first_imgzoom The shipping fleet trading in chemical and vegoil markets is set to accelerate at a much faster pace than demand, weakening earning prospects, shipping consultancy Drewry said.Tonne-mile demand is expected to grow at 2.9% in 2017, and the fleet trading in chemicals/vegoils will expand by 9.5% by the end of this year, representing the highest fleet growth observed in recent years.The chemical shipping market is facing severe oversupply because of new deliveries and swing tankers returning to the chemical/vegoils trade and seeking employment in this market.The orderbook still contains 9% of the existing capacity to be delivered by 2021 and the deliveries of MR tankers will also contribute to rapid growth. Even though the Ballast Water Convention will take effect in 2019, any expected surge in demolitions by that time will not be enough to pull the market out of its current gloomy state, according to Drewry.Combined with a bearish outlook for the CPP market, the shipping consultancy expects the oversupply situation to continue for the next two years which will squeeze freight rates on major routes.Tonne-mile demand is expected to edge down from 2018. Organic tonne-mile demand growth is expected to decline from 6% in 2016 to 3.7% in 2017, while inorganic demand is likely to follow the same trend – a fall from 7.3% in 2016 to 1.2% in 2017. As a result, long-haul routes might face challenges in the next few years.“Although vegoil volume will support the market, weak demand for chemical products during the summer lull and the bearish CPP market continue to encourage swing players to return to the chemicals/vegoils market, reducing freight rates and pushing up lot sizes. The effect of the latter will reduce not only the number of vessels needed, but also the opportunity to find cargoes in the spot market,” Hu Qing, Drewry’s lead analyst for chemical shipping, said.“This quarter freight rates on major routes are facing challenges as there are few drivers to prevent the continuing trend of declining freight rates,” Qing added.last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL – An insurance and legal expert says texters could be held liable for any damages if they message someone they know is driving and that person has an accident.“There’s an increasing public safety issue of operators of vehicles who are distracted while driving,” lawyer Jordan Solway said in a recent interview.“And if you contribute in the same way as if you’re in the vehicle, and you interfere with their driving of the vehicle, you could be held responsible for that injured third party.”Solway, vice-president of claim at Travelers Canada, pointed to a New Jersey court ruling from 2013 that said the sender of a text who causes a driver to become distracted and have an accident may be held liable.The case involved an 18-year-old driver’s girlfriend who texted him about 25 seconds before his pickup truck crossed a median and seriously injured a motorcyclist and his wife. Both bikers lost their left legs as a result of the 2009 accident.Solway said there have been no similar cases in Canada yet, but he believes it’s just a matter of time.He compares it to what happens when a bar owner or the host of a party has to take responsibility for someone who is drinking, becomes intoxicated and gets into a vehicle.“It’s analogous — you’re putting someone in a position where they could cause harm to themselves or a third party,” Solway said.Travelers Canada also commissioned a recent online survey that delved into what may be distracting drivers.The No. 1 reason may not be surprising.Thirty-one per cent said it was because they have family obligations that require constant attention. By gender, 40 per cent of females gave that reason, while it was 23 per cent among males.In Quebec, 23 per cent cited family obligations, while in Ontario the figure was 41 per cent.When it came to other reasons, 27 per cent said they didn’t want to miss something important, another 14 per cent said they always wanted to be available for work and eight per cent said they were afraid of upsetting the boss if they didn”t answer.“I think it’s a (consequence) unfortunately of living in a highly connected world where, if someone doesn’t respond immediately to an email or a text, your concern is they are ignoring you,” Solway noted.The Harris Poll was conducted March 9-12 and involved 948 Canadian drivers aged 18 and over.An Insurance Bureau of Canada spokesman says companies must implement policies to discourage drivers from texting — and individuals who may be texting them — while they are on the road.“The aspect of determining liability or fault in cases lke that would rest with the courts,” Pete Karageorgos said in an interview.“It has to be a whole host of instances in terms of not just the act of texting, but also the act of reading the text or responding or having that phone in your hand.”He said some insurers are seeing more instances of rear-end-type collisions which typically happen when the driver in the back isn’t paying attention.