News / HMM stays bullish as it sinks deeper into the red, and vows it can cut costs

first_imgBy Mike Wackett 14/08/2018 HMM recorded a net loss of $215m in the second quarter, taking the South Korean ocean carrier’s deficit to a massive $371m at the half-year stage.The restructured container line increased liftings by 17%, year on year, in Q2, to 1.15m teu, which it attributed to its “sales expansion efforts” including the launch of its standalone Asia-North Europe loop and larger tonnage on the Asia-South America tradelane.HMM also improved its load factor across its network to 79%, up from 75% the year before, but lower freight rates caused revenue to fall by 8% in the first six months, compared with the previous year, to $2.1bn.Like many of its peers, the carrier was hit hard by the rising cost of fuel and was unable to recover sufficient bunker surcharges to mitigate the impact of a 27% hike in bunker prices.HMM said it “expected higher freight rates” through the peak season and aimed to improve profitability by “rationalising service routes” and reducing bunker costs through slow-steaming.And,it said, it would “continue its efforts to secure additional cargo volume before taking over the newly-ordered eco-friendly mega-containerships”.HMM has placed an order with South Korean yards for 12 23,000 teu and eight 14,000 teu vessels for delivery in 2020, which will be fitted with scrubbers to burn lower-priced heavy fuel oil.The carrier said it would “do its utmost to attain competiveness as one of the top global carriers by improving its cost structure and reducing operating costs through fleet expansion and securing terminal assets”.It added a cautionary note however: “Cargo volume is likely to fluctuate due to changes in the international situation.” Presumably a reference to the escalating tit-for-tat trade war between the US and China.last_img read more

Allocate ventilators, other Covid-19 resources based on evidence, not political hunches

