Irma, Harvey, Maria and beyond: We need to talk about finance

first_img OAS-Chile Partnership Programme Announces Full Scholarships… You may be interested in… Greater Focus on Regional Agriculture Heavy-hitting and repeated cyclones in the Caribbean, intense and devastating flooding across South Asia – and this in just the last few weeks. Unabated, unmanaged disaster risk is wreaking havoc across our planet, killing, destroying and setting back progress. A few months ago, not far away from where Harvey, Irma and Maria touched land, a key international conference took place in Cancun – the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which ended with a call for all countries to “systematically account for disaster losses by 2020”, a critical baseline to assess progress, challenges and opportunities ahead. Several weeks earlier, Robert Glasser, the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), and Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, blogged that “disasters – 90 percent of which are classed as climate-related – now cost the world economy US$520 billion per year and push 26 million people into poverty every year”. Oct 7, 2020 Sep 28, 2020 Read more at: Hurricane Irma damage in the British Virgin Islands Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… center_img Make COVID Recovery ‘a true turning point’ for people and… Today is International Day for Disaster reduction – Is this year’s string of hurricanes a sign of things to come?Joint Op-Ed by  Achim Steiner is Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme Patricia Espinosa is Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change Robert Glasser is the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction   From Miami and Puerto Rico…October 13, 2017In “Anguilla”All hands needed on deck for post-hurricane recovery – WB Meeting hearsYesterday, the WB met with international partners to reaffirm commitment to build back the Caribbean with resilience — World Bank Caribbean (@WBCaribbean) October 14, 2017 Statement on High Level Meeting on Recovery and Resilience in the Caribbean [su_pullquote align=”right”]The participants highlighted the need for a response involving all…October 14, 2017In “Anguilla”WMO Hurricane Committee reviews devastating 2017 seasonThe World Meteorological Organization’s Hurricane Committee meets from 9 to 13 April to review the devastating 2017 Atlantic hurricane season and to discuss regional coordination and operational planning to protect lives and property in the forthcoming one. The extremely active 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was one of the most destructive on record.…April 9, 2018In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp Sep 10, 2020 ‘Step In our Shoes’ – Dr. Carla Barnett Sep 4, 2020last_img read more

Auctions analysis

first_imgTo access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week. Would you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletterslast_img

K Noble Charters Capesize

first_imgDry bulk shipping specialist Diana Shipping Inc. has through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary entered into a time charter contract with K Noble Hong Kong Ltd., for the 171,810 dwt Capesizee m/v Salt Lake City, for a period of minimum 21 months to maximum 24 months.The daily gross charter rate will be 3.5% above the BCI average of the four pre-determined time charter routes as published by the Baltic Exchange minus a 5% commission paid to third parties. The initial charter payment will be made on delivery of the vessel to the charterers based on the average of the four pre-determined time charter routes for the 15 days preceding the vessel’s delivery date.At the end of the time charter period, there will be a final settlement to reflect the average daily rate of the four pre-determined time charter routes for the actual duration of the charter. The charter is expected to commence during January 2015.Press Releaselast_img read more

Sydney Harbour Sulphur Cap for Cruise Ships Looming

first_imgA new regulatory amendment requiring all cruise ships to use low sulphur fuel (01% of less) while berthed in Sydney Harbour is coming into effect on October 1, GAC reports.A second stage of the amended regulation, which will require the use of low sulphur fuel (0.1% or less) while in Sydney Harbour (including while berthed) will come into effect from July 1, 2016.Exceptions from the requirement to use low sulphur fuel are provided in some circumstances, for example, ship safety and emergency situations or technical problems, GAC says.Ships may seek approval from the New South Wales Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to use alternative methods to achieve an equivalent reduction in sulphur oxide and particulate matter emissions, for example, the use of exhaust scrubbers.Public consultation on the draft Regulation amendment was held in June 2015. Further consultation will be undertaken with communities in regional NSW ports about the broader application of the low sulphur fuel requirements.The state government is also assessing possible options for reducing emissions from the broader shipping sector in NSW waters.last_img read more

