News / Ports of Georgia and Virginia get green light for talks on box terminal alliance

first_img By Gavin van Marle 10/04/2017 © Oseland | Dreamstime.com – Port of Savannah The US east coast port authorities of Georgia and Virginia have been given a green light from the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) for discussions on “a variety of operational and commercial topics”, in what is likely to be the latest port alliance development.Georgia and Virginia, which respectively oversee the container gateways of Savannah and Norfolk, have drawn up an East Coast Gateway Terminal Agreement “to exchange information related to the best use of their wharves, berths and cargo handling equipment, all to the benefit of the shipping public”.FMC acting chairman Michael Khouri said the agreement was “the latest example of port authorities and MTOs looking to the Shipping Act and the commission’s agreement authority as a way to improve service and operations, which will ultimately benefit the American shipper and consumer”.He added: “The ocean transportation services sector is a dynamic and competitive business where the marketplace drives innovation. The port authorities in Virginia and Georgia are responding to a changing industry.”The proposed agreement would see the two port authorities discussing “vessel calls and rotations, operational efficiencies, cost reductions, the changing shipping environment, large ship operations, supply chain technology, stevedoring, gate, rail and yard operations, warehousing, safety and security, customer service and new product lines”.It would also look at joint or independent acquisition, utilisation and best practices relating to operating systems and equipment, including the repair and use of chassis and containers.However, the two ports are not permitted to discuss terminal handling charges or other fees, such as potential chassis leasing.The momentum for alliances between ports and terminal in the US appears to be gathering. In December, the FMC authorised two adjacent container terminals in Miami to seek “cooperation and commonality in both business and operating matters”.During a speech to the North Atlantic Ports Association in Virginia at the beginning of December, FMC commissioner William Doyle suggested the Miami operators’ filing could form a template for terminal alliances to construct framework service agreements with liner alliances.In January 2015, the Pacific ports of Tacoma and Seattle created the Northwest Seaports Alliance to jointly manage their respective container handling businesses.last_img read more

40 healthcare staff at AIIMS gastro dept in self-quarantine

first_img40 healthcare staff at AIIMS gastro dept in self-quarantine Related Posts Read Article News Public Health Add Comment MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 A 30-year-old male nurse working with them tested positive for coronavirusAround 40 healthcare staff, including doctors and nurses working at the gastroenterology department in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), have been advised self-quarantine after a 30-year-old male nurse working with them tested positive for coronavirus, official sources said on Friday.Contact tracing was immediately initiated and samples of these 40 healthcare workers along with some patients from the ward where the nurse was posted were sent for testing.“Test results of around 22 people have come out which includes the results of four ICU patients. They are negative. Results of the rest are awaited,” a doctor said.According to the doctor, the nurse had fever on Saturday and had approached the doctors on phone in the clinic for AIIMS’ employees the same evening.He was advised to come for testing on Monday.As he was having post duty off on Monday, he went for testing on Wednesday and his results came out to be positive on Wednesday night. Everybody came to know about this on Thursday,” the doctor said.The male nurse, a resident of Chhattarpur,, is undergoing treatment at AIIMS.On Thursday, the kitchen of the mess of the Lok Nayak Hospital (LNJP) Hospital was closed till further orders after a dietician associated with the mess tested positive for coronavirus infection.The LNJP Hospital is a dedicated COVID-19 facility in Delhi. The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Share Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha AIIMSCOVID-19gastro By Press Trust of India on April 24, 2020 Comments (0)last_img read more

Jamaica Has Taken the Lead in Compliance with FCTC Obligations

first_imgPhoto: Donald DelahayeMinister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites (right); greets Head of the Conference of the Parties Convention Secretariat at the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, Dr. Haik Nikogosian (left); while Director, Emergency, Disaster Management and Special Services, at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Marion Bullock DuCasse (centre), looks on. Occasion was a public lecture at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, in St. Andrew, on May 8. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Story Highlights Jamaica has taken the lead internationally as the present Tobacco Regulations are very strong. Jamaica should quickly move to become fully compliant with its obligations under the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control The Government intends to address all the other matters but felt a need to move forward with the measures that would have the most direct public health impact. Advertisements RelatedGovernment Advancing WHO Tobacco Control Measures RelatedHealth Minister Urges Jamaicans to Become More Activecenter_img RelatedGovernment Ready to Gazette Amended Tobacco Control Regulations Head of the Convention Secretariat of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), Dr. Haik Nikogosian said although the progress overall with respect to implementing the FCTC has been slow over the years, Jamaica has taken the lead internationally as the present Tobacco Regulations are very strong. He commended the Minister of Health for his leadership in this regard.“There is still need for a comprehensive Tobacco Control Bill to tackle all the issues in the FCTC. Jamaica has been doing well in many areas but there is need to now focus on things like the illicit trade and the banning of direct and indirect advertising, sponsorship and promotion. There also needs to be the creation of a national coordination mechanism to move the process forward systematically,” he said.He said Jamaica should quickly move to become fully compliant with its obligations under the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and pointed out that this responsibility lies with all sections of the Government and not just the Health Ministry.“The FCTC is an international public health treaty but there is a misconception that only the Health Ministry is responsible to implement the obligations. All Ministries have equal responsibility. The country ratified the Convention through Parliament and so the entire Government is obligated to comply. I do not think the legal dimension of the treaty is fully understood,” he said.Meanwhile, Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson said the current tobacco Regulations were only the beginning of the process to implement the obligations under the FCTC. He said the Government intends to address all the other matters but felt a need to move forward with the measures that would have the most direct public health impact.“We do understand that we have further to go to ensure our compliance and address the issues surrounding the exposure to tobacco especially where our youngsters are concerned. That is why we have been meeting and consulting about matters involving advertising, sponsorship and promotion as well as the illicit trade. I am fired up and ready to push forward with these measures,” he said.Dr. Ferguson thanked Dr. Nikogosian for the visible support that he has given to Jamaica and said he was looking forward to continue working with him to address the additional areas under the FCTC.Dr. Nikogosian left the island on Friday after the official visit at the invitation of Dr. Ferguson. His visit was a follow-up to the recently held high level consultations on tobacco and trade and comes as Jamaica prepares to put in place additional tobacco control legislation in furtherance of its commitment under the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.Dr. Ferguson invited Dr. Nikogosian to visit Jamaica to assess the position of the country with respect to tobacco control as well as provide some guidance to our future action in this area. Jamaica Has Taken the Lead in Compliance with FCTC ObligationsJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Jamaica Has Taken the Lead in Compliance with FCTC Obligations Health & WellnessMay 12, 2014Written by: Stephanie Shaw Smith, Manager, Public Relations & Communication, Ministry of Healthlast_img read more