“It’s a concern that we share as an industry because that will impact premiums,” Karageorgos added.But Quebec’s automobile insurance board provided some encouraging statistics involving drivers who violated the law, which prohibits the use of a hand-held device while driving.The highest number was in 2013 when there were close to 68,000 infractions, including 19,000 that involved drivers between the ages of 25 and 34.But in 2016, the overall total dropped to 46,369. For the 25-34 age group, it decreased to just more than 14,000The lowest number was in 2008 when there were about 18,250 violations.last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER – Former British Columbia politician Grace McCarthy has been remembered as a champion of a province she loved, but it was kindness that set her apart in a remarkable career that paved a path for women in politics and business.The Social Credit cabinet minister nicknamed “Amazing Grace” died on May 24 after a lengthy battle with a brain tumour.She was 89.An emotional Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon told a packed Christ Church Cathedral on Wednesday that McCarthy started her own floral shop at age 17 and her business acumen helped her turn it into a successful chain of five stores.Guichon noted McCarthy was elected to the park board in 1960 and then went into provincial politics, holding several cabinet posts including human resources, economic development and tourism.“Grace was the first female deputy premier in this nation as well as president of the B.C. Social Credit party,” she said.“As party president Grace worked tirelessly to build the Social Credit brand after their 1972 defeat. And although many said it couldn’t be done, she did it. She rebuilt from 5,000 to 70,000 members by sheer determination and hard work.”The program handed out to guests at the service included a poem that seemed to epitomize her spirit. Called “It Couldn’t Be Done,” it was given to McCarthy by former premier W.A.C. Bennett.“There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done, there are thousands to prophesy failure … just strap in to sing as you tackle the thing that ‘cannot be done’ and you’ll do it.”McCarthy’s biggest accomplishments included initiating the process to bring Expo 86 to Vancouver, starting the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre, establishing SkyTrain and setting up Canada’s first toll-free help line for abused children.After two unsuccessful runs for party leader, McCarthy succeeded in leading the now-defunct party in 1993.When she retired from politics, McCarthy raised funds for research to help children with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. She co-founded a foundation that raised $30 million and also created a Canada-wide network for children with inflammatory bowel disease.McCarthy’s daughter Mary Parsons said her mother had a tremendous sense of humour, treated everyone as an equal and valued good manners.“When I was very young and my mother decided to run for politics, she made a promise to me: She would quit if all the meetings she had to go to got too much for me or just because of anything I could think up,” Parson said.“My mom attended every school function there was, albeit late sometimes. And we never talked about her promise again. Nearly 30 years after that conversation, I did tell her I wanted to quit. Lo and behold, the next morning she did. She always kept her promises.”Parsons said demonstrators would sometimes be outside the family home but her mother befriended them even though someone once dumped a pile a manure in the yard.“She was going to have the absolute best garden, thanks to him.”Premier Christy Clark called McCarthy an inspiration to women through the decades.“In the 1960s and 70s and 80s we didn’t see so many women on television and in the world who were making a difference at the highest levels of government. And Grace was there. She was the walking, talking proof that women could aspire to anything.”Brian Smith, who served in the Social Credit cabinet with McCarthy in the 1980s, said after the service that she “radiated a positive energy, always.”He said he last saw McCarthy across a downtown street three or four years ago and that she ran across to give him a hug.McCarthy was a member of the Order of British Columbia, served in the legislature from 1975 to 1988 and, in 1975, became the first woman in Canada to serve as deputy premier.She was predeceased by her son Calvin in 2009 and leaves behind her husband Ray, her daughter, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

A Very Grateful Man TCIs Darron Hilaire laments following frightening ordeal with

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, August 4, 2017 – Providenciales – The past few hours have been quite an experience.   One I never imagined I would ever face.     I spent the last two weeks, and more so the last two days studying the wisdom books of the Bible — Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Job.   I became extremely fascinated by a passage from the book of Ecclesiastes Ch 12:1, which says paraphrased, “Set your mind on Christ in your youth.”I taught from this scripture in my boy’s small group session for the past weeks and have been eager to read the entire book to understand the intention of the author.   Through study I found out that in order to understood the message of Ecclesiastes, you also have to understand the message of Proverbs, which comes first, and Job, who comes last.The Book of Proverbs highlights the concept and the principle of wisdom.   It simply indicates that whoever finds and exercises wisdom is guaranteed success in all areas of their life.The Book of Ecclesiastes is written more from a critic’s tone of voice.   The teacher and the author describes how life is but a whisp of smoke. It is unpredictable.   Things good and bad happen to the wise and the unwise.   We all share the same destiny: death.   Death equalizes us.The Book of Job builds on this wisdom, and ends with a beautiful and powerful message.   Job is tested by God to the extent that he loses everything he ever valued.   The scriptures indicate that he did absolutely nothing to deserve it.   He then decided to question God and ask, why did this happen to me of all people?   