first_img Susie A. Han Duty to care: respecting the fundamental obligation of health care providers to care for patientsDuty to steward resources, duty to plan, and distributive justice: preventing inequities by devising a just system in advance for allocating ventilators in a time of critical shortageTransparency: engaging in clear, consistent communication among health care providers, patients, their families, and the general public The emergence of Covid-19 and its worldwide spread has some of the United States’ top leaders — at least those without public health or infectious disease expertise — succumbing to speculation and calling for action based on political hunches. If policymakers really want to effectively control the spread of the virus, they need to rely on expertise and thoughtful deliberation, especially when it comes to addressing complex and nuanced questions of allocating scarce resources, ordering quarantine and isolation, and controlling infection.As influenza, SARS, and H1N1 have taught us — and as we are now learning from Covid-19 — individuals with severe cases of these respiratory infections can experience acute respiratory distress syndrome and need to be on a ventilator to breathe. But during an overwhelming pandemic, there may not be enough ventilators to meet the demand for them. In such an emergency, an equitable and efficient way to determine which patients receive ventilators should be in place.Given time and resources, leaders can prepare for a pandemic and avoid the politicization of scientific and ethical actions by investing in solid research. When guidelines and actions reflect evidence-based reasoning and societal values, the public can trust that its leaders have given thoughtful consideration to their well-being and the well-being of the greater community.advertisement Adobe Tags Coronavirusethicsinfectious disease In 2015, the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law — which was established in 1985 to address bioethical questions of significance to citizens of the state — and the New York State Department of Health revised their 2007 ethical and clinical guidelines for allocating ventilators to adults, children, and infants during an influenza pandemic. The original guidelines were among the first of their kind to be released in the United States and were widely cited and emulated by other states.advertisement @Vgkoch About the Authors Reprints Related: Valerie Gutmann Koch First OpinionAllocate ventilators, other Covid-19 resources based on evidence, not political hunches Based on these principles, the task force examined various nonclinical approaches to allocating ventilators. These included distributing ventilators on a first-come first-served basis, randomizing ventilator allocation (sometimes known as a lottery), requiring only informal clinical judgment in making decisions about ventilator allocation, and prioritizing certain patient categories, such as health care workers, older patients, and those with certain social criteria.The task force, however, determined that these methods should not be used as the primary triage strategy because they are often subjective and/or do not support the goal of saving the most lives.Instead, it concluded that an allocation protocol should use only clinical factors to evaluate a patient’s likelihood of survival and determine his or her access to ventilator therapy. The linchpin of the evaluation is the sequential organ failure assessment (SOFA) score, which measures function in six key organs and systems. The guidelines stipulated that decisions regarding ventilator allocation should never be based on nonclinical factors such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, perceived quality of life, ability to pay, or role in the community. This objective approach was determined to be the best way to increase the number of survivors while abiding by important social values.Thoughtful, reasoned decisions like these are needed to cope with potential public health emergencies. As the staff members responsible for the publication of the task force’s revised ventilator allocation guidelines, we oversaw the extensive deliberative process that went into their making. We facilitated the complex decision-making that went into choices about allocating scarce resources in public health emergencies and participated in identifying the primary philosophical values and ethics underlying the guidelines’ recommendations. We experienced firsthand how this kind of prudent planning encourages public trust and helps ensure, in a disaster, the greatest benefit to as many patients as possible.Support STAT: If you value our coronavirus coverage, please consider making a one-time contribution to support our journalism. This kind of work requires time and resources — neither of which are generally available when faced with an imminent pandemic. Conflicting claims from the Trump administration about the danger of a coronavirus outbreak in the United States are contributing to confusion and mistrust, and the response appears to be muddled and dashed off. In light of what appears to be a politicization of the threat of Covid-19, policy and lawmakers must not rely on fear and misrepresentation. Instead, they should turn to vetted public health preparedness initiatives that can provide expert guidance for the circumstances we now face.Politics must take a backseat when the public’s health is on the line. Without the time and the resources to create sound public policy, turning to previous pandemic response efforts is a good option to identify key scientific and public health issues, explore and reconcile diverse viewpoints, and appropriately gauge risk.Susie A. Han was the deputy director of the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law and the project chair of the Ventilator Allocation Guidelines and is currently a partner at Venture Catalyst. Valerie Gutmann Koch was the senior attorney and special consultant to the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law and is currently the director of law and ethics at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago and faculty fellow at DePaul University College of Law. [email protected] If Covid-19 gets bad, triage will be needed. Are we ready for that? Quarantine for coronavirus? Let’s make that unnecessary By Susie A. Han and Valerie Gutmann Koch March 17, 2020 Reprints Genuine public outreach, education, and engagement are essential to developing just policies and establishing public trust. In that vein, the task force asked for and evaluated input from various stakeholders and focus groups. To achieve its goals, the task force was intentionally comprised of diverse and expert voices in medicine, public health, law, religion, philosophy, and bioethics. This makeup enabled it to remain objective and autonomous as it translated recommendations into concrete clinical protocols, even amidst changing political and philosophical tides.The ventilator allocation guidelines it produced provide an ethical framework for using this potentially scarce resource. This framework is based on a several ethical principles: Related: But when time and resources are at a premium, they need to rely on pandemic preparedness resources previously created by state and federal institutions over the course of many years in response to earlier bacterial and viral threats. New York’s Ventilator Allocation Guidelines are one such example.last_img read more

Pro-Financial lines up suitors

IE Staff Related news ESG indices proliferate as equity benchmark numbers contract Keywords Index fundsCompanies Pro-Financial Asset Management Inc. Pressure on active management intensifies: Fitch Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Pro-Financial finds a suitor “Over the past six years we have seen tremendous growth and demand for enhanced index products as advisors are increasingly seeing the benefits of combining active and passive management ” says Stuart McKinnon, Pro-Financial CEO. “To carry out our vision we plan on aligning our mutual fund business with an established company that brings support and economies to the Pro-Index fund family.” Pro-Financial funds bring a fundamental indexation methodology to Canadian investors. Its line-up of passive index funds brings the benefits of fundamental indexing to investors through the entire Canadian distribution channel. Pro-Financial says the proposals received envision the expansion of the Pro-Index family and bringing synergies to the cost structure while continuing to deliver superior fund performance. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Oakville, Ont.-based Pro-Financial Asset Management Inc. said Tuesday it is considering several offers from Canadian based asset managers in an effort to grow its family of Pro-Index Funds. With the help of a financial advisor, Pro-Financial says it is evaluating proposals which will result in greater organizational bench strength, improved back office services for the dealer and advisor community as well as reduced fees for investors in its enhanced index funds. read more