In Massachusetts, Spreading Myths About Academic Freedom Legislation

first_imgA Massachusetts newspaper, the Bedford Minuteman, has an article mentioning the academic freedom science education laws in Tennessee (2012) and Louisiana (2008). Unfortunately, it appears there is still widespread misunderstanding about these pieces of legislation.The reporter, Kathleen Cordeiro, interviewed Abby Hafer, a scientist who teaches at Curry College. We learn that Dr. Hafer helped to draft a new bill — the state’s House Bill 471. This legislation was crafted specifically as the antithesis of academic freedom laws. Hafer wanted it to be “model legislation for protecting science education.” The bill provides that “standards for the subject of science shall include only peer-reviewed and age-appropriate subject matter.”  A Great Deal of MisinformationCordeiro writes:Hafer is not aware of any Bay State public school teaching students intelligent design instead of evolution, or denying climate change in classroom lessons. Her concern is not that this has already happened in Massachusetts. Her concern is that there is nothing to prevent it…. Two states have passed laws to include non-scientific materials into public school curricula — Louisiana in 2008 and Tennessee in 2012. “Those things didn’t happen in a vacuum,” said Hafer, pointing to organizations that promote science denial and help legislators draft model legislation.“So I decided there should be model legislation for protecting science education,” she said. Hafer believes Massachusetts is the best first place to have model legislation. “I want to protect students and I want to protect teachers.” [Emphasis added.]In those few paragraphs, there’s a great deal of misinformation about academic freedom laws, how they harm science teaching and imperil students and educators. I’d like to explain what such legislation actually does. As I’ve noted previously, academic freedom laws are very limited in their scope. They do not authorize bringing in material on intelligent design, nor make teachers teach anything differently. They simply provide freedom for teachers and students to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of controversial scientific issues in the curriculum in an objective fashion. They protect teachers and students who want to engage in scientific inquiry, which means examining evidence critically. If science is defined as investigating nature objectively, then they represent the opposite of “science denial.” Easy to DenigrateIt’s easy to denigrate academic freedom bills in the popular media, especially where there’s no link to the actual laws for readers to check them out and see what they actually say. But if one looks at the text of these laws, their intent is clear: see the Tennessee law here, for instance, which “only protects the teaching of scientific information.”Here’s what the co-author of HB 471, Representative Ken Gordon, told Kathleen Cordeiro: It is critical that our state’s students are exposed to reliable, fact-based science in a public school science class. Agreed! He goes on:There is no room for alternative explanations for evolution in our public schools. There is no place for climate change deniers.All I can say is, that’s a lot of polarizing labeling instead of digging into the facts about academic freedom legislation. What I find funny is that the actual text of HB 471 is something I’d agree with. It simply stands behind solid science. Peer-reviewed, age-appropriate science? Bring it on!Photo: Massachusetts State House, by Domenico Bettinelli, via Flickr (cropped). Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Sarah ChaffeeNow a teacher, Sarah Chaffee served as Program Officer in Education and Public Policy at Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. She earned her B.A. in Government. During college she interned at Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler’s office and for Prison Fellowship Ministries. Before coming to Discovery, she worked for a private land trust with holdings in the Southwest. Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Education “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogoscenter_img Tags”science denial”Abby Haferacademic freedomBedford MinutemanCurry CollegeevolutionHouse Bill 471intelligent designKathleen CordeiroKen GordonLouisianaMassachusettsscience educationstudentsteachersTennessee,Trending Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Recommended Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Free Speech In Massachusetts, Spreading Myths About Academic Freedom LegislationSarah ChaffeeAugust 4, 2019, 6:25 AM last_img read more