God responded to Job very vividly in a vision indicating that, there are some things in life we may never come to understand. The message of the book of Job was simply to trust in God’s wisdom.I had a conversation with my Pastor earlier after mentioning this to him and he gave what I thought was a perfect summary.   He said, “fairness is not a biblical concept; trusting God is.”I may never get closure.   Justice may never be served.   But I trust that God in his infinite and mysterious wisdom and divine sovereignty knows all things, and does all things well.I recall not being fearful at all for the entire time that I was facing the ground, taking orders from masked gun men, tied up, held hostage in the backseat of my car, held at gunpoint, robbed, and released.   There was an overwhelming sense of peace and wisdom that saturated my consciousness and being to which I grateful to the Holy Spirit.The robbers remarked that I was a good man and therefore handed me my bag, my wallet and after several request, my phone—unharmed.I remember sitting to my desk yesterday afternoon reading Job and saying to myself, God, I hope I don’t have to be tested in such a way any time soon. Not knowing that, in a matter of hours, my time would come.  I am not the least bit discouraged.   I am more so empowered by the way my faith and trust in God has grown and has been growing.I am encouraged to share this experience as I assist with leading the memorial for my 19 year old cousin who lost his life in an accident that I was 5 minutes away from experiencing.May this be a lesson to all of us. God is Sovereign.   His wisdom is unmatched and not always understood.And as the book of Ecclesiastes states,   “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.”Thank you all for the calls and comments. It was sincerely appreciated.Blessings and love,Darron D. Hilaire Jr. ߙEcclesiastes 12:13-14 ESVlast_img read more

Pedestrian Crossings Civilised Safer

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 24, 2017 – Providenciales – In the Turks and Caicos, our highways are unique because they run through our neighborhoods.   The two main highways are called Leeward Highway – which runs east to west and the other is Millennium Highway and it runs, north to south.   Everything from schools to grocery stores, banks and churches, apartment complexes and houses, gas stations, utility companies, mechanic shops and day care centers, retail outlets, court houses, medical facilities, law firms to social services, pharmacies and restaurants line these major thoroughfares.Yet, upon inspection, Magnetic Media is awed by the fact that there is not one single pedestrian crossing on any of these roadways.   No not one in nearly 20 miles of road stretching almost the entire length of the developed part of the most developed island in the country.While the argument can be had that the absence of these vital cross walks is due to the fact that the strips are ‘highways’ – the more compelling argument and frustrating reality is that there is nothing typical or traditional about our Leeward and Millennium Highways.Our highways are home to homes and business directly.   There are no exits to enter to access the services or one’s home.   No, you pull off the highway right into a front yard or to turn into a neighborhood or you can park at the entrance of a school or daycare or drive right up to a business- directly off the highway.  But to cross the whoppingly wide four-lane Leeward Highway or the frantically busy, two lane stretch which is Millennium Highway there is no civilized way to do so.Every day, the missing crossings put thousands of people who make up both the walking and motoring public at deadly risk.On Friday, October 21stwe got a case in point of the worst kind.   The horrible death of a woman who was trying to cross the Leeward Highway, where there is no median, are dim lights and often the area is a vehicle speed zone.   She was hit by a car, then rolled over by a jeep and died on the spot.   The drivers both stopped, but the woman is dead and gone.I wonder how many times this will have to happen before some remedy is introduced to make it safer for those living in these islands who have to walk to get to and fro.It is a sickening trend where the planning of this emerging economy has obviously and irresponsibly disregarded the pedestrian public.  Most people who live here and who visit here are not owners of a vehicle.  There is no public transportation.  There are hardly any sidewalks where the residential or indigenous populations reside, accommodations for wheelchairs is as rare to find in Provo as a mango tree and there are limited sidewalks across the island of Providenciales with virtually none for the home population.In high tourist zones like Grace Bay and Turtle Cove, there are six pedestrian crossings.  Four of them in Grace Bay, two crosswalks in Turtle Cove.  Both areas are relatively small compared to the vast spaces where thousands of walking employees, senior citizens and students live.Grace Bay has four cross walks, Turtle Cove has two and the Airport, which we tossed in just because –  has four pedestrian crossings.Down Town, there are two and one on the airport road.  Glass Shack area has two for sure, there is one in the heart of The Bight near Ianthe Pratt Primary School; three in the Clement Howell and Oseta Jolly schools zone and one in Five Cays, at the Enid Capron primary school there.   We tried not to miss any.  But if we have, it is inadvertent.The point of this report is not to tally-up the pedestrian crossings, because without question there are not sufficient of them anyway.  The purpose here and our hope is to encourage us as residents and citizens of the Turks and Caicos Islands to demand a remedy to the problem.  