Why telling stories could be a more powerful way of convincing some people to take a COVID vaccine than just facts

first_imgWhy telling stories could be a more powerful way of convincing some people to take a COVID vaccine than just facts Scientists don’t know exactly what percentage of the population will need to get a COVID vaccine to achieve herd immunity. Some diseases, such as whooping cough, need very high rates of vaccination between 90-95%.Author Margie Rogers Lecturer, Early Childhood Education, University of New England The rise of new, more infectious coronavirus variants might mean even more people may need to be vaccinated against COVID than we initially thought.One question therefore becomes crucial: how will governments convince enough people to get vaccinated to achieve herd immunity?One method might be to use emotional storytelling to sway people who aren’t convinced by fact-based logical messaging.Appeals to logic or emotive stories?Many people will say yes to being vaccinated. One international survey, published in October last year, found an average of 71.5% of participants (from 19 countries) would be likely to accept a COVID vaccine.But some people who would normally be pro-vaccination might have concerns about the speed of the approvals of these vaccines.To deal with such fears, the Australian government has crafted public health messages that appeal to logic using facts, figures and explanations about how the process has been done safely.However, other people, particularly those who are unlikely to get vaccinated, may not necessarily respond well to these messages.Evidence suggests vaccine-hesitant groups are less likely to respond to factual information particularly from “pro-vaccine” sources.But they may respond more to personal stories about the effects of the virus. In my area of research, we call these stories “cultural health narratives“.Within the anti-vax movement, these narratives are often powerful stories of people negatively affected by vaccinations, or what they believe are vaccine-related side effects. These emotional accounts are very powerful because we’re attracted to narratives and we live our lives through them.We tell stories about our lives to ourselves, our friends and families through conversations, photo diaries and social media. We consume other people’s stories through novels, news, movies and so on.What’s more, some countries have done very well controlling the virus using low-technology health measures, such as hand washing, social distancing, border shutdowns and quarantining.This might sound like a digression, but stay with me – the downside for these countries is that most people in the population don’t know anyone who has had COVID nor lost anyone to the disease. This might mean they are less likely to see the need to be vaccinated.This also means there’s a lack of personal COVID health stories within those countries, including Australia. Anti-vax messages often use emotional stories for their own ends, and their messages can fill these gaps if governments don’t report their own real health stories.How could governments use storytelling?When we hear a story, we often lower our guard and tend to start responding emotionally to the characters. Parents, educators and religious leaders have long used this as a way of teaching.Governments could use storytelling to potentially improve COVID vaccination rates particularly among those who are unlikely to get the jab.Governments could add emotional health stories to their vaccination messages.These narratives could show the negative effects of the virus on people’s lives, and/or they can be used to show the positive effects of vaccinations to help avoid disease.These could be targeted towards those that might be more likely to be influenced by stories, using traditional and social media platforms.These true, personal video accounts could include:people who have had the virus, recovered but have long-term health problemspeople who have lost relatives, and were isolated from themhealth workers who have worked in places where the virus is out of control.Do health stories work?Emotional and personal health narratives can be a powerful way of communicating health messaging, and the benefits of vaccination.One study, conducted by Professor Julie Leask and colleagues, showed 37 parents both anti-vaxxer health stories and medical pro-vaccination stories.The pro-vaccination stories included footage of children with measles and whooping cough. Every focus group recalled the footage, with some parents labelling it “shocking” and “devastating”. The authors noted that parents, when voicing support of vaccination, leaned on stories in the decision process – not just facts.The authors concluded that “stories about people affected by vaccine-preventable diseases need to re-enter the public discourse”.Another study highlighted the positive effects of first-person narratives on young people to help them avoid Type 2 diabetes. In this study, personal narratives told by people who had the disease were most effective in persuading the participants to change their lifestyle to avoid Type 2 diabetes.Social media will be challengingPeople get information about vaccination from health workers, relatives, friends, and social and traditional media.Social media platforms can be problematic because if someone clicks an article with vaccine misinformation, more articles with even more misleading ideas are likely to appear in their news feeds. The opposite also occurs; if someone clicks on pro-vaccination information, more pro-vaccination information is fed to them. This can lead to polarisation within the community.Dealing with misleading health messages about COVID vaccines will be very important for governments, and it’ll be vital for them to stay in front of anti-vax COVID messaging. Factual information will be essential, but true, personal health stories are another tool to convince particular groups.It seems the federal government is not yet specifically targeting these groups, but may need to in the race for COVID herd immunity.Margie Rogers does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. /Courtesy of The Conversation. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian, Australian Government, coronavirus, Early Childhood Education, education, federal government, Government, participants, public health, religious, social distancing, social media, university, University of New England, vaccinationlast_img read more

