Early bird incentive at 50% off, as HITS expects sell-out for…

first_imgRegistration is now open for the 2014 HITS Triathlon Series event in Ocala, Florida, which takes place on 29-30 March next year. Named as an Editor’s Pick for one of the Best United States’ Triathlons by Triathlete Magazine, HITS Ocala is expected to sell out before race day.As an incentive for early registration, all athletes who complete their registration more than four months out will receive 50% off the regular registration fee.“I think people are starting to realize that what we are doing is something really special,” said Mark H. Wilson, Race Director with HITS Triathlon Series. “We offer opportunities for triathlon to be a family affair, a weekend getaway and a training tool, as well as a competitive race environment. Ocala had a great year in 2013 and we are looking forward to some great racing again next year.” Boasting the ‘a distance for everyone!’ mantra, HITS Triathlon Series will offer five distances in Ocala, including Sprint, Olympic, Half, and Full, as well as the popular HITS Open, and will cap each at 500 athletes.Athletes will again swim in the picture-perfect waters of Lake Weir before fast bike courses and an exciting trail run at Carney Island Park. Finalized course maps, lodging options, race day schedules and other important information is available at HitsTriathlonSeries.com.“The management at Carney Island Park has been an absolute pleasure and we really love when we get to return to a community that welcomes the sport,” said Wilson. “I expect that this event will grow into one of the more popular races in the country – it’s just a perfect location.”All 2014 events will offer qualifying opportunities for HITS Athlete of the Year Awards, which will be presented at the HITS Championship in Palm Springs, California, in December 2014.www.HitsTriathlonSeries.com Relatedlast_img read more

Solid performance after restructuring for Cannondale owner Dorel

first_img Related Cannondale owner Dorel Industries has announced its results for the third quarter and nine months ended 30 September 2014. Overall, revenue for the quarter increased 10.8% to US$673.0 million compared to US$607.3 million a year ago. Net income for the period rose 75.4% to US$19.5 million or US$0.60 per diluted share compared to US$11.1 million or US$0.34 per diluted share in 2013.Total revenue for the nine months was up 9.7% to US$1.98 billion compared to US$1.80 billion in the prior year. Net income increased by 27.5% to US$59.5 million or US$1.83 per diluted share, compared to US$46.6 million or US$1.45 per diluted share for the year-to-date a year ago.“Marking the third quarter were a number of positive highlights in all three [business] segments,” said Martin Schwartz, Dorel President & CEO. “We continue to be pleased with the sustained progress in our Recreational/Leisure segment. For the third consecutive quarter, segment revenue grew by double digits.”He continued, “The Cannondale Sports Group (CSG) has had a solid nine months and we see a bright future for this business with a dynamic management team in place. Caloi’s operating profit was positive after losses during the first half and we still expect the bulk of Caloi’s earnings during the current fourth quarter. In the mass channel, Pacific Cycle posted healthy increases with quarterly performance exceeding prior year in both revenue and operating profit. We look forward to an excellent racing year in 2015 with our new partners, Slipstream Racing.“As we transition out of the Brixia relationship with our Cannondale Pro Cycling team, we have incurred one-time costs of US$4.5 million in the quarter, as outlined below in the Recreational/Leisure segment. In addition, the segment’s on-going restructuring program resulted in costs of US$0.9 million.”Schwartz added, “The strength of the US dollar also had an unfavourable net impact on the Recreational/Leisure results of approximately US$1.0 million versus last year.Recreational/Leisure SegmentWithin Dorel’s Recreational/Leisure Segment, total revenue grew 15.1% year on year to US$266.5 million in the third quarter of 2014. For the 9 months to September 2014, total revenue was up 17.8% year on year to US$793.1 million.Organic revenue increased by 6% in the quarter and 8% year-to-date. Overseas markets in the independent bicycle dealer (IBD) channels, particularly Europe and Japan, as well as sales to the North American mass merchant distribution channels contributed to the quarter and year-to-date organic growth.Increases in revenue in the IBD channel were due, in part, to growth in the E-bike and mountain bike categories, while Pacific Cycle benefited from improved consumer demand for bicycles and electric ride-on toys in the mass merchant channel.Despite an overall weak economy in Brazil, Caloi contributed to operating profits after two consecutive quarters of losses. ‘Bicycle sales in Brazil are starting to benefit from the successful introduction of Cannondale, GT and Schwinn which has led to gains in domestic market share.’As the company noted, with the summer season about to begin in Brazil and the distraction of the World Cup behind them, Caloi is poised for a strong fourth quarter.Recreational/Leisure’s operating expenses in the quarter include costs related to changes in the Cannondale Pro Cycling (CPC) team. The signing of a new agreement with Slipstream Racing led to a one-time write-off of Cannondale Sports Group’s equity investment in the Brixia associated team of US$3.4 million in the quarter.An additional US$1.1 million was expensed for funding needed to bridge a shortfall in sponsorship income as the team could not solicit adequate sponsorship during the current transition period.Restructuring costs of US$0.9 million for the quarter and US$3.1 million year-to-date were recorded related mainly to the closure of the Bedford, Pennsylvania assembly operation. ‘Excluding the impact of the one-time CPC write-off, operating profit in the third quarter significantly improved year-over-year.’Outlook“We remain on-track for a much improved year in Recreational/Leisure,” said Schwartz. “Thanks to improved earnings at all three of our major divisions, CSG, Pacific Cycle and Caloi, we fully expect to deliver much better results for the fourth quarter versus last year. Both CSG and Pacific Cycle will build on 2014’s solid year-to-date gains while Caloi will benefit from the addition of the Cannondale, GT and Schwinn brands in the Brazil market.”www.dorel.comwww.cannondale.comlast_img read more

