multi-drop city distribution work. The other is an electric powered 3.5 tonne van, developed with Italian vehicle maker Micro-Vett SpA. More from Charlene Byrne on +44 (0)1 825 840 733 or firstname.lastname@example.org Biodiesel goes racing Fuel firm Mabanaft is sponsoring the two-truck Jenkins Motorsport team in the 2008 British Truck Racing Championship, with both trucks running on biodiesel. The firm says that as the first team to get official approval from the British Truck Racing Association to run on bio-diesel, Jenkins Motorsport’s results could pave the way for widespread adoption of biofuel in racing and show the advantages of biodiesel to the commercial world. More from Nigel Stansfield on +44 (0)7 711 664 647 or email@example.com CV Show debut for Dynagen Antares will use stand 19-041 at the CV Show to launch the Swiss-made Dynawatt and Dynagen on-board AC generator systems. The firm says it sees these as the answer to the ever-increasing need for on-board AC power to drive lights, tools, communications and IT systems. Antares, now the UK distributor for the Swiss firm, says the PTO driven Dynagen can produce between 4kVA – 12kVA. It will also show its Es-key Supernode Can bus system which replaces traditional relays, fuses and timers with a solid state system. More from Charlie McClelland on +44 (0)1 753 890 888 or firstname.lastname@example.org New man on show at parts4taillifts.com parts4taillifts on stand 19-045 say Steve Crossland has just joined which means that the parts sales team now has over 40 years combined tail lift and shutter door repair experience. He is an ex-tail lift engineer and will be on hand to help at the CV Show. “Identifying the correct parts for the different makes of tail lifts and shutters in the UK has always been challenging, but with the recent demise of the Ray Smith Group our parts team’s technical knowledge has been even more important,” said David Conman MD. “We’re keen to show that we offer the lowest priced genuine parts for all makes of tail lift and shutters.” More from David Conman +44 (0)1 482 504 444 or email@example.com Protect yourself, protect the load Load security is the theme of the Health and Safety Executive’s stand, 17-035 at this year’s CV Show. Recent research shows that many hauliers fail to secure loads to the bed of a van, truck or trailer. “This increases the risk of rollover while on the move, the load falling out when the vehicle reaches its destination or someone being hurt trying to unload an unstable load,” says Nina Day, senior engineer at the Health and Safety Laboratory. She also says a new and free load security leaflet, endorsed by the RHA, FTA, SMMT and Vosa will be available on the HSE stand, along with other industry health and safety information. More from Nina Day on +44 (0)1 298 218 213 or firstname.lastname@example.org Johnston sweeper uses 40% less fuel Johnston’s Compact sweeper on stand 19-030 can cut fuel bills by up to 40%. “That’s the finding from a series of tests between Johnston’s C200 Compact sweeper and leading competitors’ machines,” says Joyce Hack, for Johnston Sweepers. “With diesel at over £1.00 a litre this could save up to £30,960 over a five year period, based on six hours work a day for a five day week and 48 weeks a year.” She says the lower engine speed has many advantages in addition to fuel economy, among them lower noise generation and less wear and tear on parts, adding to the economies of the Johnston machine. 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Morgan Motor Company today hosted Dr Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, during a visit to the company’s Worcestershire headquarters and factory.Morgan is one of approximately 10,000 mid-sized businesses in the UK. These businesses represent 0.2% of all UK firms yet account for around one fifth of private sector employment.The Secretary of State was briefed on the latest tools and techniques used by Morgan to ensure that the company continues to be able to produce lightweight sports cars. From bonded aluminium chassis technology to super form body construction, staff explained how light-weighting can improve both fuel economy and chassis dynamics.Vince Cable said, “Manufacturing makes a significant contribution to the UK economy. It generates half our exports and is responsible for much of our business research and development activity”.Dr Cable also met three recent recruits to Morgan’s workforce. The first, Blake Bishop, is two years into his apprenticeship in metal fabrication and has a family connection through his father, Mick Bishop, who has worked for Morgan for the last nine years. The Business Secretary then spoke to Sam Mackintosh, who is completing a four year course at Worcester Technical College to attain NVQs in joinery. Finally, Michael Smith, who joined the design department at Morgan nine months ago, showcased the new Morgan website and car configurator, as well as marketing materials translated into Mandarin to support Morgan’s export strength through dealerships in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong.Find out more about automotive manufacturing in the UK on SMMT’s facts and statistics hub.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