Is the legal profession being unwittingly manoeuvred into establishing a de facto safety net?

first_imgSolicitors deserve to be congratulated for their role in the success of an initiative to boost the number of law schools offering free advice. It is testament to their commitment to access to justice for the poor. So why does one feel slightly discomfited by the news? Perhaps we can answer that question by asking another. Pro bono, we are told in the official protocol on the subject, is an ‘adjunct to, not a substitute for, legal aid’. But with the government planning savage cuts to public funding, is the profession being unwittingly manoeuvred into establishing a de facto safety net that will catch at least some (if not all) of the hundreds of thousands of people soon to be disqualified from taxpayer-funded access to justice? We hear that question being asked with increasing frequency. Indeed, one speaker at last week’s Minority Lawyers Conference went so far as to envisage an environment in which legal aid practitioners have quit this area of paid work altogether – leaving it to be done pro bono by default. At the local level, persuading lawyers (and students) to fill the vacuum gratis would mean ‘devolving power… so that neighbourhoods take control of their destiny… putting trust in professionals… and encouraging volunteering and social action so people contribute to their community’. Noble goals in the abstract, of course – and the precise terms in which David Cameron recently relaunched his ‘Big Society’ initiative.last_img read more

Hansom: Liberté, égalité, fraternité

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

Project Professionals Group enrolls Stella Group

first_imgPPG general manager Kevin Stephens said Stella Group provided high-quality shipping and transit logistics services to and from the Baltic Sea region.”PPG members now have excellent support throughout northern Europe, specifically in the fields of stevedoring, liner, shipping, port agency, short sea, special shipments, trucking, warehousing and transit operations,” Stephens said.Stella Group has offices in Helsinki, Kotka and at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport.The company also has operations in key centres throughout the Baltics and Russia.www.ppgprojects.comwww.groupstella.comlast_img read more

Youth month significance

first_imgJ Colin Jooste, Observatory This poem speaks to the actual confrontation on June 16 1976 when a group of young people who had the courage of their conviction, were indiscriminately fired on by South African police. It is the 16th of June and the young people are over the moon, for today they are going to sing a tune that will cause the racist regime incontrovertible ruin!Their march kicks off with a song and dance heavily armed police stand as though in a trance;That they will shoot, we don’t for a moment believe,oh dear, as children how could we be so naive?Toyi toying rhythmically we advanced, no thought of retreat,we’ve come this far, we’re not going to suffer defeat.“Manskappe * ê aan maak gereed, skiet die donners.”Gunfire, smoke, pandemonium, hysterical screaming!“This can’t be true, it’s a nightmare! I’m only dreaming.”Bodies strewn everywhere, blood from it streaming.Those who survive are pistol-whipped, beaten with a rubber baton!Boere shouting abuse in Afrikaans sounds, more like ancient Latin, protesting for being taught in a language not our mother tongue,sadly, none for this murderous slaughter will be strung up and hung!last_img read more


first_imgAustralia:Mining company Xstrata has announced that it will go ahead with a planned open-cast coal mine west of Rolleston in Queensland, which will include a 110 km rail link (RG 4.03 p183). To be built by QR, Abigroup, John Holland and Connell Wagner at a cost of A$230m, it will provide access to QR’s Central Line.China: The first locomotive to be delivered to the Amdo worksite in Tibet began hauling construction trains on the Qinghai – Lhasa railway on March 23. The dismantled 86 tonne loco was transported on four lorries to the site 4704m above sea level.A 157 km line which has been completed along the western coast of Hainan island has been approved for use.As part of the German High Speed Initiative in China, BWG, Pfleiderer and Siemens plan to set up a ’Centre of Competence’ in Beijing. A similar move saw the three companies establish an office in Guangzhou (RG 1.04 p48) where they are supporting Guangdong Provincial Government and the Guangzhou Railway Group with its plan to build a 595 km Pearl Delta network.Czech Republic:On March 11 Skanska ZS formally completed upgrading the 6·3 km Ústí nad Orlicí – Cesklast_img read more