In the first nine months, Zadar County realized over 11 million overnight stays

first_imgIn the period January-September 2016, there were 1.513.077 arrivals and 11.124.696 overnight stays in Zadar County. Out of that, there were 219.600 domestic tourists, and they realized 2.576.460 overnight stays, while there were 1.293.477 foreign tourists who realized 8.548.236 overnight stays. In the first nine months, most guests stayed in private accommodation 685.711, which generated 4.836.388 overnight stays, followed by hotels with 285.951 guests and 1.137.411 overnight stays, and camps with 262.348 guests and 1.912.865 overnight stays.Regarding foreign guests in the period January-September 2016, most guests were from Germany 220.382 guests and 1.864.960 overnight stays, Slovenia 182.560 guests and 1.488.443 overnight stays, Austria 104.118 guests and 683.495 overnight stays, the Czech Republic 98.224 guests and 734.866 overnight stays , Poland 88.250 guests and 634.082 overnight stays, Slovakia 72.723 guests and 532.307 overnight stays, Hungary 67.418 guests and 409.368 overnight stays, Italy with 65.944 guests and 370.728 overnight stays, France 447.868 guests and 209.165 overnight stays and the Netherlands 33.539 guests and 240.099 overnight stays.In September 2016, there were 161.414 arrivals and 1.278.868 overnight stays. Out of that, there were 13.501 domestic tourists, and they realized 292.372 overnight stays. There were 147.913 foreign tourists in September, and they realized 986.496 overnight stays. In September, most guests stayed in private accommodation, 52.686, and 408.596 overnight stays were realized. They are followed by hotels with 47.048 guests and 174.018 overnight stays, camps with 29.784 guests and 233.234 overnight stays.As the eVisitor system was introduced this year, it is not possible to say with certainty what the growth of arrivals and overnight stays is, but one thing is for sure, the current tourist season is a record in all segments, both globally and in Zadar County.last_img read more

Jamaica records four new COVID-19 cases

first_img Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Oct 16, 2020 Share this on WhatsApp Some 400 or 57% of the confirmed cases are females and 302 or 43% are males. They range in age from 2 months to 87 years. Of the 702 cases confirmed with COVID-19 to date, in addition to the 553 or 78.8% have recovered, eight or (1.1%) were repatriated, and 10 or 1.4% have died. There are 131 or 18.7% active cases currently under observation. Among the active cases, there is one moderately ill case and no critically ill case at this time. Oct 16, 2020 Jamaica has recorded four new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours while recoveries remain at 553 or 78.8%. More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… St. Lucia records more cases of COVID center_img Oct 15, 2020 You may be interested in… CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Oct 15, 2020 The new positives – which bring to 702 the total number of COVID-19 cases on the island – consist of 2 males and 2 females, who range in age from 25 to 43 years. All are imported cases, having arrived on flights from the United States. Testing numbers went up to 24,501 in the last day. In addition to the 702 positives, there are 23,741 negatives and 58 pending. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… At this time, there are 187 imported cases; 233 cases are contacts of confirmed cases; 39 are local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked, 236 are related to the workplace cluster in St. Catherine and 7 are under investigation.last_img read more