Crib Point gas terminal decision a huge win for community and climate

first_imgCrib Point gas terminal decision a huge win for community and climate Australian GreensThe Victorian Greens have welcomed the state government’s decision to scrap its proposed gas import terminal at Crib Point due to the damaging impact it would have on the environment.The Greens say the proposal was a terrible idea from the start and that today’s announcement follows years of campaigning by both the Greens and the local community.Deputy Leader of the Victorian Greens, Ellen Sandell, was the first MP to speak out against the proposal back in 2018 when she joined the community in demanding that the project be scrapped.The community wanted the government to protect the local environment and marine life over the profits of gas corporations like AGL.Ms Sandell said that today’s decision was an important start, and that now the government needed to plan for a transition away from fossil fuels, instead of importing and burning more.As stated by Deputy Leader of the Victorian Greens, Ellen Sandell MP:“This is a huge win for the local community, the Greens and all Victorians who campaigned long and hard against this disastrous gas import ship and pipeline.“After being dragged kicking and screaming into doing an environmental assessment process, we’re very glad that the Victorian Government has eventually made the right decision.“It was ridiculous the Victorian Labor Government ever thought it was a good idea to import fracked gas into Victoria, through a sensitive RAMSAR wetland, and I’m so glad they’ve finally seen sense and changed course.“Gas is terrible for our climate, so this is a win for all those who want to see our climate protected for the future.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, Australian Greens, climate, community, environment, Fossil, future, gas, Government, Impact, import, pipeline, project, Victoria, wetland, winlast_img read more

CU-Boulder Community Leadership Program Celebrates 20 Years of Developing Leaders