Maybe highways cannot have pedestrian crossings.  But we do not have real highways.  What we do have is a real and deadly problem which requires rectification.We cannot have thousands of residents residing in the largest populated community of Blue Hills/Wheeland without a safe and legal way to cross the street just because someone decided they wanted to name it Millennium HIGHWAY.We cannot have thousands of residents put at life threatening risk when they decide they want to cross from a visit at the Cheshire Hall medical Center to their home in Plantation or go into the NIB for their benefit cheque.We cannot continue to live in a society which disregards the fact that most people visiting ScotiaBank’s ATM live in the hugely populated Cheshire Hall district and will need to cross the HIGHWAY to get back home.We cannot rest on our laurels as leaders in the various spheres and distance ourselves from the fact that a person with their grocery bags after shopping at Graceway IGA will need to cross the thoroughfare to get home to The Bight.We do not have a hovering public, I mean people aren’t floating around.  Everyone does not have a vehicle.  Plus we say we want to encourage walking and activity to reduce the prevalence of non communicable diseases and there is a boom in exercising on our streets.  But it is not safe.I mean, if we are serious about creating a civilized, caring, healthy and safe society… then let us get serious and make the changes which will lead to a better quality of life for all residents of the Turks and Caicos – drivers and walkers, locals and tourists – because all lives matter. 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Man attacked in gas station near SDSU

first_imgMan attacked in gas station near SDSU June 10, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Two men beat and stabbed another man inside a gas station adjacent to San Diego State University’s campus late Saturday, fled the scene, then returned in time to be greeted by police, an officer said.Around 9:50 p.m., a 29-year-old man walked into the ARCO station at the intersection of College Avenue and Montezuma Road and, apparently having been involved in some kind of altercation, asked the clerk to call police, Officer Robert Heims of the San Diego Police Department said.While the man was in the store, two men walked in and first physically attacked him, then stabbed him once in the back and once in the arm before leaving the gas station.The two suspects returned while police were at the scene, and were arrested.The suspect who stabbed the victim was identified as 57-year-old Milton Lewis, and the suspect involved in the beating was identified as 25-year- old Abdul Mohammad, Heims said.Both were being held at San Diego Central Jail.The victim’s injuries were not considered life-threatening, and he was not taken to a hospital, Heims said. Posted: June 10, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img Updated: 12:15 PM KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Restaurants and distributors respond to Ecoli warning on romaine lettuce

first_img Sasha Foo 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)-From consumers to retailers, restaurants and distributors, millions of Americans have been affected by the warning from the Centers for Disease Control to avoid eating romaine lettuce because of an outbreak of E. coli.Inside the warehouse of Specialty Produce, a San Diego wholesale produce company, owner Bob Harrington said he removed romaine lettuce and any product containing the suspect lettuce from his inventory, after learning of the CDC alert. Harrington said about five to seven pallets of romaine lettuce would have to be tossed out.On Tuesday, Harrington contacted his customers, mostly restaurants, and instructed them to discard their romaine lettuce or return any unopened cases for credit. The produce wholesaler said he would be replacing his customers’ orders for romaine lettuce with other kinds of leafy greens such as baby iceberg and bibb.Harrington said making the changes will cost him a few thousand dollars, but considered the financial impact insignificant. “We’ll absorb that. It’s really not that much. Public safety is way more important,” Harrington said.At the Corner Drafthouse on Fifth Avenue, near Balboa Park, the wedge salad made with romaine is already off the menu. Chef Ruben Zamarripa wasted no time in making the necessary changes, substituting iceberg lettuce to make a wedge salad and using a more expensive blend of artisan greens on other dishes.Zamarripa said his food costs might increase but he was not willing to take the risk of endangering a customer’s health.He said he hoped that the voluntary recall would not last long, “because over the long haul, it will take a toll on our food costs, but you don’t want to risk it, right now. I’ll still wait after they say it’s officially done. I’ll still wait a few weeks before I start bringing the product in here.”The FDA is warning consumers to avoid all types and brands of romaine lettuce, Gottlieb said.Consumers should not eat any romaine lettuce product, including “whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of pre-cut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, such as spring mix and Caesar salad.Retailers and restaurants also should not serve or sell any until more is known about the outbreak. Restaurants and distributors respond to E.coli warning on romaine lettuce Categories: Health, KUSI, Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter Sasha Foo, center_img November 21, 2018 Updated: 7:34 PM Posted: November 21, 2018last_img read more