TDW, Centrica Sign Pipeline Isolation Services Contract

first_imgTDW Offshore Services (TDW) announced that it has signed a frame agreement with Centrica Storage Limited (CSL) to provide pipeline isolation services with its SmartPlug® tool.The tool makes it possible to safely isolate pressure in an active pipeline, and maintain production while necessary maintenance is carried out. By doing so, operators realize significant benefits in the form of reduced downtime and associated costs.“We are extremely pleased with this development,” said Larry Ryan, Director of SmartPlug® Operations for TDW Offshore Services. “The five-year agreement effectively extends the agreement between TDW and CSL, which the two companies entered into in 2010,” he added.During the past 10 years, TDW has performed several pipeline isolation operations for CSL on its Rough Gas Storage assets in the Southern North Sea using the SmartPlug isolation system. Recently, CSL isolated the main sea-line that connects the offshore 47/3B platform with its Easington Gas Terminal using a TDW SmartPlug system installed in the riser at the platform end.“This allowed change-out of the platform Emergency Shutdown Valve (ESDV) without the requirement to vent down the 30km long pipeline, thus minimizing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with natural gas venting,” said Paul Hardy, Integrity Engineer for CSL. “In addition, CSL prefer to keep the pipeline at pressure, thereby reducing the number of pressure cycles and minimizing fatigue life usage. Isolating the pipeline using the TDW SmartPlug achieves this objective,” he added.“An added advantage of using SmartPlug tools that incorporate a pressure test module is that the new or repaired valve can be service pressure-tested and seat leakage tested in-situ from both sides using nitrogen prior to releasing the isolation and admitting gas, thus ensuring integrity before hydrocarbons are present. This capability is something CSL intends to take advantage of in the future,” he added.[mappress]Press Release, September 04, 2013last_img read more

Continued growth for Terex MP

first_imgKieran Hegarty, president, said Terex MP had an excellent quarterTerex Materials Processing (MP) has reported net sales of US$365 million in its second quarter 2019 results.A 9% increase on the same period in 2018, Terex MP said the rise was driven by global demand for its services and products.An order backlog of US$364 million positions the segment well as it heads into the second half of 2019.John L Garrison, Terex Chairman and CEO, said: “Terex continued to grow in the second quarter. Global demand for our leading products and services remained generally stable at a healthy level, and we continued to meet the needs of our diverse customer base.”Terex Corporation reported an overall net sales figure of USS1.3 billion for the quarter, which equals a 4% increase on the same period last year, or 8% excluding the impact of foreign exchange rates.Kieran Hegarty, Terex MP president, said: “We had an excellent quarter, thanks to strong global sales and execution across our business. Our global team is committed to meeting the needs of our customers, and that manifests in our consistently strong operating results.” #*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

High brings crane back

first_imgHigh Logistics was also responsible for delivering the crane components to the Port of Klaipeda from Chicago when the decommissioning project began.The scope of High Logistics’ work included loading the equipment in containers and flatracks for shipment to Lithuania, Customs clearance at the Port of Klaipeda, delivery to the jobsite, packing and fumigation, and the return shipment to the USA.The company also handled the sorting and labelling of the cargo according to ATA Carnets and the closing of the five ATA Carnets, which it says was the biggest challenge of the project.High Logistics is a member of the XLProjects (XLP) network.  www.hlogistics.ltwww.xlprojects.netlast_img read more