SMMT’s prestigious Automotive Award for Innovation, which recognises UK-developed concepts and technologies with the potential to transform the automotive industry, is now open for its sixth year of entries.The Award – in partnership with the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), sponsored by GKN, and supported by The Times – promotes the UK automotive sector’s huge capacity for innovation. Global demand for British-made vehicles has significantly increased in recent years – manufacturing output is up more than 50% since 2009 – but this growth must be supported by home-grown innovation to help maintain the industry’s international competitiveness.A judging panel of industry experts will be looking for products, technologies, processes or systems that could transform the UK’s automotive industry for the better. Last year’s winner was Torotrak Group’s Flybrid KERS, a system that transfers energy from a vehicle’s motion back to the drive system to power the vehicle. The system is smaller, lighter and cheaper than a conventional battery electric hybrid. Winners from previous years include Gordon Murray Design, Jaguar Land Rover, Optare and Ford.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “One of the drivers behind the current success of the UK automotive industry is a strong pipeline of innovation – a vital component of its continuing drive for global leadership in vehicle development. In light of the UK automotive industry’s recent successes, we expect to see some exceptional entries this year.”Tony Pixton, Chief Executive of the Advanced Propulsion Centre, said, “The UK has committed a minimum of £1 billion to develop and produce low carbon technology over the next decade, building on our existing capability as a Propulsion Nation. Through our partnership with the SMMT Automotive Award for Innovation we will use our combined resources to provide a global shop window for entrants and hence we encourage any organisation with relevant products, technologies, processes, or systems to apply and be considered for this important award.”Rob Rickell, GKN President of Technology, added, “What has struck me in the six years GKN has been involved with this award is the skill, talent, and, often, tenacity of the people behind the innovations. It is important that we recognise the people driving innovation in the UK, and create the right environment to harness the undoubted skills we have in this country. As a global engineering leader, GKN wants people to recognise that there are a lot of great ideas and technologies that start life in the UK – and that have the potential to transform the global automotive industry.”The deadline for entries is midnight on 28 August. Entry is free and open to any manufacturer, supplier or developer, whether as an individual, team, department, or a submission on behalf of an organisation.After a shortlisting process, successful entrants will present their innovations to a panel of industry experts. The winner will be announced at the SMMT Annual Dinner on 24 November, in front of more than 1,000 leading industry figures.All entry criteria and entry forms can be found at the Award website: www.smmt.co.uk/aai.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Pink Shirt Day is coming up at Brock University Feb. 24, 2016. The annual day for anti-bullying started in B.C. and has now spread across the country.Everyone is encouraged to openly express that ‘Kindness is one size fits all’ by wearing a shirt to show support for the anti-bullying movement. We all have the capacity to spread kindness and that is the underlying philosophy behind the anti-bullying movement: a movement we hope lives year round beyond Pink Shirt Day.For more information: http://pinkshirtday.ca/
Hamilton Tiger-Cats players Luke Tasker and Larry Dean were at Brock University Wednesday night for an event as part of the Brock Sports Youth Flag Football League. In addition to the players, the Canadian Football League brought the Grey Cup to Brock’s Alumni Field.Below is a gallery from Wednesday’s event:
Sophocles’ Antigone may be more than 2,500 years old, but its relevance to the #MeToo and civil rights movements of today makes it resonate as strongly now as when it was first written.The new mainstage production from Brock University’s Department of Dramatic Arts (DART) tells the story of a woman rebelling against patriarchy and the establishment — a woman who is willing to sacrifice everything to stand up for what she believes is right.Antigone’s tragic protest against King Creon’s prohibition of mourning her dead brother makes the audience question what choice we have when our personal beliefs conflict with the laws of the state. The play also examines the effects that gender inequality and unbridled power have on society.DART faculty member Mike Griffin, who adapted and directs the production that will run at the Marilyn I. Walker Theatre, said the classic Greek tragedy was the perfect fit for the first mainstage performance of the 2018-19 season.“Antigone is one of the oldest examples of a powerful, independent female character in theatre and literature,” he said. “It is eerily unfortunate that this ancient world, in which she was born, has many similarities to the one we currently live in, and through that I think the play really speaks to today.“I also think it’s a fantastic challenge for my students to dive into a story that is really valued as such an influential, classical text.”Adam Rappold, Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics, worked with Griffin and the cast to dissect the Greek text and highlight major themes of the play pertinent to today’s audiences.