first_img Published: March 3, 2010 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Categories:AcademicsEducation & OutreachGetting InvolvedCampus CommunityNews Headlines The INVST Community Leadership Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder has been involving CU students in community service since 1990, and on March 12-14, alumni of the program will gather in Boulder for a 20th anniversary reunion weekend.INVST combines community service with challenging courses and practical skills training to help offer a positive professional path to young people interested in social justice, according to Sabrina Sideris, program director of INVST.”Not too long ago in Washington, D.C., President Barack Obama spoke of young people choosing careers in public service after their graduation from college,” Sideris said. “And recently at CU-Boulder, Chancellor Phil DiStefano mentioned the importance of CU students serving their communities in the state of Colorado and beyond during his ‘State of the Campus’ address. Community service continues to gain recognition on our campus and in our nation as a practice of the responsible citizen.”Up to 16 CU-Boulder students are admitted each year into the two-year program, which is geared toward preparing young people to work to oppose injustice and inequality in political, social and economic structures and institutions. During the program, students serve at least six hours each week with community-based organizations during the first year, and then design, implement and evaluate a community leadership project the second year.Students in the program also participate in two month-long summer service learning experiences, one domestic and one international, to help them gain “on the job experience” as community leaders.”In 2002, during a time when war was on our radar and the world seemed a bit topsy-turvy, I discovered the INVST Community Leadership Program, which changed my life and helped me choose my career,” said Sara Ford, a CU-Boulder alumna who completed the INVST program and graduated in 2005. Ford now works as a case manager at Ecumenical Refugee Services, a refugee resettlement agency in Denver. “Since its inception, hundreds of students with a vast variety of backgrounds have spread out over the globe with the knowledge and practical skills to be effective and respectful beacons of positive change.”The reunion weekend will include a fundraising gala on Saturday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hotel Boulderado. Hunter Lovins, founder and president of Natural Capitalism Solutions and co-author of the book “Natural Capitalism,” will give the keynote address.Visit for more information about INVST. For a complete schedule of reunion events or to R.S.V.P. for the gala visit or call 303-492-7719. Sharon Waisman (INVST Class of 2005, left) and Averi Johnson (INVST Class of 2005, right) with a farmer from Tierra Lucero, a non-profit organization in the Sangre de Cristo mountains. (Photo courtesy of INVST).last_img read more

Law School to host panel discussion on environmental policies under Trump

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Feb. 3, 2017 If you goWho: Students, faculty and staffWhat: “Protecting the Environment: What Next?”When: Tuesday, Feb. 7, 5:30 p.m.Where: Wolf Law Building, Wittemyer CourtroomRSVP: Appreciated but not requiredJoin University of Colorado Law School on Tuesday, Feb. 7, for a discussion with environmental leaders and law faculty about the challenges and opportunities facing environmental organizations under the Trump administration. Opening remarks will be given by professors Charles Wilkinson and Sarah Krakoff at 5:30 p.m., followed by the event speakers noted below. The event will be held in the Wittemyer Courtroom with a reception to follow in Boettcher Hall.Event speakersDaniel McCarl, Staff Attorney, Western Energy ProjectDan McCarl is a staff attorney for the non-profit Western Energy Project. Most of his work focuses on the federal onshore oil and gas program and BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land-use planning decisions. He graduated from the University of Colorado Law School in 2014.Scott Miller, Senior Regional Director, The Wilderness SocietyScott Miller is the senior regional director for The Wilderness Society southwest region, which includes Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. He has focused on federal public land, natural resources, water, energy and Indian law and policy during his career, including areas such as wildfire, land exchanges, biomass energy, forest restoration and wilderness protection. Suzanne O’Neill, Executive Director, Colorado Wildlife FederationSuzanne O’Neill serves as the executive director of the Colorado Wildlife Federation (CWF), the state’s oldest wildlife conservation organization. CWF promotes sound wildlife-management policy through advocacy and education and is an affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation. O’Neill manages the advocacy work of CWF. She regularly has given testimony before legislative committees and regulatory agencies and has served on governors’ advisory councils, addressing a mix of complex wildlife policy issues. O’Neill is a former practicing lawyer and a consultant to professional service firms. Her law degree is from University of Texas School of Law, and she holds a master’s degree in environmental policy and management from University of Denver, as well as a master’s in taxation from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.Peter Zalzal, Lead Attorney, Environmental Defense FundAs a member of the Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) domestic climate and air legal team, Peter Zalzal works to secure clean air and support climate-change mitigation through policy initiatives and strategic litigation, focusing on the power sector, transportation sector and sources of short-lived climate forcers. Zalzal works with businesses, public health groups, states, environmental groups and other allies to advocate and defend efficient policies to curb emissions that are destabilizing the climate and harming human health. He received his law degree from Boston University and undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ted Zukoski, Staff Attorney, EarthjusticeTed Zukoski was a junior staff member for a U.S. senator before attending Yale Law School, from which he graduated in 1992. He has spent his legal career at environmental law firms representing conservation groups pro bono, first in Washington D.C. and then in Colorado, since 1995. Zukoski has worked as a staff attorney at Earthjustice in Denver since 2003. He currently litigates cases involving public lands, wildlife and climate change.The event is open to CU Boulder graduate and undergraduate students, faculty and staff only. Registration is appreciated but not required for this event. For more information and to register, visit the Colorado Law website.Categories:Lectures & PresentationsEvents & Exhibitslast_img read more