INTELLIGENCE

first_imgArgentina: Trenes de Buenos Aires was due to begin a station refurbishment programme on the Mitre commuter network at the start of April. This includes the installation of automatic fare collection equipment, after its introduction to TBA’s Sarmiento route in January.Ferrosur Roca and Ferrocarril del Pacífico of Chile have introduced a through container service, involving road transfer between Neuquén in Argentina and Victoria. FR plans a US$1m transfer facility at Zapala once traffic exceeds 300TEU a month.Australia: State Rail Authority of New South Wales has shortlisted Goninan and Clyde Engineering to supply 80 double-deck EMU cars for the Sydney suburban network. The successful bidder is expected to be nominated this month.Canada: Canadian Pacific has announced a $17·8m expansion programme for its Vaughan intermodal terminal in Toronto. Annual handling capacity will increase by 60% to 225000 containers and trailers when the project is finished later this year.Czech Republic: Czech Railways has agreed to lease the Tanvald – Harrachov, Liberec – Zelezny Brod and Smrzovka – Josefuv Dul routes totalling 63 km to the Jizera Railway consortium of local authorities (RG 2.98 p82), for KC3·3m a year exclusive of rolling stock. Zelezarny Veselí is to lease the Zajecí – Hodonín, Cejc – Zdlast_img read more

Children of Rwandan genocide suspect Kabuga fear for father’s life

first_imgRwandan genocide suspect Kabuga denounces charges as “lies” Eric Emeraux, head of the Gendarmerie’s Central Office for Combating Crimes Against Humanity, Genocides and War Crimes (OCLCH), diplays documents with a wanted poster depicting a photograph of Felicien Kabuga during an interview with Reuters at his office, about the arrest of Rwandan genocide fugitive suspect Felicien Kabuga, in Paris, France, May 19, 2020. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier Outside view of La Sante prison, where Rwanda genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga is being held, according to a source close to the investigation, in Paris, France May 17, 2020. REUTERS/Clotaire AchiThe children of detained Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga accused French authorities of violating his “fundamental human rights” on Friday, saying he has severe senile dementia among other ailments and that imprisonment could kill him.The 87-year-old Kabuga has been indicted by U.N. prosecutors for genocide and incitement to commit genocide. He is accused of bankrolling and arming ethnic Hutu militias that killed 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus over around 100 days in 1994. He denied the charges this week.He has been in a Parisian prison since May 16 when police swooped on his hideout in the capital’s suburbs, ending a 26-year manhunt. A French court will decide whether to transfer him to a United Nations tribunal on June 3.“In recent years he has accumulated many pathologies: diabetes, hypertension and severe senile dementia,” a statement from his 11 children said.“He also had a colectomy last year. His state of health requires support and constant surveillance, like any weak and dependent elderly person,” the statement said, adding that he had lost weight and become more incoherent since his detention.A Paris court on May 27 denied a request by his lawyers for his release saying it could stir unrest in the Rwandan community and that there was no guarantee he would not flee, given the aid provided by his family to avoid capture in recent years.Kabuga was Rwanda’s most-wanted fugitive with a $5 million U.S. bounty on his head, until French, British and Belgian intelligence agents tracked him down to his son’s apartment in a northwestern Paris suburb.“Leaving our father in prison, in his state, amounts to denying his fundamental human rights. It is a cry for help that we are making today to challenge his imprisonment which could be fatal to our father,” the children said.Related Malawi police arrest Rwandan genocide suspectcenter_img Prosecutor seeks transfer of Rwandan genocide suspect Kabuga to UN custodylast_img read more

Africa’s COVID-19 cases now at 1,237,070: Africa CDC

first_imgSouth Africa’s COVID-19 cases reach 2028 Africa’s COVID-19 cases surpass 787,000 FILE PHOTO: A health worker walks between beds at a temporary field hospital set up by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) during the COVID-19 outbreak in Khayelitsha township near Cape Town, South Africa, July 21, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings -/File PhotoThe number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in Africa stood at 1,237,070 on Sunday as countries on the continent continue to report declines in new infections.The latest figures from the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention show that the continent has also reported 29,430.South Africa remains the hardest-hit country on the continent, having reported 622,551 cases and 13,981 deaths.The numbers represent 50.3 percent of the continent’s caseload and 47.5 percent of its deaths.Egypt is the second-worst-hit country in Africa, having registered 98,497 infections and 5,376 deaths.Other than the top two most-affected countries, Morocco (60,056) and Nigeria (53,727) are the only other African countries that have recorded more than 50,000 COVID-19 infections.Further on, eight countries on the continent have reported more than 30,000 infections.The continent has however seen a recent decline in new cases, pointing towards progress in its fight against the virus.Relatedcenter_img COVID-19 cases in Africa exceed 371,000last_img read more