“It is a work which manages to be, at once, both bewitchingly alien while still also familiar enough that it could have been ripped from today’s headlines,” Rappold said. “More pressingly for our current moment, it is likely the voice and personality of Antigone herself who continues to speak to audiences — a powerful and decidedly female scream of rage against iniquity and oppression, which, even after more than two centuries, refuses to be silenced.”With a contemporary approach to an ancient story, this production blends classical text with movement and image-based storytelling and explores a rich score of ensemble choral voices. The adaptation explores a shattered world touched by both contemporary and ancient times through a collage of poetry and physical theatre.“My vision is to paint Antigone as a strong woman, with the caveat that a strong woman should not be a stereotype but a norm that we are very familiar with,” Griffin said. “Hopefully her presence in standing up for what she believes in is something that can potentially propel audiences forward to feel confident in thinking that ‘when injustice happens to me, I will stand up for what’s right.’”The set and costumes for Antigone were designed by Brock Dramatic Arts Instructor Kelly Wolf, lighting was designed by Chris Malkowski and sound designed by Visual Arts Media Resource Co-ordinator Max Holten-Anderson (BMus ’10).The production showcases the talents of students in the DART undergraduate program. Student performers include Catherine Tait, Tristan Holmes, Alexandra Chubaty Boychuk, Matt Burt, Taj-Alexander Crozier, Tyler Simpson, Colin Williams, Mae Smith, Grace Martins, Samantha Rideout, Katie Cole, Diego Blanco, Heather Janser and James Dengate.Other student crew members include: Avery Delaney (Dresser), Peter Herbert (Stage Carpenter), Molly Lacey (Dresser), Sid Malcolm (Sound Operator), Heidi Nickel (Lighting Operator) and Jackson Wagner (Props Runner).Antigone runs Oct. 26 and Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 28 at 2 p.m., and Nov. 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a high school matinee on Nov. 2 at 11:30 a.m. The evening performance on Nov. 2 will include an American Sign Language interpreter for members of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.The production will run at the Marilyn I. Walker Theatre at Brock’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines.Tickets for the show are $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. There’s also a $10 group rate and a $5 eyeGo high school program rate available. Tickets are available through the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre box office at 905-688-0722 or on the PAC website.
VANCOUVER — Arike Ogunbowale scored 30 points and Jackie Young added 25 to help No. 1 Notre Dame beat Drake 82-64 in the Vancouver Showcase semifinal Friday night.The defending champion Fighting Irish (5-0) struggled to score early. But after the first quarter was tied 17-17, Notre Dame eventually managed to dominate. The Irish outscored the Bulldogs 52-44 in the paint.Ogunbowale connected on 11 of 19 shots while Young hit 11 of 15 from the field.The Irish were playing without Jessica Shepard and still were missing Marina Mabrey, who has been sidelined with a quadriceps injury all season.Sara Rhine led the Bulldogs (5-1) with 18 points while Sammie Bachrodt netted 11 and Maddy Dean contributed 10.In the early going, the Bulldogs prevented the Irish from driving the baseline early. Notre Dame also struggled from beyond the arc, missing all four of its three-point attempts in the first 10 minutes.But the Bulldogs were hurt by a number of offensive turnovers down low and, as a result, did not profit as much as they could have. Turner’s basket off an alley-oop put the Irish ahead 22-21 early in the second quarter, and then Ogunbowale and Young combined to stretch their advantage.The Irish increased their lead to 44-31 at half-time, outscored the Bulldogs 37-16 in the third quarter and coasted from there.BIG PICTURENotre Dame: By qualifying for the final amongst a tough field, the Fighting Irish appear poised to retain their No. 1 ranking.Drake: The surging Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the season.UP NEXTNotre Dame: The Fighting Irish will battle for the championship Saturday against the winner of Friday’s other semifinal between Oregon State and South Carolina.Drake: The Bulldogs will tip off in Saturday’s game to decide third place against either Oregon State or South Carolina.The Associated Press
CINCINNATI — Andy Dalton is out for the season with a thumb injury suffered in the Bengals’ latest loss.Dalton hurt the thumb on his passing hand when he tried to recover a fumble in the second half of a 35-20 rout by the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. He was placed on injured reserve after more tests on Monday.Jeff Driskel will start for the Bengals the rest of the way, getting his first chance to lead the team in his third NFL season. The Bengals claimed quarterback Tom Savage off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers as a backup.The Bengals (5-6) have lost five of their past six games, falling to third in the AFC North.Dalton broke the same thumb while making a tackle on an interception return in 2015.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLJoe Kay, The Associated Press