50 years of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG—Let the Celebration Begin

first_imgReddIt AdvertisementVino Nobile di Montepulciano, the first and oldest DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controlata e Garantita) in Italy, held a birthday party this weekend to celebrate fifty years of making wine under the stringent requirements of Europe’s appellation system.As you might expect, the party featured fabulous regional cuisine, a multitude of wine personalities from around the world, and spectacular tastings of both modern vintages and bottles that harkened back to that day in 1966 when it all began. And the town was aglow with smiles and toasts.The day began with a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Federation of DOCs, FEDERDOC, the organization that administrates all of the regional wines of Italy, followed by a tasting of Vino Nobile from vintages as far back as that original 1966.  They were stunning wines.On the musical side there was a performance of an original composition “Hymn to San Giovese” for the DiVin Orchestra of Montepulciano, made up of instruments created exclusively from materials found in a winery: barrels for drums, bottles for xylophones and flutes, and even hoses and funnels for trumpets and trombones.  A later concert with more traditional instruments featured an ode to Montepulciano, with text written by Mr. Alamanno Contucci himself.Clips of the two musical events can be seen here:Inno al San Giovese: to Montepulciano: course, the town of Montepulciano began long before that. Its City Hall was built by the Medicis hundreds of years ago, and the town itself goes back more than 2000 years.  Its strategic hilltop made it an important satellite between Rome and Florence, between the Vatican and the Medicis. Some of the performances took place in the charming theater that was built nearly two hundred years ago in the form of La Scala in Milan.All of that history was on display this weekend.  The main piazza of the town, where the Cathedral looms over one side, and the City Hall defends another, crowds of celebrants cheered and toasted the ceremonies.  And a grand procession led up to the very top of Montepulciano, where the old Fortezza was  renovated as the new home of the Consorzio di Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, the now fifty year-old organization that manages the wine production for the region.  The fortress, originally built to protect the town, now houses a glorious new visitor center built on the ruins of an Etruscan wine cellar, which are visible through the glass floor of the new tasting room.Just below the piazza, the art museum proudly displayed its most recent discovery–a Caravaggio that had gone unnoticed as a part of the collection for many years, hidden behind a thick layer of dust.  When a visiting expert peered carefully through the centuries of accumulation, there was huge excitement.  It was, in fact, a Caravaggio.  The painting now enjoys a private room in the museum–and rewards those who spend the effort to seek it out.Much like Montepulciano itself.Advertisement Twitter Pinterest Linkedin Share Facebook Previous articleNapa Valley 2016 Harvest Wraps Up Right Before Region’s First StormNext articleJohn Ash & Co. Restaurant Announces “Cooking Wild with Chef Ash” Event on November 11 and 12 Press Release Home Industry News Releases 50 years of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG—Let the Celebration BeginIndustry News ReleasesWine Business50 years of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG—Let the Celebration BeginBy Press Release – October 13, 2016 41 0 Email TAGSConsumerVino Nobile di Montepulciano last_img read more

Five New Sizes of Stainless Steel Wine Barrels

first_imgFacebook Home Trade Show Guide UWGS 2018 Five New Sizes of Stainless Steel Wine BarrelsTrade Show GuideUWGS 2018Five New Sizes of Stainless Steel Wine BarrelsBy Trade Show Guide – January 3, 2018 68 0 TAGSProductionSkolnik IndustriesWinemaking/Oenology ReddIt Pinterest AdvertisementSkolnik Industries will be showcasing our complete line of seamless, stainless steel wine barrels at the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium. Five new capacity sizes have been added to our product inventory: 25 gallon, 33.5 gallon, 60 gallon, 80 gallon, and 124 gallon. We will also be handing out our new brochure which showcases detailed descriptions of each of our stainless steel wine barrels – both conventional and seamless designs.Skolnik IndustriesUWGS Booth: 1205Skolnik Industries is a USA based manufacturer of stainless steel wine barrels.  Our on-site engineering department ensures we are constantly researching and developing new ideas to advance an evolving product line.  To date we manufacturer stainless steel wine barrels in nine different capacities with over 50 different configurations.  More information can be found on our website at skolnikwine.comReturn to Unified Wine & Grape Symposium GuideAdvertisement Linkedin Twitter Email Share Previous articleState of the Art Mobile Filtration UnitsNext articleBetter Wine Fermenting and Ageing Vessels Trade Show Guidelast_img read more

Deputy GG Lauds EU for Support

first_imgRelatedDeputy GG Lauds EU for Support Deputy GG Lauds EU for Support Governor GeneralAugust 2, 2011 RelatedDeputy GG Lauds EU for Support RelatedDeputy GG Lauds EU for Supportcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Deputy Governor-General, Hon. Steadman Fuller, has lauded the support which the  European Union (EU)  has been providing for  the banana industry, describing it as an important catalyst for continued economic activity in the sector. “The European Union funded Banana Support Programme is an indication of resilience and commitment to an industry that has demonstrated its ability to survive major changes and overcome even some of the most significant challenges,” he said, at the launch of  another segment of the Banana Board/European Union Banana Support Programme, held on July 31, at the Denbigh Show Ground, in Clarendon. In this  segment, the EU will provide support for Extension services, the establishment of nurseries in selected areas of the island and  promote other agricultural crops in areas that have seen a decline in the production of bananas. The EU  has been assisting the banana  sector since 1999  with  the allocation of $5 billion  through the Banana Support Programme, which will end in 2013. “The banana trade became the most important economic activity in the post–Emancipation era and would later develop even further. Many industries have been spawned as a result of the banana trade. These include tourism and food processing. Such is the versatility of the plant that hardly anything goes to waste in the banana industry. By-products, such as leaves are used in the making of dokunu, a local delicacy, and farmers oftentimes feed the balk to their pigs,” Mr. Fuller added. For his part, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Robert Montague, encouraged players in the banana industry to put  more effort in developing and marketing by-products, noting that the industry provides reliable cash flows.  He also welcomed the EU’s support as a timely investment for further development of the sector. “The support of the EU came at a critical time, and in going forward, the development of nurseries in strategic locations across the island to make available to our farmers improved varieties, is a commendable effort. The hard work of the Banana Board in the areas of disease management ought to be commended. To be successful at banana production you have to be very good at managing the disease… and we need to accelerate our effort in value added products,” the Minister said. Representing the EU at the launch, Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Co-ordinator for the EU Banana Support Programme, Shaun Baugh, said the EU’s support is geared toward promoting an efficient banana industry that is able to compete in a liberalised world market. “The general objective of this phase is to improve the competitiveness of the industry,  support the economic diversification of the industry, and provide social measures for persons and communities, which need to adjust to the decline in the industry. The project has provided important services such as disease monitoring and control, research and extension, certification and market compliance,” he said. Meanwhile, Director with the Banana Board, Egbert Miler, said the banana industry, with the required support, “will once again provide employment opportunities for some 12,000 people and provide valuable foreign exchange earnings.” “The Banana Board has been most fortunate to have received invaluable support from the European Union to assist in carrying out its mandate, and we will continue to reposition the industry,” he said. By Garfield Angus JIS Regional OfficeMandeville Advertisementslast_img read more